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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,506 Ratings  ·  1,774 Reviews
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 laten
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Hardcover, 343 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Henry Holt and Company
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Flannery
Apr 18, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Snarkers
Recommended to Flannery by: Tons of my GR friends
I guarantee you, if you read this book: (1) You will laugh; and (2) You will want to eat some waffles. I have eaten three waffles in the past two days just because of this book. (Fine, it was also because someone else made waffle batter and it takes a minute to make once all that work is done:)) But in all seriousness, this book is buckets of awesome. Samhain Corvus LaCroix (Sam) is a Seattle college dropout working at a fast food restaurant with a few of his friends and generally slacking it up ...more
Wendy Darling
Never judge a book by its title. I have to confess it took me awhile to get to this one because I think the title is a little cheesy (and it's now obviously impossible to get Elton John out of my head), but this turned out to be a hilarious book that had me laughing out loud numerous times--not a bad feat when a big part of the book is about raising the dead. All the characters are engaging and likable, especially smart-mouthed Sam, strong and beautiful Brid, Sam's little sisters, the...incapaci ...more
Vinaya
Apr 22, 2011 Vinaya rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vinaya by: Maja, Michelle, Flannery
Confession: I am ridiculously addicted to 80s high school movies. In a I've-watched-them-40-million-times kind of way. In a I-own-hideously-expensive-collector's-editions kind of way. In a I-would-love-to-be-Lloyd-Dobler's-honey kind of way. I mean, seriously, who could resist this face?

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Not me!

If someone had plucked Llyod Dobler off the sets of Say Anything, and stuck him in paranormal YA book, he would probably be called Sam LaCroix. Now this is Point 1 in Lish McBride's favour. You can keep yo
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Emily May
May 04, 2012 Emily May rated it liked it


I'd just like to make a point of saying that three stars for me can mean indifference or "liked but had issues with" or just anything else in between the two. This book I liked, let's be clear on that, I don't want to be the hosepipe at the bonfire on this one. It's taken me a long time to get around to reading this because funny is a harder sell for me than dark, sad, disturbing... take your pick. Obviously, humour is far more subjective than those I just mentioned. However, I can say that as
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Updated- I heard from the author, next book is due in Jan/Feb May 2012! Yeah!

Review below!

Poor Sam. You thought you were going to be your average, college dropout, unmotivated, 20-something, fast food working, movie watching, girl craving, young male. Little did you know that you actually are a far from average, mysterious, potentially powerful necromancer.

What is a boy to do?

Well for Sam, first you figure out what the hell you are? Second, you flip out when everything you know is twisted and di
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Caris
May 21, 2011 Caris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
Okay. So say there’s a small planet orbiting that hunk of disappointing shit that used to be Pluto. And I’m not talking a moon here. I’m talking about a planet that’s orbiting what used to be a planet. You follow?

On this planet, there’s this tiny civilization that’s just like ours, only it’s running backwards. God put them there as an intelligent, technologically advanced society and they’re slowly working backwards. Gradually, they learn to embrace religion and forget how to use computers. At t
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The Holy Terror
This review is mostly a lot of negatives, but I still liked this book. I wanted to give this 4 stars, I really did, but the more I thought about it the more I realized it had a lot of problems. You know that feeling you get when you're rooting for the characters and you're immersed in the world and you're frantically turning pages because you can't wait to see what happens next? You get to a certain level of emotional investment where you feel like an active participant and not just a spectator ...more
Catie
Jul 17, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery
This book is pure fluffy escapism. There’s no inner turmoil or philosophizing or deep, hidden meanings, but I mean that in the best possible way. I love everything about this book: the characters are quirky and unique and above all, hilarious. The story moves quickly and is exciting and fun all the way to the end. This book has a talking “cat,” the reanimated head of a spunky teenage girl, a zombie panda, a waffle addicted harbinger of death, a kick-ass hybrid werewolf, and the feistiest elderly ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
If Sam hasn’t had a tough week I don’t know who else has. He had been attacked in an alley by someone/something, there is a talking head that he now has to tote around, someone claims he can raise the dead, there is a naked girl in a cage (well I guess that part isn’t all bad) and everyone seems to know more about him and his past than he does.

Sam hasn’t ever really felt like he fit in. He is a college drop who works at a fast food restaurant, but at least he has his own place and doesn’t live i
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Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
2.5 stars. I think, for me, Lish McBride's brand of humor works better in small short-story-sized doses than in a full-length novel. We start out this story with an aimless young man, Sam, aimlessly working at a dead-end job in a fast-food restaurant, horsing around with his friends and hating his job and cracking jokes to the reader about his job and life in general. This goes on for two or three chapters, and by then I'm starting to mentally check out because aimless young guys are not even cl ...more
~Tina~
Mar 20, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
TBR Reduce Challenge #17- 2011 (Stefanie)

Do you know when you look at a book, stalk the reviews and then decide to take a chance and figure, why not? I'll give it a shot.
Well, I figure I'd give this book a chance, but what I didn't expect was that awesomeness actually lives in these pages!

