Book Review: Graveminder

Title/Author:  Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Genre:  Adult Fiction, Horror,  Paranormal, Zombies?

Published:  May 9th, 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers

Hardcover, 324 pages.

How I Got This Book:  Borrowed it from another library via interlibrary loan.

Why I Picked It Up?:  It was the monthly group read for One Million Pages Per Lifetime and it sounded really interesting.

Book Jacket Blurb:  “Three sips to mind the dead…

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmoter Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence.  There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each on Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual:  She took three sips from a silber flask and spoke the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier.  She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions.  it turns out that in Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected; beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D.  If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living.  Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker–in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past–can set things right once the dead being to walk.

Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse:  dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility–to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.”

My Review of the Work:

Oh little town of Claysville, how creepy and strange you are. *hums to the tune of O Little Town of Bethlehem*

If you couldn’t tell from the description above, this novel is about tending to and managing dead people.  And these dead people just happen to be sophisticated–but still as gruesome–zombies.  Or rather, zombie-like creatures.  So that being said, If you love Zombies, then you will probably appreciate and like this book very much.  And if you aren’t a fan of Zombies, but enjoy the Fringe-y and paranormal, then you will probably also enjoy this book!  This novel is a horror book for the horror-haters!

From the very beginning of this novel, you are immersed in this spooky and eerie setting of Claysville, yet you do not quite know what is going on or where the story will go next.  That is what I really appreciated about the first half of this novel, especially.  Melissa Marr does a fantastic job of introducing her characters in a natural and progressive way, and each and every character introduced lends to the mystery and intrigue of the story-line in a positive way.  There was not one character in this novel that I disliked, which was just a breath of fresh air.

As far as storyline goes, I was drawn in from the very beginning, for the story is extremely intriguing.  You know that this town of Claysville has secrets, and you even know what those secrets are pretty soon into the novel, but you have no idea what the characters will do once THEY learn about these secrets.  There is also an eerie tone over the entire story, mostly because it deals with the dead walking, and some hallway leading to Mr. D’s place, which is just creepy!  But it does lend to an interesting story.

The relationship between Rebekkah and Byron is fragile but full of resisted passion.  Some readers might find this relationship annoying, but I did not in the least.  I found the painful history to be overwhelming to the point that Bek’s actions are realistic and believeable, and not annoying at all.  And Byron is a sturdy man who you can’t help but like–he’s strong and caring and devoted to those people in his life that he loves.  And then there is Mr. D, who is a very interesting character to say the least.

I don’t want to say much else about the plotline of this novel because it is best to go in to it with intrigue still in tact.  The last thing I will say is that I wish there was more.  The ending to me felt really rushed, like once she knew where she was going with the ending, she just went there quickly, breaking the style of the rest of the book.  I just wish there could have been a little bit more.  But I did really enjoy this one.  Definitely an interesting twist to the horror/zombie-like genres.

My Bookshelf Rating:

A Middle Shelf Book.

I really enjoyed the mystery and the eerie-ness that this novel sets up from the get go.  As I was reading, I was wrapped up in the world that Melissa creates in Claysville.  Her characters are well-developed and add to the intrigue of the story-line.  I must say that this book gets a 3.5 on the Middle Shelf Side of things because I feel that she rushed through the ending once we knew where the story was going, and I really just wanted there to be more!  But it was definitely enjoyable, and definitely a book for Zombie lovers, not Zombie fans who still like horror, and not horror fans who like mystery and paranormal stories..

Love and Brita-filtered water,


One thought on “Book Review: Graveminder

  1. reeder says:

    Im reading this book for the second time and i came across the section with a train that drives by on the street although the street did not have any tracks and Mr. D hints to the fact that that it is symbolic somehow. I dont get the symbolism. (page 106 of chapter 18)

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