Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
No book should ever make you hear Elton John every time you look at the cover. Just sayin'.
Anyway, this book was really interesting, if a little chaotic. Sam (short for Samhain) is a college drop-out, flipping burgers at Pudgy's and hanging out with Brooke, Frank and Ramon. One day they get on the wrong side of a guy (they broke his taillight during a game of potato lacrosse) and, well, it gets complicated from there. There are necromancers, witches, fey hounds, werewolves, Harbingers, Ed and a talking head - oh, and a zombie giant panda - it just felt like one thing after another was poured into the plot to keep things going. The Big Action Sequence towards the end felt a bit rushed, with a completely different pace than the rest of the book.
Despite that, it was fun getting to know Sam and his friends and to wonder what it would be like to assume you're "normal" and then find out that there's this whole scary world out there. The pop references were an interesting choice, as they weren't all up-to-the-minute current (a good thing, not a bad thing!). My hope is that the vague-ish ending is just that, an ending, and that this isn't going to be a series.
The whole book is grittier than other fantasy books, but readers of The Demonata series will find it tame.
ARC provided by publishers.
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