First off, I just gotta mention page 49! The head, butter knife and shampoo bottle? Best.Scene.Evah!!!! I laughed my F'N ass off so hard that it took twenty-five minutes to get through the rest of the five an
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Janina
You are looking for a YA urban fantasy that is a bit outside the norm? You are tired of stories only revolving around a lukewarm love interest? You like it a bit macabre? You’re not looking for anything too serious, but simply want to have a good time? I think I’ve found the book for you …

Simply put, this book was lots of fun! Talking heads, waffle-addicted spirits, double-agent next-door neighbours, were-bears, family secrets, powerful necromancers, resurrected Chinese pandas, talking cats, out
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Anila
There isn't much that I want to say about this book which hasn't already been said by Vinaya, Flannery, Jillian, or Wendy.

Actually, all I can think of is:

- it was a great audiobook, and those who have trouble with the switches from first to third person narration might benefit from listening to the audio, since there are two different narrators.
- Seattle FTW.
- I would have given it four stars, but the ending was very sweet and poignant and I couldn't do anything but bump it up.
- This would prob
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

DNF at 24%.

Sometimes books just CLICK. Humor, plot, characters, writing, whatever. And other times they don't.

This doesn't click with me. Not a fan of the humor, characters are unappealing, plot seems to be your standard "Special Snowflake finds out he's important" type. The writing isn't terrible; it's more tolerable than 90% of Young Adult novels. But despite that "glowing endorsement", the plot lurches to a stop to dump flashbacks and character background that I wasn't even part
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Mar 24, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was ok
I think I'm done with books starring contemporary male adolescent characters and the paranormal. The past 3 series I can recall have not been good:

1. Lies Beneath: Calder, DUMBEST MERMAN EVER, I don't know how he manages to stay alive, much less breathe by himself on land
2. Chronicles of Nick: smart-aleck mama's boy who's in way over his head
3. Beautiful Creatures: 40-year old Southern spinster disguised as a teenaged boy

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer follows the terrible trend. Half the book so fa
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jul 02, 2011 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of White Cat
4.5 stars. Being that Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is about a young man practicing the dark art of Necromancy, you'd think the book would be dark. Can I answer yes and no to this one? I'd almost call it a dark comedy of sorts. For a book about such an offbeat and bizarre subject, dare I say this was an enjoyably easy read? Because it really was. Something that I liked about this book was that it felt very gender neutral and could appeal to a multitude of ages. Even though the book is a YA, the ma ...more
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Initial Impressions 10/26/15: So much fun! Loved the horror with comedy ... Or comedy with horror. That's exactly how I like my horror! The paranormal aspects were a blast, the characters were great, and it was a super quick & fun read!

Full review as originally posted HERE on 12/21/15: When I first received FIREBUG as a review copy from Macmillan, I hadn’t realized it was tied into Lish McBride’s previous two Necromancer books. Once I did, I quickly purchased them and put FIREBUG on hold… an
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Isamlq
Mar 24, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was amazing
Every paranormal novel (romance or otherwise) that I’ve read in the recent past should have a star taken away because this book deserves five stars and then some. This book is how paranormal should read. I’m in love. I’m in love with Sam. I’m in love with this book. I’d even go as far as saying I’m in love with the author.

Second, if this is the way Lish McBride writes, give me more! I love the certainty in Sam’s voice. He totally knows his life is going nowhere and with absolutely no pretense s
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Crowinator
I had the hardest time writing this review, and I just decided to go ahead and post it knowing that I would never do the awesomeness of this book justice.

This hysterical, scary, offbeat story about a slacker discovering his necromancer powers feels tailor-made for my tastes. For weird elements, it is a veritable cornucopia. It contains: a talking head, a (benign) zombie panda, a talking cat (who is actually a mini-dragon), homicidal lawn ornaments, sassy ghosts who love waffles, witches, weres,
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Jessica

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Man, I loved this book so much that I'm facing the usual problem. What to say about it? I think what I liked best about this was the humor. I was killing myself laughing several times while reading.
Though the story is told from multiple POVs, or well, there are some chapters told from a POV other than Sam, our 23-year old college dropout is still our main protagonist. We mostly spend our time in his head and let me tell you, it's awesome there! Sam is great, he's a good
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Eric
First let me say that I find it a bit weird that I hadn't realized how starved I was for books like this. I know I've always been a fan of the smart, witty, dark humored variety but really it hadn't occurred to me until I picked up the short story Death and Waffles (Necromancer: A Novella). Once I knew what I was getting myself into I pretty much as quickly as time (my bandwidth) would allow Audible to download the book for me started listening this and LOVING EVERY MINUTE!

