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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride (review) // burger flipping + supernatural creatures + an utter lack of seriousness

8041873Sam 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?

I don’t even remember adding Hold Me Closer, Necromancer to my Goodreads TBR list, but I’m pretty glad I already did it when I felt like picking it up from the library. It promised necromancers, a male MC, and a lot of humor so I was easily tempted to give it a try. However, where this book excels at infusing irreverence into usually uber-serious topics, it struggles through containing it as well as crafting an engaging, well-developed plot and story. I liked the book, but I wanted so much MORE.

To start off, I will say that I quite enjoyed the careless, doesn’t-take-itself-too-seriously vibe of the story. There are a few outlandish things placed here and there that I didn’t see coming, and I enjoyed the banter between certain characters. My only complaint about it was that there wasn’t enough. I wanted the humor to be stronger, the characters to be wittier, and the villains to be cleverer. Every attempt for hilarity seemed to work at first, but got tiring fast because it became so half-hearted later on. I suppose McBride’s humor just isn’t for me, but I actually enjoyed it before it became so lazy.

Sam was cool, there aren’t many fantasies with male protagonists and I really liked Sam’s personality and sense of humor. I loved Brid and Ashley, they added that extra dash of fluff and non-seriousness that kept this book from going stale. Sam has friends: Brooke, Ramon, and Frank. With the exception of Brooke, they were simply okay in their own right but I liked the relationship between Sam and Ramon, even if it was hardly developed. I always enjoy a good #BROTP.

That was the good, now comes the bad. First off, I appreciate the fact that there was some backstory to Douglas, but I nonetheless found him to be a boring villain. Besides a couple descriptions of his eyes and his overall creepy demeanor, he wasn’t either intimidating or even comical, since we are talking about a fantasy-comedy here. Some other characters, such as Brid’s brothers and their werewolf pack were introduced unnecessarily and only added to the growing clutter of characters. I wish the story was focused on a smaller group of characters and built a stronger connection with them, perhaps I would have laughed more.

This would be a good time to say that I clearly don’t know what I want, because sometimes I criticize this book for being too irreverent, and other times I say it isn’t funny enough. I just wish there was more of both and a good balance between them too. I would recommend Hold Me Closer, Necromancer to those in search of something different in all aspects: a male protagonist, a large ensemble of characters, comical supernatural creatures, and lots of fluff with some seriousness in between. Find out if it’s your kind of different!

Rating: 3 stars

Thanks for viewing, peeps! Have you guys read this book? If you have, what did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments! 🙂


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