From the moment, I started reading The Restorer, the first book in the Graveyard Queen series I knew I was onto something stupendous. These are the ty...moreFrom the moment, I started reading The Restorer, the first book in the Graveyard Queen series I knew I was onto something stupendous. These are the type of book that you pick up, become immersed in and don’t put down until you read those last words!
This time Amelia travels out of Charleston to Asher Falls for her next cemetery restoration. A town, which is more than just creepy… It’s a town that holds secrets that will affect Amelia personally, secrets that will break her heart.
I love the fact that in this instalment the characters are all new. It isn’t every day you see an author provide the main character with a love interest in the first book only to, completely leave out that interest in the next book. Most times the love interest pops up at some time in the book as we expect. However, Stevens gives us something completely new and makes you pine and sulk for that missing connection. I really have to give her props for that!
If you thought, things were spooky in The Restorer then get ready because you are in for a scare-fest! The ghosts are creepier and the suspense is thicker. I truly cannot wait for The Prophet. The plot had my heart racing and skin goose bumping. Wow! Wow! Wow!
I highly recommend this to anyone who this genre. Just make sure you read The Restorer first, or you may get a little confused with the back story. Amanda Stevens is simply one of the best writers out there!(less)
Right now, there is no other series out there that I love more than The Graveyard Queen series. This is one of those series that has you wanting more,...moreRight now, there is no other series out there that I love more than The Graveyard Queen series. This is one of those series that has you wanting more, and feeling lost when you have read the last word. The Prophet has the same dark and intensely creepy feel that the previous books delivered and will leave you with plenty of unanswered questions.
This time around Amelia is back in Charleston and is once again in the middle of it in more ways than one. The ghost of a murdered detective whom we previously met in book one asks for Amelia's help to find out who murdered him, which gets Amelia mixed up in a suspenseful mystery full of deceit, magic, murder, betrayal and a whole lot of ghosts.
Amelia's relationship with Devlin is in a state of unknown due to him still being haunted by the ghosts of his daughter and wife. While I loved the “what might be” glimpses in book one, I found that this time around the relationship between the two somewhat annoying. I had hoped that with each new book Amelia would become stronger and more in touch with her ability yet it seems as though the opposite is happening, and I can't help but be a little peeved about it all. I can only hope that this will be rectified in the coming books as I truly don’t see this as the last book in the series.
Overall, The Prophet is a good story with plenty of twists and turns. As with the previous book Stevens delivers an imaginative and dark storyline that will give you goose bumps and have you looking over your shoulder.(less)
Pagan Moore is a 17-year-old high-school student who has the eerie ability to see ghosts or “souls” as she calls them. Pagan keeps her ability secret...morePagan Moore is a 17-year-old high-school student who has the eerie ability to see ghosts or “souls” as she calls them. Pagan keeps her ability secret by pretending they just aren't there. That is until what Pagan thinks is just another soul starts showing up everywhere. Except this soul is actually death, and it's Pagan’s time. However, things change when he becomes drawn to pagan as she makes him feel and want when he shouldn't be able to.
I'm trying not to give too much away with the summary so I have kept it brief.
I loved the interactions between Pagan and Dank (Death; you will understand why when you read the book). There is such longing between the two. They want and need one another immensely, and both are drawn to the other "like moths to a flame” as they say.
Despite Pagan’s feelings for Dank, she starts dating the popular, talented and worshiped start football player, who she originally assumed was just a typical jock. It's hard to see her relationship with Leif, and it makes me somewhat mad at her for staying in the relationship when it's a lie for her.
Existence is wonderfully written, with an interesting cast of characters. I really like Miranda, Pagan's best friend who can only be described as having a flair for dramatics. I hope that we get to see more of her in the nest book.
I was hooked on every word, and the ending was such a shock! Not just because of the intrigue of the last line but also because I thought there had to be more. I actually checked my Reader to see if it had cut the story short. So basically I got to the end and wanted MORE!
That’s got to be the best recommendation I can give.
NEVER ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEAD. NEVER STRAY FROM HALLOWED GROUND. NEVER GET CLOSE TO THE HAUNTED. NEVER, EVER TEMPT FATE.
My father’s rules.
I’ve never bro...moreNEVER ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEAD. NEVER STRAY FROM HALLOWED GROUND. NEVER GET CLOSE TO THE HAUNTED. NEVER, EVER TEMPT FATE.
My father’s rules.
I’ve never broken them…until now.
From these first lines Amanda Stevens had me!
While working on her current restoration, Amelia is pulled into the middle of a gruesome series of murders. As she becomes more involved with the murder mystery so too does the killer with Amelia. Amelia has until now been steadfast in following her rules. That is until she meets John Devlin the detective on the case. Devlin is haunted; Amelia sees his ghosts when she meets him and even though she shouldn’t be around him she can't help but be drawn to him. Amelia's involvement in both the case and Devlin will come to a spine tingling and goose bump raising finish.
I wish Amelia as a character would have more of a backbone when it comes to certain matters. She spends her days in a cemetery and gets involved with solving a murder, yet can’t ask any hard questions from her father or mother for that fact. The author barely scratched the surface when it came to the main characters inner emotions and secrets.
The intense chemistry between Amelia and Devlin is undeniable. This book is like the entrée to their relationship and leaves many unsaid and unanswered questions by the end of the book.
I recommend reading this book! It's a great start to an Urban Fantasy series with some extra creepy and Gothic imagery thrown in. So if you don’t mind some spook in your books go grab The Restorer. (less)
Unseen is a new novel involving the Krewe of Hunter's series and like the previous novels, I have read it is also brimming with paranormal activity, s...moreUnseen is a new novel involving the Krewe of Hunter's series and like the previous novels, I have read it is also brimming with paranormal activity, suspense and romance. This time we get to meet new characters as all of Jackson Crow’s original Krewe of Hunters is paired up and have an overflow of investigations.
The story is set in San Antonio Texas in the past and the present. Young women are being murdered, and all were last seen around the Alamo and the Longhorn hotel. The Longhorn isn’t just any hotel though… in room 207; Rose Langley was murdered at the hands of Matt Meyer, after being more or less kidnapped by him. The room was covered in blood, and yet her body was never found. Since then there have been more young woman slain and these murders and the mystery of the Longhorn is the first case for our new hunters.
The two characters that are focused on in this book are Kelsey O’Brien; a US Marshall who sees ghosts, is great at her job but has a certain emotional distance from people because of her ability.
Logan Raintree is part Native American and a Texas Ranger, who not only sees the dead but can also hear them.
The other characters’ of the ‘Krewe” were not really focused on a lot, and so it’s a little hard to know if I liked them or not. As with Graham’s other books, we will obviously get a chance to know each character more intimately when their story is up.
Both characters were nice, and I guess I’m going to say just a little bland from her original characters. That being said I enjoyed their romance just not as much as the previous characters and I think that you really need to give something more each time otherwise readers who have read the series will come out… a little bored.
When I read the synopsis, it sounded like an awesome read, and overall I would have to say it’s a good story but not great. The mystery side was the best part for me and for a while I was trying to figure out who the bad guy was which I like in a book. If it’s too predictable, then what’s the point right?
Overall, an enjoyable read but for me definitely not up to par with her previous books.(less)