This is book number 1 in the Necromancer Series series.
This series sucked me in much the same way that Harry Potter did when I was 11, except with more swearing and dead people. Do you ever see me zoning out at the info desk? I'm imagining what kind of were-creature I would be, and it's because of these books.— From Anje
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?
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
“McBride's humor and ear for dialogue carry the book. There's a Mad-magazine-meets-‘Twilight' sensibility to ‘Hold Me Closer, Necromancer' that will keep readers turning pages and laughing all the way.” —Los Angeles Times
“A fast-paced and fun first novel . . . This is a welcome humorous addition to the paranormal trend.” —The Oregonian
“The richness of the supernatural underworld, complete with politics, history, and personal vendettas, is another draw, and honorable, desperate, smart-alecky, clueless Sam is the perfect vehicle for entry. Readers seeking a thoughtful, original, and compelling supernatural adventure need look no further.” —BCCB, STARRED review
“With fine writing, tight plotting, a unique and uniquely odd cast of teens, adults, and children, and a pace that smashes through any curtain of disbelief, this sardonic and outrageous story's only problem is that it must, like all good things, come to an end.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“McBride pulls no punches and hits where readers will least expect it; the story can be gory and violent, but isn't gratuitously graphic. A solid start that concludes with the promise of Sam's power growing greater and darker, secrets getting deeper, and more fun to follow.” —Publishers Weekly
“. . . this quirky urban fantasy will compel fans of horror and supernatural romance--and heroic skateboarding slackers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sam is the ultimate laid-back slacker who also happens to be smart, funny, sweet, and adorable. Every character in this book seems to live in the moment, offering sarcastic humor that lightens up the intense action and dark suspense. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is entertaining, offbeat, hilarious, and flat-out fun. We loved it.” —Justine magazine
“Part scary, part funny, with a touch of tenderness, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer holds readers spellbound with unforgettable characters, snappy dialogue and killer (sometimes literally) song lyrics that open and offer clues to each chapter. Drawing on the timeless adolescent quest for identity and the popularity of supernatural fiction, McBride makes Sam's adventures a scream--and a hoot.” —BookPage