Thursday, September 5, 2013

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!

Necromancing the Stone by  Lish McBride

Series: Necromancer #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: September 18, 2012
Hardcover: 344 Pages
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?
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Shannon's Thoughts:
Fun.  That is the first word I would use to describe this book.  A lot of fun.  It is clever, witty, and funny but never over the top or cutesy.  I pretty much love Sam.  He has a great self-deprecating sense of humor, but always finds the good in everyone.  He is naive about his new found powers and not sure how to take control of his life, but he keeps trying.  He is very loyal and will anything he can for his friends.  There is a lot to like about Sam.  Life gets complicated very quickly for Sam and he is thrust into a position he doesn't want to be in.  But he finally decides to take taking control of his life and not be pushed around anymore.  I really enjoyed watching Sam come into his own and choosing his own path.  But my favorite part is Sam's interaction with all the other characters (and there are a lot, including some new faces).  Lish McBride does a great job coming up with fun and interesting characters.  I especially love James!  James broke my heart a little.  Also, I loved all the happenings at the house from the gnomes to the chupacabra.  Like I said, this book is just a lot of fun.  It manages to find a balance between humor and irreverence and having depth and heart.  Not many books can strike such a good balance between the two.

I would love to see Sam's story continue, but it sounds like this will be it for awhile.  Sam's story definitely has some place to go, but I am also satisfied with this as a conclusion too.  A lot is resolved, but enough is left open for the reader to make their own conclusions.

Overall, I highly recommend this series.  Especially if you like paranormal YA, but want something different than what is out there.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
2. Necromancing the Stone


  1. I've not even heard of this series, but I love the title of this book! Of course I imagine it's a reference that goes way over the head of most of it's intended audience (I mean technically, I wasn't even born when the movie came out, and I'M older than the intended audience). It sounds like a really fun series though, this is definitely going on my tbr!

  2. I loved how funny the first one was - even the horror elements were even a little funny. I still need to read this sequel. I'm so glad it was good, too!



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