Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Just finished reading Melissa Marr’s Graveminder which brings to us the quiet little town of Claysville – where everything is not quite what it at first appears.

I loved Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series and so was really keen to read this story which is her first foray into adult fiction.  I think she manages to write a unique, gothic and compelling story based around an unusual town which is bound by strange rules.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot as this would give away much of that which is best revealed during the reading.  I personally didn’t know too much about the story and had avoided reviews for that purpose so I won’t spoil it with this review.

To quote the description in Amazon:

When Rebekkah returns to her small-town home for her beloved Grandmother’s funeral, little does she suspect that she is about to inherit a darkly dangerous family duty on behalf of Claysville’s most demanding residents – the dead.

Everyone in Claysville knows that the Barrows are no ordinary family, but no one can really explain why. When respected matriarch Maylene Barrow dies suddenly her granddaughter Rebekkah returns to the small town she grew up in, where she must face the demons of her past – the suicide of her half-sister Ella, the person she was closest to in the world, and the subsequent break-up of her parents’ marriage. And she also re-encounters Byron, Ella’s old boyfriend, someone to whom she has always felt a deep and mysterious connection.

But the demons of the past are nothing compared with what the future has in store for Rebekkah. Her grandmother has left her an inheritance both wonderful and terrible. An onerous responsibility now rests on her shoulders – one for which she is ill-prepared to say the least.

For behind Claysville’s community-spirited, small-town facade lies a dark secret. One that ties Rebekkah and Byron together in an inextricable bond, and that will require them both to sacrifice everything to keep their friends and neighbours from harm.

So, hopefully that will have wetted your apetite.

MM as got such a wonderful imagination. This was a really good idea.  The writing flowed and the world building was easy.

I loved the ‘other’ world that MM has created and the tunnel that has to be traversed to find it.  I thought Mr D and Amily made for really good reading and could probably carry a whole other adventure of their very own.  It’s bizarre to say so but I could definitely spend some more time in their world.  I also thought Maylene was interesting and it was a shame we didn’t get to spend too much time with her – although you never know with this new fantasy world – it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that she might appear again!  And my other favourite character was Amity.

The main problem that I had with this book was, to a large extent, with Rebekkah who to be frank I couldn’t cotton on to and to a lesser extent Byron, who I just wanted to develop a bit more backbone.  I couldn’t understand him being so accepting of everything Rebekkah dished out and I wanted him to just stand up to her.  The whole relationship between the two fell a little bit flat for me which was a shame and the conversations became a bit repetitive.  Also, and I can’t really explain why but I found that after a really strong start there was something a bit lacking about half way through – but, that being said, the action and drama picks up at the end.

I’m not sure if there are any more novels intended, this novel could certainly be read as a stand alone but there is also a lot of scope for other stories.

Overall I thought this was very entertaining – I loved the world created (strangely reminiscent of the Morganville Town?) but don’t read too much into that specific reference!  It also has a lot of chills and dark creepiness.

Rating B+







One Response to “Graveminder by Melissa Marr”

  1. Aunt Amelia

    Oh, this book sounds quite delicious. Not sure if I read the “Wicked Lovely” books, but want to try this one. I’ve read so many YA books, that I sometimes forget which-are-read-and-which-are-not.

    Being into YA books is *different* for me, because I happen to be a 74 year old “Nana.” But into them, I am. 🙂

    Just found your blog, when looking for other WordPress blogs. Hello to you, and thank you for writing this review blog. I LUV book reviews.

    Gentle hugs,
    “Aunt Amelia’s Attic” blog at WordPress

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