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The first original graphic novel by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden Calexa Rose Dunhill was just fourteen when she woke in a cemetery. Bruised, bloody and left for dead, with no memory of her previous life, she took a new name from the headstones that surrounded her. Now, three years on, Calexa still lives in Dunhill Cemetery, struggling with the desire to know her t The first original graphic novel by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden Calexa Rose Dunhill was just fourteen when she woke in a cemetery. Bruised, bloody and left for dead, with no memory of her previous life, she took a new name from the headstones that surrounded her. Now, three years on, Calexa still lives in Dunhill Cemetery, struggling with the desire to know her true identity - and the all-consuming fear of what she might discover when she does. Then, when she witnesses a gang of teenagers staging a stunt that goes horribly, fatally wrong, Calexa Rose Dunhill discovers she has a unique ability. One she cannot control...


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The first original graphic novel by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden Calexa Rose Dunhill was just fourteen when she woke in a cemetery. Bruised, bloody and left for dead, with no memory of her previous life, she took a new name from the headstones that surrounded her. Now, three years on, Calexa still lives in Dunhill Cemetery, struggling with the desire to know her t The first original graphic novel by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden Calexa Rose Dunhill was just fourteen when she woke in a cemetery. Bruised, bloody and left for dead, with no memory of her previous life, she took a new name from the headstones that surrounded her. Now, three years on, Calexa still lives in Dunhill Cemetery, struggling with the desire to know her true identity - and the all-consuming fear of what she might discover when she does. Then, when she witnesses a gang of teenagers staging a stunt that goes horribly, fatally wrong, Calexa Rose Dunhill discovers she has a unique ability. One she cannot control...

30 review for Cemetery Girl: Book 1 - The Pretenders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Meh. The art is pretty good, if a bit pedestrian. It doesn't break any new ground, but it's definitely equal to most serial comic book art I've seen. I don't really like Charlaine Harris, though working in a library I'm very aware of her books. But the premise fascinated me, and I gave it a shot. The main character has virtually no arc. We know almost nothing about her personality whatsoever, other than she has a shadowy past she is unable to remember, and she doesn't like stealing. Or, murder, I Meh. The art is pretty good, if a bit pedestrian. It doesn't break any new ground, but it's definitely equal to most serial comic book art I've seen. I don't really like Charlaine Harris, though working in a library I'm very aware of her books. But the premise fascinated me, and I gave it a shot. The main character has virtually no arc. We know almost nothing about her personality whatsoever, other than she has a shadowy past she is unable to remember, and she doesn't like stealing. Or, murder, I guess. Though I will note that the action she eventually takes at a ridiculously last-second time could have been done at ANY time after a point fairly early in the book, with the exact same results. The motivations of the bad guys were extremely vague, and rather unrealistic. I understand that this is a first in an intended series, so the author and artist wanted to grab the reader upfront, but c'mon. Some spoilers: Why did the guy's sister come to HIS FREAKING GRAVE RIGHT AFTER HIS FUNERAL WTF. Why is she involved in this AT ALL? She doesn't seem particularly convinced that the magic spell or whatever will work. Also, we're asked to believe that the villain girl is capable of cold-blooded murder with nary a twitch of remorse. And that her friends, while shocked, seem generally ok with the whole thing. Ugh. MAKE BETTER VILLAINS, PLEASE. I will also note that the factor that seems to be pushed hard, the "spirit" angle, is almost completely unimportant to the plot. It lets her have memories, and occasionally dream walk with the spirit. Other than that, it's pointless, and none of those interactions contribute to her "fixing" everything (it takes the imminent threat of death to get her to text out the video the girl took). I probably won't read more until there are several out (this is rather short, I read it in a single sitting). Some interesting ideas, but the protagonist needs more development, and future stories should not be as rushed as this was. I was tempted to give it a 4, to counteract all the morons who rated it low because they didn't know it was a graphic novel when they got it, or because KIDS THESE DAYS READIN WITH THE PITCHERS IT AIN'T RAHT, Y'ALL. Still, 3 was the honest rating in terms of my enjoyment

