We all have those lists of books waiting for the day when we might actually be able to read them. How this title stayed on my list for so long seems like a mystery. Humor, romance, adventure – this novel has it all. While marketed toward an older teen audience, this can easily be enjoyed by an adult reader.
Samhain, nicknamed Sam, floats through life. He is happy to work in a gross fast food restaurant, happy to drop out of college, happy to be nothing special. Until the day that Sam learns he is very special. Gifted with an ability hidden from him at birth by his mother, Sam must quickly learn the ways of Necromancy.
His goofy, big mouth nature seems to continually land him in deeper trouble till it looks like there’s no hope. Thankfully, he isn’t in it alone. Armed with good friends and a pack of werewolves, Sam must find a way to accept his true nature and defeat a really, really bad dude.
If you think this title isn’t for you, you’re likely wrong. It does have elements of fantasy and magic but it mostly centers on accepting who you are, growing up, and finding confidence. Sam is a loveably sarcastic main character, the dialogue is well written, and the plot is well developed (though at times predicable). Music lovers will appreciate the chapter titles (which are all song lyrics). Readers will find themselves eagerly turning pages to find out Sam’s triumphs and failures.
This all around light and feel good novel by Lish McBride is highly recommend.
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Reviewed by Lindsay, Southwest Branch