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.
I enjoyed this book so much! It was a bit confusing at first, but as the tale unfolded, things started to come together and make sense, and yeah, that was really good! And I've heard that there's a short story with this book, and I'm going to have to read it!
These characters were just so awesome! They could be headstrong, stubborn, or smart, and yeah, dealing with everything that the world is throwing at them, it was really interesting to see how they were reacting to everything!
I'm really hoping for a sequel. I read somewhere that the author had a bit of a sequel written, but that doesn't mean that I'll get the chance to read it. And I really want to read more, because this was a world that needs to be known, it was interesting and intriguing!
I just really enjoyed and loved this book, and I'm really hoping and praying for a sequel or two!
Author: Melissa Marr
Read: March 10th, 2012
Reason Why: I enjoyed her Wicked Lovely series, and it sounded really good!
Publisher: William Marrow
Published: May 1st 2011