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Graveminder

A captivating story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.

By Melissa Marr Read by Emma Galvin Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy English, Unabridged 10h 25m Sell Sheet Also available on
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9 Audio CDs May 17, 2011 $19.99 $19.99 9781611200294 Add to Cart
Description
							Three sips to mind the dead...Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in 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. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker - in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past - can set things right once the dead begin to walk. Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility - to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.
Reviews

"The emotional dance between Rebekkah and Byron will captivate female readers [and] fantasy-horror fans will demand more." - Kirkus Reviews

"Emma Galvin's narration is solid and appropriate, and the slightly Southern twang she delivers perfectly captures the gothic atmosphere of this haunting novel. Her characterizations are simple but distinct, and her interpretation of the creepy." - Publishers Weekly

"...dark and dreamy...a creatively creepy gothic tale for grown-ups." - USA Today

"a very interesting take on the almost-dead...The imaginative weaving of folk tale and horror story come together to create a story of uniquely creepy dimensions...a true treat...an unexpectedly unique debut." - New York Journal of Books

"If anyone can put the goth in Southern Gothic, it's Melissa Marr." - NPR, "Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Books For A Fantastical Summer"

"...takes readers to places both sinister and delightful...a fast read, spooky enough to please but not too disturbing to read in bed. Fans will be looking for a sequel to this cozy horror story..." - Washington Post

"Narrator Emma Galvin does an excellent job in creating a haunting mood for this novel...[Her] voice moves slowly, creeping up on you and eventually pulling you deep into the story...Graveminder works well as a moody, character driven ghost tale and fans of supernatural literature will definitely find something to like here." - The Guilded Earlobe

"[Marr] does a wonderful job of mixing a bit of romance and intrigue with the right amount of spine-tingling spookiness that will have readers wanting more of this fascinating story." - Ventura County Star

"Narrator Emma Galvin's youthful voice serves well for the young protagonists, Rebekkah and Byron...brings an appropriately hushed and somber tone to the story's unfolding...an enjoyable listen." - Sfsite.com

"Melissa Marr has created a fabulous, richly-imagined world...Rebekkah and Byron are immensely likable..." - BlogCritics.org

"In Graveminder, Marr has crafted a fascinating world that offers plenty of room for sequels - as well as reason to want them." - io9

"a frightening tale that will add some chill to the summer season." - The Daily Targum's Inside Beat

"No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr." - Charlaine Harris

"A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined." - Kelley Armstrong