Book Review by Aarene Storms: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
College dropout Sam ("Samhain Corvus LaCroix") feels lost in a dead-end burger-flipping job in Seattle's U-District ... until a seriously creepy dude called Douglas takes a seriously unhealthy interest in Sam. The next morning, Sam's smart-alecky girl-buddy's head is delivered to him in a box.
Ooky? Actually, no: it's hilarious.
Because Brooke's head is still smart-alecky.
It turns out that Sam's talent as a necromancer has been disguised all his life, but now the secret is out and there are dead things showing up everywhere. Including the panda cage at the zoo, and certain high-profile rock bands.
It also turns out that Seattle isn't just full of dead stuff. It's also full of werewolves, witches and various other fey creatures, including a bum-kicking hybrid were-hound who looks great in a Batman t-shirt.
And this book? It's full of awesome. Think slapstick "Ferris Bueller" meets ultra-camp "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Minor cussing, blood, zombies, battlefield violence between the bad guys and an impromptu cavalry of witches and weres, Star Trek sex, and waffles. Highly recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.
The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern
Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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