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum: http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201... Despite reading my fair share of comics and graphic novels, I usually leave the reviewing of them to Wendy and Tiara. Theirs are always really good, whereas I wouldn't even have any idea where to begin! So, you're going to have to bear with me here. This will be my first ever comic review for the site, but I'm also really excited because it is for none other than Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden's Cemetery Girl fro 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum: http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201... Despite reading my fair share of comics and graphic novels, I usually leave the reviewing of them to Wendy and Tiara. Theirs are always really good, whereas I wouldn't even have any idea where to begin! So, you're going to have to bear with me here. This will be my first ever comic review for the site, but I'm also really excited because it is for none other than Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden's Cemetery Girl from Jo Fletcher books. Come to think of it, it's a first for JFB too. This title is the first ever graphic novel published by them, and I was pretty thrilled when they sent me a copy. The summary of it is as follows: the body of a young nameless woman, presumed dead, is dumped from the trunk of a car into a cemetery. But oh, actually she was still very much alive! In the rough landing, she hits her head and wakes up with no memory of who she was, or anything about her past. All she knows is that someone tried to kill her. Lost and alone, the girl decides to take shelter in a mausoleum, and as the days pass the place eventually becomes home. Combining the names from different tombstones and from the cemetery itself, the girl comes up with a new identity: Calexa Rose Dunhill. The main plot of Cemetery Girl really gets going when Calexa witnesses a murder but is unable to go to the police, fearing that it would draw attention to herself, especially since her unknown would-be killer is still somewhere out there. But there's a bigger mystery arc here too, invoking questions like, Who is Calexa, really? Who's out to get her and why? On top of that, she seems to have developed a strange ability to see things, ever since waking up not-dead from her brutal attack. Basically, this volume contains a wonderful self-contained story, but you can also tell that the best has yet to come. Anyway, you might think, oh what's the big deal, Mogsy! Just review a graphic novel like you would a regular novel! But I don't know. Being presented with a story visually, particularly in sequential art form, really changes things for me, especially since I have had experience penciling comic art in the past. In comics, there's of course the added factor of how well the art meshes with the writing. So when it comes to questions I ask myself while writing a review, I have to reference them to the effectiveness of the illustrations as well. You gotta check this out, though: http://www.jofletcherbooks.com/2013/1... From this awesome panel alone, you can tell that Kramer's art and Rudoni's colors definitely "click" with the tone of the story. Cemeteries are a tricky setting to pull off in art, since they are places of such emotion. You could say getting the atmosphere just right here is very important, since that's where most of the story takes place. I think the artwork does the setting justice though, and the night time and stormy scenes are especially well done. The art in general is quite easy on the eyes. As for the story, I felt it fit nicely with the format. With graphic novels, you could arguably get away with rushing the pace a little. Still, even as the days fly by for Calexa (Night one, Night two, Night twenty-six, Night sixty-eight, etc.), the story never loses sight of its goals. Sometimes, just a panel or two and a few lines of dialogue are enough to convey the more complex feelings, not to mention the writing makes use of quite a few silences as well, to good effect. I was most impressed by the way both writers and artists were able to develop the minor characters, like the cemetery caretaker or old Lucinda, and make them stand out for the reader. Can graphic novels can have a "young adult" feel? If so, then Cemetery Girl definitely has a bit of that. Most likely this is due to the apparent age of the protagonist, not to mention the story also involves a group of trouble-making teens. The plot is relatively straightforward and character development may on the lighter side, but for a first volume this was extremely well done. Quite promising, too. Like I said, there are still many questions that need answering, and I find myself eager for news of the next volume!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This is an awesome graphic novel!! I loved the mystery and the pacing of the story. The illustrations were beautifully done with rich full colors. It was a wonderful story. It was action packed and thrilling. I loved every minute of it!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    Summary: A woman wakes up in a cemetery with no memory of her identity or her past. She only remembers someone trying to kill her. She soon finds out she has powers that will force her to do something else than hiding. What I liked: - Cemetery Girl is so pretty! There is a lot of detailing in the background, and as most of the story is set in the cemetery, it's very atmospheric - I'm still a total graphic novel noob, so quite often I tend to be a bit at loss at what's going on; I didn't have any of Summary: A woman wakes up in a cemetery with no memory of her identity or her past. She only remembers someone trying to kill her. She soon finds out she has powers that will force her to do something else than hiding. What I liked: - Cemetery Girl is so pretty! There is a lot of detailing in the background, and as most of the story is set in the cemetery, it's very atmospheric - I'm still a total graphic novel noob, so quite often I tend to be a bit at loss at what's going on; I didn't have any of these problems with Cemetery Girl, all the actions were depicted in such a way that it was super easy to follow - The panelling is creative (as far as I can tell). I loved how they displayed the memories coming back to the protagonist - I like the protagonist's character; she tends to bolt from people that want to talk to her, which I think is pretty hilarious What I didn't like: - Charlaine Harris isn't known for her subtlety, and the dialogue could use a tad more subtlety at times - I wish more time was spent on the plot; there is a lot of characterisation going on which slows down the pace - I want the next book now! I guess that's not a bad thing though, ha Verdict: Cemetery Girl #1 is a fun intro that promises a lot for the rest of this graphic novel trilogy! The main character is typical Harris in my opinion, although if you go into this book looking for someone similar to Sookie, you might be disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Beautiful artwork and a somewhat predictable yet engaging tale. Would read the next one in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Riley

