I just found out that my review of Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1) by Kelly Hashway has been quoted in the final copy of the novel! Eeeeppp!!! I am so happy about this, this is the first time it's ever happened!
This is what was quoted:
Touch of Death is an amazing book by the way, and I highly recommend people check it out, it's got mythology, zombies and romance - what more could you want?
Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and
accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not
the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t
quite fit in...
She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life
– and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her
mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without
knowing how, or why...
When the intense and darkly handsome
newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her
world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers
to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined
could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle.
makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but
special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world
also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing,
Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring –
not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy
The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever...
(Description source: Backcover of book and Goodreads)
As you get to know Wendy and her family you grow to feel sorry for her and hope that everything goes well for her. Withher mother in a mental hospital because sheattempted to kill her on her sixth birthday and her father deceased she only has her older brother, Matt, and Aunt, Maggie, left to turn to. From the moment you first meet Wendy, she stands out in the crowd. When the only person who bothers to treat her nicely in any wayturns up at her window after insulting her at the school dance you know that things are going to be interesting. Finn is straight forward and unconcerned with following many social conventions.
When Finn reveals that Wendy is not human and is in fact an important member of the Trylle. He encourages her to come back to her 'real' home with him, where she will feel more comfortable and relaxed, but she refuses his offer. Using her powers of persuasion, she compels Matt to take her to visit her 'insane' mother so that she can piece together the truth from Finn's revelation along with her mothers accusations that she, Wendy, has never been her child. The truth confronts Wendy and when she is ambushed by evil Tyrlle called the Vittra and Finn comes to her rescue, she is forced to flee her home and family with only a brief goodbye to her stricken and confused brother. Now lost in a world she does not know and forced into a position she does not want to be in, Wendy must fight for what she believes in and follow her heart amongst rules, obligations and a social hierarchy that she feels she will never understand. The characters in Switchedare complicated and show conflicting emotions, like any real person has, and are deep and easy to relate to. Wendy cares about her family and will do anything to keep them safe, she comes to discover love and experience other emotions she never thought that she could feel. Finn is the kind of character who is elusive and distant at the beginning but as the story progresses you come to find that you know him better than you originally thought you would. Finn shows loyalty and eventually compassion which makes him likable that goes with his intense and dark, yet alluring image. Besides the Wendy and Finn, I found that I grew to love Matt's adoration and love for his youger sister Wendy but I grew to absoloutely Rhys, with his quick witted comments and easy-going nature along with his strong loyalty and compassion for his friends. The plotline was creative and not one ihad read about before, the use of description was good but not overdone so that I felt bored and like the story was going nowhere. To me the idea felt quite original and I was quite intrigued as to how it would all play out. The setting wasabsorbing and I felt drawn into the world of Switched even more so because of how wellthe scene was set. The ending to Switched was something I never expected to happen, where she left it was a perfect balance between leaving some questions answered and some not. Right now I am itching to purchase book two in the series, Torn! I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Paranormal/Fantasy/Fiction books that are sick of the usual storylines or wanting to try something a little bit different.
“The desperation was coming off you in waves. You were all but begging to dance with me. I am doing you a favor.”
― Amanda Hocking,
Starring: Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder / Wanda (Wanderer) Max Irons as Jared Howe Jake Abel as Ian O'Shea Diane Kruger as The Seeker William Hurt as Jeb Stryder Chandler Canterbury as Jamie Stryder Description:(From IMDB) A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.
Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the
most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two
vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.
Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her
kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing
him to flee the school.
Although they may be separated, Bianca
and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the
chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the
vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of
Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.
Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked
by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she
thought she knew is only the beginning....
Evernight Academy is a dark, mysterious, vampire boarding school, used to reeducate vampires in ways so that they can more easily make the transition into modern day society.
Bianca is a half vampire, born in an unconventional and rare way to two vampire parents. Bianca suddenly is wrenched away from her newly found love when his identity as a vampire hunter is revealed. They refuse to let go of each other by arranging secret meetings behind everyone elses' back.
