I haven't done a book recommendation in awhile, so here you go. My rec for this week is Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. It was a William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist, but I didn't even know that until after I read it. I'm an unashamed title and cover whore, so I knew nothing about this book except that the cover grabbed me (and made me sing along in my head to the Elton John tune). I'll wait a minute while you sing it too. Done? Okay, so here's the great cover:
And the description from Goodreads:
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.
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?
Why I liked it: This was such a fast and fun read--seriously, the chapter titles alone are worth it. I loved Sam and thought his character was well-developed and real (plus a lot of the genre YA I read tends to have female MC's, so Sam was a refreshing change of pace). Also, I love me some snark which is found aplenty in this book. There were a few plot issues I had to overlook, but I'm really nitpicky. Overall, if you're looking for fun genre fiction, this book is a definite win. I don't often get around to sequels but I would read a sequel to this in a heartbeat.Happy reading!