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Graveminder by [Marr, Melissa]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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"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."--NPR

"Marr serves up a quirky dark fantasy fashioned around themes of fate, free will-and zombies...well-drawn characters and their dramatic interactions keep the tale loose and lively."--Publishers Weekly

"The emotional dance between Rebekkah and Byron will captivate female readers [and] fantasy-horror fans will demand more."--Kirkus Reviews

"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."--USA Today

"A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined."--Kelley Armstrong

"Plan ahead to read this one, because you won't be able to put it down! Haunting, captivating, brilliant! "--Library Journal (starred review)

"Compelling, sexy, and riveting, you will not want to miss Graveminder!"--Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series

"Melissa Marr has created a fabulous, richly-imagined world in Claysville and its attendant piece of the Underworld."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"The ?ber-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!"--RT Book Reviews (top pick)

"No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr."--Charlaine Harris

"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."--Washington Post

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. --USA Today"

Melissa Marr has created a fabulous, richly-imagined world in Claysville and its attendant piece of the Underworld. --Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

Compelling, sexy, and riveting, you will not want to miss Graveminder! --Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series"

Plan ahead to read this one, because you won t be able to put it down! Haunting, captivating, brilliant! --Library Journal (starred review)"

Marr serves up a quirky dark fantasy fashioned around themes of fate, free will-and zombies well-drawn characters and their dramatic interactions keep the tale loose and lively. --Publishers Weekly"

The ?ber-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! --RT Book Reviews (top pick)"

A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined. --Kelley Armstrong"

No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr. --Charlaine Harris"

The emotional dance between Rebekkah and Byron will captivate female readers [and] fantasy-horror fans will demand more. --Kirkus Reviews"

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. --NPR"

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. --Washington Post"

About the Author

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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00563K2BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I was very much looking forward to reading this book. Melissa Marr has shown with the Wicked Lovely series (which I loved) that she has a beautiful way with words and can conjure up a whole new world in the mind of her readers with ease. So it was with very high expectations that I approached Graveminder: beautiful cover, enticing blurb, so far so good...

Then once I started actually reading the book, I was surprised to find myself bored, very bored. The set up was established early on. It's quite clear to the reader what the mysteries of the dead are and how they are handled from early on. Unfortunately, Melissa Marr then wastes chapter after chapter trundling along with a supposed build up to the two lead characters, Byron and Rebekah (dreadful character names), discovering what their role with the dead is. This happened roughly half way through the book. HALF WAY! After that, I thought it might pick up as we were lead through the world of the dead, but no. Although Melissa Marr describes this new world very well, I found myself bored by it, uninterested in how it worked. Too little too late, I suspect. At this point, new dangers are presented, particularly for Rebekah, but, once again, I found that I didn't care. Maybe if she fell foul of one these dangers, it would all be over more quickly, I found myself thinking.

Such a disappointment! It really could have been good, but it was written as though it was the first book in a series, when actually the author has made it quite clear that is to be a stand-alone novel. If it was to be a series, then you could forgive the lengthy tedious build up a little, but a stand alone novel really needs to get going quickly!

I think if you have been enchanted by the Wicked Lovely series, then I suspect you may be very disappointed by this book. A real shame.
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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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This had an interesting take on supernatural stories, not just the same old stuff, but I don't think I really enjoyed it. Because I loved the Wicked Lovely series I gave this a go, but I didn't feel the main characters were very engaging, and I didn't really care what happened to them, although the world MM has created for them, and the back story is interesting. I would rather read the stary of how it all began, than read any more about these guys though.
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I'm yet to read Ms Marr's Wicked Lovely Series, but having heard wonderful things I bought this
book on spotting it as the story really appealed to me. The info on the back gives very little away
and it seemed to be a very intriguing little mystery. I can't say I was at all disappointed.

Charlaine Harris says "No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr" and she is spot on. From the first
page I could imagine the town Claysville and all the townsfolk were so real I could picture them so
clearly and hear them talking. Its quite amazing when an author knows their characters so well they
materialise in your mind.

We meet Rebekka who is about to inherit much more from her Aunt Maylene than just a house and a few
nick nacks. She's about to inherit a legacy, a calling that until now she was completely unaware of.
And She's not the only one. Her friend / now and then boyfriend whom she has a very complicated
history with, Byron, is also about to find out about a long held family secret and that there is
more to being the towns next undertaker than he originally thought. See Claysville is not like any
other small town America. Many years ago the towns founders made a deal with Death. I'm not going to say
any more than that but there is way more to the story. Its very well written in that the story always
keeps a good pace. It never gets boring or over discriptive, the story advances not too quickly as to leave
you confused, but not so slowly as to get you frustrated. We get little bits of info about the towns
history and what it means for Rebekka and Byron when its needed but I feel enough has been kept back
to make me certain there will be another installment for sure. There is so much more of their story
that needs to be told and I eagerly await it. Picck this one up, you will not be disaapointed. Especially
if you like Zombies!!!
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