Saturday, October 09, 2010

ARC Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

by Lish McBride

Will be released on October 12th!

Courtesy of Star Book Tours
Raising the dead - it sure beats flipping burgers.

Meet Sam, just your average guy rocking that fast food career.

Enter Douglas, a powerful and violent necromancer. Douglas immediately recognizes Sam as a fellow necromancer - which is news to Sam - and he's none too happy to have a competitor in the crowded paranormal scene in Seattle.

Now Sam has an undead friend on his hands and a hot werewolf girl for company. With just one week to find a way out of Douglas's clutches, can Sam figure out how to use his mysteriously latent powers?

My Review
Sam is just your average slacker dropout, working at a fast food joint. So when a dangerous-looking man named Douglas Montgomery comes into Plumpy's and accuses him of being a necromancer - and an unregistered one at that, Sam has no idea what's going on. When one of his friends ends up dead, Sam has one week to everything together. Or Sam might end up dead, too.

Sherman Alexie has the best quote about this book (which is, incidentally, on the cover): "This is either a scary funny book or a funny scary book. In either case, it is a great book. I love it." This is such a perfect description. Sam is a nice guy, but snarky and difficult to take seriously. Douglas is downright creepy, but this is tempered by Sam's reactions to him. Whether from danger or humor, there is never a dull moment in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Even the chapter titles are funny. Underneath all that humor, though, Sam is a bit of a lost boy. He's never felt connected to anything, and now he's beginning to discover why that is. His entire life, along with everything he thought he knew about himself, is being turned upside down, and there's really nothing he can do about it.

This is a great book that should appeal to both boys and girls. There is a great debate going on these days about how to get boys to read more and whether books need to be targeted specifically to boys to get them to read. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is the perfect book that walks the fine line between books that appeal to boys and books that exclude most girls - it has everything a boy could want in a book without the gross-out factor that generally keeps girls from also enjoying it (i.e. The New Kid by Temple Mathews). I can't recommend this book more, and I can't wait to give a copy to my little brother.

FYI to parents of younger readers: there is an inferred sex scene in this book.

This is Lish McBride's debut novel. Check on her website for news on any upcoming projects.

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