Monday, December 10, 2012

Graveminder by Melissa Marr [Review]

Graveminder3 out of 5 Robots!
  

Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Genre: Adult Horror/Paranormal
Release: May 9, 2011
Hardcover: 324 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon




Book Summary:
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene's death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
 
Shannon's Thoughts:

Initially I was interested to read this book because I’ve been hearing such good things about the author.  I also thought the premise sounded interesting and very very creepy.  But this was a tough one for me.  I just couldn’t get into it!  It takes a loooooonnnngggg time before anything really happens or any explanations are offered.  And the whole back and forth between Rebekkah and Bryon’s relationship (or lack thereof) drove me nuts.  It seemed like more time was spent on that then explaining what was going on in the town.  Also - *SPOILER ALERT* when the dead rise they are basically zombies.  Or at least they eat human flesh.  I just can’t get into the zombie thing.  (Why are they such a thing?!)  And lastly, I was confused by what was happening in the underworld with Mr. D?  Some things happen there and I’m still not sure why?  Maybe Marr was setting up for a sequel?  I don’t know.  Either way, I was sad that wasn’t a great first impression, but I definitely want to give Marr another try.  Carnival of Souls is getting good reviews...maybe I’ll head over there.

1 comment :

  1. The relationship between Byron and Rebekkah was a bit annoying for me as well. Overall, I found that I enjoyed the book more than it sounds like you did. But I like zombies :) And I thought that this was a fresh take on them. I did hear that she is going to be writing a sequel to this book but I don't know when it is supposed to come out.

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