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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

(Necromancer #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  18,266 ratings  ·  2,176 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
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Henry Holt and Company
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Caitlin C Normally I'm a "this was 4 stars and that's being nice!" type of rater. I was cracking up the entire time with this one. I loved the pop culture refer…moreNormally I'm a "this was 4 stars and that's being nice!" type of rater. I was cracking up the entire time with this one. I loved the pop culture references, and how each chapter title was a rock (of all types) song. It's insanely sarcastic, without the nasty bite of deprecation. I figured there was a sequel, and lo and behold, there is: "Necromancing the Stone" which is making me howl with puns... Michael Douglas (who maybe named the villain of the first book, Douglas M?!?!?) is waiting in the shadows....(less)

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Feb 16, 2011 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
Emily May
Oct 18, 2011 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
Apr 19, 2011 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?

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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
A very soft 3 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 n ...more
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
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Mar 24, 2011 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
Jan 02, 2011 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
Next time a talking head ended up in my easy chair, I would have all sorts of points of reference, but at that moment, I was completely at sea.

This was a fun one.
It's far from being a perfect masterpiece, but it's nice and hilarious enough to make you want to spend a few hours reading it.
The writing is filled with sarcasm and it flows smoothly. Good characters too, and if the plot wasn't so weirdly constructed and vaguely rushed, this book would gain another star.
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
Victoria Schwab
Dec 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really had a blast with this one. Picked it up because of the title, but found the voice fabulous, and McBride's version of necromancers really compelling. Also, I LOVED the handling of Sam and Brid. Fresh, original, and enjoyable. Exactly what I needed. ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 21, 2010 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
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Rachel Bea
This book was so fun! don't listen to the reviews which say it's hard to follow. if you understand how flashbacks work, then you should be okay. and yeah there are a few characters. but this is a fantasy-horror book, the first in a series, so there has to be world building and character building. the story read smoothly and was full of twists and turns. loved it!!! ...more
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
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,
Mar 24, 2011 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
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, horror, humor
Sam a lazy college dropout vegetarian discovers one day he is a necromancer, not knowing or believing in the supernatural he handles it very badly.

This book was not something I would usually read, I don't like horror that much but since it was mixed with humor, I thought it would be interesting , it was funny, not scary at all, I had a lot of fun and that last sentence in the book was hilarious .
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Brittany S.
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… and li
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

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
Ash Wednesday

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 rea
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
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
This book is so much fun. If you think (like I did before I started this book) that urban fantasy has done everything it can and there is no book that can take on urban fantasy in a fresh and interesting way - -then you need to try this book. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer has what you would expect of an urban fantasy series: werewolves, harbringers, necromancer, witches, supernatural councils, misunderstood power, dragons (yup!), gnomes (uh huh!), ghosts, zombies, the fae, and one higher entity de ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-books
Started a bit slow, but things begin to take off when Brooke loses her head (think Kasabian for you Sandman Slim fans.) It is the mark of a good book when you keep reading a little more and more to find out what is happening. Sam is outwitted and outmaneuvered by leader Douglas, who has already imprisoned future clan leader, Brid. However, along the way, Sam discovers who he really is, dragging long-buried family secret into the light. Even though I mistakenly read book #2 first, I liked this on ...more
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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 Universit ...more

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