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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 12, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Necromancer Series

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Grade 8 Up—This sometimes goofy, sometimes gory debut novel introduces Sam, a fast-food employee in Seattle who has grown up unaware of his ability to raise the dead. After a bizarre encounter with a customer, he gets a beating from a stranger, and his coworker shows up missing her body below the neck (a misfortune that does not affect her positive attitude). It seems that Douglas, an evil local necromancer, has become aware of Sam's powers and views him as a threat. With the help of his friends—and a very attractive werewolf girl—Sam must try to tap into his necromancing abilities to beat Douglas at his own game. Some of the jokes, like the punning chapter titles that quote song lyrics from the likes of the Eurythmics,'70s-era Paul Simon, and Timbuk 3, may be lost on many of today's teens. However, for fans of horror-humor hybrids like the film Shaun of the Dead, this book may hold some appeal.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
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*Starred Review* Sam has dropped out of college and is stalled in a fast-food job in Seattle. Interrupting the boredom of days waiting on Plumpy customers and evenings watching old movies with his friends, a scary guy named Douglas enters Sam’s world. After a few pithy verbal threats, Douglas has Sam beaten and mauled by a sidekick—and later delivers teen Brooke’s pretty blond head to Sam’s door. The good news is that Brooke seems to be in no pain and is as sassy as ever. The bad news, as Sam finds out in short order, is that Douglas is a necromancer and has identified Sam, who hasn’t a clue what his strengths are, as a rival. Before the week is out, Sam finds himself in a cellar, caged with another pretty girl, who is part werewolf, part fairy. And then there’s Ashley, the parochial-school-uniformed 10-year-old who can orchestrate salvation for Sam by using her Blackberry and brains. With fine writing, tight plotting, a unique and uniquely odd cast of teens, adults, and children, and a pace that smashes through any curtain of disbelief, this sardonic and outrageous story’s only problem is that it must, like all good things, come to an end. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805090983
  • ASIN: B0053U790G
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lish McBride was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. It rains a lot there, but she likes it anyway. She spent three years away while she got her MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, and she liked that too, although the hurricane did leave much of her stuff underwater. Her main goal in going to college was to become a writer so she could wear pajamas pretty much all the time. She enjoys reading, movies, comics, and preparing herself for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Currently, Lish lives happily in Seattle where the weather never actually tries to kill you, with her family, two cats, and one very put-upon Chihuahua. She is slowly building her garden gnome army.

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Hold Me Closer Necromancer follows Sam as he finds out that he has the power to speak to and raise the dead and his battle with another Necromancer that wants him taken care of. The story starts with Sam and his friends working at a fast food restaurant (and behaving like typical teenagers) when they run into Douglass a necromancer who is not happy to find that he has competition. Sam then goes on a mission to find out what his powers are and ends up locked in Douglass' basement with a cute werewolf.

The story is fast paced and fun with characters that you would want to be friends with. The author does a great job infusing humor into the paranormal element and it's a welcome change from the super romantic paranormals that have flooded the YA market.

Appropriateness: This is a book that will speak to teenage boys (and girls) and has many gross out gags that will speak to that audience. There is a great romance but it is not the focus of the book and one sex scene that is very tame.
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Hold me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride is brilliantly witty, suspenseful and outright fun! Talk about a great debut novel. This book was absolutely magnificent...I was giggling on one page and on pins and needles with suspense on the next.

Our hero, Sam, is the average guy. He doesn't have much motivation and seems unbelievably apathetic towards the path his life has decided to take. The way he tells his story, it encourages the reader to sympathize with him- absolutely adorable. His life is trite, working at a fast food joint, barely making rent and living on his own with a couple good friends. But the real story begins when he's on break, and he shatters the tail light of the wrong car.

Sam finds himself thrown into a horrific world of necromancy and murder, if only he hadn't been playing potato hockey. Sam is running from one place to the next trying to figure out where his roots began, an explanation to the medicine bag he's worn around his neck since he was a small boy and a way to save his friends and family from a torturous death. The discoveries he unveils along his tragic adventure are fascinating.

You will be pleased to hear that there is a little bit of romance. Sam meets the most badass hybrid faerie/werewolf. She is strong, smart and knows how to keep her own in a fight. Their budding romance evolves rather quickly as they're both kidnapped by one creepy villain. They were inevitably compatible and I enjoyed their scenes together more than any other in the book... well, maybe not more than the talking head. I hope I get to see these two take it a step further in another book- LISH! PLEASE write another!

Read this book. Read it! McBride did a beautiful job with the plot and both the primary and supporting characters were complex and pragmatic. I am dieing to hang out with Sam and his buddies, to be introduced to his mom- a witch! Every Paranormal, Young Adult junkie should give this book the a shot.
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Samhain Corvus LaCroix leads a humdrum life. He works at Plumpy's, a hamburger restaurant. His job is boring but easy and he spends his evening hanging out with his friends Ramon, Brooke and Frank, not a bad way to spend time for a college dropout drifting through life.

The tedium of making and selling Plumpy burgers is broken up by a nightly game of potato hockey in the parking lot. Sounds innocent, right? But Sam's slapshot goes awry and he ends up busting the taillight of a very posh Mercedes that he and Brooke were using as a boundary for the game. When the irate owner shows up later in the evening holding a rather battered potato, that's when everything goes to hell. Ramon, Frank and Brooke react to the Merc owner the way they do to most people, with sarcasm and weary irritation, but Sam feels a creeping sense of menace from the guy. When the man grabs him and pulls him up by the neck of his Plumpy's uniform the herb bag his mother made for him as a child breaks and the man's anger vanishes and is replaced with shock quickly followed by rapid fire questions, 'what are you doing here?' 'why haven't you approached the council?'

So, random crazy guy, right?

But later that night a huge hulking figure jumps Sam, beats him to near unconsciousness and delivers a message that's a bit mangled (read, completely unknown) in the telling as the guy beats him with superhuman strength. But for Sam it's clear what's going on, Douglas Montgomery, the weirdy, intense Mercedes owner hasn't forgotten him.

Fast forward to the next day and things have gone from awful to downright tragic as Douglas, not known for subtlety delivers a second message that cannot be ignored.

Sam now has one week to join Douglas, a powerful Necromancer or die.
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It took me awhile to finish this book. Sam is a normal young man working in a fast food diner. Not a go-getter just a get-a-long type of guy. He used to be plagued by nightmares when he was young but his mother made him a gris-gris or medicine pouch which he keeps with him all the time and since he's been wearing it the nightmares have gone away. Sam forgets his pouch at home, the cord which kept it around his neck was broken, and that night at work a stranger approaches him and accuses him of not getting approval from the council for moving into the area.

The reason I gave this book only three stars is because of the introduction of Bridin. She's a werewolf--going to be the alpha one day--and she's captured by Douglas who happens to be he head of the Council. The author could have kept these two stories separate or brought in her character in context with Sam's --like she as his friend or something. We have two different things going on. Bridin is kept in a secret cage in Douglas' basement for his purpose of doing experiments with her werewolf and fey blood. This part of the story focuses on Bridin and her background (which has nothing to do with Sam or his background). Then suddenly, we're back to Sam's story. And forget Bridin for the next third of the book.

If you can handle jumping around like this--because I did forget all about her, like I forgot all about Sam while I was reading about Bridin--then you'll like this book.

It would be a good writing exercise to incorporate Bridin into Sam's life before she's captured and make that one of Sam's problems along with his figuring out what he is and how he's supposed to use these powers he had no idea he had.
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