    Very good art work. Plot starts with teen girl who wakes up bloody and bruised with no memory in cemetery. Given herself the name Calexa Rosa Dunhill she makes her home in cemetery. While looking at newspapers to see if she has anyone looking for her she discover she can see sprits of the dead. Good read though there can be some improvements with plot and character arched

  7. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I liked Charlaine Harris enough to pick up this book sight unseen. I didn't even realize it was a graphic novel until I opened it on my kindle, and an image came up. Heck, I'd forgotten I'd even bought it for weeks. Probably could have happily continued that way. Meh. The book is so very meh. Story premise: Girl wakes up with no memory in a cemetery. Almost no memory, anyway. She knows someone tried to kill her. So she hides there, because she's terrified if she goes to the police, they'll send he I liked Charlaine Harris enough to pick up this book sight unseen. I didn't even realize it was a graphic novel until I opened it on my kindle, and an image came up. Heck, I'd forgotten I'd even bought it for weeks. Probably could have happily continued that way. Meh. The book is so very meh. Story premise: Girl wakes up with no memory in a cemetery. Almost no memory, anyway. She knows someone tried to kill her. So she hides there, because she's terrified if she goes to the police, they'll send her home, and she's pretty sure she knew the would-be killer. She develops a nice little life, stealing from people who eventually figure out she's there and begin to leave stuff out for her, like she's some kind of cute woodland critter. Eventually, she witnesses a murder, and she struggles with herself, trying to figure out what to do. Reporting it would blow her cover. Not reporting it would let murderers go free. Semi spoilers are incoming. Stop reading if you're that kind of person. 1)The plot felt forced. Why did the teens kill that girl? It happened in a pretty psychotic way, but crazy still comes from somewhere. Why did those people not freak out when someone broke into their houses? I don't care what the burglar wants. If someone breaks into my house, I'm going to up security, not set out care packages. There was almost no mention of the inevitable discomforts of living rough and how she survived. Food and semi-shelter is only part of it. But she sails easily through the days until the murder that needed to happen so she could come down with a case of haunted. 2)There should have been no ethical wiggly room. You witnessed a murder, you report it. You know where the body's buried. You report it. When you finally realize there's a video of the damn murder on the victim's phone, you fucking report it. You don't dither for days and days. This is not a dilemma. Find a pay phone somewhere far away. Call 911. Done. Ditherbitch, I hate you. 3)I suppose it's okay to not explain the mysteries all at once, but I would have enjoyed having something to chew on in the meantime. Our big reveal is that our heroine once attended a funeral. Great. Thanks. Bored now. In the end, I'll continue reading the next two installments, because I like the author. I hope they do better with those.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    3.5 I loved the mystery and the pacing of the story. The illustrations were beautifully done with rich full colors. I like how we never got any hint of where she came from little snippets of something but no real connections to her past. I also enjoyed the ghost's abilities to fill the holes, it was very unique. The story was original and left me wanting more. I do plan on continuing with the series as soon as I can get them from the library. I am a fan of Charlaine Harris. I have read all her pub 3.5 I loved the mystery and the pacing of the story. The illustrations were beautifully done with rich full colors. I like how we never got any hint of where she came from little snippets of something but no real connections to her past. I also enjoyed the ghost's abilities to fill the holes, it was very unique. The story was original and left me wanting more. I do plan on continuing with the series as soon as I can get them from the library. I am a fan of Charlaine Harris. I have read all her published works and own copies. I couldn't wait for new series from her. I was going to buy this on the first day from my bookseller till I saw the price, eekkk. $24.95, for a comic book, no thanks. I waited and got it from my library and finished it in under thirty minutes. It is a short and very well done comic, but it's only a short comic. So why does it not have a soft cover, and a lower price like other comics ? The price has turned many comic readers and collectors away. You have been warned- This is not a long book, its a short 128 page comic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I needed a graphic novel selection for a book club. I can appreciate the art and stories, but I'm not a big fan of the genre. I chose this because I like Harris' other written work. I thought the art was pretty good even though I didn't think it told the story as well as it could have - more illustrated the info dump text boxes instead of being able to work alone. OK plot but as this is the first of a trilogy? it is incomplete.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Monica Hills

