hold me closer, necromancer, lish mcbride (penguin)
i decided to read this based on it's effing awesome title. and word on the street is the sequel has an equally brilliant one, but for the life of me i can't remember what it is or whether the street i heard the word on was real or maybe a dream...
first chapter or two = kinda pathetic narrator + three oddball friends + couple of supernatural beings + suspicion that the kinda pathetic narrator isn't what he seems
sounds like any book out at the moment, yes? i wasn't holding my breath at this point. then we got a chapter from the pov of some werewolfish and other supernatural fellas and i still wasn't very excited, in fact was a bit confused. THEN THERE WAS A REANIMATED SEVERED HEAD AND IT FREAKED THE BEJEEZUS OUT OF ME. it turns out sam is much more than he thought he was (well, he thought he was just a regular college dropout who can't even do tricks on his skateboard so that wasn't hard) and accepting his new status as a necromancer (one who can summon the dead) brings him into the company of witches, were-hounds (one rather sexy one in particular) , feys, harbingers and one mega-necromancer who is not willing to share his turf.
really quite well written (though i could have done without the chapters from douglas and the were's povs, but i liked nick and sam's mum's chapters), great dialogue and characters; freaky and surprisingly heartwarming. recommended for those with strong stomachs 14+
for another, more detailed, review, try the lovely miss friday