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Rose has reason to celebrate. She just graduated high school, she finally worked up the nerve to ask Roger on a date, and it looks like her family's necromancy skipped her. But then she finds the corpse of a homeless man behind her brother Ed's restaurant and inadvertently revives him. Not only has she inherited her family's necromancy after all, but it's the most potent Rose has reason to celebrate. She just graduated high school, she finally worked up the nerve to ask Roger on a date, and it looks like her family's necromancy skipped her. But then she finds the corpse of a homeless man behind her brother Ed's restaurant and inadvertently revives him. Not only has she inherited her family's necromancy after all, but it's the most potent form that exists. She wants nothing to do with the magic that drove her father to kill her mother and then himself, and so she refuses to read her family's book of magic or admit that she's anything but normal. However, her power attracts three lumenancers, who use light-based magic, to Albuquerque to kill her. For centuries, they have believed it their sacred duty to wipe out necromancers. Not only are they eager to eliminate Rose, but they want to kill Ed, too, just to make sure he can't pass the magic on. Rose searches for a peaceful, mundane way to get the lumenancers to leave her alone, but when they threaten Ed, she must embrace her necromancy and all that the book of magic has to teach her.


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Rose has reason to celebrate. She just graduated high school, she finally worked up the nerve to ask Roger on a date, and it looks like her family's necromancy skipped her. But then she finds the corpse of a homeless man behind her brother Ed's restaurant and inadvertently revives him. Not only has she inherited her family's necromancy after all, but it's the most potent Rose has reason to celebrate. She just graduated high school, she finally worked up the nerve to ask Roger on a date, and it looks like her family's necromancy skipped her. But then she finds the corpse of a homeless man behind her brother Ed's restaurant and inadvertently revives him. Not only has she inherited her family's necromancy after all, but it's the most potent form that exists. She wants nothing to do with the magic that drove her father to kill her mother and then himself, and so she refuses to read her family's book of magic or admit that she's anything but normal. However, her power attracts three lumenancers, who use light-based magic, to Albuquerque to kill her. For centuries, they have believed it their sacred duty to wipe out necromancers. Not only are they eager to eliminate Rose, but they want to kill Ed, too, just to make sure he can't pass the magic on. Rose searches for a peaceful, mundane way to get the lumenancers to leave her alone, but when they threaten Ed, she must embrace her necromancy and all that the book of magic has to teach her.

30 review for The Graveyard Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth Cato

    This is an enjoyable, well-paced urban fantasy that's perfect for adults or the New Adult demographic. Eighteen-year-old Rose is very easy to relate to. After all, when you're set to start college, it's pretty alarming when your necromantic talents show up--especially when family history proves that the magic makes not-so-good things happen. In this case, it attracts the attention of three lumenancers who want to stop Rose's gene pool for good. The lumenancers were a weak area in the book. I was This is an enjoyable, well-paced urban fantasy that's perfect for adults or the New Adult demographic. Eighteen-year-old Rose is very easy to relate to. After all, when you're set to start college, it's pretty alarming when your necromantic talents show up--especially when family history proves that the magic makes not-so-good things happen. In this case, it attracts the attention of three lumenancers who want to stop Rose's gene pool for good. The lumenancers were a weak area in the book. I was left wanting to understand more about them and their motivations. I was also frustrated with Rose through the middle. She didn't take agency and acted too normal, even as she was threatened. Even so, the pace of the book kept me steadily reading on. I loved how Roland used Albuquerque as a setting, too. It's great to see urban fantasies bust out of the New York City rut, and the southwest just begs for more stories like this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Walker

    Rose is just out of high school when she discovers that she's inherited the family talent for necromancy. Slowly she learns that her talent can be used for good or for evil. Unfortunately that's not an opinion shared by the three agents of light who are intent on destroying Rose and anyone who gets in their way. The Graveyard Girl is a book with engaging characters in an appealing setting (The descriptions of the New Mexican/Cajun cuisine made me hungry). It’s a book that would appeal to both Ne Rose is just out of high school when she discovers that she's inherited the family talent for necromancy. Slowly she learns that her talent can be used for good or for evil. Unfortunately that's not an opinion shared by the three agents of light who are intent on destroying Rose and anyone who gets in their way. The Graveyard Girl is a book with engaging characters in an appealing setting (The descriptions of the New Mexican/Cajun cuisine made me hungry). It’s a book that would appeal to both New Adult and YA fans.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K. Lincoln

