4 Solid Stars! Have I told you how much I love this series? Definitely one of my new favorites! Ms. Stevens managed to write a fabulous new series in...more4 Solid Stars! Have I told you how much I love this series? Definitely one of my new favorites! Ms. Stevens managed to write a fabulous new series in a genre that is very saturated and getting more so every day. The Graveyard Queen Series stands out in a sea of urban-fantasy series as being unique, well written, and thoroughly entertaining.
The Prophet (the third installment in this series) was a roller-coaster of a ride. Although I enjoyed the first two books just a tiny bit more I still REALLY liked The Prophet. The imagery that Ms. Stevens accomplishes is phenomenal. I felt as though I was right there in the book experiencing it in real time. Lots of twists in the plot and I didn't figure out who the "bad guy" was until the very end. Many times books are very predictable in this respect and I love that I wasn't able to easily figure out what would happen next and who was after who. The leading character in the series, Amelia Gray, is a complex character that Ms. Stevens has developed beautifully. Not only is Amelia a strong-willed independent woman, she is also very likeable as well (not an easy task to accomplish for most writers).
I really love the graveyard aspect of this series. Usually when dealing with graveyards in series such as this, the main characters are vampires, zombies, and the like. Not the case here. Amelia Gray restores old graveyards and enjoys the time she spends in the graveyards (for the most part). I have always been drawn to graveyards and it was refreshing to read a series that didn't make them out to be dark, scary and filled with evil. Graveyards can be just as beautiful as Ms. Stevens has portrayed them in this fabulous series.
Another fabulous addition to this series. I am not sure if the series is a trilogy -- which would mean that this is the final book. It very well could be and that would make me sad since I enjoy reading this series so much. I sincerely hope to see more installments to this fabulously unique series. (less)
The more I read of the "Graveyard Queen" series the more I love it. The Kingdom is the second installment in this fabulously original and s...more4 1/2 Stars
The more I read of the "Graveyard Queen" series the more I love it. The Kingdom is the second installment in this fabulously original and suspenseful urban-fantasy series. I didn't think Amanda Stevens could outdo herself after I read "The Restorer" (the first book), but she definitely came through with flying colors. Not only are the characters well developed, the storyline is solid and strong. I often find myself distracted a bit while reading books, but that is definitely not the case with this series. I don't skim over pages wanting to get to the next great scene. I read every word. Ms. Stevens doesn't waste words when writing to "fill space," she simply writes beautifully constructed stories that capture you and keep you on the edge of your seat.
In this book the main character, Amelia Gray, finds out more about her past and why she has the powers she does. In a genre that has so many great authors and series, Amanda Stevens' Graveyard Queen stands out (in a good and fabulous way). I would have to say it is one of my favorite newer series. The books aren't predictable... there aren't the usual vampires and werewolves to read about; simply put they are original, entertaining, well written, and extremely good reads. (less)
I have been wanting to read this book/series for a while now and I don't know why I waited so long. This was a great read and I am really looking forw...moreI have been wanting to read this book/series for a while now and I don't know why I waited so long. This was a great read and I am really looking forward to continuing to read the series. (less)
4.5 Stars I love a good mystery/thriller and Marie Force has accomplished to write an ongoing series (Fatal) that is fabulously suspenseful, full of my...more4.5 Stars I love a good mystery/thriller and Marie Force has accomplished to write an ongoing series (Fatal) that is fabulously suspenseful, full of mystery, with well developed and believable characters. I can't ask for more than that!
Fatal Flaw is the 4th installment in Ms. Force's Fatal Series. Each book in the series builds up to the next so it is advisable to read them in order. The main characters remain the same throughout the series and you get to know them better with each book. Senator Nick Cappuano and D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland have the leading roles and I have come to really like both of their characters even though they are almost polar opposites. Sam Holland can be a hard woman to connect with and like, but I have found her "toughness" admirable and even endearing at times. The Senator is super sexy, honorable, smart, and knows when to let a woman have her way. The perfect man, right? Their differences aside, when you put the two together fireworks go off! There is such a sweet and heartwarming love between them that is impossible not to be caught up in.
I have to say that with each new book in this series I end up liking the series as a whole that much more. The characters are well thought out, interact well with each other and are just so darn believable (even the ones I don't personally care for as characters). They just seem to "come to life" while reading and I feel like I actually know them, their good traits as well as bad. They are just so gritty and real. The storyline is never boring and doesn't drag. Along with the action, mystery, and suspense there is such a sweet romance between Sam and Nick that at times it makes my heart hurt (in a good way). The chemistry and love between the two of them is awe inspiring.
Ms. Force has the ability to write a suspenseful mystery where you are kept guessing until the very end. Her novels bring the "on the edge of your seat" entertainment that so many novels lack. I honestly have a very hard time putting the book down once I have started (to the point that I don't even want to take time to eat or go to the restroom).
Definitely a series you want to check out if this genre appeals to you. (less)
The Wedding Gift had lots of promise but it just didn't come through like I was hoping it would. My rating would be between a 2 and a 3. Although ther...moreThe Wedding Gift had lots of promise but it just didn't come through like I was hoping it would. My rating would be between a 2 and a 3. Although there were parts that irritated me to no end, there were other parts that I really enjoyed. Overall I would have to say that I liked the book well enough, but it could have been so much more.
The concept for the book is original and a great basis for a book, but for some reason it just never came together like it should have. I did enjoy the book and will definitely consider reading something else by this author. (less)