Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Author: Lish McBride
Release Date: October 12 2010 
Published by: Penguin Australia / MacMillan US

 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?

I want my first review posted to be a 2010 favourite and since I this is my most recently finished which happens to fall into that category, here it is! I highly suggest you grab yourself a copy!

A zombie panda, a (talking) severed head, an elderly neighbour who gets more action that the younger hero and a harbinger with a taste for waffles... I could go on with the crazy awesome weirdness, but I'll let you see for yourself when you read. Because you really SHOULD read this book. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a fantastic debut from Lish McBride. Samhain Corvus LaCroix - Sam to his friends - is a college dropout wilting away his life as a grill cook. But Sam and his friends make even the most bleak job seem exciting - potato hockey is going to be the next big thing in the world of sport, mark my words. One fateful night on the job at Plumpy's, everything spirals out of control for Sam, Ramon, Frank and Brooke when Sam registers on an extremely powerful necromancer's radar.

Sam discovers that he too, is a necromancer (mama's been keeping secrets) and that having the head of the Council, Douglas, find out about him is so not a good thing. Douglas is creepy and well, downright evil. He only cares about himself and maintaining power and will go to any means possible to achieve what he wants. He's not one for subtlety, either. He sends Sam a 'message' nicely wrapped in brown paper and string - the severed head of one of his friends. Reanimated. Living as only a head is a pretty awful existence - try it sometime. Douglas isn't one for patience either, because it doesn't take him long to kidnap Sam and throw him into a sadistic cage with fellow hostage, Brid. A hybrid werewolf/faerie, who's pretty darn awesome. On the plus, she's naked. Small comfort when you're in the basement of a psychotic, powerful necromancer with a vicious werewolf to do his bidding.

In the days spent confined to the cage - amidst horrible torture (or as psychotic, powerful necromancer refers to them: 'lessons'), he and Brid develop somewhat of a relationship. I'm curious to see this grow more in the sequel - especially since we'll more than likely be seeing more of Brid's family and pack. I love her brother, Sean, already! We're also introduced to aforementioned harbinger, Ashley, while they're imprisoned. Let's just say that every one of the secondary characters in this book are awesome. The whole supernatural world appears to be pretty extensive and while we only catch a glimpse of some of the paranormals (werewolves, faeries, vampires, witches, even a fury and satyr), I'm really hoping we'll see more of these explored in the next book. Even if we don't, it's still going to be awesome.

The story is also told in multiple POV's. Sam's is in first person, but then we get to have a more rounded perspective of everything happening from additional characters written in third person. It definitely adds to the eerie, creep-factor of Douglas. The book ends with a fantastic showdown and leaves an opening for a sequel. Which I'm eagerly awaiting!

Overall, I would highly recommend this. It had me laughing out loud a lot of the time and creeped out the next. One of my favourite reads of 2010. Now can someone please can get me the second book, stat!

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  1. Wow, this sounds like an extremely odd novel. Haha. There are so many crazy characters and things in that description that I'm kind of in awe... I'll have to give it a try, just because. Thanks for the review!!

  2. A... zombie panda?

    ... err, OK. So. How can, like, your FIRST EVER REVIEW BE THIS AMAZING? And that's not even talking about how amazing and ABSFREAKINGLUTELY HILARIOUS the book sounds, but BUH???

    Ahahaha, OK, so seriously, I want to laugh just THINKIGN about the premise... it sounds like some bizarre mashup between Eoin Colfer, Terry Pratchett and Jim Butcher, and... uh... did you wind up reading a sequel?


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