Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, NecromancerHold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Necromancer #1)

Henry Holt and Company, 343 pages

" “Sam, honey, you look filthier than a hot tub in a brothel.”
“That’s kind of gross, Mrs. W,” I said.
She eyed Ramon and Frank behind me, her finger waggingbetween them. 
Your little boyfriends didn’t beat you up, did they?” she said. “Sam’s a nice boy, and if he won’t call the cops on you two, I will.”
“I’m grateful,” I said. “I really am, but I’m neither gay nor a victim of domestic violence.”
Mrs. Winalski dug around in her purse for her keys and made a harrumphing noise. “You worry me, Sam. I’m seventy, and I get a hell of a lot more action than you, boy. You’re young—take advantage.”

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?

Oh, what a joy ride. The snappish comments, the sarcasm, the hysteria!
No teenage angst and whining and no weird love triangle where what made this different for me. The humor was what made this so perfect for me. 
This was so much fun, I'm looking forward to book 2 already.

I read this as part of the Zombie Challenge and I'm grateful I picked this one up.
It seemed to be a good first book to get into the whole zombie thing. Borderline Zombie, so to say.

The main character Sam was refreshingly normal, even for a necromancer with unspeakable powers. After all, nobody ever told him. His friends where awesome! How many of your friends would try to run over somebody with a car to save you? Not many, I'd gather. I really liked Frank, he seemed so cute you just want to cuddle him all the time.

The changing of POV was a surprise but it worked. It changed between Douglas (our villain) , Brid and Sam and once went into Tia's POV (Sam's mom). I think that was it, I'm not sure, but it definitely was cool to see how everybody ticked.

The zombies weren't that dominant in the story line. Not like a zombie apocalypse book or anything, they where one of many different paranormal beings in this book, so it felt more like an urban fantasy than a zombie book. Borderline Zombie, as I mentioned. We had witches and necromancers and harbingers (of death, duh) and werewolves. 

We also had a mysterious council (oooooh) and a pack leader (aaaah) and a talking sever head (eeeeh?). Well it IS a zombie book , people.

Sadly it was a short ride and over way too soon, so I'm pining for book two to be released soon.
(Hah, and I just did my waiting on wednesday with other books. *rolls-eyes* Typical.)


  1. Its interesting how the one book we JUST finished reading has a sequel that goes to the top of our "waiting for" list!! No patience, that is so me :)