I really liked (a) it
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Ash Wednesday
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3.5 STARS
As they approached the yard, she could see scorched earth and broken doors. She tried to make sense of it. Had there been a flamethrower fight? A minotaur lay bleeding next to what appears to be a shredded lion. Tiny red hats were everywhere. A few men were lounging around a pretty Greek lady, and one guy was fighting the shrubbery.

Yep, it's that kind of frat party.

Any other time, I think I may not have enjoyed this book quite as much as I did. Because coming at the heels of reading
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Bonnie
This book was great, highly enjoyable, and extremely funny. And it had EVERYTHING! Usually when an author throws in an odd assortment of paranormal creatures it tends to get a little messy and slightly corny; however, Lish McBride totally made it work. I mean we’ve got some necromancers, werewolves, zombie pandas, lawn gnomes came to life and poked people with tiny shovels, there was a tiny flying dragon, and even a talking severed head. As Sam states so eloquently, “Once a severed head talks, l ...more
Mitticus
2,5

Laziness had gotten the best of me.

That could be the motto of Samheim LaCroix.

Sam is not a very much likable character. Slacker, drop-out college, skater, fast-food fry cook. A stupid game (avoiding his job) ends in a changing life experience. The mortal kind.

Parece como una de esas peliculas malas que ves en la tele,en que te quieren vender la idea que un sujeto cualquiera que no hace mucho por la vida, termina metido en una gran aventura , con poderes enormes , y con una chica 'hot' . (
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a breath of fresh air book. I've read some disappointing books lately, and I needed a good one. Plus I was pining for a good UF read. I loved the easy writing flow, the funny dialogue, and the wonderful, self-deprecating hero, Sam. Although this was released as a YA book, I think it easily could have been marketed as an adult UF novel. I believe the older readers will enjoy it as much as teen readers because there is a lot to like in this book.

McBride keeps her world-building simple, bu
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Merril Anil
Jul 06, 2015 Merril Anil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is fantastic

I had so much fun reading this book. It is definitely one of favorite books now after having such an amazing time reading this. In fact this book was so good for me that merely into ten pages and I had already placed the order for the second book. Imagine!! in just 10 pages I was floored by the book

This is my first experience with the topic of necromancy and what an experience. I love how the book is not all about educating and spreading more light on the concept of necromancy
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Eunice
4.5 stars

This book is so much FUN! I love love love everything but most especially Samhain Corvus LaCroix! I tell you, I'm in love with this guy yeah, like I don't feel like that with most of the heroes I met. XD. Its like I met the guy version of Sophie Mercer (Hex Hall)! This dude made me all laughing from the first page to the last and even on worst situations. While this book offered lots of good humor it also gave a very good side of dark and paranormal stuffs.

I love reading books with mal
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Laura
Nov 13, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Where is the number one place for finding severed heads? What makes pressed jeans SO creepy? And where can I get homemade waffles right now? These are just a few of the many fun questions that rolled around in my head and made me laugh while reading Lish McBride’s Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.

For me, the star of this show is the playful attitude and tone of the tale. The characters find themselves in some painfully awkward conversations and dangerous situations, but they always seem to come up wi
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Becky
Dec 16, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who love AWESOME.
Recommended to Becky by: Star Book Tours
This book was SO MUCH FUN! I devoured this book, and had to put it down so that I could sleep around 3:30am, but I had a little internal tantrum when I did, because as tired as I was, I was enjoying the book so much that I just did not want to set it down.

I really loved everything about this book. I loved all of the characters, all of them, even the deviously evil ones. But I especially loved The Quad, as I lovingly referred to them in my head: Sam (the main character), Ramon (his best friend),
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Rhiannon
Jun 01, 2011 Rhiannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fun things. Do you like fun?
Recommended to Rhiannon by: Jessica
To describe a novel teeming with werewolves, shape-shifters, and other supernatural beings lurking in the shadows of our modern cities, playing by their own rules, and heading secret councils... Is to unfortunately describe an overdone trend that is seriously making me YAWN. This genre, in its essence, is supposed to excite and thrill. Fairies and vampires? Hybrid wolf-people? Immortality? Mutant healing abilities? These are elements of the strange and impossible. Instead, this type of story is ...more
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Lish McBride was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. It rains a lot there, but she likes it anyway. She spent three years away while she got her MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, and she liked that too, although the hurricane did leave much of her stuff underwater. She enjoys reading, having geek-laden conversations about movies, comics, and zombies with her friends, and of ...more
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