May 26, 2011

Review: Graveminder by Melissa Marr


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.


Graveminder is interesting, intriguing and irresistible.  Rebekkah and Byron's connection is apparent from the beginning.  They were made for each other...  Literally.  When a dead girl starts walking in the land of the living, Rebekkah is forced to take action.  Going between worlds is part of her job and the description of the land of the dead is really vivid.  I had a great time reading this book and recommend it to all of my book-loving friends.

HarperCollins Publishers
978-0061826870
May 17, 2011
336 pages

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1 comment:

Portugal said...

Graveminder is the story of a strange little town that has strict and eerie restrictions, particularly about their dead. Despite this it is a peaceful and harmonious place to live. The main character, Rebekah, inherits the post of Graveminder after the death of her grandmother. She learns this position has the unique task of keeping the dead peaceful. This is a challenge since the town has begun to be plagued by a hungry living-dead woman. Rebekah is also a restless spirit who rebels against the idea of settling down, whether it is to the local man she has always loved or a job. During the process of bereavement she becomes part of the manifestation of the magic of her little hometown which alters her perceptions of her life forever.