Review: Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride
Paperback, 343 pages
First Published January 1st, 2010
Source: Purchased

Description from 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?

This review was first posted at the Pacific NW blog, Novels, News and Notes From Your Northwest Neighbors.

I love books told from a boy’s POV.  I’m not sure why that is, maybe it’s just that it’s different and not as common for some reason.  I also love when the character has an awesome personality and Sam most definitely does!  He’s a normal guy who has fears and will even hide from things that scare him, but if he’s found it certainly doesn’t keep his tongue from wagging and those snarky words to come out of his mouth.  And oh my, he says some pretty hilarious things!  I loved that about him.  I loved that he felt real with his weaknesses, but yet he didn’t let them rule him.  He had his own voice and he used it.

The book has some humor but it wasn’t as humorous as I thought it would be. It’s much more serious and dark but the humor that is there helps balance it a bit so it’s not too dark.  Sam definitely goes through the wringer and I was surprised how far things really went.  But I liked that surprise factor that just kept popping up as I never really knew how things might go.  

This is one of those books that felt equally character driven and plot driven.  Both were very strong and I loved that.  While there were a lot of characters I felt like each one had a very strong and unique personality and I felt like I really understood them.  The plot was pretty fast paced as I flew through the pages eager to find out more and to see Sam through every scrape he got himself into.

There’s a touch of romance but it’s really only a touch.  I felt like it was perfect because guys definitely shouldn’t be concerned about that aspect and us girls get that romance that we seem to crave in books.  It’s definitely something that I hope to see explored more in the next book.

This is a YA book but the characters are 19 and Sam has actually dropped out of college.  Keep the age in mind when it comes to appropriateness for the reader.  There’s some violence and gore, a tad bit of language and there’s sex (though it fades out).

I really enjoyed this one and am so glad that the second book, Necromancing the Stone is now out!

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  1. Yes! Book in boy POVs are the best! I think it’s because it,s different, and usually not as angsty and well… annoying teen girl-y >.< This one has been on my list for over a year and I recently just got it so I’m going to hopefully get a chance to read it soon. It sounds right up my alley with the dark mixed with humor, and not too much romance. :)

  2. I had my hands on this book at the library yesterday but I had to put it down because I have a huge stack that I’ve yet to read. I really hope to get to the book before Halloween! It seems the perfect book to read this month.

  3. Interesting. For some reason I thought this book was a comedy of sorts, I’m actually really glad to learn it’s a darker story with just the right touch of humor to balance out some of that darkness. Plus, lots of snark and a male POV? Sign me up please!

  4. I have been eyeing this series and now you have convinced me to pencil in time for it. It sounds like fun and something different. I am okay with just a touch of romance it is a nice change!

  5. I really want to read this one. I love books with a male POV too, and having a book that does well with characters, but ALSO has a great plot? Sounds too good to be true! LOL I’m also excited that the ages are a bit older, since I’m in college and I think new adult really should catch on more. haha


  6. I love male POVs as well! It is different and I just love getting inside the male brain. I love dark books with a bit of humor to off set them. Sad there is only a touch of romance but the plot sounds fast paced and exciting.

  7. I liked this book too, Candace. I would say that it has a sort of gallows humor. I REALLY like Sam, I love his voice. He’s a slacker and could be any random 19 yr old guy anywhere in the world, so it’s totally authentic. And I love his relationship with his co-workers.

    If I had any criticism about the book it would be that there is a lot covered. Lots of paranormal creatures and a twisty plot line. Lots of surprise revelations. It almost reads like adult urban fantasy to me. And yeah, I wasn’t wowed by the romance, though you hit the nail on the head, it’s very guy oriented in tone, which makes Lish McBride’s writing the male POV even more impressive. I would like to see a stepped up romance angle in the sequel too!

    Fantastic comprehensive review, Candace!

  8. I like books told from guys’ pov too, but the author has to be a guy. I think they capture their voices best, I guess. But I REALLY want to read this book! The title is awesome!

  9. I JUST read this one over the weekend! It’s been on my TBR list forever and I can’t believe I kept pushing it to the bottom! I loved it and snapped up the sequel yesterday. Hopefully I will actually read it soon. Great review.

  10. I bought this one recently and I can’t wait to start! I’ve heard so many amazing things about it and your review has simply made me bump it up my TBR at once! Fantastic review, Candace! I adore male POVs too and character-driven + plot-driven? I’m sold! 😉

  11. I *just* got this one!! Besides your fab review, I’ve really read nothing but good things about this novel. And love the boy’s POV. Too few good ones out there.

  12. Seems like I’ve had this book forever! I actually like the sound of it now… more than I did. I used to read a lot of books from male POVs, so it always felt so refreshing to read from a woman’s. Now it’s flipped because I’ve read so many female POVs the past couple of years. lol

  13. Oh now I’m mad at myself for not getting this when the author was just in town for a book signing a few weeks ago. The author made her book sound so amazing but I passed it up because I didn’t want to spend another 10 bucks on a book I wasn’t sure I would enjoy. Sounds like I should have picked up a copy cause I love books told from the male pov and books where the teenagers are older.

    Thanks for the awesome review!

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