When Rebekkah returns to Claysville to bury her grandmother Maylene, she finds the town every bit as strange as when she left. Which makes sense when she realizes the town borders the land of the dead. Rebekkah and her estranged love, Byron, set out to both solve the murder of the Graveminder and discover the secret that has cursed the town for generations.
I absolutely hated to put this book down. I read this over the Memorial Day weekend so, unfortunately, I was interrupted quite a few times. I found myself sneaking pages as dinner cooked on the grill and while my little one played outside. I was really hooked right from the beginning. Some authors just have a gift for grabbing the readers' interest. Melissa Marr is one in my eyes.
The book reads like a thriller, short chapters and different perspectives, but there is quite a bit of substance here. Melissa Marr weaves an intriguing back story while not boring the reader. There is just enough plot, just enough action, just enough romance and just enough fear to keep you interested.
Melissa Marr is best known for her bestselling Wicked Lovely series of young adult novels. While there is a paranormal theme throughout this novel, this is not a paranormal romance. I love a book that is hard to classify into just one genre. With Graveminder you get mystery, dark fantasy, romance and a touch of horror all in one. The combination leads to a unique story that still has me wondering if there is something similar out there because I want more now.
I am giving Graveminder 4 stars. I enjoyed the book very much and will, most likely, go out and read more from Melissa Marr. If you like mysteries with a thread of darkness or your horror with a touch of romance, then you will like this.(less)
Laura Caxton just wanted to get back to being a state trooper after her intense vampire battle alongside US Marshal Jameson Arkeley. But when a tomb filled with 100 vampire coffins is discovered under the Gettysburg Battlefied, Laura is drawn into what is sure to become an all out vampire war.
99 Coffins is the second book in the Laura Caxton series. Just like with the first novel, 13 Bullets, you will not find any hunky vampires involved in teenage drama. The vampires in Wellington's novels are pure evil. They are very much monster-like, shedding their resemblance to humans once they are converted.
The story is told both from the point of view of Caxton as well as a series of letters and journals dating back to Civil War times. These documents tell the story of a troop of vampires that were used to turn the war for the North at the battle of Gettysburg. These troops were promised to be converted back to human once a cure was found. They were secreted away in a tomb under the battlefield and then promptly forgotten by their commanders.
Wellington uses both horrific scenes of violence and psychological suspense to terrify the reader. This is not a book for the timid. Expect a gory, violent novel with a pretty high body count. Most books of this type feature an alpha male as the lead. This one has an alpha female. Do not be fooled, though, Laura Caxton is a badass. The adrenalin ran high as I read this one.
I can strongly recommend this one to horror fans. 13 Bullets is not necessarily a requirement before reading this one, but you should read it, it is a great book as well.(less)
Shaun Mason assumes control of After the End Times following the death of his sister Georgia. He has trouble focusing and is sure that he is insane, being that he has conversations with his dead sister. He is forced to step up when a researcher with the CDC shows up with proof of a startling coverup. What if everyone is wrong about the Kellis-Amberlee virus that turns people into zombies? Surely Shaun would not go marching into the CDC to confront them. Would he?
Deadline is the second book in the News Flesh trilogy by Mira Grant. The book picks up shortly after where Feed left us but this time the narrator is Shaun Mason instead of Georgia. I admit I was a bit concerned that I would not like reading from Shaun's point of view near as much as his sister's. But I need not have worried, it worked just fine.
The second book keeps that same edge that I enjoyed so much with the first one. It seemed like any character could face death with each page turn. The author proved in the first book that no character is safe. Having that in the back of my mind as I read this just deepened the psychological impact. I kept guessing who would be next. I found out too.
There is also plenty of high tech and blogging going on. Obviously, that appeals to me. I find it uplifting that that author spent the time to get things right. Too often the technology is so glaringly wrong in a novel that it ruins what would have otherwise been a great story. The technology enhances the story and the characters use technology to accomplish their goals instead of the technology being the story.
If you like books that draw you in and make you turn the pages faster and faster until something really insane happens, then you should read this one. If you have not read the first one, do that first. You will enjoy this even more. When you get to the end, I would love to hear the words that popped into your mind, or in my case, out of my mouth. It went something like "Oh my ......God!"(less)