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The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen Series) Paperback – April 19, 2011
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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 is an award-winning author of over fifty novels. Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas.
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Amelia Gray is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She is a grave restorer with a secret. She can see ghosts. However, she has rules that she lives by: Never acknowledge them, speak to them or let them sense your fear. Never stray too far from hallowed ground. Keep away from those who are haunted and never tempt fate. When she stumbles across the body of a young woman in a cemetery, her life is turned upside down. As danger threatens she finds herself attracted to Detective John Devlin, the policeman leading the investigation. Unfortunately, he has his own ghosts haunting him.
I have a passion for ghost stories and when this book was recommended to me by Amazon way back in 2011, I added it to my wish list. It was only in 2014 that I managed to purchase a copy but, due to my large reading list, I hadn't been able to read it until recently.
I started to read this book and didn't put it down until I had finished it. I found myself intrigued with Amelia's career choice. Restoring old cemeteries takes patience and dedication. (I know of a few cemeteries near me that could do with some TLC come to think of it). Adding to her career choice is her ability to see ghosts. This makes her life a little harder and turns her into a bit of a loner, as she is afraid of accidentally attracting the ghosts into her life and harming the ones she loves.
I enjoyed getting to know John Devlin a lot more, as he has a past that is tragic. But, I think that both Amelia and Devlin make a wonderful couple, even if he is haunted by his dead wife and daughter.
This story is a mix of mystery, thriller, police procedural, supernatural ghost story and romance. I found myself holding my breath on occasion as the mystery, suspense and danger had me sitting on the edge of my seat. It is thrilling in places and scary (think spiders and rats and dark places) in others. I also found myself on a roller coaster ride of emotion as the story unfolded. I had tears running down my face during certain scenes. However, I was a little disappointed at the ending even though I knew it was the first book in the series. There were a few loose ends not tied up and, even though it didn't end in a cliffhanger, the ending left me feeling unsatisfied, which, as a reader, I hate. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to continuing this series and reading the next book, The Kingdom, as soon as I can.
Amanda Stevens has written a wonderful start to a series. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow of the story is wonderful. Her characters seem realistic and come alive on the page. I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.
Due to some scenes of violence and some gore, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love horror/mysteries/thrillers/police procedural's/supernatural ghost stories or paranormal romances. - Lynn Worton
I really like the setting. There is some rich history there, but not too much that it distracts from the story. I wasn't positive who the bad guy was until the end. I thought of him, but it never occurred to me why he was doing it. That totally surprised me because the author has you going in one direction and then another. I am hoping that one of the directions will be further explored in coming books.
Amelia has a rich history of her own. She is adopted, but I was never quite sure if her papa was her real father or not. It was clearly stated that her mama was not her real mother. We know her papa loves her more than anything in the world, including her mama, at least according to mama, but we don't know much about mama's feelings. Seeing ghosts and the whole set of rules she was told to follow by papa, was a new twist on the ghost story. Amelia's history is not clearly defined in this book. Again, I am hoping that in future books it will become clearer.
John Devlin is a complicated man. He has a past that is haunting him. Really haunting him. I wasn't quite sure if his haunts were malevolent or not. Some of the ghosts, you could tell right away that they were bad news.
All in all, I do recommend this story. Just be prepared to get the next book.
Amelia is a cemetery restorer, which means she is hired to go to old graveyard and fix that up. An odd career choice for someone that is terrified of ghosts harming her… As someone whose whole career takes place in various cemeteries it’s kind of odd for her to comment on the one she’s working in currently as creepy. I think if you worked in this profession you’d be over such things, especially when said cemetery doesn’t even have ghosts in it. Her expertise as a cemetery restorer is what has her involved in a murder investigation, sort of.
We have a murder that should be a main plot line but it’s plodding along really slowly. The police asked her to be present for the removal of the body that isn’t supposed to be there but in the end she didn’t seem to do anything helpful and was not experting on anything. Afterward the detective has managed to ask her expert opinion on old grave stones and fallen asleep on her couch while she was in the bathroom, it’s not very exciting.
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