    This is an urban fantasy set in Albuquerque, New Mexico...so refreshingly not the gritty, damp, urban city setting Urban Fantasy lovers might have come to expect. It's bright, sunny, desert, and there's chilies in the food. The chilies might seem like a non-sequitur but believe me, one of the pleasures of this book is the fact that our young adult heroine, Rose, loves to eat. And her wild-haired brother Ed owns a Tex Mex-Cajun fusion restaurant and feeds her the yummiest sounding meals. (don't re This is an urban fantasy set in Albuquerque, New Mexico...so refreshingly not the gritty, damp, urban city setting Urban Fantasy lovers might have come to expect. It's bright, sunny, desert, and there's chilies in the food. The chilies might seem like a non-sequitur but believe me, one of the pleasures of this book is the fact that our young adult heroine, Rose, loves to eat. And her wild-haired brother Ed owns a Tex Mex-Cajun fusion restaurant and feeds her the yummiest sounding meals. (don't read this book hungry) There's also a lot of description of scents, which sometimes was cool (I liked all the cologne descriptions for Ed, the love interest, etc) and sometimes struck me as too frequent. Rose has lived with the fear that the power to see dead spirits-- which drove her father crazy-- will descend upon her now that she's reached young adulthood. But high school is over and she's home free. That is, until she goes out with restaurant leftovers to deliver to a homeless man and discovers him dead. She can't refuse to read the book her father and grandmother and all the necromancer ancestors have written anymore-- even thought how it calls and talks to her freaks her out. Things get even hairier when it turns out there are sorceresses of light that hate necromancers, and may be coming for Rose. What's a girl to do? Blow off her high school crush she's falling in love with? Turn away from her best friend? Hang out in cemeteries? Eat more of her brother's chicken chili and jambalaya? The story ends with a warning of a new foe for Rose, and a major relationship shakeup. I hope the next books also feature Ed's cooking. It luscious food descriptions almost make up for the very, very light romance (my taste runs to more than hand-holding, although there's a palm kissing scene here that was sweet). I enjoyed the New Mexico setting, the struggle for Rose to decide what kind of necromancer she wants to be, and of course, the food.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Necromancy is one paranormal categorization that I have always been fascinated with, to an extent. Being able to talk to spirits, help them out.. that part is kind of cool. The whole being able to inhabit their body... not so much. That just creeps me out. Then again, so do Zombies. But that is just me. As far as the book goes, the characters are wonderfully complex. Rose and her brother have a real reason to fear inheriting the family "skill" that has been passed down from generation to generati Necromancy is one paranormal categorization that I have always been fascinated with, to an extent. Being able to talk to spirits, help them out.. that part is kind of cool. The whole being able to inhabit their body... not so much. That just creeps me out. Then again, so do Zombies. But that is just me. As far as the book goes, the characters are wonderfully complex. Rose and her brother have a real reason to fear inheriting the family "skill" that has been passed down from generation to generation with varying degrees of power. They think that they are both in the clear, then the sudden death of a friend proves even more distressing when Rose discovers that the power did not skip her after all. The characters are amazingly well-rounded. They show growth as the plot gets more and more complicated. The ending is.. well let's just say that it does not end the way I have ever had a book end before. This is definitely NOT your typical book about necromancy. Rose is definitely NOT your typical high school graduate. The two combine to make one really great story that I enjoyed immensely.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J.

    Rebecca Roland introduces us to a likable, relatable cast of characters, one of whom, Rose, is at a stage in her life when she’s not only coming to terms with adulthood but at the same time coming to terms with some pretty disruptive abilities. “The Graveyard Girl” moves at a comfortable pace, never slowing down and effortlessly drawing the reader into the next chapter. I do wish some of the secondary characters had been a little more developed: the Lumenancers: who are they and what is their pu Rebecca Roland introduces us to a likable, relatable cast of characters, one of whom, Rose, is at a stage in her life when she’s not only coming to terms with adulthood but at the same time coming to terms with some pretty disruptive abilities. “The Graveyard Girl” moves at a comfortable pace, never slowing down and effortlessly drawing the reader into the next chapter. I do wish some of the secondary characters had been a little more developed: the Lumenancers: who are they and what is their purpose in the greater storyline when they’re not hunting Rose? Ed: does he or doesn’t he have some hinted-at gifts? But, this leaves plenty of room for future installments to shed more light (you’ll get how funny that is when you read the book) on the cast created by Rowland. I definitely look forward to reading more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    I loved this book! I really liked being introduced to Rose. She has a problem when she inherited her family's necromancy. But she is learning to deal with it. I would recommend anyone into the supernatural to read this series. I can't wait to read the next one! I loved this book! I really liked being introduced to Rose. She has a problem when she inherited her family's necromancy. But she is learning to deal with it. I would recommend anyone into the supernatural to read this series. I can't wait to read the next one!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hodges

  9. 4 out of 5

    DAVID Phillips

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hisham Malik

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aleasha Markley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Safa

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Mercer

  15. 4 out of 5

    Devaeriel

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erinn M

  18. 4 out of 5

    Appleseed Girl

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donald Thompson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dena

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mirianne

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brant

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sue Holmes

  25. 5 out of 5

    J

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Sullivan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex Book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Greywolfeyes

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan

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