Review: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

“Deliciously deceiving and full of paranormal delicacies. This is Marr's best work to date!”

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Author:Marr, Melissa
Publisher:Harper Collins

From Harper Three sips to mind the dead . . .

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

Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in 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. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker—in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past—can set things right once the dead begin to walk.

Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility—to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.

Once in a while a book comes along that just jars your senses! It picks your judgmental “I’ve read all this before” ass up and slaps you in the face with a dose of the fascinating. Graveminder is that book for me. I have read Marr previously off and on, I love her style, I love her writing but after Graveminder I am officially a fan. A huge fan. I want one of those foam finger things with Marr is #1 painted on the front.

Graveminder is a completely unique story, I think Marr’s teen fans can crossover to this book and adults can finally get a taste of the concise writing only Melissa can provide. The characters are otherworldly and even though there is tons of paranormal stuff going on in the book you feel like you are also reading a contemporary beach read romance at the same time. I was enthralled by Charlie’s world, the mission of the Undertaker and his Graveminder. I was enraptured by the zombie things that aren’t really zombie’s I just can’t find a better word for them. Probably the best way to describe them is by saying not zombie like but the true walking dead.

Graveminder stirred a plethora of emotions for me. I laughed, I cried, I cried out with audacity. I wanted to love / maim / comfort / slap so many characters from page to page. I read with my eyes wide open, my heart on the shelf and I skimmed nothing. Each word is a delicacy that must be savored slowly.

There is one month and some change until Graveminder comes out. I suggest you preorder now or put it on your MUST BUY LIKE OMG list now. You will not regret it.

FTC Disclosure: I requested an ARC from the publisher.

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14 Responses so far

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    Holy crap, this sounds like a GREAT book – thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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    This definitely sounds like a unique storyline! Just the idea of a town of the dead lying beneath the town gives me the shivers.

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    Its on my TBR I love Melissa’s books and cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

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    Better than Wicked Lovely, you say? Sign me up! I can’t wait to read Graveminder! Glad to hear you enjoyed it! =)

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    I really want to read this one! It sounds so good.

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    Excellent, can not wait, especially after listening to the official Graveminder song on Ms. Marr website ( song is here by Jill Tracy – “Sell My Soul”, he, what a song:


    ~ Sorilla

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    Oh this one is definitely going on the wishlist. Sounds like a great read.

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    [...] To set the scene… Claysville is not just a sleepy town, but a place where the living and the dead are intricately connected… When Bek’s grandmother dies, she must go back to make things right when the dead begin to walk with the living. See the review here. [...]

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    I absolutely LOVED it as well. A must read. And to be honest I was not a big fan of the “Wicked Lovely” series but with this book Marr really blew my mind.

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