    I have never read a graphic novel before. I read this because I needed a book with pictures for my Popsugar reading challenge. I love Charlaine Harris so I thought I would give it a try. I finished the book in 20 minutes. This is a great book for a teenage girl. It was quick, had action and a moving story. At the end things were resolved but there were still some unanswered questions that make you wanting more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Awakening in a cemetery with no knowledge of who she was and how she got there, just that she must have been left there to die. Cemetery Girl adopts the names of people she sees on gravestones and becomes the "cemetery ghost" . What she will witness though is a couple of murders, done by teenagers who think that black magic and resurrection of the dead is cool. The other thing is that Cemetery Girl has the ability to see ghosts spirits and watch them either rise to the heavens or hover on earth Awakening in a cemetery with no knowledge of who she was and how she got there, just that she must have been left there to die. Cemetery Girl adopts the names of people she sees on gravestones and becomes the "cemetery ghost" . What she will witness though is a couple of murders, done by teenagers who think that black magic and resurrection of the dead is cool. The other thing is that Cemetery Girl has the ability to see ghosts spirits and watch them either rise to the heavens or hover on earth. What will happen though when one night she witnesses a murder in the graveyard and the spirit instead of heading to where it belongs decides to inhabit her body in order to seek revenge and gain justice for those who killed not only her but also her brother. Read as we discover just what these ghosts will do to get revenge. This was a quick read and if you love graphic novels then you will enjoy. What really attracted me though to the graphic novel was the amazing authors behind it as I am a huge fan of Charlaine Harris and not just for her Sookie Stackhouse series but also her Aurora TeaGarden , Lily Bard and Harper Connelly series and also Christopher Golden whom I have read a couple of his teenage novels and enjoyed. I look forward to reading more in this series of Graphic Novels.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ionia

    After reading Charlaine Harris novels for so long, going to a graphic novel from the same author was a bit of a change--but I really liked it. I wasn't sure what I would think, as I know how much I enjoy her usual books, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this. This book just feels good in the hands. The pages are filled with excellent artwork and the story is not difficult to follow. This was an easy and fun read that didn't take too long to read but still told a complete story. I tho After reading Charlaine Harris novels for so long, going to a graphic novel from the same author was a bit of a change--but I really liked it. I wasn't sure what I would think, as I know how much I enjoy her usual books, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this. This book just feels good in the hands. The pages are filled with excellent artwork and the story is not difficult to follow. This was an easy and fun read that didn't take too long to read but still told a complete story. I thought it was interesting to read a book where my imagination didn't have to work as hard to realise the descriptions of the characters and the setting. I am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series. For fans of graphic novels, or even those who are just curious about them, this would be an excellent choice. I think I may now be hooked on the graphic novel . This book was part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. All opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Otherwyrld

