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Hold Me Closer Necromancer

Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (252 ratings)

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The riveting debut work from celebrated newcomer Lish McBride, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer drops a seemingly average boy into the adventure of a lifetime. Sam can’t complain about much, even if his job isn’t the most glamorous one around. But his world gets a whole lot more complicated when he crosses paths with Douglas, a necromancer who gets paid to raise the dead. Douglas thinks Sam might have the right touch for necromancing, and when this turns out to be all too true, Sam faces unimaginable dangers.

©2010 Lish McBride (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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I will love you all night long...

Would you consider the audio edition of Hold Me Closer Necromancer to be better than the print version?

I listened to the audiobook first, and frankly, the audiobook kept me on edge all day/night long. Just like a printed book, I couldn't put it down - i would have kept my headphones on and let myself listen to it in the dark, but I'm not going to lie... on occasion, this book gave me the heebie-jeebies.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything? The pacing, the plot, the character development - probably the characters, and how familiar they become. Each character is well-developed, and I can see myself knowing and loving these characters in real life, especially Sam.

I would have said it started slow, but frankly, I think it needed it, because that momentum at the end would have been too fast if it hadn't had the slow build of character and plot development - no action by any character ever surprised me, and for me, that's a good thing - I feel like when the plot finally resolved, my thoughts were "YES, this is right and correct."

What does Jonathan Todd Ross and Chris Sorensen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Jonathan Todd Ross' performance is amazing - I can't imagine Sam with any other voice now, and frankly, I can hear it in my head as I think about the book. That character voice develops the character even further, putting in details about him that while not written, I think are implied by subtext in the book. His sarcasm, dry wit - even his anger and other emotions are truly drawn out by Ross' performance in a way that it just can't in print...

Any additional comments?

I truly enjoyed this book, and I would categorize it as a spiritual successor to "Good Omens" or "The Dresden Files" - NOT those sparkly vampire copycats. It's humor is sharp and dry, with pop-culture and music references all over the place. This book has brains and literary brawn.

This book was recommended to me and I will happily recommend it to you, whoever you are.

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  • Cristy G
  • Bluffton, SC, United States
  • 08-18-11

Fun and Quirky..

A hilarious and entertaining read with a ton of spook and even more wit, HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER is a read no fan of the paranormal should miss; think less Twilight more Buffy.

Samhain Corvus LaCroix (or just Sam) and his friends' (a motley group of misfits and slackers) reality is turned upside-down and inside-out, after an unfortunate shot during a casual game of potato hockey behind the Plumpy Burgers where they all work . One rogue spud and the gang will be forced to face horrors beyond imagination and with their eyes now opened to supernatural creatures, Sam finds himself dragged (literally) into the dangerous politics of the paranormal world with a great big target on his naive back.

Lish McBride's HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER is surprisingly a highly amusing read, despite the bloodshed and loss of life, with a touch of romance budding and many, many laughs to be had, readers will be hard-pressed to find fault in Sam's quirky and unique story. Although HMCN could easily be a standalone novel, roomers are that we have not heard the last of Sam and his paranormal pals and to that, I say Cheers!

RANDOME SIDE NOTE...
I couldn't help but draw character and over all story-vibe comparison, to the all too short lived CWTV series REAPER. With a similar sarcastic tongue and cheek charm, Bret Harrison (REAPER Sam), easily filled the role of necromancer Sam in my head as his precarious story played out.

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Not bad

Good story, good characters, teenbopper story, but works for an adult. Likeable characters. Bounced back and forth between necromancer and werewolf but tied in together.

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Don't let this book slip through the cracks!

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (in Elton John’s voice, go on, sing it) and Necromancing the Stone were fantastic...don’t let these books slip through the cracks!

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride took me by surprise. It was one of those series I had in my wish list for a couple months, bought it on sale, and I’m kicking myself for not listening to/discovering it sooner. It’s a book that you shouldn’t let slip through the cracks. Another review states it’s ridiculous the first book has any ratings under five stars and clearly the other people are wrong- I agree with this 100%. I hadn’t planned on writing a review on this book as it was going to be one of my casual listens, but promptly changed my mind as I could not put this series down.

What to expect (for both books): necromancy, evil and good characters, sarcastic humor, development of powers, witches, close friendships, fae, shifters, different worlds, a Goddess, strong female love interest (not in an annoying way), a detective, fight scenes, emotion (don’t want give spoilers but people close to Sam die), garden gnomes, ghosts, blood magic. Yeah most things are predictable, but some are not. It’s fast-paced and contains darker themes. The chapters are told through different view points- I didn’t have any issue figuring out who was who and at times couldn’t wait for each character to have their turn.

The narrators, Jonathan Todd Ross and Chris Sorensen, helped to make these books special and I’d highly recommend the audiobook.

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With the first book, Sam accidentally discovers he’s a necromancer, from there he enters the world of paranormal and has little choice in the fallout that follows. He makes new friends and enemies. I thought character development was great all around. You get to see Sam (and others) go from a normal person to someone with developing/evolving powers.

The second book takes place after Douglas’s death, or what we thought was Douglas’s death. Similar to the first book in regards to powers, adjusting to new life of necromancy and relationships, Sam continues on as best as he can. He has now inherited Douglas’s estate, on the council, and Brid and his relationship has some complications for reasons I won’t give due to major spoilers. It’s a great continuation of the series.

I couldn’t get Elton John’s voice singing Hold Me Closer, Necromancer out of my head...the song lyrics added amusement to the beginning of each chapter.

Overall, I recommend it. If you appreciate this type of humor you, will love the book. I cannot wait for additional books to come out.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: severed head (that talks), locking people in a cage in a basement, assault multiple times (beating up), family problems (absent father, lies told to the children when they were younger, dealing with those lies and the after-effects as adults), experiments on paranormal people, death, physical fighting, sex (not told in detail but indicated and unprotected sex), bringing people back to life (sometimes speaking to them or using them for the evil guys needs- the main character helps to off set this by attempting to good things with those who are brought back), some swearing. It’s possible I’m missing some things as I had not planned to review this book as stated above so I apologize for any thing I missed. This is a darker story and definitely not for the kiddos or faint of heart.

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  • A
  • 09-29-16

Dramatic humor

One of my favorite storys to reread. Mrs W and Harbinger of death in saddle shoes is hilarious.

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  • Nunya B.
  • Los Angeles, CA United States
  • 04-27-15

love the chapter titles & song references

Rather predictable but completely my kind of sarcastic humor with some great snarky female characters.

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Such a fun listen!

Would you listen to Hold Me Closer Necromancer again? Why?

I have listened to this book three times now. I like it that much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hold Me Closer Necromancer?

Sam's quick wit. He has one heck of a mouth on him, not in a bad way, but in a quirky gets him in trouble kind of way. It's actually quite endearing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed many times and people walking by probably thought I was nuts.

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Great book!

Really good and entertaining! I didn't want to stop listening. The story keeps moving and is both funny and interesting.

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Great book

The story is great as always, I would expect nothing else from Lish McBride. Narrative was mediocre. I feel that there was a better choice of narrators, but not terrible.

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delightful quirky and occasionally serious.

deadly serious necromancers, zombie pandas, and talking heads. what more could a person loving the morbid humor that comes with such a contrast between good and evil... well not so much evil as just very very selfish