Monday, October 18, 2010

ARC Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Title: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Author: Lish McBride
Available: 10/12/2010
Reading Level: Young Adult

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.  

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

My thoughts:

Let me start by saying the ARC I read had the first cover. It had a heart and stripes all in a pinkish red color. So thrilled they went with this one instead. This is a book both guys and girls will enjoy, and I feel the first cover made it look like a chick read. This is so not a chick read!

I’ve wanted to read Hold Me Closer, Necromancer ever since I saw the title. I didn’t even need to know what it was about to add it my wish list. Really, how cool is that title? I’m thrilled to say it lived up to its awesome title. The first portion of the book features two story lines that eventually merge. We have Sam who was given a deadline by jealous necromancer, Douglas, and Brid, a werewolf who finds herself held captive. Add Sam’s interesting crew of friends into the mix, and things get really interesting. 

Debut author, Lish McBride, really created something special. Not only did she incorporate a talking head into the plot, but she also found a most clever use for the much loved Blackberry. There are also gnomes! Yes, gnomes! For the record I have a huge love of garden gnomes, and any author who can work them into a plot is super cool in my book. The titles at the beginning of each chapter also helped with the fun. I loved the humor in this one. The author’s voice really helps her to stand out among the Young Adult writing world. Any author that can take such a huge variety of creatures, and create a well written and engaging book is pretty darn impressive. Not any easy task I bet, but it is done in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer without being confusing or overwhelming. I just loved how different this book is from others on the shelves, and highly recommend it. 

Moderate amount of violence, some pretty gory. Contains some colorful language, but nothing over the top. Not for the kiddies if you ask me though.  Great writing, pacing, characters, and plot. This is a very impressive debut novel. Love the cross appeal to both guy and girl readers. Also nice to see another male protag! The ending seemed to set us up for more adventures with newbie Necromancer, Sam. I know I can’t wait to read more! 

Looking for a fresh spin on the paranormal mania. Give this one a try!

Order from Amazon:
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer


  1. sounds like this one is a fun read! thanks for the review!

  2. I also wanted to read this without knowing what it's about, but now that I do, and how awesome it is, I want to read it even more. Great review!

  3. I must admit you've peaked my interest. Great review.

  4. I've been wanting to read this one. It's working it's way up the TBR pile!

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