Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

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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 latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 146 x 213 x 29mm | 458g
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0805090983
  • 9780805090987
  • 373,072

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"McBride's humor and ear for dialogue carry the book. There's a Mad-magazine-meets-'Twilight' sensibility to 'Hold Me Closer, Necromancer' that will keep readers turning pages and laughing all the way." --Los Angeles Times

"A fast-paced and fun first novel...This is a welcome humorous addition to the paranormal trend." --The Oregonian

"The richness of the supernatural underworld, complete with politics, history, and personal vendettas, is another draw, and honorable, desperate, smart-alecky, clueless Sam is the perfect vehicle for entry. Readers seeking a thoughtful, original, and compelling supernatural adventure need look no further." --BCCB, STARRED review

"With fine writing, tight plotting, a unique and uniquely odd cast of teens, adults, and children, and a pace that smashes through any curtain of disbelief, this sardonic and outrageous story's only problem is that it must, like all good things, come to an end." --Booklist, STARRED review

"McBride pulls no punches and hits where readers will least expect it; the story can be gory and violent, but isn't gratuitously graphic. A solid start that concludes with the promise of Sam's power growing greater and darker, secrets getting deeper, and more fun to follow." --Publishers Weekly

"...this quirky urban fantasy will compel fans of horror and supernatural romance--and heroic skateboarding slackers." --Kirkus Reviews

"Sam is the ultimate laid-back slacker who also happens to be smart, funny, sweet, and adorable. Every character in this book seems to live in the moment, offering sarcastic humor that lightens up the intense action and dark suspense. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is entertaining, offbeat, hilarious, and flat-out fun. We loved it." --Justine Magazine

"Part scary, part funny, with a touch of tenderness, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer holds readers spellbound with unforgettable characters, snappy dialogue and killer (sometimes literally) song lyrics that open and offer clues to each chapter. Drawing on the timeless adolescent quest for identity and the popularity of supernatural fiction, McBride makes Sam's adventures a scream--and a hoot." --BookPage
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About Lish McBride

Lish McBride grew up 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, where she managed to survive the hurricane. She enjoys reading, having geek-laden conversations about movies, comics, and zombies with her friends, and of course trying to wear pajamas as much as humanly possible. She lives happily in Seattle with her family, two cats, and one very put-upon Chihuahua. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer was her debut novel and was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and was a finalist for the YALSA William C. Morris Award.
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Rating details

18,973 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 32% (6,024)
4 39% (7,316)
3 19% (3,535)
2 6% (1,223)
1 5% (875)

Our customer reviews

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer was like The Sixth Sense meets Paranormalcy. It's creepy in a funny way. At first, I felt spine-tingling horror at this one scene but when I was telling my mom about it the next day I realized that it was actually kind of funny when I wasn't reading late at night in the dark... I liked the author's sarcastic style of humor. I highlighted a bunch of lines that made me laugh like this one: "In fact, if you told most people that the White House was being run by the legions of the undead, they'd probably just say, 'Figures.'" The main character Sam is 18 so he faces a lot of college type challenges in his life which I liked a lot, but it made some of the scenes not quite YA. In the midst of the humor and horror I was surprised to see some beautiful and poignant moments. On top of that, the story was full of fun pop culture references that made me laugh and feel smart when I got them. It did an amazing job of covering such a wide emotional range. The villan seriously creeped me out. He was calculating, powerful, and psycho all at the same time. Well done. I loved reading about necromancers. It's a supernatural character that hasn't been done much in YA before. All of the characters were so fun and relatable. My favorite character has to be 70 year-old Mrs. Winalski who lives next door to Sam and hints none-too-lightly that he should get out more - like she does. Overall, it was one of those books that had me flipping pages late into the night. I don't read horror novels, but this is one of the very few horror novels that I actually liked. I'm so glad I picked this one up and I can't wait to read the next one.show more
by Jessica B
This was a fantastic debut novel! Sam was a hilarious character that was colorful and really came to life and flew off of the pages. He's a loser who dropped out of college to work at a fast food joint, until one day he finds out that he is a necromancer, and there is a whole supernatural world around him. When his friends head is delivered to him on his door stop as a warning, things really start to get scary. They also start to get funny when Brooke (the aforementioned head) starts talking! Sam has to find a way to get out of the grasp of the evil necromancer Douglas before all of his family and friends end up hurt. This was full of funny characters. Lish McBride really breathed life into each and every character that graced the pages. It was a fun fast read that had me doubling over in laughter on the same page it had me gasping in shock and terrified for the characters! It takes really great writing to pull me into a book like this one and pull so many emotions out of me! I really didn't expect to enjoy this book very much and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I loved it! I recommend this to anyone who loves to read and laugh! Content from www.readingangel.comshow more
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