Review: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Title: Graveminder
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Paperback, 326 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-211516-4
Genre: Paranormal

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."

My thoughts:
"Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Are you intrigued yet? This sentence is what sold me on this book. Melissa Marr has a fantastic way of sucking you into her stories. She is a phenomenal wordsmith. If you've been reading my reviews for awhile you'd know that I'm not a huge fan of anything to do with zombies.  I loved Marr's Wicked Lovely series so I thought I'd take a chance on Graveminder. Once again Melissa Marr weaves a tale that you can't look away from.
Rebekkah Barrow or Bek left the town of Claysville hoping to make a life for herself anywhere else. She left her grandmother, torn relationships, and family drama behind her. However she never can seem to settle down. After the death of her beloved grandmother she returns to Claysville to take over her grandmother's unusual job as the town's graveminder. Bek is an interesting character. She has several internal struggles that hold her back in life. 
What is a graveminder you ask? Basically it's Bek's job to keep the dead from rising. (It's a little more complicated than that but I don't want to spoil anything.) Which leads me to the zombies. The zombies in this book are a little different from the brainless zombies that are so popular. These zombies have the ability to think although they are still driven by their zombie instincts. Marr also plays up the mystery in the novel. There is a lot of mystery concerning not only the towns history but also the residents of Claysville. This element of the story is what kept me captivated. As far as the gruesome factor is concerned, there is some. However Marr doesn't go to far down that road. 
Overall this book is a titillating  story that grabs your attention from the start. I think this is a great book for people who don't like the gore of traditional zombie books. Melissa Marr has once again put out an entertaining read. Graveminder is written as an adult novel but I think it would be appeal to older teens as well.
*You can read excerpts from Graveminder on Melissa Marr's website.
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. This in no way influenced my opinion.


  1. I loved this book! It was so different than what is out there and such a fun read. Glad to see you enjoyed it, too. :)

    1. Thanks Theresa! I wish there were more zombie books like this. I'm glad you love this book.

  2. curious! I admit, it's in the TBR pile...hasn't quite surfaced yet but it may just have to make an appearance sooner rather than later. Haven't really delved into the zombie trend, those I've encountered (the books, not the actual zombies) haven't always hit the mark. We shall see. Thanks for the sharing the great review!

    1. GMR, Move it up! LOL Zombies aren't usually on my radar either. I've enjoyed Marr's other books that is why I was intrigued by this one as well. I am glad that you haven't encountered actual zombies. That would be freaky. I've read the zombie survival guide, so I do feel prepared if something were to occur. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know when you get to Graveminder in you TBR.:D

  3. As a writer of horror, I've become infatuated with the whole zombie trend. Just when I began to worry that the undead were being played-out I stumbled across this book. Graveminder offers a fresh take on the zombie story. Although it's not as dark as what i usually read, the writing was tight and the story kept me engaged. Nicely done, Ms. Marr!

    1., I agree with everything in your comment! Thanks for stopping by today :D

  4. This sounds so good. As soon as I read the "stay where i put you" line i was hooked too. I'm a big zombie fan, so I'll definitely be checking this one out, thanks for the heads up!

    -Kate the Book Buff
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