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The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen Series) Paperback – April 19, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 252 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Graveyard Queen Series

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"This is paranormal romance done well."

-New York Journal of Books on The Restorer

"The beginning of Stevens' Graveyard Queen series left this reviewer breathless. The author smoothly establishes characters and forms the foundation of future story lines with an edgy and beautiful writing style. Her story is full of twists and turns, with delicious and surprising conclusions. Readers will want to force themselves to slow down and enjoy the book instead of speeding through to the end, and they'll anxiously await the next installment of this deceptively gritty series."

-RT Book Reviews on The Restorer, 4.5 stars "Top Pick"

"I love this book! Amanda Stevens' The Restorer gives the reader a fascinating character-who interacts with more fascinating characters! Ms. Stevens has managed the difficult feat of combining charm and chills." -New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Heather Graham

"Stevens makes her MIRA debut with this taut, disturbing story. The characterizations are vivid, and it's got a lovely twist in the tail. Not for the squeamish!"

-RT Book Reviews on The Dollmaker

"Faced paced and plotted with spectacular precison and guile, this is undiluted suspense at its very finest. Nervous readers should read it in full daylight."

-RT Book Reviews on The Devil's Footprints

"Stevens' swiftly-moving, intricately plotted story has oodles of twists and chills-plus a jaw-dropping shocker of an ending. This is good stuff indeed."

-RT Book Reviews on The Whispering Room

About the Author

Amanda Stevens lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and a black cat named Lola. She is an avid reader, a fledgling taphophile, and a collector of Alfred Hitchcock memorabilia. When she\u2019s not writing, she likes taking road trips through the South. You can find her online at www.amandastevens.com

Product Details

  • Series: The Graveyard Queen Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077832981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778329817
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, "a new take on the classic ghost story." Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional margarita.




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I unexpectedly found myself more than a little smitten with Amelia Gray, the heroine of her new mystery-slash-paranormal novel, The Restorer. Amelia, you see, isn't your normal run-of-the-mill cemetery restorer, although this isn't for lack of trying. Amelia sees dead people. She can't help it. Every time she looks around there are the dead people who, for various odd reasons, find themselves stuck in this world unable to move on.

You can't help but feel sorry for Amelia. After all, she didn't ask for annoying ability. What she does have, though, are the rules her father gave her when she first discovered this odd ability as a child:

1. Never acknowledge the dead. If you do, they'll feed off your energy like parasites, slowly draining your life away.
2. Never stray too far from hallowed ground, you're safe there.
3. Keep your distance from people who are haunted. They are a terrible threat and can't be trusted.
4. Never, ever tempt fate.

Simple rules, really. But for Amelia those rules have prevented her from having any kind of a normal life. Still, she finds happiness in her job as a respected cemetery restorer and has made a happy, if isolated, life for herself.

But when a murder occurs in a cemetery Amelia is working on, she meets Detective John Devlin, a man haunted by the deaths of his wife and child, the rules go out the window and Amelia is faced with the consequences. Big consequences.

This novel, the first of a new series called The Graveyard Queen, is a refreshing change from the ubiquitous paranormal teeny-bopper craze that's permeated bookstores everywhere since the Twilight Series hit town. This is a novel for grown-ups. And while I wouldn't call it dark, it does have shades of gray.
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What an interesting beginning to a new series! Amelia is a grave restorer. She's educated and a bit of a loner, and she can see ghosts. When police detective, John Devlin, asks for her help on a case, the sparks start to fly between these two. They are irresistibly attracted to each other, but Devlin is being haunted by ghosts. And Amelia knows there are rules she must live by, she never acknowledges the ghosts she sees to keep them at bay, and she never gets involved with a man who is haunted. Haunted people can drain the energy right out of her.

I really enjoyed the dynamic of Amelia and Devlin's relationship. Although, there are forces pushing them together, there are also forces, just as strong, trying to push them apart. This intrigues me and I can't wait to see how this relationship develops through this series. And Devlin makes a great hero. He's dark, tortured and secretive, with a bit of unrestrained passion thrown in as well. Some of the things we learn about him by the end of the book intrigues me, and I can't wait to find out more.

The mystery of who murdered the bodies found in the cemetery is well written. I didn't figure it out until the end. And the author does a really good job at making the reader feel the chilly menace of the situations she puts her characters in. There were times I had to look around to be sure there weren't any evil spirits hanging around my room. LOL This could be a great Halloween read. If you enjoy paranormal romances, you will likely enjoy this book as well.
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There are rules.

Never acknowledge them.
Don't look at them.
Don't speak to them.
Don't let them sense your fear, even when they touch you.
Never stray too far from hallowed ground.
Keep your distance from those who are haunted. If they seek you out, turn away from them for they constitute a terrible threat and cannot be trusted.

And never, ever tempt fate.

As is the way of rules, all of them get violated before the close of this paranormal romance. But that's what paranormal romances are for, right?

The Restorer is the first in a planned series of novels focusing on a cemetery restorer who ends up consulting in a police investigation when a murdered woman's body is found shallowly buried in a section of an old graveyard where she has been working. There are a number of ghostly occurrences, a secret society, and a darkly handsome cop with a mysterious past to drive the action along, with some surprising results.

I'm not generally a fan of this genre, and typically run hard and fast from anything with romantic inclinations, so my four stars represent truly high praise.

The author leaves enough loose ends to carry readers into the next book, but I do hope that she doesn't fall into a pattern of doing so.
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There's a certain schizophrenic quality about Amanda Stevens' book Restorer. Part of it is quite a good horror novel involving Amelia Gray a character with the fascinating job of cemetery restorer. Another part of the book is a rather clumsy, but at times intriguing, mystery. The third part is a romance that is not resolved in this volume.

Amelia is hired by an elite college in the city of Charleston South Carolina, to restore an old graveyard owned by the College. Since childhood, Amelia has had the ability to see ghosts. Taught by her father, who also has this ability, she has lived her life under a strict set of rules for dealing with the dead. Then the body of a murdered woman is discovered in the cemetery she is working in and the heroine is drawn into a murky murder investigation run by a detective who appears to be literally haunted by the death of his young wife and child. Amelia is enlisted at the murder scene by a private detective Tom Gerrity to feed information to the detective in charge of the case.

The situation grows more confused as a secret society made up of elite students at the college, a similar murder done 15 years previous, a psychic research society and anonymous messages left on the heroine's blog all crop up. I did have a hard time believing that anyone who wrote a financially successful blog would not have logging turned on and would at least check the source of any creepy messages.

The story is told in first-person. This is quite effective for telling the ghostly parts; however, there is one point when Amelia falls asleep and at the same time knows about events happening outside her window. Not a psychic event, the author just wanted to mention a creaking gate a howling dog and eyes "gleaming with madness".
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