Book Review – Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Grave Minder - Melissa Marr

Book Review


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."


This story had the-quirky-small-town-and-you-know-there's-something-amiss-vibe all over it. The story did start off a bit slow paced and it’s almost like I was being made to work for the details and the essence of this book. There were quite a few chapters that I sat there trying to figure out what in the wholly grave was going on. But as the pieces come together and story progresses my confusion transformed to amazement as a tale of town secrets, running from your past, and facing your fears is weaved in flawless perfection.


Great great cast of characters who were all very well developed and likable. I thought the roles of Undertaker and Graveminder were completely fascinating. From the contract to what it entails to the inevitable bond they share. It was all very different from your usual paranormal storyline.


I did get a little annoyed at time. Byron’s constant cornering and interrogating Rebekkah about her feelings got on my nerves. I can understand why he wants her to admit her feelings but it made this highly likable character, who is my latest crush, into a bit of a nag. And the fact by the end I didn’t have all the answers, I still had questions did annoy me but not as much as I thought it would, the characters didn’t even know the answers so I was ok with it.


This book showed a whole new side of death that I hadn’t seen before. I have always found the idea of death both terrifying and exciting. And this book made it romantic as well. I want Marr’s land of the dead to be real, I want to lose myself in that world.


I devoured this book. Compelling, sexy, and even slightly scary at times, Graveminder is amazing. And I have already recommended it to friends.