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The Awakening

(Graveyard Queen #6)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,300 ratings  ·  342 reviews

Shush…lest she awaken… 

My name is Amelia Gray, 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 she wa

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by MIRA
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Mary Beth
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 350-series

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 ta
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
The Graveyard Queen series has been a favorite since the very first book. With Stevens mesmerizing writing skills and her stories that are every bit as addicting as they are chilling, it is a series that fans and newcomers alike will instantly adore.

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
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
First off, it you haven't been keeping up with the series, this is not the book to start with. These stories are not standalone reads; some plots and the character development builds from book to book. If you are a regular reader, though, you are in for a treat, albeit an uneven one.

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 ghosts
Loved it, Love the series, love the world and characters.
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 l
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I had thought to read this series from the beginning, but when I got approved for this one on NetGalley did I change my plans. Sure, there is always the risk of not getting into the story when you decide to not start from the beginning. But, I'm glad to say that I had no problems with this book.

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 wh
Carolyn F.
I was disappointed in this book. Amelia was driving me bananas with her constant second guessing, telling herself not to second guess, and then doing it anyway. And Devlin with his cryptic remarks - I just wanted to smash him in the face with my huge purse. I would have just walked away and said "Never mind asshole." But then I have a potty mouth and I get frustrated with idiots who think they're too smart.

And then the ending! What the heck! Another reviewer had said everything was wrapped up b
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings & Reviews
*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
Diana | Book of Secrets
Reading THE AWAKENING was bittersweet, as it's the conclusion to one of my favorite series. I didn't want it to end! Known as the Graveyard Queen, protagonist Amelia Gray has made a successful career restoring dilapidated and often forgotten cemeteries. She's also gifted with being able to see and communicate with ghosts. Her latest job restoring Woodbine Cemetery brings her face to face with the malevolent spirit of a young girl. She seems to be fixated on an unnamed baby's grave, and it's up t ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I have really enjoyed reading this unique and beautifully written series about grave restorer Amelia Gray, her mysterious past and equally mysterious love interest the dark, brooding and delectable John Devlin. As a lover of old cemeteries what I most appreciated about this series was the way Amanda Stevens made you feel if you were there with Amelia in these historic graveyards, sometimes restful, sometimes spooky but always engaging. In this final instalment most of the unanswered questions ar ...more
Five Caffeinated reasons to grab The Awakening

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 communicate with the dead. Some say, there is a bright light within her that draws them. Amelia fears these entities, but her need for answers soon leads her to help them. In THE AWAKENING, she is r
My name is Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead.

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
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cemetery Restorer Amelia Gray has been hired to restore Woodbine Cemetery, an old graveyard outside of Charleston. As her work on the cemetery progresses, Amelia sees the ghost of a child is standing over the grave of an unnamed baby. Amelia pretends not to see the ghost, but that doesn't stop the ghost from haunting her. As the ghost child becomes destructive toward Amelia, she decides to begin investigating the identity of the ghost child and the unnamed baby.

This is the last book in the Grave
5 Stars... I feel like I just got off a crazy roller coaster ride; the twists and turns in this finale to the series certainly kept me engaged and second guessing how this story would end... Haunting truths and devastating pasts collide in this tale of loss, heartbreak, and revenge... Nothing is at it seems and secrets return from the grave to seek justice all the while a destined love is put to the ultimate test... I absolutely loved every word of this entire series and this conclusion certainl ...more
The Awakening
4 Stars

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 Steve
*Source* NetGalley/Publisher
*Genre* Paranormal, Horror, Ghosts
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

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 para
Jen Davis
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Stevens definitely knows how to draw readers into a story. Her writing creates such a sensory experience that I always feel like I am there, living the events with her characters.

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
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a review copy of this book.

Clearly one of my favorite series. I love the atmosphere and the entire series.

Full review to come....
4.5 stars

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
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Grade: B+

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
Well...I've finished the Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens. I wanted to love this series. There is so much here for me to love. The descriptions of graveyard restoration are fascinating. This had me googling so many things! I loved the cross between crime drama and paranormal elements, even if I didn't think it worked well here. I enjoy Charleston, SC and liked that the books are set there. So why don't I love this?

I think it's because I find the books so unbalanced. In this one, restore
And so we've come full circle...

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.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who enjoy walking through cemeteries.
This is the last book of this extremely enjoyable series. 🙁. I shall miss the characters , Amelia, Devlin and the many others that made this series so special, spooky, and enthralling. Amanda Stevens’ The Awakening (Graveyard Queen,
#6) has Amanda restoring Woodbine Cemetery, a cemetery where Charleston’s elite “bury their secrets”. Amanda finds beautifully sad funeral art such as a miniature baby carriage, but she also realizes that there are no names on the tombstones. The cemetery needs a grea
Oh yea!!! Wish that ending could have been drawn out a few more chapters. :-) I can't say more or I will move into spoilery territory. ...more
Lyndi W.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-star
Am I crying? Yeah, totally crying.

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 -
ARC Review
Originally posted at Scandalicious Book Reviews

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 ge
Blodeuedd Finland
I am sad to see this series end, but at the same time I am happy that it ended well and did not drag out like some were you just start to feel meh about the whole thing. I will also miss the whole vibe of the series. Southern Gothic mystery, it's spooky, without being scary.

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 h
 Abril Sol
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap!!!! What an ending!!!!
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great end to the series! It wasn’t perfect. The mystery revolving around the ghost and the people she was connected to was way too easy to figure out. That’s okay because the ghost story was not my main concern. I was much more interested in what was going on with Devlin and the conge.

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
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites, tfg-bingo, 2017
I' d give this a 10 star if it's allowed here.
I'm still reeling from that ending.
Great job, Ms. Amanda!

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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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  • The Prophet (Graveyard Queen, #3)
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