    A teenage girl wakes up in a cemetery with no memory after someone tries to murder her and dumped her body there. Afraid of revealing herself, she makes her home in a crypt and watches other peoples funerals. There she discovers that she can see the souls of the dead departing their mortal shell. It is only when she witnesses a murder that she cannot tell anyone about, and is possessed by the soul of the dead girl, that she actually has to come out of the shadows. This is a nicely done story, wi A teenage girl wakes up in a cemetery with no memory after someone tries to murder her and dumped her body there. Afraid of revealing herself, she makes her home in a crypt and watches other peoples funerals. There she discovers that she can see the souls of the dead departing their mortal shell. It is only when she witnesses a murder that she cannot tell anyone about, and is possessed by the soul of the dead girl, that she actually has to come out of the shadows. This is a nicely done story, with good characterisations and superior artwork. Sure, its more than a little derivative, but it works well within the confines of the story. The mystery of who the girl is and who tried to murder her is perhaps left a little bit too much on the back-burner, considering that this is a third of the whole story though. A good start altogether.

  14. 4 out of 5

    DAulan Collins

    I don't normally read graphic novels, in fact I have only read one besides this one, but I'm going to have to look more into this type of book. "The Cemetery Girl" was awesome! And I can't wait until the next book comes out! well worth the pice.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maxine Livingstone

    An enjoyable read about a young woman who died. When she comes back to life in a cemetery she doesn't remember about anything about who she is, where she came from, and who tried to kill her. Deciding to keep herself hidden in case of her would be killer coming back to finish the job permanently Calexa (name the character given herself) lives in a cemetery for teo months. Throughout her time there she becomes aware that she has the ability to see ghosts. Also she gains two friends who help her i An enjoyable read about a young woman who died. When she comes back to life in a cemetery she doesn't remember about anything about who she is, where she came from, and who tried to kill her. Deciding to keep herself hidden in case of her would be killer coming back to finish the job permanently Calexa (name the character given herself) lives in a cemetery for teo months. Throughout her time there she becomes aware that she has the ability to see ghosts. Also she gains two friends who help her in her surrvival. Things come to a head when Calexa is possessed by a young woman who was murdered in the cemetery; Calexa of course witnesses the murder. The difference of her seeing the ghost is that instead of the ghost moving on the great beyond or whever it is that souls go to Calexa becomes posses by Marla's (murdered young woman) ghost. The graphics in this book are gorgeous. I had fun reading this book and can't wait to find out what happens next for Calexa. This is the first time I'm reading a Charlaine Harris book. I e=njoyed this story line. This is a trilogy. Since my library doesn't have the second book in any of the brooklyn boroughs I guess I'll be ordering the book to find out what happens to Calexa and learn why she was almost murdered. This final book will be coming out in about 2wks and I can't wait. I did not borrow this book from the library I sat down and read it within one day.

  16. 4 out of 5

    B Zimp

    I didn't realize this would be such a small volume and a mystery in comic book form. I didn't mind the story in that style and some of the art was lovely, but it didn't seem like there was much of a story. I would consider reading another (perhaps the backstory was just cumbersome to tell). Perhaps a good recommend for a young teen or struggling reader?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Not bad at all. Hope I get to read the other parts at some point.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    I'm a little too old for this book I think. A young girl (high school age) is dumped in a cemetery but doesn't remember why. Quick read. I'm not sure I'll read more of this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    It was okay. The story line was a good idea but I felt that the authors could have done much more to it. I enjoyed the art and the concept of the soul. Not sure if I will continue the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    3.5 Stars Graphic Novel I am not really a graphic novel fan, but I was curious when I saw the author was Charlaine Harris.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David Schwan

