Review | Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer #1) by Lish McBride

hmcnTitle: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer #1)
Author: Lish McBride
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Paranormal
Synopsis: 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?
Would I recommend? To fans of Darren Shan, but this book is not as gory as most of Shan’s work, nor as terrifying.
Final Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Aimal’s Review:

I had been wanting to read this book for the longest time. While I am aware that some people are absolutely disgusted by the cheesiness of the title, it held a certain kind of charm for me. Not to mention that the shiny cover is very beautiful and I needed it on my shelf for aesthetic.

I went into this book without knowing too much. I guessed that wolves somehow played a part in it, and I knew that it was a mix between horror and comedy. Now, whenever I hear horror and comedy in the same sentence when it comes to books, I immediately think of Darren Shan. If you know me at all, you will know that I am a massive fan of Darren Shan’s books. He’s quirky and hilarious, but his books can be terrifying and nightmare-inducing as well. I haven’t read a Shan book in the longest time, so I guess I had high expectations of this one. Perhaps I was expecting it to invoke some sort of wonderful nostalgia within me, I don’t know.

I was slightly disappointed.


Now let me start off by saying that this book is not bad, IF you don’t have too high expectations while going into it. If you want something entertaining and fun and fast-paced, I would definitely give this a go. While the plot wasn’t as intriguing as I wanted it to be, I laughed out loud- several times, and that’s not something you take lightly. I never laugh out loud while reading books- it just doesn’t happen. I’m a stone that way. But this book made me laugh. Is it a horror book? Mmm, not so much. At least, not for me.

I felt like there was a little too much going on at some moments, and not enough going on in other moments. In other harsher words, the plot and its energy wasn’t as balanced as I wanted it to be.


I thought the characters were pretty interesting, for the most part. I liked the tone of the novel and the main character was pretty fantastic. He was snarky and sarcastic, and I really enjoyed reading from his point of view. The villain was interesting, but I do wish we got to see more of him. I enjoyed how all the secondary characters played important roles in the book and weren’t just flat sidekicks like secondary characters tend to be.

Writing Style:

I liked Lish McBride’s writing. It flowed well, and it was easy to read and super addictive. I’m tempted to pick up the next in the series, but I feel like I have so many other books to read that I’d rather read them first…



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