Graveminder

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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 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 ...

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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. . . .

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Melissa Mar is known to young adult readers as the author of the popular faery series Wicked Lovely. Her debut leap into adult fiction lands her in the small community of Claysville, a town where the dead walk free unless there their graves are not properly tended. Into this eerie maelstrom, Rebekkah Barrow descends as she returns to a place that she once believed she knew. Kelley Armstrong justly described Graveminder as "a deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined." A new genre author to watch.

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062115164
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 502,878
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Marr

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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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    Brilliant adult fantasy debut

    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!

    39 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    gl; thanks for your MAY 17 post which in the second line you wro

    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.

    21 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Please write a review. Not a book report.

    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.

    21 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    A love story with mystery and magic - a captivating and engrossing read!

    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.

    18 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    A Bit of a LetDown

    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.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    An exhilarating horror fantasy

    Rebekkah Barrow returns home to Claysville to attend the funeral of her beloved grandmother, Maylene who was murdered just like Beks' stepsister Ella. However, Beks is unaware that she has been chosen to replace her grandma who attended all funerals and told the dead to "sleep well and stay where I put you" as the town Graveminder. The function requires the person to provide food to the deceased so they remain in the Land of the Dead and not that of the living.

    At the same time her former lover Byron Montgomery has become the Undertaker replacing his father William. The Undertaker works closely with the Graveminder as they have for centuries. As the pair diligently hunt for Daisha the teen who may have been murdered and has joined the Hungry Dead because they willl assault the living of Claysville.

    With a great spin to the zombie mythos, this haunting dark thriller hooks the reader once Beks comes home from San Diego as the new Graveminder accompanied by the new Undertaker Byron struggle in their new unwanted positions. Two rookies with limited mentoring available must make everything right before the Hungry Dead begin to leave town in this exhilarating horror fantasy.

    Harriet Klausner

    13 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Great read!

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

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    Another good read by Melissa Marr

    "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.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    @Everyone on both sides of the "price" debate - I DON'T CARE!

    I wanted to read a review of THIS book and instead I have been regaled with both sides of the ebook price debate. Can everyone just either write a review pertaining to the actual book or not bother posting at all?! Thank you!

    7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    scariest book of the season!

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    LOVE THIS AUTHOR !!!!!

    MELISSA MARR IS GREAT! I LOVED HER WICKED LOVELY SERIES.

    AS FAR AS ONE OF OUR FELLOW BARNES AND NOBLE READERS IS CONCERNED, REGARDING THE PRICE, SHE IS RIGHT. WE WERE PROMISED 9.99, AND SOMEONE SEEMS TO BE GETTING GREEDY. WETHER YOU AGREE WITH THEM OR NOT, ISN'T THERE SOMETHING CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH? THEY CAN SAY WHAT THEY LIKE REGARDING THE MATERIAL. JUST AS YOU GUYS CAN. I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW RUDE ALOT OF THE RESPONSES ARE. EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO THERE OWN OPINION FOLKS. AND TELL ME WHERE ELSE EXACTLY ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO VOICE THEIR GRIEVENCE OVER THE PRICE.

    IT WOULD BE AS IF I SAID "IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT THE REVIEWERS ARE WRITING, THEN DON'T READ THE REVIEW!!!!! HUFF AND PUFF" GET ALL INDIGNANT. SERIOUSLY. WHY DON'T YOU GO AND READ LIBRARY BOOKS, SO YOU AREN'T SO OFFENDED BY THE REVIEWERS! NOW HOW STUPID DOES THAT SOUND? EXACTLY.

    NOT ONLY ARE THEY RIGHT ABOUT THE PRICE OF THE D-I-G-I-T-A-L BOOKS, BUT YOU GUYS ARE BULLIES. NICE WORK PEOPLE.... :(

    5 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    A book to bring to the GRAVE

    melissa brings everything she's known for and added a whole lot more......

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Unfortunately it just isn't quite as fantastic as I was hoping it would be.

    Claysville is a small town that keeps itself to itself. Very few people leave and those that do always find their way back.

    Byron Montgomery thought he could leave Claysville behind but nowhere else is quite the same. Nowhere else is home. So he comes back to work with his father, the local undertaker.

    Rebekkah Barrow only lived in Claysville for a few years but it's the closest thing she has to a home. When her grandmother Maylene is killed, Bek knows it's time to go home. Even if nothing about Claysville should feel like home without Maylene.

    Seeing each other for the first time in years Rebekkah and Byron learn together that Claysville isn't a normal small town, Byron's father is more than the local undertaker, and Maylene may have had her reasons for attending every town funeral--reasons that had nothing to do with being eccentric and everything to do with keeping Claysville safe.

    Maylene told Rebekkah everything she needs to know. Byron is ready to follow in his father's footsteps. Together will they be able to put everything right in Claysville before it's too late in Graveminder (2011) by Melissa Marr.

    This is Melissa Marr's first novel that is not young adult. She is also the author of the Wicked Lovely series.

    I should preface my thoughts by saying I haven't read any of Marr's other books. I am also not a fan of zombies (I'm on Team Unicorn).

    Graveminder has all the makings of a really great story: a generations old curse, a small town, lots of secrets. The idea is clever and intriguing. The characters are varied and interesting. But all of that never gels together to make a cohesive book.

    First and foremost, the story is too slow to get to the point. Marr throws readers right into the action with a promising prologue. Only to leave readers hanging until page 100 (of the Advanced Reader's Copy I read) to receive any kind of explanation about what is going on in Claysville and what role the Barrow and Montgomery families play in it. There is a fine balance between informing a reader and keeping a character in the dark until a key moment. Graveminder did not achieve that balance.

    The other, bigger, problem with Graveminder is that Rebekkah is the protagonist of the story (the narrative viewpoint shifts between different characters with the bulk belonging to Byron and Rebekkah). She is important and vital and she is in many ways a hero in the plot. But she never feels real. Instead she comes across as one dimensional as if some important piece is missing. Byron is slightly better as a character (to be fair he is not bogged down with grief the way Rebekkah is at the beginning) but his unfailing devotion to Bek never feels quite realistic between her constantly pushing him away and his even more constant devotion.

    Graveminder is an interesting addition to the world of American Gothics. Marr offers a unique premise and an original take on death, among other things. Unfortunately it just isn't quite as fantastic as I was hoping it would be.

    Possible Pairings: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, Zombies Vs. Unicorns edited by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver, Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent, Dark, twisted, and lovely.

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Another great Melissa Marr novel!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Interesting construction of death

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Very clever. Marr created a fantastical but believable meeting o

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

    Extremely disappointing!

    I was extremely disappointed in this book. I had to force myself to finish reading it.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    not bad but not great

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    I think this book is great! It's different & interesting &am

    I think this book is great! It's different & interesting & the characters are likable. It's unlike a lot of books I've read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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