This book was a lighthearted, well written, fast paced, creature filled fun read. Never once did I wish the pace and progress to pick up. The characters were well done and loveable/detestable (where appropriate). In fact the characters were what made this book enjoyable. Necromancy is definitely a difficult topic to steer clear of Creepsville while fostering the Feels for a smart ass MC who you can't help but root for. I recommend this book to anyone that likes funny, fast paced, paranormal character driven novels where all loose ends are neatly wrapped up by the end. I am definitely going to read book #2 though it's not at the top of my ever growing, seemingly insurmountable TBR list.
Just in time for Samhain/Halloween, I bring you a trad-pubbed urban fantasy whose main character is named Samhain.
Samhain is Sam LeCroix, a former short-order cook and son of a local witch, who has only just recently realized he's a powerful necromancer. He's dispatched his hometown's former head necromancer, Douglas Montgomery, and has thereby inherited Douglas's house, gnomes, gargoyles, and houseboy -- a pukis named James. Sam is a nice guy, and isn't crazy about succeeding Douglas, who was definitely not a nice guy and who ruled mostly by fear and intimidation. Sam is new to his powers, and he's in love with Brid, the daughter of the local head werewolf. All of which makes him vulnerable. And as it turns out, Douglas isn't quite as dead as he ought to be -- and he's very interested in re-acquiring a little green stone that's stashed away in the house that now belongs to Sam.
This is the second book in the series, but I don't think you have to read the first book to enjoy this one. I figured everything out quickly enough and was never very confused.
I was, however, a little bit disappointed. I spotted this book in a bookstore and was excited pretty much right away. The title's a pun on the movie Romancing the Stone, after all, and the title of the first book in the series is a pun, too (Hold Me Closer, Necromancer -- and if you don't know that reference, I'm very disappointed in you). The blurb made it sound like the plot would include one madcap complication after another. In short, I was expecting a story along the lines of Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next series. Or at least a heaping helping of snark. And then the author didn't deliver, and I was sad. I mean, it was okay. Just not what I was expecting.
I had so much fun reading this book. It is definitely one of favorite books now after having such an amazing time reading this. In fact this book was so good for me that merely into ten pages and I had already placed the order for the second book. Imagine!! in just 10 pages I was floored by the book
This is my first experience with the topic of necromancy and what an experience. I love how the book is not all about educating and spreading more light on the concept of necromancy but rather it’s a light hearted story of a teen boy who gets hit by dangerous circumstances and is fighting with all he has got.
The beauty of the book is its simplicity and maybe if somebody does not like this book then perhaps their reason would be the same that it was too simple for them but personally I loved the book for this same reason
From the start to end, the book never complicates or loosens its grip on you. The character unlike other books only gets better and bolder as you progress. You start falling in love with the central character for his wit, humor, sarcasms and goofiness.
With very gentle treatment the author has told an exciting story and I wish badly that this could be made into a movie as on big screen this book could be an amazing adventure.
A fantastic book from start to end. The book is absolutely a fun ride with lovable characters .Humor is seamless and tickles the funny bones quite warmly. The entire book for me is simplicity personified. It is elegant, smooth and has got friendly characters and a story that is told with the warmth of a bedtime story. This is one of the books that you can pick up if you are feeling down and want some light and funny read to cheer you up. I am in love with this book and I am sure I will love to read this book again and again at any given time because I loved the central character that much. Funny, cute and adorable.
Lish McBride throws you smack dab in the middle of the fray with Firebug, as the reader your force to run to keep up the action that is Firebug from page one. Along the ride we join our firebug Ava whose stuck in between a rock and a really crappy job as a hired assassin for a magical mafia called Coterie. Her team and best friends of the half-druyd Lock and were-fox Ezra go out and clean up and take out anyone who has crossed the Coterie leader Veuns.
But when Veuns puts out a hit for one of Ava's dear friends, she revolts and now she along with those she loves are on the run and must find allies to finally make a stand.
I adored Ava and her snarky sense of humor and her deep love for her love ones. Ava doesn't pull her punches and that can get her into some hot water, but she stands-fast to her morals.
Along with the awesomeness that is Ava we have her crew with the smooth talking/mother hen cutie Lock and the "Foxy", flirty, and funny Ezra make up some great characters that keep everything moving and balance along with some great secondary characters.
The action takes true preceded from page one and that was great almost felt like a video game, but the beginning of Firebug felt like I was placed in the middle of a chapter instead at page one. This was a tad confusing but the story quickly unfolds and your caught up in the story to truly notice.
I love this debut and thankfully this didn't end on ending cliffhangers but did leave with a few loose threads that I'm looking forward to more from this series.