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Book Watch: Graveminder

Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.

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I actually had a tough time choosing which book to post for this week’s Book Watch post. This is not a young adult book but I’ve been desperate to read this since I first learned of its existence. I’ve lost contests and auctions trying to get my hands on a copy. No luck. But as the blog generally focuses on YA reads and I didn’t spotlight the upcoming Southern Vampire series book because of that, I feel slightly guilty doing so for Graveminder.

So, I feel I should at least mention the book that was in contention for this slot – Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings. It is my guilty pleasure series. It is so sweet and innocent and cute and fun and I think I sat down and read all seven books in like two days when I was in need of a vampire story fix. But because I am happy to wait for this to release on May 17th, and I didn’t jump through many hoops trying to get it like I did with Graveminder, I had to give that book the spotlight.

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I was desperately sad when the Wicked Lovely series ended and so when I heard the author had another book coming out in close proximity to the last book of that series I could not wait. (And I’ve been completely living in denial and not reading Darkest Mercy although I think I own four copies.)

This sounds like such a dark book and one that I will be reading night of release. The idea of someone having to tend the graves of the deceased or they’ll come back is chilling. And it’s definitely a job I would not want to have.

The author has always had an edge to her writing for her young adult books so I’m curious to see just how far past the edge she will go in a book not aimed at a younger audience.

I was initially attracted to the book just because I love the author and would read anything she wrote, but the cover is just so eerie and disturbing. The sepia tone, the blurriness and the fact that what I thought was a red moon or sun might actually be a drop of blood creeps me out to no end.

I’m glad that I’m not Rebekkah and don’t have to return to a town like Claysville. But the description talks of dark secrets and romance in what might just be a grisly tale and I am already completely hooked.

I also think it’s really cool that her name is Barrow which can be defined as “a large mound of earth or stones placed over a burial site” and that the town is called Claysville. I don’t think you can get more earthy in your names than the author did. (Unless her name was Terra Barrow!) But I think it’s a really awesome and subtle touch and I love this author even more for it.

To read the prologue from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

Goodreads 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.

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