The Abandoned (Graveyard Queen 0.5)
When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital passes away, psychology student Ree Hutchins mourns the elderly woman's death. But more unsettling is her growing suspicion that something unnatural is shadowing her.
Amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest believes Ree is being haunted. Even Ame...more
A mildly entertaining novella about a vengeful ghost, buried secrets, and a psychiatric ward. It has a light romance. This story reminded me a little of an 80's film titled "A Ghost Story" although "The Abandoned" is not scary, unless you find cold drafts, foggy windows , and the feeling of being watched as a source of horror.
Ree Hutchins, a university student and mental hospital volunteer, loses an elderly patient. She overhears an ominous conversation between the head pschi...more
Ree Hutchins psychology student is trying to balance her life and that of her studies, when she loses one of her patient's to seeming old age. When she stumbles upon a deeper plot of blackmail and hauntings. With the help of ghost hunter Hayden Priest, they both discover a dark secret someone wants to be kept buried....
Thank you Ms.Stevens for scaring the crap out of me. I loved every bit of it!
The Abandoned gives you a taste of what's in store for the The Graveyard Queen series, with the sp...more
This story is not told from the main character's point of view (Amelia). It is the story of a female master's student, working at a psychiatric hospital part-time. She gets herself tangled up in a cover-up and she can't help but investigate it, especially with a ghost pushing her to get revenge.
It was very suspenseful and I found myself getting goose bumps during some of the ghost scenes.
This was a quick read and I'm looking forward to...more
Synopsis: Ree Hutchins is a psychology student at South Carolina's Emerson University. Between classes and writing her thesis, she volunteers at the University's mental hospital.
One night while Ree is volunteering at the hospital, her favorite patient dies. In the wake of the unexpected death, Ree stumbles upon a dark secret and a blackmail scheme. Not only that but now Ree has begun to experience the disturbing sensation that some...more
I read this novella in preparation for the first book in the series, The Restorer, only to find out that the titular Graveyard Queen merely has a cameo here. Oh, well. For what it's worth, I liked this little intro, despite its obvious shortcomings, especially this passage:
“There’s a Chinese legend about hungry ghosts. Entities that devour human emotions. Spirits whose sole purpose is to sustain themselves in our realm by feeding on our warmth...more
Quick & Dirty: A story reflecting the consequences of opening yourself up to ghosts.
Opening Sentence: Ree Hutchins was dozing at the old woman’s bedside, a dog-eared copy of The Call of the Wild open on her lap, when Violet Tisdale passed away.
In the past, I have been very harsh with novellas claiming to be prequel’s when the truth of that statement is in question. Yes, The Abandoned, is a prequel. It does introduce major characters in the main...more
Hayden is a different matter. While studying for the bar and working in law during the day, Hayden spends his nights as a paranorma...more
The Abandoned comes across more of an outline for a book then an actually novel, with no real catch or lure.
Ree Hutchins is a graduate student working in a psychiatric hospital on the evening of the death of Violet Tisdal, one of their longest residing patients. Ree is curious...more
Ree works at a mental hospital. When one of her patients dies she overhears some shadey secrets. Then Ree finds herself sleeping walking strange places and thinks maybe a ghost is involved. Now she has to figure out what the...more
Even though this story was not a...more
Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Author’s Website: http://www.amandastevens.com/
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (free as of April 12, 2011)
Part of a Series: Yes. Book 0.5 in the Graveyard Queen Series (Prequel to the forthcoming novel, The Restorer)
Steam Level: Warm
So a short while ago, you may remember me fangirling all over Amanda Stevens’ forthcoming novel, The Restorer, sche...more
Amanda Stevens manages to zero in to fear with pinpoint accuracy, and exploit it down to the bone with a chilling single-mindedness. In her debut prequel to her stunning Graveyard Queen series, Stevens casts her web to set the stage for a full complement of characters that will end up dangling from her threads.
The Abandoned and its mysteries centers on a largely decrepit cemetery adjacent to Emerson University in Charleston. For numerous years, Oak Grove Cemetery has remained abandoned...more
Well crafted and interesting, I felt the story could have focused a bit more on the ghosts and the haunting of Ree but it is a novella so guess there wasn't enough time to develop it more. Ree is at the beside of a woman who has been confined to a psyche ho...more
Pros: I kept reading! Whatever its faults, this little ghost story kept me wanting to find out what happens next. I...more
The Abandoned is the prequel in the Graveyard Queen series. It's a short read (66 pages) but it's enough to completely tell Ree's story and sets the stage for Book I, The Restorer (which was just relea...more
So while I really LOVED The Restorer, I really LIKED The Abandoned, and let m...more
ليه ما حبيت هذه القصة ..
اولا : كان من المفترض اني اقرأها قبل رواية the Restorer ، لانها تعتبر كمقدمة لسلسلة Graveyard Queen .. هذا الشيء عكر مزاجي
ثانيا : لاني حبيت من جد قصة اميليا و جون و العلاقة اللي بينهم في the Restorer لانها كانت معقدة وصعبة و كل شخص فيهم كان يعامل الثاني بحذر شديد .. على عكس قصةالمهجور و العلاقة اللي بين ابطال القصة ريي و هيدن .. كانت علاقتهم سريعة جداً .. ما فيها ذاك العمق يمكن لان القصة كانت قصيرة عشان كذا الكاتبة سرّعت الاحداث و طورت العلاقة بينهم .. على العم...more
I really enjoyed both Ree and Hayden. It was interesting to get the POVs of people who can't see the ghosts but are still affected by them. And, as I found in The Restorer, Ms. Stevens writing is beautiful and vivid. I really wish Ree and Hayden show up again, be i...more
While the series was about Amelia Gray, this prequel focused on this psychology graduate student Ree who volunteers at a mental hospital. Strange things began to occur when her favorite patient passed away. She met Hunter, an amateur ghost hunter through her sleepwalking event (which is a possibility of being possessed by a ghost that might be related to her favorite patient - is it the patient or is it someon...more
One evening while Ree is reading to Miss Violet, she quietly passes away. While Ree attempts to...more
The book, a prequel to the Graveyard Queen series, focuses on Ree, a student who works at an asylum. She becomes attached to Violet, an elderly resident who has been in the hospital for her entire life. Violet passes away in t...more
Amanda can write Southern Gothic with style. There is a real darkness to this book, and is just as gripping as The Restorer.
Two of the main characters from The Restorer make an appearance in this book, which takes place just after Amelia has been commissioned to work on the local graveyard,where The Restorer is set. Amelia and Dev...more
I have to admit to being disappointed in this after reading books 1 to 3.
The author chose two new characters and then connected them on the periphery with the old ones. It was rushed, lack the lustre and finesse of the other books and also seem inconsistent in parts.
Where did Ree read about what had been done to Ilsa and who was involved? The answer is she didn't. One minute we are reading records that contain hardly...more