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?
What is a necromancer? When discussing this book to friends or family (because sometimes I can't help but talk about the books I read, even if they're not interested), this question came up quite frequently, and it baffled me. I thought, 'Who doesn't know what a necromancer is?' And then I'd have to explain each time what a necromancer was. So, if you don't know what a necromancer is, never fear, because I am here to explain it to you.
A necromancer is a person that has the power to raise the dead.
That's it, really.
Now, to the review. When it came time for the Fall Fierce Reads Book Tour, I saw that the sequel to this one was on the list. Curious, I set out to find the first book and read it and all that jazz. The concept sounded very creative and interesting and the cover, the original cover, is something of a beauty. (If you were wondering, the cover featured above is not the original cover). Plus, it had that little metal award thing. That had to count for something good to come out of this book, right?
Sam. I can't tell you guys how much I loved him. He's this nineteen-year-old average kid that works at a fast food joint. There's nothing special about him. He's not drop-dead gorgeous and he's not muscular and he certainly is not a brave person. One thing leads to another and he learns that he's a necromancer and his life basically changes in the blink of an eye. The book mostly is in his point of view and I loved every moment of it. He was hilarious! The narrative was superb. Sam was sarcastic and underestimated himself frequently and, if not for his supportive friends, he most likely would have never overcome the things that he did. (which I liked because in a lot of books, the MC usually drops their friends for the supernatural life)
The story itself was dark and morbid, but extremely fun and entertaining to read. Sam meets Douglas in an unfortunate event and things all spin off from that. Being that this book is about necromancy, I was super glad to see how dark and twisted the plot turned out to be. And I'll tell you this now: McBride was not afraid to bring the ax down on characters.
My only complaint would be the lack of imagery. Things would get confusing every now and then and I'd have to reread sentences to decipher what was going on. It wasn't that big of a deal, but it bothered me at times.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is about a loser, dropout turns super powerful being of necromancy boy that ends up not only surprising himself, but myself included. I fell in love with him easily with his attitude and sarcasm. Also, McBride taught me that it is not the people that can raise the dead I should fear, but those who wield their power the wrong way. Who knew that I could love a necromancer? Fans of all things supernatural, dark, and dead will enjoy this book.
P.S Mrs. W rocks.