Shush…lest she awaken…
My name is Amelia Gray, and I'm a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that...more
This is the sixth book in the Graveyard Queen Series. The series has come to an end and I am so disappointed because this series is so good. I've enjoyed all of the Graveyard Queen series and The Awakening was a wonderful addition. Creepy and Gothic in all the right ways. Big southern houses, old money and secrets.
I envy anyone who is just starting the series because they will have the joy of reading all 6 books one right after the other!
Amelia is glad to be back home in Charleston. She has ...more
Saying goodbye to a beloved series, is never ever easy. In most cases it is bittersweet and almost always heartbreaking and turning the last page in The Awakening was both of those things.
This is a book that you simultaneously both want to devour and ...more
As always, the book is slow building, eerie, and creepily atmospheric. Amelia’s powers as a ghost seer have evolved quite a bit from the beginning of the series, where she was just a cemetery restorer who saw ...more
Hauntingly told this last tale of Amelia the Graveyard Queen was a bitter sweet treat. I savored each beautifully laid out scene, each twist and turn. There were some serious goose-bump moments and a couple where I may have even turned on a few extra lights while curling up next to my dogs. You know just to stay warm, LOL. It didn't help that we had a severe storm things blowing against the roof. while an intense scene with wicked things ...more
First, I want to say that I really love the cover for this book. The ominous single gravestone speaks to me. Well, not in the way that it speaks to Amelia Gray, but then again she's a cemetery restorer ...more
And then the ending! What the heck! Another reviewer had said everything was wrapped up ...more
*Many thanks to the publisher for an arc of this book via Netgally.
"Shush...lest she awaken..." Four little words and just like that I have goosebumps, the ominous tone for The Awakening firmly established. Cover to cover, the lyrical atmospheric magic I've come to expect from Amanda Stevens is prominent . . . haunting, chilling, ominous - whispering on the breeze, taking shape in the cemetery, following Amelia home. I literally could not put this ...more
One of my favorite aspects of this series are the cemeteries and mysteries concerning the dead. Stevens creates these haunting ghost stories weaving past and present. Amelia, our protagonist, is a graveyard restorer with a unique gift. She can see and communicatewith the dead. Some say, there is a bright light within her that draws them. Amelia fears these entities, but her need for answers soon leadsher to help them. In THE AWAKENING, she is ...more
The Awakening is the last book in the Graveyard Queen series. Two books ago after I finished The Visitor I thought for sure this would be a series that would need several more books to wrap everything up, and I was fine with that, but the author managed to do it in just two books which kind of surprised me. I was expecting the whole plot with the Conge and Amelia's powers to be a longer and more drawn out thing. However, I do ...more
Graveyard restorer, Amelia Grey, is caught up in another mystery when the ghost of a murdered girl begins haunting her. Amelia's quest for justice takes on a personal note when the ghost child's connection to her own family as well as that of her former lover, John Devlin, becomes apparent.
Whether it is the haunting sadness of Woodbine cemetery, or the old world gothic atmosphere of the Devlin mansion, or the spine-tingling evil of the dilapidated Duvall island, Amanda ...more
*Genre* Paranormal, Horror, Ghosts
The Awakening is the sixth and final installment in author Amanda Stevens Graveyard Queen. It has been a rather long road for protagonist Amelia Gray since she first appeared in The Restorer. She has gone from having a list of things not to do while in a cemetery, to accepting that there is more to her than meets the eye test. In this story, Amelia finds herself once again deep in suspicion, intrigue, the ...more
This is the final book in her Graveyard Queen series, and it definitely feels like a finale. We are back home in Charleston with Amelia, where she is working on a grave restoration which introduces her to another dark mystery involving a ghost. This one is a child and somehow Amelia feels a personal connection to ...more
This was an awesome ending to this series. I loved every minute of it. Amelia is working on restoring a graveyard close to home. Almost immediately the very angry ghost of a little girl makes itself known to her. In addition, lot's of creepy things start happening and Amelia realizes the door to the afterlife is open and things that are not supposed to be here are slipping through.
This was one of the scarier books in the series imo. Of course I was reading it late at night and I swear I ...more
Favorite Quote: “Shush…lest she awaken…”
Amelia Grey, a professional cemetery restorer know as The Graveyard Queen, has been awarded the bid to restore the Woodbine Cemetery. Woodbine has long been considered the final resting place for the mistakes and indiscretions of the elite and wealthy Charleston families. When Amelia encounters an elaborate child’s gravestone that is nameless, she is accosted by an angry ghost ...more
Such a lovely ending to a series that has steadily grown on me. I certainly hope that the rumours of a spin-off series are true. There are still unanswered questions begging to be explored and truth be told; I'm not ready to let go just yet.
Jesus, that was so good. I got full-body tingles like half a dozen times from spectacularly written reveals. I was wrong about a few things and right about a few things, which made for a pleasant mix of vindication and surprise. I literally can't review this without spoiling it, but this isn't really a review to convince new readers to pick up the series. It's a review for the people that have already read 1-5 and want to know if 6 is worth it. Let me tell you - ...more
Devlin and Amelia spent a fair amount of time together. It was different with them this time. They still had the same chemistry as always but it was underlying. Amelia was trying to move on, and Devlin was with ...more
I think it's because I find the books so unbalanced. In this one, ...more
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According to the author, The Awakening is the final book in the Graveyard Queen series, for now. Being the finally book, I paused to consider why it was that I loved this series so much. I discovered something interesting. On paper, this is not the kind of book I would normally pick up. I do not usually read gothic stories. The desolate settings and the macabre and violent situations are not my cup of tea. Horror is not my favorite genre ...more
Amelia still misses Devlin, and so do I. They were good together, but he was in deep with...other things. But this new case she is on takes her back to him and his world. Something was buried in that graveyard, something is ...more
Damn. I hate to see this series come to an end. At least we got an ending though. There were a few years there after the 3rd book that gave me serious doubts that we would. Not only did we get an ending with The Awakening, it what a satisfying one at that.
I've always appreciated how practical and steady Amelia is. She often finds herself in creepy and at times horrific situations, but she uses her head instead of turning into a TSTL character.
The mystery in this book and how it brought ...more
I think what bothered me the most with this book is how incredibly clear it has been from the start what was going to happen here. There was no twist. It wasn’t clever. It was obvious. And I know that Amanda Stevens can do better than that. She can write this better ...more
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