Teen Book Review: "Hold me Closer, Necromancer"

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBrideIt seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about paranormal romance books for teens.  This trend in teen literature is at its peak right now with the release of the penultimate Twilight movie.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great paranormal books to read that don’t need a love triangle to support them.  A great example of this is Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by new author Lish McBride. 

Sam LaCroix has always felt a little disconnected from regular life, but he’s never been sure why.  He dropped out of college, is stuck in a fast food job, and is close to losing his apartment.  But his life turns desperate to freaky after he accidentally smashes the headlight of a car belonging to one Douglas Montgomery, a vicious necromancer.  When Douglas meets Sam, he instantly recognizes Sam as a fellow necromancer, and plans to either recruit Sam or kill him.  But the problem is that Sam never even knew he was a necromancer, and he has no way to fight back against Douglas.  He spends the next few days digging into his past and finding out his power was bound, but then Douglas kidnaps him and gives him an ultimatum: become his apprentice or die.  How’s an 18-year-old fry cook necromancer who can’t even use his powers going to survive this mess?

This was a superb paranormal book that is not focused on romance.  Quite a few characters in this book are fleshed out with their own chapters in third-person narration, but most of the book is told from Sam’s point-of-view in first-person narration.  Sam is an excellent smart-aleck hero, although his immaturity shows in how he talks more like a teen than a college-age young adult.  The chapters about Brid, a werewolf hybrid and Sam’s fellow prisoner, help build this fabulous supernatural world existing underneath Seattle.  Douglas’ chapters delve into his past and show how he embraced the terror of his heritage to become the ageless monster he is today.

This book is not without flaws.  The action doesn’t heat up until the end of the title; most of the book builds the supernatural world and Sam’s place in it.  There is some mild cursing, and one sex scene, as can be expected in a book about young adults. The book also seems to end way too fast.  Everything is wrapped up nicely, but there are a few loose threads that might be used to light up a sequel.  Regardless, this is a great book for reluctant readers, and those looking for books about the supernatural without the sappiness will sink their teeth into this title.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is recommended for late teen readers.  Check it out along with other paranormal books, movies and music at Northeast Library or your local branch of the DC Public Library today!


--by Brandon Digwood