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Graveminder (Graveminder #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  11,043 Ratings  ·  1,894 Reviews
“No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr.”
—Charlaine Harris

“Welcome to the return of the great American gothic.”
—Del Howison, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of Dark Delicacies

“A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined.”
—Kelley Armstrong

Anyone who adores dark fantasy, horror, and paranormal suspense is going to love Gravemin
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Katy Technically, no it's not a standalone. It's the first in a series. But I only have this book and felt that I could leave the rest alone because it…moreTechnically, no it's not a standalone. It's the first in a series. But I only have this book and felt that I could leave the rest alone because it didn't end on a cliffhanger.(less)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I wouldn’t exactly call Graveminder urban fantasy, but I don’t know what else to call it either, so I guess I’ll just leave it on my UF shelf. It reminded me of a small town horror story. I should probably list what I liked and didn’t like here. Don't worry, it’s going to be very short.

What I liked:
- From what I understand, Melissa Marr didn’t plan this as a series. Everything was wrapped up nicely which was very refreshing.
- 3rd person narrative and multiple POVs made the story a little hard t
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Have you ever attended a seminar or lecture given by someone you find wholly intriguing only to have the entire thing be a complete and total wash? And you're sitting there wondering when things are going to get good, but the lecturer's monotone voice and thoroughly uninspired narration are conspiring to put you to sleep even though you know, deep down, that you should be on the edge of your seat?

That's what Graveminder is like. All the elements are there; paranormal phenomenon, secrets, alterna
Jeaniene Frost
Mar 11, 2011 Jeaniene Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book. Compelling, sexy, and even slightly scary at times, Graveminder is amazing. No wonder Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and Kirkus Reviews have given it advance raves.
Ilona Andrews
Bought it on Kindle. It has this interesting Dean Koontz in his prime vibe to it: the prose is lyrical without being flowery and the narrative is making a slow spiral around the unexplained. There is a small town that’s not quite what it seems, and an old woman who minds the dead by performing some sort of special ritual involving hard liquor, and an undertaker. The woman meets a young girl, who seems to be a runaway. The next thing you know, the woman is dead, savagely murdered, and her grandda ...more
Rating: 2.0

In the year 1712, a woman named Abigail Barrows unwittingly opens a gateway into the land of the dead and sets things in motion that will have an everlasting impact on the town of Claysville. Seeing the error in her ways, she agrees to work with Death in order to bring the deceased back to their world. Abigail is therefore named the first Graveminder whose responsibilities are to ensure the dead are taken care of, and if any rise, she is to escort them back to the land of t
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Apr 06, 2011 Jacqie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't end up finishing this one. The writing wasn't bad, but the book had one of my biggest pet peeves at the beginning. The "we have secrets, but we can't tell the main character because..." Take your pick.

1. It's not the right time.
2. You can't handle the truth.
3. I'm afraid you won't love me anymore if I tell you.
4. You won't believe me.
5. You're too young.

or 6. All of the above.

I absolutely despise this method of building narrative tension. After more than 50 pages of the above excuses I k
Neil (or bleed)
After 1 month of reading this book, I finally finished it. Oh my god! It was probably my reading slump that made me struggle to end this novel in one go or its slow story flow. Or maybe both.

Anyway, I'm happy I didn't give up. I still liked this book despite having a hard time finishing the novel.

Graveminder is about you know, minding the graves (ha!). Basically, it was about a town called Claysville, a Graveminder, an Undertaker and the dead. There's more to it if you read this book and it's on
Sep 17, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy
I'd never read anything by Melissa Marr, even though I see that she's put out several books before this one. I had high hopes for Graveminder. The idea for it sounded intriguing.

Unfortunately I very quickly got frustrated with the way in which events unfolded. It seems like the great majority, if not all, of the confusion and conflict in the book was a result of the characters just not bothering to ever tell anyone anything, and never for any reason beyond "Oh, I just couldn't!"

It seemed a bit
May 13, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adults, arc, read-2011
Truth be told, when I first heard Melissa Marr had a new book out, I wasn't going to read it. As much as I enjoyed her Wicked Lovely series (she did after all give us the glorious Seth) I was equally frustrated and fascinating at the same time and I wasn't sure I wanted to invest the same energy into something that could potentially be the same way. So, thanks Crystal for sharing your copy and Arlene for sending it. I actually really enjoyed myself with this one.

