Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I'm starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions ...more
Never acknowledge the dead. Never stray far from hallowed ground. Never associate with the haunted. And never, ever tempt fate.
How many times have I read this throughout this series? And yet, they mean nothing.
To continue, or to not continue with this series? That is the question.
The only reason I ask this, is because I’m bored of this series.
Bored of Amelia playing detective. Bored of the relationship between her and Devlin, but most of all, I’m bored of this dragging of the story. No ...more
You love a rich atmospheric setting with all things that go bump in the night.
You love a hair raising, goosebump inducing ghost story that will have you looking over your shoulder and turning lights on in the middle of the day.
You love a good spell binding, hauntingly addictive mystery that will keep you on your toes and eagerly turning the pages.
A swoon worthy romance that will simultaneously melt you into a pile of goo and ...more
And apparently there's a tv project in the works!
"NBC, meanwhile, is adapting Amanda Stevens' novel The Graveyard Queen. The drama is described as a high-concept genre soap opera centering on a girl cursed at youth with the ability to see the dead. She works as a cemetery restorer who, at great risk to her physical and mental well-being, joins forces with a haunted homicide detective to solve a string of brutal murders in Charleston, S.C ...more
Amelia, is chased, frightened, hurt, tricked, and lied to. Her history is catching up to her faster than she is ready to for, and she is evolving. Everything she thought she knew is about to change forever. Amelia's road is full of darkness and death.
Cleaning out the storage under her house an item is found that sets her on a journey to find the truth behind an image that looks like her. Her restoration business gives her an in to help solve the mystery of a cul ...more
I waited years for this book to finally be released. It was definitely a wise decision to reread the other books first since the overarching storylines were central to the plot in this. It took a while for the story to get going. The beginning explored Amelia and Devlin’s relationship since he was no longer haunted. While Devlin was off dealing with some personal issues, Amelia found an old stereoscope in her house, which eventually led to a cre ...more
“Spirits can’t step over or navigate crooked pathways. A superstitious community would have been especially cautious with suicides. The ghosts of those who take their own lives are considered notorious wanderers. That probably explains the high walls that surround the cemetery. In the old days, they would have buried the bodies facedown to disorient them.”
“The things you know.”
Overall I like this series. It has this eerie quality to it and I really enjoy the southern drawl of a book, I’m pret ...more
The Visitor begins with a female entity haunting Amelia. This spirit both fascinates and terrifies her. I was completely hooked and slipped right back into her wo ...more
Stevens doesn’t allow herself ma ...more
This time around, Amelia is hired to restore the puzzling Kroll Cemetery. Hidden away on private property for decades, the dilapidated old graveyard is full of headstones with strange inscriptions. What do they mean, and how do they relate to the tragic history of those buried t ...more
While it has been a while since reading the previous book, Stevens seamlessly incorporates the important points from the earlier books within the narrative, and makes it easy for the reader to re-acquaint themselves with Amelia's world of restless ghosts and gothic romance.
In this installment, Amelia is drawn into the sad and distressing tale of those interred in Kroll Cemetery who may or may not have committed mass suicide. Following a number of clues apparently provided by a ...more
The Visitor is book 4 in Amanda Stevens' Graveyard Queen series. I would recommend that you start with the first book in the series The Restorer in order to fully enjoy this series.
The Visitor continues the story of Amelia Gray as she learns a bit more about her background and why she seems to attract unwanted attention from the other side. It's an atmospheric book, set in the area surroundin ...more
3.5 Stars. The Visitor is the long, long awaited continuation in Amanda Steven’s “Graveyard Queen” series. It’s been almost three years since the release of the last book ‘The Prophet’. So long a wait, that many details of the series and storyline had grown hazy in my mind. There was enough catch-up to get me going, and what I couldn’t quite remember from the previous books I just had to let go and keep going. Here, Amanda is being drawn to a creepy long ago mass suicide where the involved are a ...more
I had a few issues that are keeping me from giving this 5 stars. I was really disappointed that the book does not center on a restoration of a graveyard. Most of the book took place in Charleston and involved Amelia puzzling over mysteries and considering the possibility of taking on a new graveyard job. All three of the previous books focused on a job site s ...more
Recommendation : If you love paranormal, especially those who have the second sight, this series is for you.
