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The Abandoned

(Graveyard Queen #0.5)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,770 ratings  ·  450 reviews
Every cemetery has a story. Every grave, its secrets. Enter the world of Amanda Stevens's Graveyard Queen series--where forbidden passion and secrets from the past are as restless as the ghosts--in the series prequel novella, The Abandoned.

There are rules for dealing with ghosts. Too bad Ree Hutchins doesn't know them.

When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital
Kindle Edition, 73 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by MIRA
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Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper, urban-fantasy

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
Jen Davis
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I have some mixed feelings about this story. First, let me say that I loved The Restorer and I was very excited when I found out that this prequel was available. The events take place shortly before Amelia is hired to restore the old cemetery. But she isn't the main character here. This story centers on Ree, a graduate student who is interning at a psychiatric hospital. When an old patient named Violet dies, Ree is unexpectedly drawn in to the bizarre and haunting circumstances of her life and t ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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.

The Review:

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 seri
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read book one and never realized there was a tantalizing prequel to the series that acted as a teaser to get folks enthused for the series. Happily, I discovered my library carried a copy when I was looking to see if they had book two. A little detour for the prequel and I am ever so glad I did.


The Abandoned introduces Ree and Hayden who meet when Ree finds herself investigating the odd circumstances of Violet Tisdale's mysterious life and death. She was in a private psych hospital and
3.5 stars
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Let us just say that it is a good thing I had read book number two - or is it book number one if you do not count the prequel, I always get confused when authors do this - or I would have never continued with this series.

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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
3.5 Stars

The Abandoned is a decent prequel novella that sets up the Graveyard Queen series. I figured I would start with this one more to get a feel of Stevens writing style than the expansion of the series. I don't want a heavy Gothic romance series.

This was a decent story that worked okay in a novella format. I will start book one now.
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Unpolished, unsubtle writing with meh action sequences. Not sure I will want to continue the series.

The Kindle edition has a lot of formatting errors and seems to be missing a few paragraphs.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I didn't get much out of this, certainly not enough to make me want to continue the series. It felt more like a draft that an actual story. ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Psychology student Ree Hutchins is working at a private mental hospital when one of the elderly patients, Violet Tisdale, passes away. Later that night, Ree overhears one of the doctors talking to Violet's nephew about a secret they have been keeping about Violet and the Tisdale family. When Ree starts digging into the Tisdale family's history, she gets a weird feeling that someone is following her. Is it a person or is it a ghost?

This is the prequel to Amanda Stevens' Graveyard Queen series. Th
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a free prequel to the Queen of the Graveyard series. Amelia Gray is a graveyard restorer who just happens to have the handy ability to see dead people. However, the prequel is about Ree and a conversation that she shouldn't have overheard about a lady that Ree just watched die. Now Ree is stuck between a mad ghost and a demented killer. Luckily she meets Hayden, who by day is a lawyer and by night he is a "ghost hunter". Even though this is a short story, I thought that Ms Stevens did a ...more
A prequel to the Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens. It was interesting for what it what. Because it was short there wasn't much time spent developing the characters or the romance. Basically, it just laid some ground work for the upcoming series. ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I felt as the author gave me a piece of the puzzle but I don't know what the picture is suppose to be. I like the story but I have a few questions. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. This author has a way of sucking me into her stories. ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I decided to finally start this book because I have the first 3 book in this series to read (and they will probably fit for Bingo). Oh my, this was good! I started and couldn't put it down!
Ree is a psychology student who overhears something she shouldn't. A ghost also attaches herself to her. A ghost hunter, Hayden, helps her. Amelia is introduced.
I am intrigued!
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Mira
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: (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
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I started reading The Restorer and got immediately hooked by the writing. About 40 pages in I realized that there was a prequel, and whaddayaknow, it was on my nook! hooray!

