Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Samhain “Sam” LaCroix is a regular guy working at a burger joint until a random encounter with a customer goes very wrong. That customer, Douglas, just happens to be a Necromancer who raises the dead for a price. What Sam doesn’t know is that he too is a necromancer and now Douglas wants his power. Douglas will do anything in his power to make sure Sam does what he wants, to the peril of those closest to Sam. Sam has a short time to figure things out and outwit Douglas and needs to rely on his friends and family to save him.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a fun romp with things that go bump in the night. The prose utilized by McBride is entertaining and makes this a thoroughly enjoyable read. Many of the usual suspects are included (werewolves, witches, fairies, etc.) in the story with some interesting additions like a werebear. While completely entertaining, there is definitely a dark side to this tale. Not only is Sam hindered by good intentions and trying to outwit a maniac, he is also dealing with secrets from his family’s past. While intended for an older teen audience, this is a fun read for adults as well.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist for 2011, and also is on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011) and Top Ten Books for Young Adults (2011) book lists.
Score: 5 out of 5