    Interesting book. A teenage girl finds herself either dead or alive and is forced to live in a cemetery. She can see things that she should not. The caretaker of the cemetery helps her, and she helps keep the vandalism down in the cemetery. Not sure where the story will lead. Nice Graphics.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    Story: 3 stars Art: 4 stars Full-color YA contemporary/supernatural graphic novel. A teen-aged girl wakes up in a cemetery with amnesia. She has glimpses of someone trying to kill her, and decides that she is safer hiding out in the cemetery, at least until she can figure out a better plan. Basically this is The Graveyard Book in graphic novel form for teens. Art is above average and the story is interesting, especially if you like cemeteries, but the characterization is slight and the plot has a Story: 3 stars Art: 4 stars Full-color YA contemporary/supernatural graphic novel. A teen-aged girl wakes up in a cemetery with amnesia. She has glimpses of someone trying to kill her, and decides that she is safer hiding out in the cemetery, at least until she can figure out a better plan. Basically this is The Graveyard Book in graphic novel form for teens. Art is above average and the story is interesting, especially if you like cemeteries, but the characterization is slight and the plot has a pretty big hole. There isn't sufficient motivation for the crime the teen commits in the graveyard, and all her friends, who are now accomplices, are not nearly as freaked out about it as they would be in real life. So the story lacks the gripping realism it needs. Even so, I'll read the next one in this trilogy and see what I think of it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    This book has the distinction of being the very first graphic novel I've ever read...at least the first one I remember reading. I know I read some assorted comics when I was a little kid (like Betty & Veronica or Garfield comic books for kids), and I loved them, but I never caught onto reading them as I got older. (I may have read others, maybe even a graphic novel of two...but if I did it was too long ago to remember.) I've always been overwhelmed by all the superhero comics that have been arou This book has the distinction of being the very first graphic novel I've ever read...at least the first one I remember reading. I know I read some assorted comics when I was a little kid (like Betty & Veronica or Garfield comic books for kids), and I loved them, but I never caught onto reading them as I got older. (I may have read others, maybe even a graphic novel of two...but if I did it was too long ago to remember.) I've always been overwhelmed by all the superhero comics that have been around for ages, as I have no clue where to start. I've been wanting to read The Walking Dead and some others, but haven't managed to get my hands on anything I have on my wishlist yet. Yesterday I came across this in the library, and though I haven't been able to get into the Sookie Stackhouse series thus far (I love the show though), I thought the plot sounded really intriguing. A girl wakes up in a cemetery with no memory of who she is, but flashes of memory of being beaten and of dying briefly. She has a terrible feeling that whoever meant to kill her is someone close to her, perhaps a friend or even a family member, so she does not want to venture out into the world or go to the police until she can recover more of her memory. She stays in the cemetery, taking a name from her surroundings (Calexa Rose Dunhill), and stealing from the nearby homes of the caretaker and a lady who lives across the street in order to survive. She soon discovers that she can see ghosts or spirits. I was definitely pulled into Calexa's story, and the art is absolutely gorgeous! I love the style. The atmosphere created by the art, along with the mystery of the story, and the odd scenario of a girl hiding out and living within a cemetery kept me turning the pages. It was a very vivid and engrossing experience for me, much more so than I expected. I loved it! I'm so glad I picked this up. It was the perfect graphic novel to start with for me. Looking forward to reading more of these as they come out! And I'll definitely seek out more graphic novels in the future.

