Thursday, January 13, 2011


Recently, I joined the Bookanistas, an insane, sparkle-flinging--wait, that's me. The Bookanistas are a fabulous, sparkle-INDUCING group of writers who are dedicated to spreading the word about awesome books. And now I'm one of them.

What this means is that on the occasional Thursday, I'll be talking about books that you MUST READ or else the world will IMPLODE. And you wouldn't want to be responsible for that, would you? There would be no more bacon parties, sparkly vampires, or Richard Simmons, and THAT would be a travesty.

Today's book that you must read or the world will IMPLODE (in capital letters, no less) is HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride. I got this book for Christmas, read it in about two days, and sent a message to Lish asking if I could stalk her. The restraining order hasn't arrived yet, but I'm sure it will come.

Anyway, here's the blurbity-blurb from the book jacket:

Meet Sam, just your average guy rocking that fast-food career.

Enter Douglas, a powerful and violent necromancer. Douglas immediately recognizes Sam as a fellow necromancer--which is news to Sam--and he's none too happy to have a competitor in the crowded paranormal scene in Seattle.

Now Sam has an undead friend on his hands and a hot werewolf girl for company. With just one week to find a way out of Douglas's clutches, can Sam figure out how to use his mysteriously latent powers?

I mean, really. Isn't that stalk-worthy? I think so. Here are five things that REALLY made me love this book.
  1. I think I might have hung out with Sam when I was in college. Sometimes it seems like EVERYONE is bemoaning the lack of well-developed guy characters in YA and particularly YA paranormal. Sam just PWNED all of those people. So did his buddy Ramon.
  2. One of his friends is a severed head. Nuff said.
  3. Yes, this book has zombies and werewolves, but it's not the same old same old. I mean, it's got blood-sacrificing NECROMANCERS. cool twists on the usual creatures that I don't want to ruin for you. I already dropped the severed head spoiler, after all. I'm sorry about that, but it's a freaking SEVERED HEAD.
  4. The big bad guy is not cardboard. I hate it when the bad guy just seems like he exists to move the story forward. Douglas feels out and out EVIL, and that nature motivated his actions. He creeped me out in the best way.
  5. It's freaking hilarious! One of the major plot points involves potato hockey. And did I mention that one of the characters is a SEVERED HEAD?!? I get the insane giggles every time I think of it.

And that's that. Cannot recommend this one more highly if you're looking for a fast-paced, laugh your butt off read.

And don't forget to check out the other Bookanistas!


Bethany Wiggins said...

Sounds fabulous! And welcome to Bookanistas.

~Jamie said...

I can't stop singing this title! And now everyone is going to think I'm a weirdo while I buy groceries...

...but that's probably because of the pink fuzzy boots, and not the song I can't get outta my head. :P

Welcome to the Bookanistas!

*throws sparkles I just found out about*

(Wow, it's SO much better now that we have these sparkles.)

Christine Fonseca said...

Let me LOVe the severed head! hahahah!!!! Welcome to the group Carrie!

Rebecca Wells said...

I LOVED this book! I think it hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as it deserves, so I'm thrilled to see you talking it up. :)

Shannon Messenger said...

Yay--so glad to have you with us Carrie! Welcome to the Bookanistas.

Also, I think all books would be better if they had a severed head for a character. Perhaps I need to restructure my MS to include one. :)

Thanks for the rec!

Unknown said...

I read an ARC of this awhile ago and loved it. Ramon is an awesome character and Douglas is SO evil. Like no other meanie I've read before.

Jen Hayley said...

I am so reading this book next. I think it was the severed head thing that hooked me!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

*throws some sparkle* we love having you and I had not heard of this book.

Elana Johnson said...

Ahhh! I had this book, and I loaned it out. Will get it back as soon as possible. Great review!

Carrie said...

Can't. Stop. Humming.

Hold me closer Necromancer
Count the bodies in the graveyard
Raise me up with fancy spellwork
You had a creepy night tonight

Great review!

Megan Miranda said...

Yay, welcome to the Bookanistas! Awesome review....and, um, you sold me on point #2. Seriously? A severed head?? Seriously?? I must have this book.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Dude, this sounds awesome! A hilarious book with blood-sacrificing necromancers and severed heads? Who could resist?

Welcome to the Bookanistas, Carrie! I can't believe I forgot to mention something about you in my post today! Ugh, I could kick myself. Okay, so I have been battling the flu, but still, serious oversight. Will remedy next week!

ali cross said...

Fantastic! Thanks for the review Carrie!