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Melissa Marr , Emma Galvin
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Book Description

Oct 2011

When Rebekkah returns to her small-town home for her beloved Grandmother’s funeral, little does she suspect that she is about to inherit a darkly dangerous family duty on behalf of Claysville’s most demanding residents – the dead.

Everyone in Claysville knows that the Barrows are no ordinary family, but no one can really explain why. When respected matriarch Maylene Barrow dies suddenly her granddaughter Rebekkah returns to the small town she grew up in, where she must face the demons of her past – the suicide of her half-sister Ella, the person she was closest to in the world, and the subsequent break-up of her parents’ marriage. And she also re-encounters Byron, Ella’s old boyfriend, someone to whom she has always felt a deep and mysterious connection.

But the demons of the past are nothing compared with what the future has in store for Rebekkah. Her grandmother has left her an inheritance both wonderful and terrible. An onerous responsibility now rests on her shoulders – one for which she is ill-prepared to say the least.

For behind Claysville’s community-spirited, small-town facade lies a dark secret. One that ties Rebekkah and Byron together in an inextricable bond, and that will require them both to sacrifice everything to keep their friends and neighbours from harm.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media (Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611200296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611200294
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Melissa Marr was voted in high school the "most likely to end up in jail". Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Her first title was Wicked Lovely.

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‘No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr’
Charlaine Harris

‘A deliciously creepy tale that is as skilfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined’
Kelley Armstrong, NYT bestselling author of the Women of the Otherworld series

Praise for Melissa Marr:

‘Marr offers readers a fully imagined faery world that runs alongside an everyday world, which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into’ Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

‘This is a magical novel… the first book in a trilogy that will guarantee to have you itching for the next instalment.’ Bliss

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About the Author

Melissa Marr was voted in high school the ‘most likely to end up in jail’. Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. She is the author of the Wicked Lovely series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from The Word Fiend 4 Nov 2011
By Shelagh
Melissa Marr has created a rich and captivating world in Graveminder that is well-worth exploring.

The cover for Graveminder is simply done in shades of white and blue, with black vines looping across the surface that twist into patterns resembling the metalwork you see on many old churches and graveyards. The red flowers stand out against this cool background and catch the eye. It is a graceful cover that suits the book.

Melissa Marr is known for her Wicked Lovely series, but this is the first of her books that I have read. I was very impressed with the world that she has created in Graveminder. It is rich and nuanced - urging you to dive in and explore it. Graveminder is currently a stand alone book, but I would love to see Marr explore this world more closely - there are so many elements to it that it would be a shame not to. The story progresses at a relatively slow pace, and while it does let you soak up the atmosphere that Marr has created, I would have liked to see some more action to create a more dynamic story.

There are several great characters in Graveminder and Melissa Marr manages to inject them all with life and individuality. I love that in a book. The two main characters are Rebekkah and Byron and the relationship between the two is complex even before any of their new responsibilities. I liked that they had history with each other and a backstory that played well into the plot. It took me a while to warm to Rebekkah, although I understood her motivations and decisions from the start. She came across as quite shut-off and a bit selfish, but as the story progressed she lost some of this hardness and I ended up liking her. Byron is a great character - down-to-earth and dependable, but with a vulnerability about him that softens his personality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 18 Oct 2011
By carly
This book is fantastic. I am a big fan of Melissa Marr and when I seen this I had to read it, I was not disappointed the writing in this book is compelling.

In the town of Claysville the dead must be minded by a graveminder and an undertaker or they will rise and bad things can happen. Maylene Barrow is the graveminder until she is murdered, her granddaughter Rebekkah Barrow must return to the town that she hasn't been back to since her stepsister Ella committed suicide years ago. She is not looking forward to going back to the strange little town with its strange traditions and superstitions, and she also not looking forward to seeing Byron either her former boyfriend. When she returns she finds out she inherits maylene's house and possessions and the job as the new Graveminder for Claysville. The characters are in depth and interesting and I connected with them early on.

For me this is Melissa Marr's best work I loved it! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different twist on those pesky zombies... 3 Aug 2012

Maylene Barrow and William Montgomery have for years borne special responsibilities in the town of Claysville. Duties to the newly departed that help keep their living loved ones safe.

Rebekkah Barrow, Maylene's granddaughter, left Claysville years ago, trying to put painful memories behind her. But evil has been let loose in Claysville and now Maylene is dead. It falls to Rebekkah to return to the town - and the man - she left behind,to stop a monster and keep the dead in their place.

Byron Montgomery, following in his father's footsteps, is the town's new undertaker, and the man who now bears his own special responsibility - to help Rebekkah. He is also the man she left behind.

OK. Question 1: Your son/daughter has the choice of one of the following careers -
A) Burger flipper at Mickey D's
B) Graveminder
C) Undertaker

Which one do you encourage him/her to persue? Read the book.

Byron kissed her gently before telling her, 'I'm not sure I'll ever be ready for kids. This...... what we are..... I don't want...'


A great read I loaned from my library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly imaginitive. 23 Sep 2013
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First off I though 'oh no, not another zombie book!'.

But as the story developed I became more intrigued and engrossed.

Whilst the 'love story' is a key element of the plot I did feel that too much time was spent on this aspect. I got that the Graveminder was scared to commit and did't need reminding endlessly.

Nevertheless, great story well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really unique book 3 July 2012
By kat
Graveminder is perfect if you like supernatural books but are getting increasingly bored with vampire romance storylines or cliches such as zombies chewing off flesh - Mellissa Marr's Graveminder is refreshingly different, and breaks away from all supermatural cliches, as she has created an exciting new world that explores the barrier between life and death, and the forces that strive to keep that balance in place. This is a great standalone novel, but there's plenty of opportunity for a sequel- fingers crossed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun for me as a reader 16 Feb 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I haven't read any of Melissa's YA work so I really ddiin't know what I was letting myself in for with this title. The book blurb read well and being in the mood for something a little different (the inventiveness of the backstory really struck a chord) I really couldn't wait to pick this title up.

What unfurled within was a story that hooked me from the beginning. I loved the character of Rebekkah, the quirks and of course the roundedness that allowed you to associate with her and when added to the inventive background as well as a kick ass love story that was melded together with a mystery, then you really are in for a real treat. Back that up with a decent understanding of prose as well as pace and it was a satisfying read all in. Great stuff.
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This had an interesting take on supernatural stories, not just the same old stuff, but I don't think I really enjoyed it. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet
I bought the book because of the title - i expected it to be like Darynda Jones books. But it wasn't. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Love this story, couldn't put the book down. I haven't heard of Melissa Marr but would happily investigate anything else she has written
Published 4 months ago by Nicola Louise Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but....
It sounded like such a great idea but its execution let it down. Way too much self examination and repetition of their internal struggles by the lead characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by baz
2.0 out of 5 stars Graveminder
It was quite frightening at times. I couldn't follow the the plot sometmes, other times it was difficult to keep up.I wouldn't want to read it again
Published 5 months ago by Mrs L. Wainwright
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book captures you from the first page and pulls you into the story , a real page turner that's hard to put down.
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Published 5 months ago by Sweetlysoulful
4.0 out of 5 stars ok different
well ok not a taxing read but a slight twist on other books on zombies so impressive .. a nice symple story for cold nights ahead
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An ok read, although not one of those books that you just can't put down you could at least go back and be able to pick up the story line. Read more
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