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I Belong

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Title: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Author: Lish McBride

Genre: YA Paranormal

SeriesNecromancer (Book 1)

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

FormatHardcover, 343 Pages

ISBN-10: 0805090983 (Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-0805090987 (Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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?

Quick & Dirty: This was a really funny, great YA Paranormal.  I loved the story, the characters, and I honestly read it in a day because it was so good.

Opening Sentence: I stood in front of today’s schedule still holding my skateboard, still drenched from the ride over, and still desperately wishing that I hadn’t dropped out of college.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Sam has lived a pretty normal life, but he has always felt a little disconnected from everything.  He tried to go to college, but nothing really ever clicked so he decided that it wasn’t for him, and now he is working at a junky fast food joint full-time.  It’s not a bad job, but he feels that he should probably be doing something else with his life he just doesn’t have any clue what.  One day while at work he mistakenly breaks a headlight on a fancy car with a potato, which brings the owner into the restaurant.  The owner happens to be Douglas Montgomery, who is a creepy Necromancer.  Douglas notices Sam and realizes that he too is a Necromancer, unregistered in his territory.  Douglas threatens Sam and says that if he doesn’t join with him he will hurt everyone he cares about.

Sam never even knew he was a Necromancer so this is all news to him.  It turns out that Seattle has many different paranormal creatures that Sam never knew about.  As he struggles to figure out what to do about Douglas he finds friends in unlikely places.  He also discovers that those closest to him have been keeping secrets from him for a very long time.  He doesn’t have a lot of time and if he wants to save everyone he cares about he has a lot to learn about Necromancy and himself.

Brid is a werewolf set to take over her pack in the Seattle area.  She has recently been captured by a rouge werewolf and Douglas Montgomery.  He has put her in a magical cage that is restraining her from being able to shift or use any of her powers.  He is performing all different kinds of experiments on her and she really has no idea how she is going to escape.  She knows that her father will be frantic to find her, but he won’t know where to look.  Soon she has another prisoner join her named Sam.  Together they try to find a way to escape from the evil Douglas before it is too late.

This book was actually told from many points of view.  Mainly you hear from Sam, Douglas, and Brid but there are a few other minor characters as well that you hear from.  First, I am going to talk about Sam since he is our main character.  I really liked Sam.  He’s funny, witty, and a total smart alec.  On the flip side he is actually a really sweet guy to that really cares about his family and friends.  He made me laugh a lot, but he also had a serious side as well.  I thought that he was a very well rounded character and I really loved him.  I can’t wait to read more of his story in the coming books.

Brid is a total kick butt werewolf girl.  She is strong and knows what she wants.  There are times when she does feel a little insecure and afraid but she is really good at hiding it from everyone.  For most of the book she is a prisoner, but she always keeps a positive attitude and I really respected her for that.  When she meets Sam it’s cute and they have fun chemistry.  I really liked Brid and I am excited to see more of her in the future books.

Douglas is our evil villain in the story.  I haven’t really read many books where we get to read from the villain’s point of view, but I really liked it.  Douglas is your average power hungry bad dude, but he is really smart about it.  He is trying to learn as much as he can about all the other paranormal species.  He runs tons of crazy experiments and he doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.  He will take out anyone that is a threat to him and the future that he wants.  He is a great villain and it was interesting to see through his eyes.

I loved this book.  It was full of humor and adventure.  Normally when a book is told from so many points of view I really tend to disconnect with it, but that is not the case with this book.  I actually really enjoyed reading from everyone’s point of view, even some of the minor characters.  The book flowed really well for me and I pretty much finished it in one setting.  The plot was interesting and really entertaining.  This is the first book I have read by Lish McBride, but it will defiantly not be the last.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good YA Paranormal read.

Notable Scene:

I stared at the package.  The only clue I had was the brown paper and the string.  Who wraps things like that anymore?  And, using my extensive knowledge of bombs, since the package didn’t tick theatrically, I ruled that out.

Ramon sat on the floor, back against the wall, waiting for his coffee to brew.  I untied the string, pulled the paper away, and stopped.  The package felt cold, and I don’t mean refrigerator-frosty.  This box gave me the dame chilly electric feeling as the man from Plump’s.  Not good

“What’s wrong?” Even half asleep, Ramon had noticed my pause.  I shook my head at him.

“Nothing.  Just paranoid, I think.”

I opened the box, then quickly dropped it and scrambled up onto the counter, making very dignified shrieking noises.  Ramon stared.  Frank came into the kitchen just in time to see the box bounce onto its side and its contents roll lazily out.  Ramon tried to back up, but he was already against the wall.  Frank managed a quick hop back as Brooke’s head rolled to a stop in the middle of the floor.  It had been severed cleanly at the neck, making her ponytail appear longer as it trailed behind like a tail on a grotesque comet.  I couldn’t   see any blood.  In fact, the wound looked cauterized, which didn’t make it any more pleasant.

Nobody said a word.

Nobody except Brooke.

Necromancer Series:

0.1 Heads Will Roll

0.5 Necromancer: A Novella

1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

2. Necromancing the Stone

FTC Advisory: Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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