Friday, July 8, 2011

59 of 111 Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Three sips to mind the dead . . .
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother 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 one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver 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 begin 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.
Harpercollins Publishers | May 9, 2011 | Hardcover

I've never read the Wicked Lovely series my Melissa Marr, although I know it's really popular and it's on my radar I just haven't had a chance to look at it. I bought Graveminder on whim when I went to finally pick up The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn. It was discarded on top of a display for The Hunger Games and the cover and title both caught my eye. 
Graveminder had a unique premise and it was really interesting watching Rebekkah learn about who she was (a graveminder) and what she had to do for the town she lived in and was tied to. There was a nice amount of tension and suspense. I was fascinated by the idea of the Graveminder and the Undertaker who protected her and that's what kept me glued to this book.
I think Graveminder is a stand alone book, and because of that I was a little disappointed with some of the (lack of) explanations for how the contract worked or who some of the characters were and why some things happened in the book. If it's part of a larger series it makes sense because there is still time to explain it, but if this is the only book there were some things I'd have liked to know (but I can't say what without giving spoilers)
That said, it was still an interesting and fun read that I'd recommend to fans of ghost stories.

A unique take on ghosts & the dead

Graveminders & Undertakers belong together

In other Blogging News:

On a HAPPY note, the ever so popular Will & Kate (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) have been touring Canada and yesterday I was able to take my Mom to go and see them. We had great sight lines and had a good look at them leaving the building they were at and getting into their car. It kind of made our day and who can resist a real live Prince and Princess?

On a LOW note: There is some rather intense (medical) things happening to someone very close to me. Since it's not my story I won't give details but I might be a bit sporadic posting things for the next few weeks. Reading is a great escape for me so I'm sure I'll still be reading all I can but sometimes real life is just more important.

Happy Reading! 

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