Graveminder

Graveminder

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by Melissa Marr
     
 

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Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

Now Maylene is gone and Bek

Overview

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Jeaniene Frost
“Compelling, sexy, and riveting, you will not want to miss Graveminder!”
Kelley Armstrong
“A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined.”
Charlaine Harris
“No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr.”
NPR
“If anyone can put the goth in Southern Gothic, it’s Melissa Marr...Marr [is] careful to ensure that the book’s wider themes ... matter to us as much as the multiple cases of heebie-jeebies she doles out.”
Washington Post
“Marr creates sympathetic characters, she takes readers to places both sinister and delightful, and there’s a satisfying end to a wonderfully awful villain...Fans will be looking for a sequel to this cozy horror story as soon as they read the last page.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Melissa Marr has created a fabulous, richly-imagined world in Claysville and its attendant piece of the Underworld.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“The über-talented Marr takes her mesmerizing storytelling talents into the adult arena. In her atmospheric and eerie tale, readers and protagonists jointly discover the secrets literally buried in this small town as Marr weaves a richly gothic tale filled with curses, responsibility and death. Outstanding!”
USA Today
“Dark and dreamy . . . Rod Serling would have loved GRAVEMINDER . . . Marr is not tapping into the latest horde of zombie novels, she’s created a new kind of undead creature . . . A creatively creepy gothic tale for grown-ups.”
(top pick) - RT Book Reviews
"The über-talented Marr takes her mesmerizing storytelling talents into the adult arena. In her atmospheric and eerie tale, readers and protagonists jointly discover the secrets literally buried in this small town as Marr weaves a richly gothic tale filled with curses, responsibility and death. Outstanding!"
Laura Whitcomb
…the peculiar setting—half Western ghost town, half Renaissance bodice-ripper—is vivid and original…Marr creates sympathetic characters, she takes readers to places both sinister and delightful, and there's a satisfying end to a wonderfully awful villain. It's a fast read, spooky enough to please but not too disturbing to read in bed. Fans will be looking for a sequel to this cozy horror story as soon as they read the last page.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
YA bestseller Marr (Wicked Lovely), in her first novel for adult readers, serves up a quirky dark fantasy fashioned around the themes of fate, free will—and zombies. When Rebekkah Barrow is summoned home to Claysville for the funeral of her beloved grandmother, Maylene, Rebekkah doesn't know that she's been designated Maylene's successor as the town Graveminder, whose job it is to give the recently deceased food to keep them in the Land of the Dead. Not coincidentally, her sometimes lover, Byron Montgomery, has just succeeded his dad as the Undertaker, who works intimately with the Graveminder. Even as the pair ponder the grave responsibilities that their weird destinies have thrust upon them, they doggedly pursue Daisha, an adolescent who died under suspicious circumstances and who, unburied and untended, is wreaking havoc around town as a rampaging member of the Hungry Dead. Not everything adds up in Marr's story, but the well-drawn characters and their dramatic interactions keep the tale loose and lively. 6-city author tour. (June)
Library Journal
Wow, a Marr book without a single fey! The best-selling author of the young adult "Wicked Lovely" series brings something entirely different to the table in her adult fiction debut. Residents of Claysville stay in Claysville—not because they don't want to leave, but because they can't. The small town is immediately familiar but leaves an eerie, prickly feeling at the back of your neck. The Town Council knows things the other residents can't imagine. Claysville is safe enough, as long as the dead stay dead. The Undertaker and his Graveminder uphold the centuries-old contract between this world and the next, but the town's Graveminder has been murdered. New Undertaker Byron loves Rebekkah—he always has—but now he has to convince her that she belongs to him and the dead. In the town of Claysville, there are the living, the dead, and those who exist between. VERDICT You need to plan ahead to read this one, because you won't be able to put it down! Haunting, captivating, brilliant!—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062115164
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/17/2012
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
239,679
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Charlaine Harris
“No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr.”
Kelley Armstrong
“A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined.”
Jeaniene Frost
“Compelling, sexy, and riveting, you will not want to miss Graveminder!”

