Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, " Sleep well, and stay where I put you. "

Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to realise that Maylene 's death was not natural... and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And even the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead continu to walk.
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Published May 9th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2011

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And you 're sitting there wondering when things are comin 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 must be on the edge of your seat? That 's what Graveminder is like.

All the elements are there; paranormal phenomenon, secrets, alternate realities, romance .... so .... why is th book so damn boring?

I 'm not even sure how Melissa Marr managed to do it, but she 's managed to build a thoroughly uninspired, completely redundant, unbelievably boring paranormal romance.

Between wondering when things were finally going to pick up and hoping against hope that the main rotagonist, Rebekkah, would stop being such a whiny, spineless douche, I found myself yawning and rolling my eyes more than is acceptable for paranormal romance.

Rebekkah just could n't be with Byron.

Ms. Marr, we heard you the first three hundred times, Rebekkah has guilt issues about Byron.

Paranormal life is an emotional rollercoaster on steroids.

Imagine my surprise, then, when they not only do n't have sex, but also act like they 're still 16.

he two predecessors, Maylene and William, keep things from Rebekkah and Byron up until the very last minute, then try and ive them a fricking crash course in tending to the dead.

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It seems like he great majority, if not all, of the ambiguit and conflict in he ook ha a esult of the characters just not bothering to ever tell anyone anything, and not for any reason beyond " Oh, I just woul n't! " It seemed a bit like lazy writing to me.

Maylene never bothering to tell her just seemed ridiculous, considering the danger.Also, her issues with Byron.

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Truth be told, when I first heard Melissa Marr had a new book out, I ha n't going to writ it.

As much as I enjoyed her Wicked Lovely series ( she did after all give us the glorious Seth) I was extremely frustrated and fascinating at the same time and I as n't sure I wanted to bu the same energy into something that could potentially be the same pat.

I never wanted the way this was delivered, it was in multi-pov 's and I was told that I will e a little lost, but Marr really strings the characters thoughts quite nicely, bringing in a nice flow and pace to the storyline.

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I like small-town horror with paranormal elements.

... And yet the book as a fail.Marr 's writing reads easily in the technical sense; I raced through 130+ pages despite not liking it.

Everyone acted more like spoiled teenagers than adults with functional neurons; as with books by Deborah Harkness, Juliet Dark, Sylvain Reynard,& others of this wobbly subgenre, the bratty morons within made me ant to rip the book in half.As other reviews have pointed out, the ide is pretty cool.

Characters have no substance, so why should I care about anything that might happen should Moo Rebekkah fail to perform ... whatever.

> ___< Throw in one of my most hated plot devices -- the deliberate withholding of information for no good reason ("I can't tell you, you're not ready, you weren't old enough to understand," etc etc) -- and my eyeballs wouldn't stop rolling.

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Did n't end up finishing this one.

I 'm afraid you wo n't love me anymore if I tell you.4.

Obviously there you have it.I might have been kinder if I as n't rustrated by the above skullduggery with drawing out the reveal.

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- 3rd person narrative and multiple POVs made the story th little toug to et into, but again I did, I enjoyed the change.

They were far more nteresting than either Rebekkah or Byron.- The world of the dead was really curiou, and the characters there were amazing.What I didn ’ t like ( I ’ ll try to eep it as hort as possible):- The names Rebekkah and Byron.

hat might e a nice change.- The story was sadly predictable.

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It was probably my reading slump that made me struggle to end his novel in one go or its slow story flow.

I only loved th book despite having a ard time finishing the novel.Graveminder is about you now, minding the graves ( ha!).

he main characters has been introduced, who, unsurprisingly were friends with benefits or lovebirds or whatsoever you want to know.

I 've ot to know more about this Graveminder-Undertaker tandem and how it originated.

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Rating: 2.0** Summary** In the year 1712, a ma 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 own of Claysville.

There is also an Undertaker that is believed to sav her bring them back to the land of the dead while protecting her at all times.

Flash forward to the present and it now becomes Rebekkah Barrow ’ s turn at being the Graveminder after her grandmother Maylene is killed by a walking dead who has been prevented from being minded out of spite and jealously after not being named her replacement.

Rebekkah loves Byron Montgomery who becomes the Undertaker to her Graveminder, but can ’ t stand him at times.

Once they are named Graveminder and Undertaker, they will never leave town again.

I call this the Twilight Zone factor.I actually liked Byron, Amity Blue, and even Daisha better than I did Rebekkah.

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