If you have Magic The Gathering players in your life, you already know these characters

Samhain Corvus Lacroix, 19, college dropout, is a fry cook at a fast food joint in Seattle working with his best friend Ramon, cute brook and naive Frank in Lish McBride’s debut Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. After smashing douchebag Douglas’s tail light with a potato, Sam enter’s Doug’s focus. This is not a good thing as Doug is a necromancer and recognizes Sam is one too. Doug doesn’t take kindly to competition, unfortunately which means Sam only has a week to figure out how to escape douchebag Doug and access his necromancy powers.

Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Lish McBride, Morris Award, Book Cover, crow,

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

If you have Magic The Gathering players in your life, you already know these characters. Sam and Ramon are totally those people. They are nerdy. They play video games (nothing wrong with that). But they are also awesome with their witty repartee and are characters that I could not help but love as they bumble through the story.

Hold Me Closer Necromancer is a hysterical novel. I totally found myself laughing like a loon at various points, because I like I said I totally know that sort of person. And Sam, he is your normal 19 year old guy. He thinks about sex. He games. He totally can’t take being a necromancer seriously because it sounds like something out of Dungeons And Dragons. Sam feels authentic and real. He doesn’t feel like a sanitized male, but at the same time he doesn’t feel like a steaming pile of jerk either. There are sexytimes and swears and it is awesome. Also, another piece that I liked was how each chapter heading is a song, and good songs at that.

I would say Lish McBride’s Hold Me Closer Necromancer is definitely paranormal written for the nerdy of heart. I laughed my way through this and you will too if you are anywhere near as dorky as me.

Disclosure: Received for review at BEA.

Other Reviews of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride:

Lisa Is Busy Nerding
Forever Young Adult
The Book Smugglers

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About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Although I proudly claim nerd status (and also really enjoyed this book), I was not familiar with Magic: The Gathering. It looks like fun; now I need to gather some friends and play it.

  2. Loved your thoughts on this one!!!

  3. I’m so glad you liked this one, April! I’ve had a huge crush on this book for some time now, and can’t wait for the sequel. Oh Sam…

  4. I have seen this around but didn’t know if I wanted to read it, now I know I want to read it! Great review, I’m definitely the nerdy at heart. 🙂

  5. when chapter titles are songs i am like, let me get on this love train. also, when a book has swears and sexytimes, i cam pretty sure they send out subliminal messages to me like “CARLA READ ME, I HAVE SEX AND SWEARS” and well, who can resist that?

  6. OH HAI – paranormal for the nerdy at heart. NAILED IT.

  7. Hadn’t heard of this one – straight to the wishlist.
    Great review!


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