Meet the Author

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Graveminder 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 425 reviews.
MThomas1975 More than 1 year ago
There are some books that are so good that you can't put them down and read them until your eyelids close on you. There are books that you try to read fast because it grips you so tight that you wanna get to the end and then when it ends you wished you'd read slower just to draw it out. This is one of those books. I woke up this morning with 40 pages left and it killed me all morning to sit at work. Thank the gods for lunchtime. Now I'm wishing that I hadn't devoured it so quickly because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the world. Guess that means I'm gonna have to re-read it. I loved Melissa's YA series, Wicked Lovely, and had been looking forward to this book for months. It did not disappoint. The world she has created is unique, the characters are brilliantly written, the romance between Rebekkah, the Graveminder and Byron, the Undertaker, was hauntingly beautiful and I really hope this is only the beginning. Way to go, Melissa! Your first adult fantasy novel was spec-frakkin-tacular!
JB1977 More than 1 year ago
I was attracted to this book for weeks before I finally bought it. I started off really into the story and the main character. Then it went from I couldn't put it down to totally predictable. I have to disagree with most of the reviews. It wasn't that it was a bad story it just wasn't as captivating as I thought it was going to be. It' an ok read.
Jenny Michaelson More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It brought the paranormal novel to an adult audience in a really smart way. I had incredible difficulty putting this book down. Marr's characters are well fleshed out and have great chemistry as characters, in addition to a great paranormal twist to the storyline. I definitely recommend this book.
tamathias More than 1 year ago
gl; thanks for your MAY 17 post which in the second line you wrote a comment that should have been prefaced with a SPOILER ALERT. This has been addressed here many times. Please be mindful of the people who are reading the review to determine whether or not they want to purchase the book, and have not read it.
AJAR More than 1 year ago
by chapeter one you will be looking over your shoulder noticing no one there, and yet.... Keeps you racing to find out what happens to Bek, Boyd and others... will they survive or can the graveminder stop this "thing" before it rips the city apart...your going to need to keep the lights on, even in the middle of the day!
parton66 More than 1 year ago
Why do you feel compelled to tell all the details of a book? Just a simple 1-2 lines telling whether you liked it and whether you recomend it to others. NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE.
coleyfl More than 1 year ago
Marr out does herself with this dark world. No-one can create these romantic twisted stories like her. You will love the characters and not be able to put this down. Absolutely fascinating. A must read!!! PS Shut-up about the ebooks and review the darn book pls
gl More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed Graveminder. There's a definite mystery behind Maylene's actions and her role as Graveminder. Maylene's murder at the start of the novel alerts us to the dangers and unusual culture at Claysville as well as to Byron Montgomery. Byron has recently returned to Claysville after a successful career in law enforcement in the outside world. He approaches Maylene's death with the professional skills that he'd developed over the years and finds the town's secrecy and approach to Mayelene's death frustrating and disconcerting. When Rebekkah returns, Bryon finds that he is as much in love with her now as when they were teens. Fortunately, Rebekkah seems to welcome him back into her life. They work together and as they search for who caused Maylene's death. Graveminder combines a love story with mystery and magic. It's a captivating and engrossing read. ISBN-10: 0061826871 - Hardcover Publisher: William Morrow (May 17, 2011) 336 pages. Review cover courtesy of the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the premise, which I won't spoil here. The revelations were timed well, and the struggle over duty and loyalty added depth. A better than average read. Definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very clever. Marr created a fantastical but believable meeting of the  worlds of the living and the dead, and wove in a compelling romance. the characters are interesting and dimensional. Great read.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
"Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Are you intrigued yet? This sentence is what sold me on this book. Melissa Marr has a fantastic way of sucking you into her stories. She is a phenomenal wordsmith. If you've been reading my reviews for awhile you'd know that I'm not a huge fan of anything to do with zombies. I loved Marr's Wicked Lovely series so I thought I'd take a chance on Graveminder. Once again Melissa Marr weaves a tale that you can't look away from. Rebekkah Barrow or Bek left the town of Claysville hoping to make a life for herself anywhere else. She left her grandmother, torn relationships, and family drama behind her. However she never can seem to settle down. After the death of her beloved grandmother she returns to Claysville to take over her grandmother's unusual job as the town's graveminder. Bek is an interesting character. She has several internal struggles that hold