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Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,778 Ratings  ·  640 Reviews
With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?

Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for o
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 344 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Henry Holt & Company
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Seppe As you can find on the author's website:

"There are currently two Sam novels -- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone. Yes there will…more
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"There are currently two Sam novels -- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone. Yes there will be more eventually, I just don't know when. But Sam's story isn't finished.(...)
Firebug is set in the same world as Sam, only on the opposite coast with new characters."(less)
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Wendy Darling
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4.5 stars At long last, it's here! This review contains some spoilers from the first book, so proceed at your own risk.

After killing the evil necromancer Douglas Montgomery in last year's hilarious Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Sam LaCroix has not only inherited Douglas' seat on their town's supernatural Council, but he's inherited his huge house, his shapeshifting cat butler James, and a small arm
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't get to say this nearly enough in my reviews, so I'm going to caps lock it: THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH FUN! As much as I like Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Necromancing the Stone is even better. Not only is it more streamlined with the focus primarily on Sam, but Lish McBride fully embraces the camp.

*Jack Bauer voice* The following takes place 6 weeks after Necromancer. Sam has gone from lowly burger flipper to Head Necromancer In Charge (HNIC). He's inherited all the property of the former HNIC,
Paige  Bookdragon
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone

I'm a fan of happy endings, so the author better make sure that there's a next book...
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery
~ 3.8972 stars.

This one is going to be super short because I just don’t have much to say. I never do about this series, even though I love it. These books are completely enjoyable and fun and they make me smile. I love that Sam, the “sensitive beta-male” isn’t afraid to let his alpha girlfriend be a powerful leader, even at the expense of their relationship. I love that he’s willing to step aside and respect her decisions and give her time to work out her own life. Sam is like that sweet, crunch
Shannon Kitchens
Sigh. Am I the only one that was a little disappointed by this follow up?

Ok, I loved Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Madly, wildly, passionatly. So when Necromancing came in, I dropped everything I was reading. And I devoured the book in about two days.

However, the whole thing left me...wanting.

What wasn't working:

1.) Villians. We start off knowing that our hapless hero Sam is now an uber necromancer. Awesomesauce. Plus, we know that necromancers are notoriously shady. So I was thinking, we'd get s
Jeff Raymond
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-ya-fantasy
A surprise gem for me was Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, about a kid thrown into the world of necromancy and werewolves and what have you. It was fun without being too goofy, campy without being tiresome, and was equal parts humorous and interesting. I have been eagerly awaiting the sequel since I finished Necromancer a couple years ago.

The unfortunate news is that Necromancing the Stone cranks the camp up to eleven, in part because it doesn't feel like the book has a ton of places to go. The book
Sue Moro
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
I absolutely love this series and the entire cast of characters! The humor continues to delight, making me laugh out loud at times.
"He stuck his shovel defiantly in the ground, then took off his little red hat and held it in both hands. 'You have a name?' 'Twinkle.' 'Twinkle,' I said slowly. 'The Destroyer,' he added. 'Your name is Twinkle the Destroyer?' He nodded. 'Of course it is. Why wouldn't it be? Okay, Twinkle the Destroyer, I take it you guys have been popping my tires?'"
Who doesn't love fierce, little garden gnomes named Pip the BriNger of Pain, Gnoman Polanski or Twinkle the Destroyer? And who doesn't think that L
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
So much fun. This time a year ago, (has it been that long?) I was gushing over how much I loved this and that in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Sam and his buddies' return rekindled some of that love. Sam is not the same screw up he was before, but he still does stick his foot in it at times, only made funnier with him still having some of the best lines and having friends who are each all endearing one way or another.

He’s inherited all that had been Douglas’ power, riches and plenty other little
Tokio Myers
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Four stars for the amazing side characters and fun story, and two stars for the whiny bitch of a main character. What do you have? -drum roll please- You have a solid three star book.

Necromancing the Stone follows the main character Sam six weeks after the first book Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Now its been awhile since I read the first book luckily the seconded gives you a nice recap. Basically there was a bad guy, they stopped him there was much rejoicing.( I don't read these books for the o
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Maria by: Wendy Darling
I recommend Necromancing the Stone.

... and Lish McBride didn't disappoint! This sequel is even better than Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, like three times! Funnier, edgier, and sadder, Necromancing the Stone was a fantastic followup to the Necromancer series.

This is told in Sam's and Douglas' POVs. Sam's struggling with maintaining the house (and it's eccentric inhabitants) he inherited from Douglas. He's also dealing with the guilt over his best friend Ramon's transformation. All this while being
I find myself yet again in love with Lish, she has a way of making me laugh like no other. Honestly what I was expecting and what happened were a little off (not like omg huge, just a little) I see where she is trying to go with this and I like that she is slowly putting the crumbs down. There are MANY other books out there where things just seem to happen...and for no reason at all. Here is a great example of what you can accomplish when you spend some time thinking and making things work for t ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I was enjoying this book until the end, where the author emasculated the main character. I'm all for having finer feelings and all but this is URBAN FANTASY where most villains have superpowers and won't give up until they're dead. How is Sam suppose to win if he's not willing to take care of business? Convince people to give themselves up for the sake of justice? PLEASE!!

