Upon learning that her grandmother has died, Rebekkah returns home to small-town Claysville to put her affairs in order. To her shock, she learns not only that Maylene's death was a murder, but also that she was the town's Graveminder -- a woman whose responsibility it is to tend the graves in such a way as to keep the dead from rising again and causing trouble. With the office of Graveminder now empty and a killer at large, Rebekkah herself unexpectedly assumes the role, in partnership with the local undertaker, Byron, who also just happens to be an old flame.
I found the basic premise and the mystery of who was behind the murders intriguing, but my eyes kept glazing over whenever the world of the dead was mentioned or visited. Overall, it was merely okay.
Liked it all: setting (small town of Claysville, as in, if you're born there, you can't leave; and, oh, by the way, ancestors from the way back signed a contract with some being), characters (hero: Byron, Heroine: Rebecca, Villain: Charlie--yup, the contract guy, Villainess: Cissy--really, with that name, of course she's EVIL; assorted cast: ghosts, hungry and otherwise; town council and power-happy mayor; spiritual advisors--really quite varied and liberal for a small town; Sheriff Chris--don't ask, don't tell about the contract), and plot (someone's got to keep the dead in their places in this town, and it's a generational duty passed down the years).
Literally the most disappointing book of any that I read in 2011. The book had such promise that I actually became ANGRY at what it turned out to be.
DO NOT believe people who tell you it's a dreamy, gothic thriller. The author and her very good ideas would have benefited greatly from strong, unsentimental editing (or if she absolutely COULDN'T cut, then more pages so she could expand). Far too much happened to do any one of the interesting ideas justice. And far too much time was spent with the main characters wittering on about their romantic troubles.
This was an excellent summer read- truly gothic, being chilling without gore or too much horror. I love the mythology and world that Melissa Marr set up, which she did gracefully. Her use of language and her imaginative concepts were charming. Of all the elements in her book, I disliked the central romance the most. It didn't have much tension, as the setup allowed it to be a foregone conclusion. The primary tension of the book, and thus the enjoyable part, was centered around the task/challenge of the main character, Rebekkah. And because of that, as soon as it ended I wanted to read more. Not about the character, per se, but about the world. I'd love to see prequels, following the stories of Rebekkah's predecessors. Marr dropped some tantalizing hints about these characters, and my interest is definitely piqued.
I'd recommend this for fans of traditional gothic, supernatural, and the like. Also anyone looking for a fun read (especially while camping).
Spirits do not stay put in this chilling and utterly absorbing paranormal story. It begins with the odd inheritance of Rebekkah Barrow who has come back to her hometown to assume the role her grandmother has vacated with her death. This requires Rebekkah to follow instructions that seem to be at odds with the town. Or has she misunderstood things from her past? This odd job soon has Rebekkah reeling when she finds out the truth about her heritage and herself.
I really loved this book. I have read Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series and it was great. Graveminder was even more impressive. The world this book is set in is bbeautifully crafted and devine!
I really loved this book. What a story!!!
the plot idea in this book is certainly interesting - what if there was a way to keep the dead from walking, what would that world look like? It takes a bit to find the rhythm of this book, the plot had more potential than what was realized and it was hard to believe the motivations of some of the characters - like why would the teenaged undead suddenly be okay with going over to the other side when she was so vehemently opposed to it for so long? The love story was a bit iffy, the exposition of the cousin's suicide offered no healing and conclusion for the main characters because the "graveminder" was never told why her step-sib left, the conversation that was essentially a suicide notes was never passed along. Not a fantastic book, but certainly not horrible either. The plot idea puts it slightly above average for me...
Good idea, poorly executed. It takes about 120 pages for the plot to actually develop and for the author to figure what it is that she wants to write about. When she does it is full of repetitions and awfully slow paced. Characters are weak and inconsistent. They start off seeming as quite well educated people from a small town only to become something that I can only call trailer park white trash from a small town. It seems that Mrs Marr did not think her project through or had a really lousy editor.
Graveminder may go down as the most frustrating books I have ever read. It was such an interesting idea that I kept reading and waiting for a good twist and explanations to the plot holes. They never came. Instead, the characters ruminated on their problems over and over again but they didn't make any progress. It was so repetitive. Rebekkah: Oh, I like you Byron but I can't be with you. It feels so right but no. Why? Because I just can't. Byron: Rebekkah, I will never leave you, you are my graveminder. Both: Why has everyone kept the land of the dead a secret when it is our job to mind it and protect the living? How do we find the undead and lead them back to the land of the dead? Couldn't they at least have left us some notes... Repeat.
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