Cemetery Girl, Book One: The Pretenders

Cemetery Girl, Book One: The Pretenders

by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden


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Cemetery Girl, Book One: The Pretenders by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden


Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the Harper Connelly Mysteries, and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden present an original graphic novel illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Don Kramer—first in a brand-new trilogy.

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.

She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.

Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.

Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425256664
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Cemetery Girl Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 321,862
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has been publishing novels in both the mystery and fantasy genres for more than thirty years. HBO’s hit series True Blood is based on her Sookie Stackhouse novels. The success of both her novels and True Blood has made her one of the most in-demand speakers at conventions like Comic-Con International, where she was a featured guest in 2010. Charlaine has lived in the South her entire life.

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of the Peter Octavian novels, The Myth Hunters, and the Body of Evidence series of teen thrillers. He has also cowritten two illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, including Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, which was the launching pad for the Eisner Award–nominated comic book series Baltimore. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family.

Don Kramer has provided the art and covers for numerous projects at Marvel and DC Comics, including monthly comic books JSA and Detective Comics featuring Batman. He also illustrated the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Wonder Woman: Odyssey. He lives in Illinois with his two children, Logan and Sienna.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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Cemetery Girl, Book One: The Pretenders 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not not buy this book simply due to Charlaine Harris' name. This is a graphic novel. Basically a comic book. Totally not for me. Very sorry I bought it. Meant to give zero stars, apparently I can't retract my accidental 1 star. I do not like being negative. This is the first time I've felt strong enough to post a negative review.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
A young woman finds herself left for dead in a cemetery without memory of who she was or where she lives.  Afraid of those that tried to kill her, she takes refuge in the cemetery and even taking her new name from a tomb stone.  The girl, now known as Calexa,  visits local houses to “borrow” food.  She also finds a new power within herself that scares her. I found that this graphic novel’s story grabbed from previous characters in the fantasy genre, like Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Since the authors’ took certain traits from those popular books and t.v. series it made me only like it more. In fact even though this volume #1 was a pretty big graphic novel I need more.  I am eager to find out where the story goes after this introduction.  I find it a little surprising that so many people disliked it because it was a graphic novel.  I am a avid reader and I find graphic novels to sometimes be more relaxing because my brain does not have to visualize as much with a graphic novel. I also find that graphic novel can be great for those who do not read as often.  I really don’t understand not liking any graphic novel just for … being a graphic novel.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The title of the novel is what caught my eye so I picked it up the other day at the library. I thought the bright colorful glossy illustrations were a plus but after reading this novel, there wasn’t anything special about this graphic novel that pulled me in. I was hoping for something different. I felt like everything was revealed in the end and there was no suspense, no mystery to carry me through the novel. It felt like one of those novels where this happened, then this happened and then this happened and then this all because of this (big reveal). Couldn’t the author give us readers a bit of the big reveal in the writing, I really needed something to drag me through this novel. The novel began with a girl, bloody and bruised, inside a cemetery. Who she is and how she got there is a mystery. She decides to stay inside there since that is where someone put her and she’s afraid of what lies outside the cemetery walls. She takes the names of the dead as her own, finding names from the burial sites surrounding her, as her own name is lost to her. Celexa feels safe inside her new fortress yet she realizes that the spirits of the dead can see her as she makes her way around the graveyard. Celexa finds food from various individuals nearby and she ponders what her next steps will be. Graveyards are an attraction for individuals and this one is no acceptation. One evening, Celexa comes upon a group of teens out for a night of fun and she watches them from a distance. Their fun turns deadly and Celexa cannot believe what she is seeing. Memories flood her mind, but there is something off about these memories. I really enjoyed the facial images in the illustrations. I liked the bright illustrations that were set against the black outline of this novel, as I thought they added to the peculiar setting of this novel. My final thoughts, as she is living in the graveyard what is she really doing every day? As she is looking for food every day, who allows someone to break into their house, eat their food and is not all concerned about who it is? I just couldn’t grasp this. I’m not sure if I will continue to read this series or not, I am wondering if it will be same concept as this first novel.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I like the art style. Also that title. This was good, interesting but good.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
I have a love/hate relationship with graphic novels. Some of them, particularly the artsy ones or ones that depict short stories from series I already read, seem so compelling–beautiful art, intriguing story–and I really want to read them. But when I do, I find them completely unsatisfying, like eating one potato chip when you’re starving. There just isn’t enough story in a graphic novel to satisfy me. In spite of all the beautiful art, I’m looking for the words. Many times I have to make myself go back and look at the pictures carefully because I just skimmed past them looking for more words. When the Cemetery Girl series by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden was launched, I was again intrigued. Two great authors and a southern cemetery ought to be enough to intrigue anyone! But I hesitated; why buy another graphic novel when I know I would just be disappointed? But I actually enjoyed it. The story is a mix of how someone survives by living in a cemetery and a mystery story, with just a TINY hint of supernatural. It's still not a long read--just a tiny taste. But enjoyable. Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.
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This was my first graphic novel.  I love Charlaine Harris so I thought I would give it a try. 
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notesville More than 1 year ago
this is an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Charlaine Harris but I wouldn't have bought this if I new it was a comic book. Wish I could get a refund. : ( PS- One star because it wouldn't post until I clicked a star!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never would have wasted my money if i had realized it was a graphiv novel before i bought it
niicckkii More than 1 year ago
I never received it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the reviews surrounding the last few Sookie books and readers feeling taken , I won't be purchasing without a sample. Sorry!
jannygirl1725 More than 1 year ago
Who knew it was a comic book? Awful. Not into anime
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What? No free sample?? Come on now...  I mean, if I was AT the Barnes and Noble, I would grab a chair and read at least a chapter before deciding to buy. Give us something to go on and grab our interests! Not buying until I can read an excerpt or have a sample. I don't trust books that don't offer a little bait. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with another reviewer. Samples and excerpts are vital for marketing books online. I won't buy until a sample is available. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not happy about the lack of a sample
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