William Morrow Paperbacks
Rebekkah Barrow is living alone on the west coast, but she has always felt ties to her old town of Claysville. She left there years ago after the death of her stepsister but she still returns from time to time to visit her grandmother Maylene. She finds that she must return home spur of the moment once she receives word that Maylene has died suddenly. What awaits her there sounds like stuff of dreams . . . or nightmares.
Rebekkah must confront her old love interest Byron, who works with his father William as the only undertakers in town. Byron knows that Maylene has been murdered, but none of the town officials seem too concerned about it, and he’s unsure of how to break the news to Rebekkah, who has enough on her plate as it is. Add to that some strange traditions that have been taking place around Claysville regarding the city’s dead, and you’ve got quite a strange concoction.
I suppose I should throw out my negatives before I move onto the positives. For one, I absolutely hated the love affair between Rebekkah and Byron. It seemed contrived and juvenile. It’s made obvious from the word go that both Rebekkah and Byron have strong feelings for one another. Byron is very vocal about this fact and pleads with Rebekkah to open up to him. But Rebekkah refuses. And so it goes. Again and again and again. It just seemed so drawn out and I didn’t really connect with either character, so in the end I was bored with the twosome.
I also thought that Graveminder started out a bit slow. The plot didn’t grab my attention till well over the 100 page mark. Instead, it just seemed amateurish, possibly in part due to the love affair of Rebekkah and Byron. The rest of the characters also seemed very two dimensional and I often had issues with trying to figure out each one. Take Charles for example. By the end of the book, I was still unsure of exactly who he was and how he got where he was. That just may be me being dense, but I kept wondering when everything was going to be fully explained.
That being said, I do think that Marr had a great story to tell. Graveminder is not without flaws, but the story was so interesting that I did begin to enjoy it. I could see this becoming a fun series because now that I know the back story, it would be fun to see where Rebekkah and Byron end up (although I could do without a focus on their love life!).
Melissa’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, January 17th: Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, January 17th: The Road to Here
Wednesday, January 18th: Raging Bibliomania
Thursday, January 19th: Wordsmithonia
Friday, January 20th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Tuesday, January 24th: Jenny Loves to Read
Wednesday, January 25th: Life in Review
Thursday, January 26th: Reviews by Lola
Tuesday, January 31st: Elle Lit.
Wednesday, February 1st: The Scarlet Letter
Thursday, February 2nd: Savvy Verse & Wit
TBD: Books Like Breathing