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Amy and Jennifer ARE Seduced by Books. We’re both in our 30’s, moms, close friends, work together, and share many of the same interests including our love of reading. Amy grew up in Maryland and has been obsessed with Vampires for as long as she can remember. Jenn grew up in Florida and loves the furry, the fey, and the fangs, in that order. Currently we are both in Orlando, FL. When we can be pulled away from books, Amy loves to bake and Jenn loves to take pictures and scrap.
We decided to create a place where we could direct friends, and acquaintances for, book suggestions/recommendations (Jenn’s been known to talk to strangers on the train while traveling in NYC). Once we started out with a simple page, we evolved from there. Now we are sharing our book reviews, fun comments, recipes, and giveaways. We try to give reviews on new releases, pre-releases, and oldies but goodies that we read, or are reading. We’re going to be adding author interviews for established and up and coming authors soon.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Graveminder by Melissa Marr

GraveminderThe New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."
Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.(courtesy of Amazon)

Melissa Marr started out with a YA series (Wicked Lovely) that is – OFF THE CHAIN.  So when I saw she is giving us an adult series, I couldn’t get the book fast enough.  Whoo – Marr has set up an interesting, to say the least, town with a history that defines unique.  It’s truly necessary to mind your graves in this cemetery – and once you’re born here, you just don’t want to leave. 
Marr seems to love destiny as well as romance in her books.  This book had quite a bit going on as we’re setting up what I hope is a series.  I couldn’t get enough of the blend of goodness going on in this book – crossing over after you pass, what happens if you don’t mind the grave, the mysterious deaths….there’s not a piece I can find lacking in one of Marr’s books.  The chemistry climaxes right where and when you need it.  I wanted only one thing from our leading lady – to relinquish a little bit of her stubbornness – but that only was selfish on my part as I was driven by my desire for a specific outcome :) and Marr knew exactly how to do it!

1 comment:

  1. The main characters are obnoxious in their relationship issues, but once you discover the deeper reasons behind them it makes a bit more sense, enough so that it doesn't hurt too bad to swallow it down. What is more intriguing is the history behind their situation, something that has been echoed down through generations. They are not the first, nor will they be the last to find themselves in their situation. The world that Marr builds is definitely enchanting, and while I wouldn't necessarily want to see Rebbekah and Byron again, seeing Mr. D and Alicia would be okay.
    I enjoyed this book so much..