Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Author:Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 14, 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN:  0061826871
ISBN13: 9780061826870
Genre: Fantasy

The New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk
The world created in GRAVEMINDER was unique and different. The whole Graveminder concept kept me interested in the storyline. I enjoyed all the characters and I was rooting for Rebekkah and Bek from the beginning. Not only did I want them to succeed in their new roles, but I wanted them to get over their pasts so they could be together and happy. I did find that the pacing slowed down a lot at certain points through out the book, but it always picked itself up and got me back into the groove of reading it.  I could see GRAVEMINDER as a start to a new series but I'm not sure if that is planned. I don't think any Melissa Marr fans will be disappointing in GRAVEMINDER.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars


  1. Nice review! I have yet to read of her books, but this sounds cool! =D

  2. Ohhh! This book sounds great! Awesome review.


  3. GRAVEMINDER is classic Marr. Each chapter is reserved for one of her characters. But this is not her Wicked Lovely series. Not by a long stretch. She has taken a topic many are squeamish about, death, and immerses the reader into it. There's no cutting corners for anyone, especially Rebekkah, who has a tendency to flee when times get tough.

    Rebekkah's relationship with Maylene was very satisfying. Even though they were not related by blood, their bond felt genuine. This is the only relationship of Rebekkah's that was not based on wanting to run. Rebekkah has her reasons to want to flee though. She feels guilty about past transgressions with Byron when her stepsister was alive, and even more so when she dies. But her constant need to flee also works against her. She is attracted to Byron but any time he makes a move to get closer to her she runs. She does a lot of running in this story. However, circumstances aside, she's made of strong stuff when it comes down to it. Byron is her constant rock. He's protective and not overly sentimental even though he loves her. Could their attraction be simply because she is the new Graveminder and he is the Undertaker, in charge of the dead before burial?


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