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Staff Pick

With chapter headings taken from song titles (creating the most persistent mental playlist ever), a nineteen-year-old "slacker" protagonist, skateboard-fu, the world's most adorable disembodied head, and a wicked sense of humor, this is far from your typical young-adult paranormal novel. There's no overblown angst or family drama and no sad attempt by an adult author to emulate teen-speak. Though marketed to the YA audience, this book is far more Dresden Files than Twilight Saga. And that's a very good thing.
Recommended by Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books at PDX

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Publisher Comments:

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but hes 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 hes 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?

Review:

"A title this good has a lot to live up to, and debut author McBride proves she's largely up to the task in this scary and irreverent romp. College dropout Sam is underwhelmed by his life as a fast food fry cook, when a game of potato hockey behind the restaurant goes awry and throws him into the sights of an evil and powerful necromancer named Douglas Montgomery. Sam turns out to be a necromancer too, making him Douglas's target for either slavery or death. With help from Brid, a teenage werewolf/fey hybrid who is Douglas's prisoner, and a ghost named Ashley, Sam must figure out how to escape Douglas, keep his loved ones alive, and use his power while avoiding its more horrific aspects. 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. Ages 14 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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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

Review:

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

Review:

“…this quirky urban fantasy will compel fans of horror and supernatural romance — and heroic skateboarding slackers.” Kirkus Reviews

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“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

Synopsis:

A prank brings Sam 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.

Synopsis:

Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil—and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn't meet the devil's demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke. Beetlejuice meets Hellboy in this hilarious new YA novel from the author of Croak.

Synopsis:

A devil is a bad influence . . . There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Maxs choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out. Gina Damico, author of the Croak series, once again delivers all the horror, hilarity, and high-stakes drama that any kid in high school or hell could ever handle.

Synopsis:

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but hes 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 hes 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.

About the Author

Lish McBride grew up in the Pacific Northwest and got her MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans. Lish lives happily in Seattle with her family, two cats, and one very put-upon Chihuahua. This is her first novel.

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Heather Aubert, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Heather Aubert)
I loved this book! Funny, but with a genuine heart. It's got characters you'll love, characters you'll loathe, and a main character you'll root for from the very first page. Absolutely my favorite read of 2011.
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Gypsi, February 5, 2011 (view all comments by Gypsi)

Sam is college dropout, trying to find his place in the world but currently flipping hamburgers, riding his skateboard and hanging out with his friends. A smashed tail light causes a chain of events that brings Sam to the attention of the areas most powerful necromancer and brings Sam to the discovery that not only does the paranormal exist, but he is a necromancer as well.

Douglas intends to train Sam, keep him if he's useful and kill him and steal his power if he isn't. None of these options is really what Sam had in mind for his life, and his attempts to resist Douglas lead to murder, uncovered family secrets, heroism and love.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer has a fast, but enjoyable pace. The chapters alternate between Sam's first person point of view and a third person point of view of other characters. This causes the flow to be interrupted a bit at the beginning of chapters, but isn't a vital flaw.

When the paranormal world is revealed, the reader is bombarded by race after race of fantasy creatures. This is overwhelming, trying to absorb all the information being given, and many of the races have no bearing on this story. A more gradual introduction, as the races become relevant, would have been better.

Sam and his friends are well defined, with likable and believable personalities. Douglas is a bit over the top, more of a stereotypical evil villain, but his back story was well written.

A most amusing point was the chapter titles. Sam's love of classic rock is reflected in those titles and often gave me a chuckle.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is good, light novel with humor and tension and well planned plot. I expect Ms. McBride will leave her mark in the paranormal YA genre.

Note to parents: This novel does contain consensual, lightly described, sex between young adults.
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stephanne2, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by stephanne2)
Fantastic YA novel out of Seattle with realistic characters, a compelling coming of age story and lots of nerdy supernatural bits!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805090987
Author:
McBride, Lish
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Author:
Damico, Gina
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Necromancer Series
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 13
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
from 14 up to 19

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Product details 368 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805090987 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

With chapter headings taken from song titles (creating the most persistent mental playlist ever), a nineteen-year-old "slacker" protagonist, skateboard-fu, the world's most adorable disembodied head, and a wicked sense of humor, this is far from your typical young-adult paranormal novel. There's no overblown angst or family drama and no sad attempt by an adult author to emulate teen-speak. Though marketed to the YA audience, this book is far more Dresden Files than Twilight Saga. And that's a very good thing.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A title this good has a lot to live up to, and debut author McBride proves she's largely up to the task in this scary and irreverent romp. College dropout Sam is underwhelmed by his life as a fast food fry cook, when a game of potato hockey behind the restaurant goes awry and throws him into the sights of an evil and powerful necromancer named Douglas Montgomery. Sam turns out to be a necromancer too, making him Douglas's target for either slavery or death. With help from Brid, a teenage werewolf/fey hybrid who is Douglas's prisoner, and a ghost named Ashley, Sam must figure out how to escape Douglas, keep his loved ones alive, and use his power while avoiding its more horrific aspects. 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. Ages 14 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “A fast-paced and fun first novel…This is a welcome humorous addition to the paranormal trend.”
"Review" by , “…this quirky urban fantasy will compel fans of horror and supernatural romance — and heroic skateboarding slackers.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Synopsis" by , A prank brings Sam 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil—and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn't meet the devil's demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke. Beetlejuice meets Hellboy in this hilarious new YA novel from the author of Croak.
"Synopsis" by ,
A devil is a bad influence . . . There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Maxs choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out. Gina Damico, author of the Croak series, once again delivers all the horror, hilarity, and high-stakes drama that any kid in high school or hell could ever handle.
"Synopsis" by ,

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but hes 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 hes 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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