The review below is going to be part of 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge!
Release date: 17th of July 2011
Published by: Harper Collins USA
Reading level: FICTION - Adult: Urban, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 336 in Paperback
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.
It was the first Melissa Marr’s book for me. I have not read her YA books, so I did not have expectations to Graveminder either. I found the book in the book store and decided to read it. I enjoyed it. Graveminder was a spooky and fun book to read; it was well-written, the settings were good.
Regarding the plot:
The story starts with the death of Maylene, who is a caretaker of Claysville graveyard. After her death Rebekkah, the main character is moving into the house what Maylene left behind. Bek meets with a guy who she loved, with Byron, who works at his father’s funeral house. Strange things start to happen in Claysville and also with Bek who sees a dead girl. People in Claysville are dying in macabre ways and both Bek and Byron are trying to find out what is happening. Maylene’s family is also drawn into the story, where one of the family members is very envious and angry with Bek for reasons that Bek has no ideas about. Step by step Bek and Byronare getting closer to the reasons behind the deaths and clarifications who they really are – Undertaker and Graveminder.
The idea behind the story was interesting and different from what I have read before. Melissa Marr created a world which was special and filled with captivating characters and interesting turns.
Regarding the characters:
I was sometimes little bit confused with Bek who seemed indecisive and weak in some situations. Otherwise she was well written, she was smart, intuitive. She had a broken heart which needs to be protected. She had difficulties of letting go with her past and trust issues – so very complex character.
I liked Byron. He was like an anchor and light house for Bek – very supportive and patient with her.
The supportive characters were good, too and some of them were better written than the main characters.
Claysville with its history was an interesting place – no people got ill or diseases, people lived peacefully and yet, it was creepy to read about. There is something about the town which you cannot point out in the beginning of the story but as the story goes, the reader finds out about the deal with the Death.
Daisha was an interesting character – dead, but still alive. I liked her – touched by evil and yet does the good deed.
I really enjoyed Graveminder by Melissa Marr and I will definitely keep an eye on her future books, too. Graveminder had unique settings, a world which was fanciful and creepy. It was easy to read and it was real page turner.