"I couldn't help but obsess over my visitor's ominous prophecy. What you are, I once was. What I am, you will someday become."
The Visitor begins with just that, a visit from the other side. Ms. Stevens does not allow you, dear reader, to settle into that lovely southern comfort. Amelia is being summoned. She is about to find out just how much she still has to learn about ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy, Ghosts
The Visitor is the FOURTH installment in Amanda Stevens Graveyard Queen series. Since it has been FOUR years since The Prophet (Graveyard Queen, # 3) released, I would suggest that you brush up on your knowledge of this series and the series protagonist Amelia Gray before diving into this book. Trust me folks, I am not just this to bust your chops or make work for you. At the beginning of this story, the author does a brie ...more
The mystery of Devlin’s haunting is put to bed, but only to make room for Amelia to become haunted her ...more
This was one of my most anticipated releases this year and sadly it was a big let down. We've waited so long for this book (almost 4 years) that I was expecting to be wow'd. I wasn't. This picks up shortly after the last one ended and Amelia is still seeing the ghost that looks like her. She and Devlin are still seeing each other but that is tenuous at best. Amelia's apparently going to be some kind of death walker now instead of a girl who restores cemeteries. The plot line got more ou ...more
Best in the series to date. It was full of suspense, mystery and surprises. Amelia Grey continues to be a heroine who will seek out answers. The reveals about her past were very satisfying as a reader and I can't wait to read the next book.
I've been in love with these stories since book one. The atmosphere and setting is unlike anything else on my shelf. Each one has been so absorbing. The author's ability ...more
My English review
It’s been a long time since I was waiting for a new book in the Graveyard Queen series but we knew that three volumes would come out later. Having spent a great time with the previous stories, I was curious to immerse myself in the further adventures of Amelia Gray and to find out what Amanda Stevens had in store for us! It took some time for the release of the fourth volume, but it is with pleasure that I immediately jumped on it!
I was nervous while starting ...more
Ah, it was so good to be back with Amelia the Graveyard Queen. I loved the first three books a lot, but after a couple years without a new book, I started to lose hope that we’d ever see her again. But here we are four years later with Amelia back in our lives. Hooray! I do wish I would’ve at least reread the previous book, but it was still easy to jump right in to The Visitor.
It didn’t take long for the creepiness to appear. A ghost is haunting Amelia and is leading her down a path that will ch ...more
I enjoyed the first book, it was a classic creepy story, enough to make me afraid to take a shower at night. The second failed to impress me, cause I can guess from the moment the ghost showed up, what and how the story gonna be. The third left a huge hole inside my heart near the ending and it's one of the reason why I was torn for the fourth.
Anyway, maybe my feeling will ch ...more
Joint Review Tori and Pam
Pam’s Grade: A
Tori’s Grade: B+
Favorite Quote: “Take nothing, leave nothing behind.”
My name is Amelia Gray. I’m the Graveyard Queen.
Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I’m starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has rem ...more
I liked this book better than the last one. I like the direction the story is headed. This one had more of a mystery, and more focused on Amelia's family history.
The first two books of this series I gave high ratings to. It was new and exciting, but now I'm looking for more growth and it's just not there. Amanda Steven's story voice is still bland and dry. The most disappointing thing is that there is still no answer about Devlin's mystery. 4th book i...more
Amelia Gray feels stabbing cold tracing down her spine. She peers out in the darkness, terrified at what she might see. Her eyes make out a figure in the mist who looks just like her, but she is missing her eyes. Is this new visitor a harbinger of what Amelia might one day become? Amelia worries that since she broke her Papa's steadfast rules, that she has opened a door that allows ghosts into he ...more
The Graveyard Queen ...more