I'm gonna keep this short and swe
In a word: boring.

As I continue to clear away stockpiles of genres I've grown to dislike (PNR/UF, steampunk, YA), I sometimes wonder what inspired me to initially make the purchase. But in this case, my reasoning is clear. I liked Marr's YA faery series. I like modern gothic. I like small-town horror with paranormal elements.

...And yet this book was a fail.

Marr's writing reads easily in the technical sense; I raced through 130+ pages despite not liking it. But even when things began to make sli
Sep 06, 2011 Underpressure rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I was really excited about this book; 'was' being the operational word in this sentence. Although Marr is clearly not the new Hemingway, or Harris for that matter, I followed the Wicked Lovely series in appreciation of the lush world she had created. So, I was looking forward to reading her first foray into adult lit to see what she could cook up on the adult side of the fence. Let me just say, I tried to like this book. I really did. I had earmarked it for a weekend when I knew I would be doing ...more
May 18, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right now I don't have time to do a proper review so I'll be brief. There are some books that are so good that you can't put them down and read them until your eyelids close on you. There are books that you try to read fast because it grips you so tight that you wanna get to the end and then when it ends you wished you'd read slower just to draw it out. This is one of those books. I woke up this morning with 40 pages left and it killed me all morning to sit at work. Thank the gods for lunchtime. ...more
I haven't read a book in a long time. Somehow, I was busy with school and life to actually have the time to pick up a book and read it.

When I went to the library to pick up some graphic novels/mangas I saw this and somehow I was drawn to it. The cover (with the old house) was creepy and the blurb sounded delicious. For the first time in a long time, I was truly excited to pick up a book.

Then I started to read it. This is the first book of Melissa Marr that I've read, I know her by her Wicked L
Nov 07, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really liked this book but it seems quite a few readers didn't or thought it was OK.

Here are my thoughts:

Maybe I'm bias, but I grew up loving Stephen King novels. This horror story had the-quirky-small-town-and-you-know-there's-something-amiss-vibe all over it. It was an easy read but I found the beginning pace slow. Long build ups are boring, however the mystery intrigued me and I couldn't put the book down.

The premise is about a town where there is a magical divide between the living
Apr 18, 2011 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: ARC - Thank you Crystal!!
When I heard Melissa Marr was releasing a new paranormal, I didn’t even know what it was about and I still couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. See, Marr happens to be one of my favorite authors and possibly the only writer who is able to captivate me with the concept of fairies and their opposing courts. So then I hear that the book is called Graveminder and it’s a zombie-like adult novel. Hmmmm, two genres I don’t typically gravitate to, but if anyone can change my mind it’s Marr. So before I ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
When I first saw this book I knew that I had to read it because Melissa Marr wrote and it and I believe that she is awesome. Now that I have read it I think she is a genius. This story was so beautiful and horror filled that I am left wanting so much more.
Imagine living in a town where everything stays quiet. There are no diseases to be a afraid of and town life is just simple. The town of Claysville is just this place. The people that are born here stay here not only because they want to but be
Feb 01, 2012 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristy by: Alicia Moree
I can see why some people would gobble this up and fall into this world. I can also see why some people would rip it to shreds and hate it. It is creepy, but not overly so. So, those of you wanting to be "pee-your-pants scared" you will be dissapointed. However, if you are a cowardly lion like me, you will be okay.

I feel like this is a -not-for-me story, yet I know it still had it's shining moments. I also hate how long it took to really get to the main story. There was so much world building an
Natasha  A.
May 23, 2011 Natasha A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
For anyone who loves:
Exceptional uniqueness
Smattering of romance
Why did I read it?
I had to see what Ms. Marr would do with an Adult rather than YA novel.
And well, the premise, look at that blurb!