I don't believe the about face of the villain, it just didn't fit with his character. He was just too selfish and didn't seem
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

Necromancing the Stone is the long awaited sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Six weeks after the end of Hold Me Closer, vegetarian Necromancer Samhaim "Sam" LaCroix is no longer just a fry cook or college dropout. He is a full fledged necromancer, a member of the Council that has Vampires, witches, satyrs, dryads, and furies. He has also taken Douglas Montgomery's possessions, including his home filled with unusual and dark trinkets.

*Full Revi
Apr 29, 2012 marked it as to-read
Can we please talk about how I am practically dancing with excitement for this to come out? First of all Hold Me Closer Necromancer has to be one of the best books I have read in years, so I am all about a sequel. Especially when Lish McBride happens to be magic at capturing all the things that make my hometown of Seattle so great and putting it into words. There were times reading Hold Me Closer Necromancer that I had an exact picture of where she was talking about in my head, she is so great a ...more
Tommy Hancock
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I almost didn't 5-star this one. I liked it less than the first book, but not by a whole lot.

The climax felt a little too easy to me(even if brilliantly written). That's literally my only complaint. And given how much I loved the rest of the book, and how good the resolution was following the climax, I went ahead and left it where it was.

There's only 2 books in this series, but they're fantastic and funny. You should read them.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, paranormal, ya
It was so worth the wait for this book. As soon as I finished reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer I wanted to read the next book and waiting nearly 18 months was hard but if that is what it takes to get another great book from McBride then it certainly is worth the wait. Sam and the gang is back with all of the humor you expected from the first book as well as the twists and turns, the relationships and struggles, and choices and consequences. Sam is not perfect but certainly you can relate to h ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I ditched every book I was reading when the ARC for NtS arrived. Everything I loved about Hold Me Closer, Necromancer returns in this second book-- action, great characters (with cool powers), humor and tender moments. In particular, I like how readers become attached to the secondary characters as much as Sam does.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this just as much as the first one! Though I'm not sure I like the new covers quite as much as I enjoyed the first version. Still, had to buy it anyway because I was hoping it would be super fantastic. AND IT IS.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, who doesn't love a book featuring a Sasquatch called Sexy Gary?
Cassidy Washburn
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Definitely better than the first one! The action was faster and the humor was perfect. I love humor in books haha
Anna Urban
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book in one word: delightful. Whil reading, I kept remembering why I couldn't put down part 1 back when I started this series.

Sam is so well-written, and he's such a fleshed out character. He's a dork, empathic and just an all-over likeable darling.
Douglas is a great villain, nuanced and flawed with an interesting back story.
Also, Taco <3 I want a mini chupacabra now.
The funniest, sweetest "scary" book out there!
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. It picked up right where the story left off and continued with the momentum that took so long to initially build. This book was funny and clever and I will definitely miss the song title chapter challenge. Ten extra points for multiple David Bowie references and the Ataris, San Diana high school football rules.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was almost as good as the first, though I was a bit disappointed with the villain. James was such a squish though.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this series was so sweet and funny and dumb
4.5 stars

I this book!

Yep, I think I have found myself a new series to follow with cast of characters that I simply love -- if only there are more books in this series, darn it! I am already charmed with these characters in the first book, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, but I seriously think that this book is so MUCH better.

"Necromancing the Stone" again provides a great combination of exciting 'new' experience for Sam and his friends, witty banters, but at the same time a shocking demise of a cha
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya, fiction, sffh
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Lexie Robinson Austin
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loves these books. This is the second in the series (the first titled "Hold Me Closer Necromancer" which I recommend you read first). The whole book, from the title to the chapter headings are plays on famous classic rock songs. That just adds a bit of whimsy and fun.

What makes it rock is the plot, characters, and general hijinks that happen throughout the story.

Here's the summary: 'With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Local library

Samhain ‘Sam’ LaCroix defeated Douglas ‘Uber Psycho’ Montgomery in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and he’s trying to adjust to his new life of being the resident Necromancer. He has inherited all that Douglas owned including his seat on the Council. Sam, who until six weeks ago didn’t even know he was a necromancer, has no clue what is going on or what he’s supposed to be doing. And since necromancers are pretty rare he doesn’t really have anyone to learn from. Well,

Yep, that's right ThunderGnome!
This part of the book amused me, a lot. I also couldn't stop singing the rest of the songs at the beginning of each chapter.
But sadly I didn't feel as drawn in with this one as I did with Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
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Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy Young Adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone; Firebug; and Pyromantic. She has published short stories in the Normal School,, and the anthologies Cornered, What to Read in the Rain, Freaks & Other Family, and Kisses & Curses. She got her BFA in creative writing from Seattle University and her MFA from U ...more
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“Wind does not discriminate—it touches everyone, everything. He liked that about wind.” 57 likes
“Ramon looked closely at the little guy as he ate. "Maybe he's Jewish. I mean, if Sammy Davis Jr. could convert to Judaism, why not a chupacabra? We should name him Harry Mendelbaum."

I held up my arms in protest. "You're all racist. Now shut up. We'll call him Taco von Precious of Svenenstein. There, everybody happy?"

"Isn't von the same thing as of?" Frank asked. "Wouldn't that be kind of redundant?"

"You're redundant," I said.”
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