Sunday, January 2, 2011

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Overall Impression: ****

Who/What decided me: The title grabbed me when I saw it online in a list of books, how could it not?

Short synopsis (Goodreads): 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?

My Review: I first learned about necromancy in the Sabriel series and have been looking for something just as good. While this does not have as much world building elements as the Garth Nix trilogy does (this is set in Seattle, present time, but that just makes it all the cooler. LOVE Seattle!), it holds its own quite well.

I went in really wanting to like this book, and I did, once it got going. I was just as confused as Sam when things started happening, and truth be told, it was a little annoying that I couldn't figure out where everyone’s motivations where coming from. THEN, Sam has a talk with….someone (probably shouldn't say who for fear of being a small spoiler)….and then the action really kicks up and I couldn't put it down! (3am bed time, hasn't happened in a while…what can I say? My blog name is very apropos).

I liked how a few chapters were from other people's perspectives; it added more depth to things. There is DEFINITELY enough material at the end for another book. I really hop that there is more. I want to see Sam grow more as a necromancer and the other characters to progress as well. It's a fun plot line and was well worth the read.

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