My Rambles:
I was very impressed with Ms. Marr's first venture into adult fiction.
This was creepy and suspenseful, and had just enough secrets to make me keep reading and not too many that made me want to put the book down.
In fact just in general, putting the book down was
Creative world but tedious romance

In Melissa Marr's first adult novel, GRAVEMINDER, the quiet, small town of Claysville is not what it seems. When her beloved but quirky grandmother is found dead, Rebekkah returns to the place and the man, Byron, she's been keeping at arm's length for nearly a decade. Very soon, Bek and Byron learn that secrets have been kept from them and that a shadowy world of the dead exists under their feet. Pulled into centuries-old roles as the Graveminder and the Underta
Oh man. Where did it all go wrong? I'd like to start by saying - loudly and vocally - that I first encountered Marr many years ago when an advance copy of Ink Exchange fell into my sticky mitts. I loved that book and the way it brought in some real dark edges to what could have been a straightforward yarn - and also the interestng choice to have a heroine that actually didn't want a supernatural, otherwordly boyfriend and would be quite happy with her real world friend. So, I saw this, saw that ...more
Khanh (the Grinch)
I thought this was an YA at first, and I think I can be forgiven for this error, since the main character behaves so much like a rebellious teenager. I didn't like it, even as a light read. I found Rebekkah self-centered and too willful, and Byron was a complete doormat. I found the actions of the characters unbelievable, and there were insufficient explanations as to what was going on. The mystery behind the town; the entire reason for the existence behind the characters of the Undertaker and t ...more
Ea Solinas
Apr 30, 2011 Ea Solinas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In the town of Claysville, the dead must be scrupulously minded by the Graveminder and the Undertaker... or bad things happen.

"Graveminder" really shows that Melissa Marr has left teenage faerie tales far behind her. Her first adult novel is a much darker, stranger story -- a lushly-written American Gothic set in a small town where death is very different from what it is elsewhere. It takes awhile for everything to settle into place, but the suspenseful journey is worth it.

When her grandmother
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

GRAVEMINDER is the adult debut for YA Paranormal queen Melissa Marr, a very slow building gothic/horror mystery, almost like the movie The Village. There is a small, quaint town populated with mysterious characters most of whom seem to be in on a Big Secret: the dead don’t always stay dead. A legacy, passed down from generation to generation, binds two families to the town in order to magically protect the rest.

The main idea in GRAVEMINDER is fantastic
Jackie "the Librarian"
In the small town of Claysville, when someone dies, there are strict rituals that get observed, of drink and food at the gravestone, and words spoken on a regular basis. Only a few people know why, and the reader gradually gets let in on to the secret (exposition, exposition, and still MORE exposition - TOO MUCH exposition, dragged out too long) along with the two main protagonists, Rebekkah and Byron, who inherit the duties of performing the rituals, no getting out of it. The town made a deal c ...more
"I think I might accidentally be reading a terrible book," was the recurring sense I had throughout the entirety of Graveminder. Yet unlike the last terrible book I read, House of Holes, I was compelled to finish Melissa Marr's first "adult," outing. I'm not without fault in this literary relationship; I picked this up for two of the worst reasons you can read a book: everyone on Goodreads liked it last year, and the author has the same, somewhat uncommon, last name as I do. That's got to be eve ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this as a GoodReads advance reader giveaway! Yay!

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and blazed through it in 48 hours. I loved the concept of the whole Graveminder/Undertaker set-up and dynamic of traveling to and from the world of the dead is pretty awesome. All the nuances of the world really interested me--who can and can't be hurt in the underworld, the laws of the Graveminder and the town contract, etc. It was an addictive read that I wanted to get through the minute I picked it up.

On t
Favourite Character: Daisha

Rebekkah is a Graveminder, a person who minds the dead. Gives them words, food and drink and makes sure they do not rise after death and well, start eating people. Rebekkah has ran from the pull of Claysville for many years and she's also been running from love, from Byron because she doesn't think she's deserves him. Fortunity and unfortunity something happens that brings Rebekkah back to Claysville. Where her world is soon turned upside down.

I find Marr to be an exce
Oct 04, 2011 Wealhtheow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Hundreds of years ago, a town made a pact with Death. In exchange for near perfect health and long life, any person born within the town will rise as a zombie. The only way to avoid this is to inter the bodies within the town borders and constantly appease them with visits, holy water and liquor. This is the job of the Graveminder, and Rebekkah has just unwittingly inherited it.

She inherits it at a most perilous time, when the dead are walking in greater numbers than in generations. This sounds
Jan 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-zombies
Why read: Received for review

What impressed me: Graveminder went places I never even considered until we were in the thick of things. It was a story that made sense piece by piece, but you never figured out what was coming beforehand. I loved the town and its rules and secrets. I absolutely loved the otherworldly aspects of the book and wish we could have experienced even more of it. This was a zombie novel that is nothing like any before it. I truly thought I wasn't going to enjoy it and found
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