Hold Me Closer, Necromancer?! Really, how could anyone? In fact, I loved this book so much that I thought I had already blogged about it but NO--I checked and despite some gaps in my blog technology skills, it appears that I didn't! So now I can lure you into reading it AND the sequel, Necromancing the Stone, both by Lish McBride. Do I believe there is such a thing as necromancy? No. But these are the funniest books about teens I have read in a long time, and McBride does a fantastic job of giving the fantasy lover something unique, interesting, and hilarious (meaning she doesn't take herself as seriously as most fantasy writers)!
Since you are undoubtedly more of a wordie than I am, you probably already know what a necromancer is, but just in case: a necromancer is someone who can communicate with the dead, and the word is a compound of Ancient Greek νεκρός (nekrós), "dead body", and μαντεία (manteía), "prophecy or divination". So what would you do if you were Sam LaCroix, a clueless fast-food worker and college dropout, and you discovered that you were a necromancer? Well for one, you would have to get used to a world now filled with other fantastical creatures such as dwarves, lawn gnomes, werewolves, werebears, chupacabras, witches, yeti, ghosts and necromancer mentors. And you would need to figure out pretty quickly what to do when you accidentally conjure up dead things, like squirrels, elk, and a vicious raccoon. Add in the "regular" teen things of girlfriends and guyfriends, lies your parents told you, and a desperate need to figure out your future and you have the saga of Samhain LaCroix, reluctant teenage necromancer. Enjoy!