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The Kingdom (The Graveyard Queen Series) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
Book 2 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
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Product Details

  • Series: The Graveyard Queen Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778312771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778312772
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think that it is quite possible that I enjoyed this book, The Kingdom, more than the first in the series The Restorer. There was something about The Kingdom, how it twisted back on itself and answered those hanging questions from book one that had confounded me.

Amelia Grey has been called to Asher Falls to complete a graveyard restoration. Thornhill Cemetery is actually the second cemetery in Asher Falls, after the first Thornhill had been flooded out leaving the markers, statuary and coffins at the bottom of what is now a lake.

The moment Amelia steps off the ferry, she knows something is different; she can feel it deep down in her soul. Asher Falls is talking to her and she does not know why the town's ghosts are reaching out to her.

Amelia has been able to see spirits since she was a young child, but living by her father's rules, she has learned not to interact with them. Not to let them in. This time, this town, things are different - the veil between their world and hers is thinner. They are reaching out to her in a way that she has not been prepared for.

What is it about Asher Falls that is so different? Maybe if she can go back home, to Rosehill, the place she calls home she can talk to her father and have him, once and for all, explain to her the circumstances of her adoption. What really happened to her as an infant? Most importantly, what does he know about Asher Falls and Thornhill Cemetery?

Caught in the grasp of a place and its people, Amelia finds herself fighting for the truth and at the same time fighting for her life. There is something about this place and the strange women that inhabit this town.

In Asher Falls, Evil is a real entity. It is capitalized, as if it is a person - a looming being.
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This is one of those reviews I am going to have to try and control my fan girl like moments in!! I loved the first book The Restorer and amazingly this book was just as awesome!! Its creepy and beautiful and just has this whole package of mystery!!

First lets start with the creep factor. This book is filled with creepy moments as our main girl Amelia can see ghosts. And no these are not the sexy ghosts, they are terrifying! I seriously turned on Dora the Explorer to help me through this book so I wouldn't get too scared.

Second Amanda Stevens just has this beautiful way of writing. She sucks you into this small town and gives you all the details without boring you and creates this mystical world. I read this book in 2 sittings because I just could not put it down. As soon as we are on the ferry going to her new job I was glued to the pages. Every moment of this book there was something to grab a hold too and I just could not let go.

You must start with her first book The Restorer because that is where it all starts. And if you have read it then you will find some of the mysteries in Amelias life are uncovered in this book. We also meet some new characters and find out more about Amelias past. I have to say I totally missed Devlin through the whole book, but I really did enjoy meeting Thane. Oh and the very last 3 words of this book had me going crazy and abandoning my blogging duties so I could jump into The Prophet!

This book is a MUST MUST read!! I mean it. Its one of those books I think almost anyone would enjoy. There is something not quite right in Asher Falls and poor Amelia has no idea who she can trust. Not to mention the evil that lurks there and seems to have eyes for her. Like I said its creepy, beautiful, mysterious and one of my most favorite books of the year!!

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"I've heard people say that the hardest thing in the world is to live with someone you don't love. But I've always thought it would be far more difficult to live with someone who doesn't love you."
4.5 stars!
I swear, I loved this book more than the last. No regrets!! This book has new characters and brand new scenery. I loved everything about it!
It was deliciously mysterious and creepy. These are the only books that have succeeded in scaring me into goosebumps and shivers. It got my heart thumping constantly, i's the perfect October read, hands down! This book was another learning experience, you learn so much about being a cemetery restorer from the main character, Amelia, that you can't help but feel like you're one as well. I love it!
Amelia's thoughts seemed a little repetitive to me at one point but it didn't throw me off from the over all experience. I did see many things coming a mile away but it was still surreal to watch it all unfold. Crazy doesn't even begin to describe it.
I loved how this book delves deeper into Amelia''s past, answering questions from the first one while at the same time, uncovering newer questions. This book had me double-guessing every single character's motives, just as any good thriller should do. This, like the first book, was super heart-breaking. Which is expected, when it's a ghost story. This was an intense roller coaster ride and I can't wait to see what else is in store for these characters! I can't , and will not, choose between Thane and Devlin. Jeezus. Those two are going to be the death of me- I mean Amelia. The death of Amelia. Anyway, I missed Dev A LOT so I can't wait to see more of him!
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