Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

McBride, Lish

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0805090983
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,22 cm.


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Dec 09, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Samhain Corvus LaCroix (whose name is either a poor joke, a spiteful act by his mother or the misjudgment of a neo-hippy) has just found out that he’s a necromancer. Yikes. Much like a certain boy wizard who didn’t know how he was special but was vaguely aware he wasn’t quite like the other boys, Sam’s newly learned status comes with the urgent need to master his powers quickly, deal with a sociopath who’s bent on breaking him and interacting with other “special” people who are far more knowing about the situation than he is.

Ms. McBride’s first novel carries a definite assurance about it, with a sure insight into the mind and worries of a typical adolescent male handling a not-so-typical problem. Sam gets bullied and tortured but manages to hold on to his sanity and awareness. He learns about his strengths and his weaknesses. He clings to his friends, tries to rely on them for help but knows when he has to take matters into his own hands. And, oh yes, he gets the girl in the end.

The other characters around him are equally noteworthy, from his co-worker tough-girl Brooke, his timorous uncle Nick to the curious and appealing half-sisters that share his powers. They all have their faults but their true literary strengths lie in how they interact with each other. The story is a keen balance of terror, humor, drama, action and romance.

Since it’s the first in a series, we can count on Samhain to have more adventures dancing with the dead. It promises to be a fun ride.

Nov 05, 2014
  • bangtan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not really scary like I'd been hoping but definitely a good read for October. Main characters that look at the good side and laugh even in horrible situations are one of my favorites. Would recommend Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon if you're looking for something similar :)

Oct 22, 2014
  • Kyanite rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny enough to make me snicker on the bus, earning me a few funny looks. Totally worth it, though. Sam is a really likable character, and his inner monologue is delightfully smart-assed. I can't wait to start the next one.

Sep 12, 2014
  • joesnow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Reminded me of "Reaper". Fun book with dark humour.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

McBride’s debut novel is a refreshing take on the paranormal genre. It mentions some great bands. The title is a play on Elton John and every chapter break is named from a popular song.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hold_me_closer_mcbride

Nov 24, 2013
  • twhitehead24 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable book. I read books for teens so I can recommend them to students at the high school. This book was mildly scary but humorous at the same time. I am reading the second book now "Necromancing the Stone" and the adventures continue.

Nov 06, 2013
  • dprodrig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I too was surprised at how much I liked this book.

Jul 23, 2013
  • bjbpdx rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was surprised at how much I loved Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. I refused to read it for two years because I prejudged the plot (teen slacker discovers he has the power to raise the dead) as silly. I was right. It is silly, but in a delightfully funny style with delightfully likable characters. Protagonist Sam, turns out to be one of the most normal characters in the book in spite of his supernatural power. Sam's boring slacker life becomes a nightmare of violent attacks after a chance encounter with a sinister man who comes into the fast food restaurant where Sam works. Unbeknownst to Sam, his mother is a witch, and she used her witchcraft to put a spell on Sam when he was a baby to hide his powers from him and the world. The spell worked until Douglas, the kingpin of the evil necromancer empire, comes into the restaurant and senses Sam's powers. If Sam doesn't join Douglas in his evil deeds, Douglas will harm Sam's friends and family. Hold Me Closer is laugh out loud funny. Sam has that snarky attitude that only a bright, clever, unhappy teen boy can have. His sarcasm can drive even an evil kingpin, used to dealing with demons and supernatural beings, crazy with frustration. Sam also has three funny, geeky, odd and totally loyal friends who help him navigate the turmoil and conquer the evil. Sam's discovery of his power also brings new characters into his life, some of them living, some of them human and some of them neither, but all of them interesting. Hold Me Closer Necromancer is fast paced and action packed making it the perfect choice for reluctant readers. There are a couple of violent events that get a little gruesome. It also has a little romance thrown in for reluctant girl readers. But mostly, it has charm and humor.

Jul 09, 2013
  • tuesdayswithlori rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first chapter of this novel was really good, but then it sputtered a bit for a few chapters and then was right back on track. Loved the title of the chapters and can't wait to see what happens with Ramon. Really liked the friendship between the characters and Sam is really a great guy character. He is totally a guy but without the machismo. Fun!

Apr 14, 2013
  • JCLNancyB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fast paced & funny with characters you root for (even the dead ones).

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Dec 18, 2013

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