her back in life. What is a graveminder you ask? Basically it's Bek's job to keep the dead from rising. (It's a little more complicated than that but I don't want to spoil anything.) Which leads me to the zombies. The zombies in this book are a little different from the brainless zombies that are so popular. These zombies have the ability to think although they are still driven by their zombie instincts. Marr also plays up the mystery in the novel. There is a lot of mystery concerning not only the towns history but also the residents of Claysville. This element of the story is what kept me captivated. As far as the gruesome factor is concerned, there is some. However Marr doesn't go to far down that road. Overall this book is a titillating story that grabs your attention from the start. I think this is a great book for people who don't like the gore of traditional zombie books. Melissa Marr has once again put out an entertaining read. Graveminder is written as an adult novel but I think it would be appeal to older teens as well.
LilyBean884 More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great! It's different & interesting & the characters are likable. It's unlike a lot of books I've read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book from an author I've come to expect great things from. It was definitely engaging and a cool concept. Not quite as good as some of her other work, but it was in some ways refreshing to read a book that tied it up pretty nearly at the end.
atashiLA More than 1 year ago
melissa brings everything she's known for and added a whole lot more......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of Melissa Marr's Young Adult series, I was really excited to see what she would do with her fist adult novel. I was actually a little disappointed. The first half of the book moved really slowly. Though people were being injured and murdered, there just wasn't a huge sense of urgency and, because the reader is given insight into multiple characters POVs, it's very obvious from the beginning what's going on with the town and what Bek and Bryon's eventual places in the town would be. The love between them just didn't steam or torture the way it should have. After the first 50%, the story did pick up speed and the resolution was appealing. As always, Melissa Marr's writing was dark and beautiful, full of description that showcased the scenes. Originally posted on goodreads.
LoveJ-C More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting story. I read tons of books and this story is unique. Hope there is more to come with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't too sure about this book in the beginning but it turned out to be a really good read with a different/unique story line!
mrsbrimtown More than 1 year ago
This could make a good movie! Fast fun read
Tin_Lizzie More than 1 year ago
This was a very intriguing story that held my interest. I found myself reading longer and longer to see what was going to happen. I'm interesting in reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had it all; suspense, drama, and a love story. I could not put it down. The adventure and mystery begins right at page one, and keeps you engaged until the end!
CrazyBlazerLady More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I felt like it had been written by someone about 13. The heavy sex scenes and some of the other descriptive scenes had an air of someone who thought that was the way descriptive writing should be done and it came across as someone quite youthful. It wasn't bad,though, so I kept reading. The book got better and the premise was quite good. Typical of a lot of authors, though, they seem to get to a point where, it seems, they have nowhere to go or have run out of ideas to keep the story going, so they quickly end. It leaves the reader a little unsatisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really hope this is going to be the first in a series. I still have a lot of questions about this new world into which I've immersed myself, but this is a great beginning. Just the right blend of creepy and quaint... like I imagine the fictional Claysville to be. I finished this book in two days and then passed it along to my mother whol finished it in two days. We will be anxiously awaiting more from Ms. Marr.
Mavis1129 More than 1 year ago
This book probably would have been more successful as a teen novel if it had a few things cut out like language and a semi-love scene. The sexual tension between Bek and Byron was ridiculous. Throughout the book, Bek would deny she was in love with Byron and then throw herself at him and say to him "This doesn't mean anything." That got old pretty fast. The mystery about Mr. D and the contract kept the book interesting, in fact, I wish the book would have included more of the backstory since that seemed more interesting than what was actually happening in the book. The book ended with a few opened questions leaving it open to a possible followup. In the end, this was a toss up for me. I liked it but it's not one I would recommend with confidence.
BookishBlonde More than 1 year ago
The Graveminder started off very strong: sympathetic characters, intriguing premise, mystery, some genuine creepiness, but in my opinion fell apart before the end. Significant aspects of the plot that begged for a more thorough treatment were glossed over. The two main characters accepted soul-crushing legacies and responsibilities with little angst or internal struggle and that just didn't ring true to me. The conclusion was predictable, pat, and anti-climactic.