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on 24 August 2012
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.