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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 12, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
This book was a lighthearted, well written, fast paced, creature filled fun read. Never once did I wish the pace and progress to pick up. The characters were well done and loveable/detestable (where appropriate). In fact the characters were what made this book enjoyable. Necromancy is definitely a difficult topic to steer clear of Creepsville while fostering the Feels for a smart ass MC who you can't help but root for. I recommend this book to anyone that likes funny, fast paced, paranormal character driven novels where all loose ends are neatly wrapped up by the end. I am definitely going to read book #2 though it's not at the top of my ever growing, seemingly insurmountable TBR list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book blew me away. I picked it up on a whim because I was looking for a new strong fantasy based book with a male character. Read morePublished 7 days ago by ELL
I loved the title, but the characters were so flat that I couldn't connect emotional with anyone. The story was predictable. Every character had the same voice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David G. Rettig
Funny? Yes… Scary? Not at all. The McBride did a really nice job with the typical “scare movie” characters, werewolves, vampires, necromancers, dragons, and such, to adapt them... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Satou Johns
Great story fast read. This is for anyone who just likes strange things and a little magic. I have read this about 3 times now and each time it gets better. Read morePublished 10 months ago by jeff fernandez
When I first received FIREBUG as a review copy from Macmillan, I hadn’t realized it was tied into Lish McBride’s previous two Necromancer books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brittany
The book was perfect and the delivery was more timely than my feedback. Very satisfied and will order again in the future.Published 13 months ago by michael appleby
It's almost a little ridiculous that this book has any rating under five stars, though differences in taste happen. I mean, other people are clearly wrong, but that's alright. Read morePublished 13 months ago by EliteIndieReads
I enjoyed this book. I cannot wait to read the next one. I enjoyed Sam's character.Published 14 months ago by Royana