Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Within the first 80 dreams were effected" says April, " might effect your dreams too."

The Graveminder
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.

April says:
"Within the first eighty pages of this (first) adult novel by YA author Melissa Marr, my dreams were effected.  Taking the classic small town of Stephen King horror, turning it on its head, and tossing in a bit of romance, Marr creates a story that readers transitioning from YA to adult will love.  And any adult fan of the current paranormal YA craze will appreciate.

Here's the gist:  Claysville is the perfect small town.  No disease, no illness, and all the residents live to a ripe old age and keep all their faculties.  It's 'tradition'.  'The way things have always been' is something people just accept and do not ask questions about.  But when Maylene Barrow is found murdered in her home, Byron Montgomery can't handle the 'wild animal' story the town council keeps repeating.  And repeating as more people go missing or are found injured and murdered.  As Rebekkah, Maylene's step-granddaughter, returns to Claysville, she and Byron learn their position in the town's 'arrangement'.

The novel gives a different definition to the 'Walking Dead' than what we've come to understand.  And with a suspension of disbelief, it might effect your dreams as well.

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