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.
©2011 Melissa Marr (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I found this book when I was aimlessly perusing Amazon.com the other day for a new read. I recently listened to The Host by Stephenie Meyer again and Melissa Marr's Graveminder was likened to it: a wonderful adult work written by a successful YA author. Once I started listening I couldn't stop. I finished it in less than a day. This author seamlessly introduced a fantasy world without bogging the book down with boring details. Give it a try, you will be rewarded!
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I loved this book with all it's differences. It's backwoods Appalachia, mystified with guardians of life and death. It's a mythology I've never run into from Appalachia but it fits much of what is there. It's also very small town. And a lovely read.
I would have liked greater differentiation between characters
Gave up on this book at about Chapter 18. Main characters that I never really cared about. Emo Bek whining and moaning about missing her dead grandmother. By Chapter 18, I was rooting for the dead girl to eat more people because I was just so tired of reading about them. I was tired of shouting (in my head) at the characters to STFU and get on with the story. That's when I knew I should walk away from this book. The premise was interesting, but the execution was definitely less than compelling.
Like some of the other reviewers I found this one by accident. Though It was not terrible overall and I did enjoy the narrator, to me there was no one real point of the story. Was this a scary zombie-ish book? One about relationships? Dealing with death? I couldn't figure it out. It went off in so many different directions that the main plot line was often lost. If the author had stuck with the main idea, that the dead must be tended and keeping them in their place, and had not gone off into the whole stupid Mr. Charles and the world of the dead section, it would have been a really good book.
I read that Jeaniene Frost recommended this book & being that she's one of my favorite authors I got the audiobook. It didn't disappoint. It has intrigue, without continuous twists and turn some stories have that just drag out the plots only to end as one would guess away. It's a great book with a great storyline and characters. For anyone who loves a mystery or just loves a good book.
Although it has an interesting premise and good narration, this book just missed the mark. There are plot points that lead nowhere, obvious villains and characters that lack complexity. Also, there are points where there is so little description it's easy to be confused as to where the characters actually are and what is going on. I think the author was trying to set this book up as the first in a series, but there's not enough here for me to want to read more.
The most interesting yet not so far fetched storyline and plot ....tho he you wonder about and yet rather taboo.....amazing book I want a sequel
None first book with this sort of plot I have read
..I loved how Emma galvin changes her pitch so can tell which character is speaking....
I rally want a sequel....and I enjoyed the accent felt throughout the book
Marr spins a compelling tale of people bound to situation not of their making. The story starts strong, and weaves itself around the listener. This one left me disappointed that it ended so soon, and definitely craving more.
The kind you want to just keep listening, and not turn off to talk to someone. It has good closeure without being too lovey dovey, sealed with a kiss.
The storyline is excellent. Detailed and fascinating. Believable characters and dialog.
excellent performance by Emma... but, I'm a die hard fan of the reader.
I would encourage Ms. Marr to continue weaving this story as it has enormous possibilities and an originality that is sorely needed in this genre.
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