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Graveminder by Melissa Marr
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May 27, 11

bookshelves: 2011-favorites, read-in-2011, physical-books, urban-fantasy
Read from May 24 to 27, 2011

Whoa. What a gorgeous, creepy, utterly fascinating world Melissa Marr has created with this book. I literally couldn't put it down until I found out how the events were going to play out.

There's more to this book than just the world, though. The characters are vibrant and their emotions come across the pages brilliantly. Bek's grief over losing her grandmother was sharp and real. Her guilt over her feelings for Byron, guilt that she's carried with her since a family tragedy, is wrenching and she does her best to run from it so she doesn't have to deal. On top of all this she's suddenly faced with a world that she never knew existed and which has great potential to turn deadly. Byron is her rock, her protector, her best friend despite the distance she tries to put between them. His presence both soothes her and riles all the emotions she's tried to suppress. Their relationship spans years and heartache and yet when the chips are down they seek each other out as they attempt to come to grips with the sudden upheaval in their lives.

Melissa Marr's take on those that rise from their graves is different and sadly poignant. The hunger that gnaws at these individuals drives them and keeps them from their rest. The Graveminder's need to protect them and give them peace is at odds with how most others see them as animals to be put down.

Beyond the story here, though, there's so very much potential in this world. There are so many aspects of it that feel like they're waiting to be fleshed out and given form. Bek and Byron have a deep, dark world to explore and it feels like they've barely scratched the surface.

Equal parts horror novel and an wrenching look at dealing with death- from both a supernatural and emotional standpoint- this book is one that lingers long after you've put it down.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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