TLC Tour: Graveminder


Melissa Marr

William Morrow Paperbacks

352 pages

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


8 Responses

  1. I’ve heard good and bad about this but it’s not my typical genre so I’ll probably skip it. Some of the things you described about the characters would bother me a lot, I think!

  2. […] January 24th: Jenny Loves to ReadWednesday, January 25th: Life in ReviewThursday, January 26th: Reviews by LolaTuesday, January 31st: Elle Lit.Wednesday, February 1st: The Scarlet LetterThursday, February 2nd: […]

  3. I’m glad you’re interested enough to want to read any future books in the series even if this one wasn’t exactly perfect. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  4. I completely agree with you about Rebekkah and Byron’s ‘romance.’ The book would have been better if they had just left that aspect alone. Great review!

  5. I fully agree with the back and forth aspects of the love affair, and I grew tired of it rather quickly, but I thought the worldbuilding was rather good, and I was really entertained by the other aspects of the story. A lot of people mentioned that the messy relationship situation may have happened because Marr usually writes YA, where this kind of thing is normal, but I was annoyed with it. I am interested in future books because now that all that has been hashed out, there is room for more development. Fantastic review today!

  6. I still have this one on my stacks but after several lukewarm reviews, I’m prepared not to LOVE it. 🙂

  7. I read this one and absolutely adored it but I had a hard time with Rebekkah as well. That being said I’m really looking forward to reading the 2nd book whenever it comes out. (And I’ve got to admit that I prefer the other cover as well 😛 )

  8. It sounds like maybe this book was written to set up the rest of the series. I’ll have to think about it.

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