With the defeat of the
evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life.
Okay, so he hadn't exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a
seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf
sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?
Well . . .
not really. He's pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their
mother, for one thing, and he can't help but feel that his new house
hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his
sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his
fingertips, he's not exactly sure how to "use "it. Which, he has to
admit, is a bit disconcerting.
But when everything starts falling
apart, he decides it's time to step up and take control. His attempts
to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of
which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?
Beth says 5 Stars...
I read Hold Me Closer, Necromancer last year and absolutely fell in love with the world McBride created. It's absurdly clever and filled with sarcastic individuals that make weird references constantly. At the outset of the book it appears as though things are going pretty well for Sam and his band of misfits. Unfortunately, in order to have a decent plot for a novel, things go downhill relatively quickly. Something I can't say enough about this series is how astoundingly funny it is. Don't read it in public unless cackling to yourself is something you find acceptable. I spent at least half of the time I was reading this book in some sort of laughter, ranging from giggles to near hysterics. The plot itself is the weakest part of the book and didn't have me on the edge of my seat. However, because I kept falling out of it due to uncontrollable laughter I'm willing to give it a pass. This isn't to say the plot is bad, it's just not spectacular.
Sam just gets better and better. He tries to develop his necromancy skills while growing into the role thrust upon him as the necromancer of the Seattle area. He's still sensitive, hilarious, and not quite sure what he managed to get himself into with this supernatural gig. What makes the book, though, are the secondary characters and the interactions between everyone. How can you not love the fact that Sam's best friend has been turned into a werebear? Brid becomes even more bad-ass than I thought possible, despite making some decisions that I didn't quite agree with. Douglas's house has some amazing quirks, including some highly aggressive garden gnomes that have names like Twinkle the Destroyer and Gnoman Polanski. The dialogue crackles with quick wit and I could read the conversations that happen between McBride's characters all day long.
If you haven't read this or the first book yet, go buy them immediately. They're perfect summer reading; light and funny without lowering your IQ. Be ready for one of the most fun reading experiences you'll ever have.
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Here is our rating system: One Star - Use as doorstop Two Stars - Bearable while on pain medication Three Stars - Read once, do not repeat Four Stars - Definitely keep it on your shelf Five Stars - Use as altar
So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.