  24. 4 out of 5

    A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    *Book source ~ Library Calexa Rose Dunhill isn’t her name, but since she can’t remember who she is she names herself from the surroundings in which she woke; Calexa from the crypt nearby, Rose from a gravestone and Dunhill from the cemetery. Until she can figure out who killed her, why she woke up in a cemetery, why she can see spirits and who she is she decides it’s safer to make her home in a crypt. With the unobtrusive help of the old caretaker, Mr. Kelner and an old lady, Lucinda Cameron, who *Book source ~ Library Calexa Rose Dunhill isn’t her name, but since she can’t remember who she is she names herself from the surroundings in which she woke; Calexa from the crypt nearby, Rose from a gravestone and Dunhill from the cemetery. Until she can figure out who killed her, why she woke up in a cemetery, why she can see spirits and who she is she decides it’s safer to make her home in a crypt. With the unobtrusive help of the old caretaker, Mr. Kelner and an old lady, Lucinda Cameron, who lives across the street from the cemetery, Calexa survives for months, but is no closer to discovering anything about her past. Then one night she witnesses a murder and she has to make a decision. Let the murderers get away with it or call attention to the cemetery and hope she’s not discovered? I love this story and the artwork. Who is this girl? Why did someone try to kill her? Why was there no mention of her disappearance in the papers? What the hell is going on? Gah! I need to know! The teens who commit the murder in the cemetery are fucked up. I mean, seriously, what the fuck?! That is just so FUBAR. Calexa’s solution to reporting the murder is brilliant. Anyway, I’m glad Calexa has Mr. Kelner and Lucinda. Now, if they can just figure out the mystery that is her then I’ll be happy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    I borrowed this book from my local library and got stuck into it as soon as I got home. I'm a huge Charlaine Harris fan, so I was looking forward to reading this graphic novel. When a young girl is dumped in the cemetery and left for dead, she eventually wakes up and is sure she was dead for a while. She doesn't remember how she got there, why she was dumped, or even who she is. So she decides to hide in the cemetery and builds a life for herself by hiding in a mausoleum and stealing food from wh I borrowed this book from my local library and got stuck into it as soon as I got home. I'm a huge Charlaine Harris fan, so I was looking forward to reading this graphic novel. When a young girl is dumped in the cemetery and left for dead, she eventually wakes up and is sure she was dead for a while. She doesn't remember how she got there, why she was dumped, or even who she is. So she decides to hide in the cemetery and builds a life for herself by hiding in a mausoleum and stealing food from wherever she can. Except there are two people who catch on and are willing to help her--the groundskeeper, and an elderly lady. Kelner and Lucinda help keep Calexa--she names herself using names from the headstones around her--safe, fed and clothed. However, the night a bunch of teenagers enter the cemetery and commit a savage act against an innocent girl, Calexa gets caught up in the middle. The spirit of the dead girl haunts her until she finally decides to help... I loved this! Not only was the story interesting, but the artwork is beautiful. I also really like Calexa and feel so bad about what happened to her. I can't wait to find out more, and really enjoyed her interactions with Kelner and Lucinda. Great story!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sketching Girl

    I absolutely loved this! I love the True Blood tv series (based on the books by Charlaine Harris), and I have loved a Buffy novel by Christopher Golden (The Lost Slayer), so I was excited to see their names on the cover of a brand new series called 'Cemetery Girl'. This immediately made me think of vampires, and is that a Buffy like vampire slayer running through the graveyard at night I see on the cover? Actually this is a much more inventive story, so far not based on vampires, but definitely I absolutely loved this! I love the True Blood tv series (based on the books by Charlaine Harris), and I have loved a Buffy novel by Christopher Golden (The Lost Slayer), so I was excited to see their names on the cover of a brand new series called 'Cemetery Girl'. This immediately made me think of vampires, and is that a Buffy like vampire slayer running through the graveyard at night I see on the cover? Actually this is a much more inventive story, so far not based on vampires, but definitely the supernatural. The lead character is dead, or at least she was, for a time. But now we don't really know what's going on with her, or in her past, and we are discovering along with her. I love how this is new and original, and completely hooks you in. It's like a supernatural mystery, with you wondering as much about the main character's mystery, as you do the story running through this book. I completely lost track of time whilst reading this book, fully absorbing, beautifully illustrated. A very exciting start to a brand new series that I will definitely want to read more of!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Richard Pittman

