Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Paperback - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2012
ISBN: 9780312674373
0312674376

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Sam has a normal life, and he's okay with that. But then a prank puts him in the sights of a necromancer with a violent streak who sees potential in Sam. Sam has one week to figure things out and save himself.

Sam LaCroix is a drop-out fast food worker with a gift for sarcasm. When he discovers that he can reanimate the dead, he finds himself in the middle of a brewing paranormal war.

Despite living in Seattle, a place with nearly as many types of paranormal creatures as types of coffee Sam never believed he was one.. but he is. Now he's a necromancer and he needs all the help he can get.

Sam LaCroix discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world many creatures, including one necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his business of raising the dead.


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DBRL_KrisA Nov 26, 2016

For some reason, I had a hard time getting into this book at first; it just didn't seem very exciting in the beginning. I'm glad I didn't give up. This is not a deeply-plotted novel, its characters sometimes lack much development, but it's a fun read. It incorporates a bunch of different fantasy character types - werewolves, witches, the undead, even a dragon-like creature - but sets them all in suburban Seattle WA. A decent, light read filled with teenage-y angst and werewolve-y... wolfiness. I'll be reading the follow-up book soon. (Dunno if this is to be a continuing series, or if it's just a one-two punch; book one was published in 2010, book two was published two years later, and the author is working on a different series right now.)

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mkastar
Dec 10, 2015

The humor in this book was fantastic! Reminiscent of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books (and the rest of his books, for that matter), it surprised me and kept me very interested in the book. Meeting Ms. McBride showed that she is extremely creative and funny, and that shows up incredibly well in her books. Younger kids might not recognize that all of the chapter titles are song lyrics.

Kereesa Aug 31, 2015

Funny, but not fantastic.

FederalWayEdna Jun 19, 2015

Fun book for teens especially if they think they're living banal lives but know there's something just around the corner that will ignite a special talent that's hidden or suppressed inside. Except for having a hippy mom with works with herbs and plants and an absent father, Sam could be any typical young fast-food working teen until an ominous Outlander-looking guy with supernatural powers decides he wants to recruit the reluctant Sam over to the "dark side."

FindingJane Dec 09, 2014

Samhain Corvus LaCroix (whose name is either a poor joke, a spiteful act by his mother or the misjudgment of a neo-hippy) has just found out that he’s a necromancer. Yikes. Much like a certain boy wizard who didn’t know how he was special but was vaguely aware he wasn’t quite like the other boys, Sam’s newly learned status comes with the urgent need to master his powers quickly, deal with a sociopath who’s bent on breaking him and interacting with other “special” people who are far more knowing about the situation than he is.

Ms. McBride’s first novel carries a definite assurance about it, with a sure insight into the mind and worries of a typical adolescent male handling a not-so-typical problem. Sam gets bullied and tortured but manages to hold on to his sanity and awareness. He learns about his strengths and his weaknesses. He clings to his friends, tries to rely on them for help but knows when he has to take matters into his own hands. And, oh yes, he gets the girl in the end.

The other characters around him are equally noteworthy, from his co-worker tough-girl Brooke, his timorous uncle Nick to the curious and appealing half-sisters that share his powers. They all have their faults but their true literary strengths lie in how they interact with each other. The story is a keen balance of terror, humor, drama, action and romance.

Since it’s the first in a series, we can count on Samhain to have more adventures dancing with the dead. It promises to be a fun ride.

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kaniesha
Nov 05, 2014

Not really scary like I'd been hoping but definitely a good read for October. Main characters that look at the good side and laugh even in horrible situations are one of my favorites. Would recommend Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon if you're looking for something similar :)

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Kyanite
Oct 22, 2014

Funny enough to make me snicker on the bus, earning me a few funny looks. Totally worth it, though. Sam is a really likable character, and his inner monologue is delightfully smart-assed. I can't wait to start the next one.

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joesnow
Sep 12, 2014

Reminded me of "Reaper". Fun book with dark humour.

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CraigGraziano
Apr 24, 2014

McBride’s debut novel is a refreshing take on the paranormal genre. It mentions some great bands. The title is a play on Elton John and every chapter break is named from a popular song.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hold_me_closer_mcbride

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twhitehead24
Nov 24, 2013

An enjoyable book. I read books for teens so I can recommend them to students at the high school. This book was mildly scary but humorous at the same time. I am reading the second book now "Necromancing the Stone" and the adventures continue.

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mkastar
Dec 11, 2015

"If you’ve lived in Seattle for any length of time, you carry a jacket with you anywhere, especially in spring. You get used to the moody weather and give up on umbrellas. Umbrellas are for tourists. Natives know that the rain doesn’t come straight down here like other places. Seattle’s rain slips in, tricky, like a ninja, and attacks from all sides."

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mkastar
Dec 11, 2015

"Frank managed a quick hop back as Brooke’s head rolled to a stop in the middle of the floor. It had been severed cleanly at the neck, making her ponytail appear longer as it trailed behind like the tail on a grotesque comet. I couldn’t see any blood. In fact, the wound looked cauterized, which didn’t make it any more pleasant. Nobody said a word. Nobody except Brooke. “Ow, cut it out, you guys!” Her blue eyes popped open and swung around until they found me. “Ugh, so not cool. Really, Sam. You don’t just drop somebody’s head. Especially a friend’s. Like being stuffed into a box and bounced around for an hour wasn’t bad enough.” I screamed and grabbed a butter knife off the counter. I’m not sure what I planned to do with it, but in the meantime I held it in front of me just in case Brooke suddenly grew her body back and attacked."

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mkastar
Dec 11, 2015

“Your little boyfriends didn’t beat you up, did they?” she said. “Sam’s a nice boy, and if he won’t call the cops on you two, I will.” “I’m grateful,” I said. “I really am, but I’m neither gay nor a victim of domestic violence.”

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mkastar
Dec 11, 2015

"My name is Samhain Corvus LaCroix, and I am a fry cook."

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mkastar
Dec 11, 2015

"Ramon was the only person who called me Sammy. Everyone else called me Sam, even my mom, except when she was pissed and did the full-name thing."

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jrfarrow
Dec 18, 2013

“There were no windows in my bedroom, so I had to sit up and read my clock to figure out how angry I should be at my visitor. Eight A.M. I hated whoever woke me up. Had they come an hour earlier, I would have also hated their families and any household pets.”

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jrfarrow
Dec 18, 2013

“So, you're telling me the zoo commissioned you to make a zombie panda in order to avoid a potential international incident.”

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