So I put The Restorer on hold and zipped through The Abandoned...or, I thought I would zip through it. It's so well-written and enticing. I read it as quickly as I could. For a prequel, I like how it stands alone. It's written in third person, but the rest of the series is in first person pov, so it's a nice change.

Ree is vo
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Grade: C or 3 Stars

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
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ebook, freebie
I couldn't stop reading this one :) It's sexy, fast-paced, the story is good and I really liked the mystery :) Made me want to read the whole series.. Also, my second first time this week :P I always read books in pdf, but never a real e-book using a suitable program, so I really had no idea that it can work so well. Might actually give the whole e-book thing a go, seeing how my books have taken over my tiny tiny apartment... ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kobo Free download 4/12/11

This was different. It was like a ghost story, but better. Spooky, eerie, suspenseful, with just a touch of romance.

I'm looking forward to reading The Restorer.
Laura Carson
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I ended up reading this after the 1st book. What a fantastic teaser to get you to pick up the series. I loved meeting the characters we will be getting to know more intimatley in The Restorer. This one didn't hold the creep factor The Restorer does, but it was definatley a thrilling ride. I am officially an Amanda Stevens fangirl. ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: painful-reading
Um. Are there pages missing to this? I downloaded it free from Kindle and it was a horrible book -sketchy plotline, no real depth to the characters and no development. I read it in less than an hour. I really am wondering if something was missing here...
Melanie Frenette
May 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I know it was just a prequel. But I'm not sure if it was good enough to make me want to read the next book. I may or may not read it.

I find it slightly annoying that the word 'shuddered' seems to appear at least once every second or third page ... Maybe I'm weird?
Heather L
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 2016
Read this novella in one day, though I should have been concentrating on another book I had started over the weekend. Pretty good story, though the formatting is messed up in a couple chapters -- italics where there should be normal text.
4.5 Stars... This prequel novella to “The Graveyard Queen Series” had all the elements of a paranormal read that I love; psychiatric hospital, vengeful ghosts, decades old mystery, secret societies, supernatural abilities that have yet to be fully revealed, and of course a touch of romance... add in smart characters with a touch of wit and you have the making of a phenomenal read leading into an intriguing series... I am hooked and look forward to how this series will unravel:)
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a quick fun read. It was interesting but I did find it a little unnecessary. While I don't remember the first book completely, I just feel like this introduction wasn't really needed. However, that may change after I reread the first book. I liked Ree as well as the introduction to Detective Devlin.

I wish the author would have been a little more transparent with Hayden. Their were some moments I was confused as to his behavior. Was he or wasn't he? I know this is just a novella, but so
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love love LOVED The Restorer and I finally got to read Amanda Stevens' novella, The Abandoned, prequel to The Graveyard Queen series. I'm a huge fan of Stevens' writing style - it's sexy, fluid and darkly beautiful and The Abandoned doesn't disappoint if you love her for that alone. She is an exceptional writer, a magician with words, invoking emotion and thought at her own whim. She is THE Queen of creepy.
So while I really LOVED The Restorer, I really LIKED The Abandoned, and let m
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Ree Hutchins is a psychology student who volunteers at a private mental hospital. When an elderly patient dies Ree begins to experience odd events. One of these odd events results in her meeting amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest. Together they set out to settle the reason for Ree's unease.

This is a delightfully creepy prequel to The Restorer. While the main story is about Ree and Hayden, we do get a sneak peek at some of the characters from The Restorer, including Amanda, Detective Devlin and D
Veronica Morfi
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ree is working in a phychiatric clinic and on the day of the death of Violet, a patient, she overhears a conversation conserning her, an old Order and a secret about Ilsa, Violet's mother. After she leaves the hospital she feels strange, like there is someone watching her, she has a song stuck in her mind. The same night she sleepwalks for the first time in her life and end up kissing a stranger in the graveyard. As sock as she could be she tries to forget about everything, but when she finds ou ...more
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Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, “a new take on the classic ghost story.” Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional Horror Night with friends.

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Graveyard Queen (6 books)
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