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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer #1)

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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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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.
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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…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)
Douglas No, this book does not have any LGBT+ characters.
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Flannery
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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


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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Shannon
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
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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Khanh (the meanie)
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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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, Tor.com, 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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