    I'm withholding a star rating on this book until I read at least one more volume. I hope my library has it. The book is quick and easy to read, and the story is engaging enough, even if it's a little thin and pretty derivative of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book".The Graveyard Book. That derivativeness is its major downfall as a creative endeavour, but the book is at least a decent read. But really, why would you even publish a story like this that is such a retelling another book that is quite I'm withholding a star rating on this book until I read at least one more volume. I hope my library has it. The book is quick and easy to read, and the story is engaging enough, even if it's a little thin and pretty derivative of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book".The Graveyard Book. That derivativeness is its major downfall as a creative endeavour, but the book is at least a decent read. But really, why would you even publish a story like this that is such a retelling another book that is quite famous already? Still, I'll try to pick up volume two. I'm curious to see where Charlaine Harris (if she's even the real writer here... or is this one of those situation where they slap a famous writer's name on a book that is really written by someone else. I'm looking in your direction, James Patterson.).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fantasy Literature

    “I’m pretty sure I died. For like, a minute, at least.” Against a blue and black background, a spidery streak of lightning illuminates the sign, Dunhill Cemetery. In the second frame, a car appears, twin spots of red, the brake lights, gleaming like eyes as a shadowy figure unloads another figure from the trunk and hurls it down a defile. That’s how Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders, by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden opens. The body is that of our main character, a teenaged girl with no memor “I’m pretty sure I died. For like, a minute, at least.” Against a blue and black background, a spidery streak of lightning illuminates the sign, Dunhill Cemetery. In the second frame, a car appears, twin spots of red, the brake lights, gleaming like eyes as a shadowy figure unloads another figure from the trunk and hurls it down a defile. That’s how Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders, by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden opens. The body is that of our main character, a teenaged girl with no memory of her past, only sketchy recollections of an attack. She knows that someone tried to kill her, and that her life now depends on letting them think they succeeded. The girl seeks shelter in a crypt and chooses names from the headstones, Calexa Rose Dunhill. She steals food from the caretaker (who knows i... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cloak88

    (Review of the Graphic Audio: Audiobook adaptation) Short but very good work. 3.5 No memories, no identity and no place to call home. That's where she starts: right in the middle of a cemetery, without a clue who she is or how she got there. That's all the premise I'm willing to give, far better to experience it for yourself. The story though not all that original is superbly portrayed by the Graphic Audio team. This is a audiobook adaptation of a graphic novel (comic), and it shouldn't work, but (Review of the Graphic Audio: Audiobook adaptation) Short but very good work. 3.5 No memories, no identity and no place to call home. That's where she starts: right in the middle of a cemetery, without a clue who she is or how she got there. That's all the premise I'm willing to give, far better to experience it for yourself. The story though not all that original is superbly portrayed by the Graphic Audio team. This is a audiobook adaptation of a graphic novel (comic), and it shouldn't work, but absolutely does. The soundeffect and voice acting makes this more than just your average book. It makes it an experience. And on just that basis worth listening to. Greatest plus in my opinion is the atmosphere this book creates. Just hearing the leaves rustle, of the chatter of people in the background make up any visual clues you'd ever need. So yes this is one I'd recommend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is an interesting story line - a girl "wakes up" in a cemetery to discover that she is a) dead, and b) unable to remember more than snippets of her past life. The story itself is sketched to the bare bones, whic is a bit surprising given that this is written by Charlaine Harris, who typically knows how to put a story together effectively. The real joy of this graphic novel is the sketching and coloring which are detailed, vibrant and compelling. The sketches alternate between making our her This is an interesting story line - a girl "wakes up" in a cemetery to discover that she is a) dead, and b) unable to remember more than snippets of her past life. The story itself is sketched to the bare bones, whic is a bit surprising given that this is written by Charlaine Harris, who typically knows how to put a story together effectively. The real joy of this graphic novel is the sketching and coloring which are detailed, vibrant and compelling. The sketches alternate between making our heroine either in her teens or in her mid twenties which is a small point. Overall I enjoyed this, and look forward to the next edition.

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