July 2011 Indie Next List
“Rebekka is no stranger to funerals and the dead. After all, her grandmother went to every funeral in her hometown, stood at every grave, and told the dead to stay where she put them. Rebekka has spent much of her life running -- from commitment, from her hometown, from the memories of her sister's suicide, and especially from her attraction to the Undertaker, Byron. But when she returns to bury her grandmother she finds out more about the town's secrets than she ever wanted to know. Filled with ancient contracts, the walking dead, and fated love, this eerie tale draws you in and leaves you yearning for more.”
— Angela Mann, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park, CA
"No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr."
"Welcome to the return of the great American gothic."
--Del Howison, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of Dark Delicacies
"A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined."
Anyone who adores dark fantasy, horror, and paranormal suspense is going to love Graveminder, a hauntingly atmospheric tale of the walking dead--and the living who are charged with keeping them at rest--from Melissa Marr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series. A young woman returns to the rural small town of her adolescence only to discover it is cursed ground bordering the land of the dead in this spectacularly imagined supernatural tale that will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris, Joe Hill, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Neil Gaiman, and Carol Goodman.
“The über-talented Marr takes her mesmerizing storytelling talents into the adult arena. In her atmospheric and eerie tale, readers and protagonists jointly discover the secrets literally buried in this small town as Marr weaves a richly gothic tale filled with curses, responsibility and death. Outstanding!”
-RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Melissa Marr has created a fabulous, richly-imagined world in Claysville and its attendant piece of the Underworld.”
“Marr creates sympathetic characters, she takes readers to places both sinister and delightful, and there’s a satisfying end to a wonderfully awful villain...Fans will be looking for a sequel to this cozy horror story as soon as they read the last page.”
“If anyone can put the goth in Southern Gothic, it’s Melissa Marr...Marr [is] careful to ensure that the book’s wider themes ... matter to us as much as the multiple cases of heebie-jeebies she doles out.”
“Compelling, sexy, and riveting, you will not want to miss Graveminder!”
-Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series
“No one builds worlds like Melissa Marr.”
“Dark and dreamy . . . Rod Serling would have loved GRAVEMINDER . . . Marr is not tapping into the latest horde of zombie novels, she’s created a new kind of undead creature . . . A creatively creepy gothic tale for grown-ups.”
“The emotional dance between Rebekkah and Byron will captivate female readers [and] fantasy-horror fans will demand more.”
“Marr serves up a quirky dark fantasy fashioned around themes of fate, free will-and zombies…well-drawn characters and their dramatic interactions keep the tale loose and lively.”
“A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined.”
“Plan ahead to read this one, because you won’t be able to put it down! Haunting, captivating, brilliant! ”
-Library Journal (starred review)