When Balthazar catches Bianca returning from a secret rendezvous, Bianca makes a deal with him to help him to find his sister in return for him keeping quiet about her seeing the rebellious and dangerous vampire hunter, Lucas. As school resumes, eerie events begin to take place that seem to connect to Bianca and the mystery of humans being allowed to attend Evernight and Bianca. Along with her loyal friend Balthazar they begin to uncover the mysteries that Evernight holds dear.
Stargazer was a wonderful extension further into the enchanting world of the mysterious Evernight Academy. It is powerful, enticing and nail biting as it pulls you further into Bianca's world. Biance becomes more of a multidimensional character and although she can be stupid and over the top at times I love the way her character develops over the course of Stargazer and how relationships with other characters form and blossom. Even the minor characters grow in themselves and as they develop an attachment forms to some of them even though they may not hold a crucial role.
The plotline was creative which gave the book a different feel to it and made it a fun read. It wasn't overbearingly descriptive or slow and kept flowing well with plenty of twists, turns and excitement. It wasn't too long and ended at the right point, leaving some suspense and questions to keep you wanting the next book. I cannot wait to get my hands on Hourglass and see what happens in the next chapter of Evernight!
“He’d protect me and shelter me forever. But I was beginning to realize that being sheltered came at a price.”
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway for review, needless to say, it was amazing! And even luckier am I that I got to interview Kelly; here are my questions and her answers:
1. What aspect of Touch of Death did you come up with first?
It all started with a lesser-known myth about Medusa and the 13th sign of the zodiac. Jodi's character developed from there, and the story almost wrote itself.
2. Was the whole story line planned out from the beginning, or did you come up with it as you were writing it?
I had 24 pages of planning before I started drafting, but once I began writing, I really didn't use my planning. My characters took the wheel, and I just went along for the ride.
3. Has anything that you have written ever surprised you?
Yes, the climax in Touch of Death was really unexpected. I literally stopped typing and said, "Wow, I didn't see that coming!" I love when that happens.
4. What are your favourite kinds of scenes to write?
It's a tie between intense/kind of creepy action scenes and swoon-worthy kiss scenes.
5. Is there any specific place you need to be or thing you need to do before you write?
No, I can write just about anywhere. (Sometimes even in the shower!)
6. Who was your favourite character to write in Touch of Death?
Jodi, but Alex was a close second. I got to know them both so well, I felt like they were real people.
7. Who/what inspired you to write that character the way that you did?
Jodi sort of came to me on her own, although she and I do share a lot of traits. We're both very accident-prone, have the same birthday, and love our tea and showers scalding hot.
8. What characteristics do you feel are most important to clearly define in your characters?
They have to be real, and to me that means they need to be flawed. No one is perfect, and flaws give everyone character.
9. Are there any aspects of the story line or the character(s) that you would change if you re-wrote Touch of Death?
Not really. My editor, Trisha Wooldridge, had some great suggestions to make the story better, and I'm so happy with the way it turned out.
10. What can be expected from the sequel (Stalked by Death)?
I don't want to give any spoilers, but I'll just say Jodi hasn't seen anything yet. Things are about to get crazy.
Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, and congratulations on Touch of Death :)
Thank you so much for having me!
LOVE ALL, Swoon Romance, January 2013
TOUCH OF DEATH, Spencer Hill Press, January 15, 2013:
This is a weekly meme 'Waiting on Wednesday' that I take part in, it is hosted by Breaking the Spine
It is a meme where you post about a yet-to-be-released book that you are looking forward to reading. Here is a book I have been highly anticipating:
Stalked by Death (Touch of Death #2) by Kelly Hashway
Expected publication date: July 23rd, 2013
Number of Pages:
Description source: Goodreads
Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi--a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac--will fall on her shoulders... and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.
Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been.
Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn't want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else.
Jodi needs to figure things out fast--because death is stalking her at every turn.
I am looking forward to readingStalked by Death, I really quite enjoyed reading the first book in the series, Touch of Death. Though it sounds as if there is going to be a love triangle, which I'm seriously not too fond of, I still think that Stalked by Death will be great.
This is the post where the links for all reviews posted in 2013 will be archived. This post is linked under the reviews tab. All the reviews are listed in alphabetical order according to the authors first name :)