Monday, January 9, 2012

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

"My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.

It started with the discovery of a young woman's brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I've been hired to restore. The clues to the killer—and to his other victims—lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next."

(from Goodreads)

my thoughts:

What a terrific paranormal story and a very promising beginning to the Graveyard Queen trilogy! The Kingdom, book 2, and The Prophet, book 3, are to be published this year.

Lots of thrills and chills with southern gothic elements of crumbling cemeteries, ghostly apparitions, murder, and ancient secret societies set in sultry Charleston, South Carolina. Add in a spunky taphophile (graveyard restorer) who sees ghosts and a dark, attractive, enigmatic police detective with a tragic past and you've got a great sensual thriller/murder mystery. If you are a fan of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, you'll likely enjoy The Restorer as it had that same kind of dark, sexy vibe with a spirit world intermingling with the main players.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read, and I'm so glad I won't have long to wait for the continuation!

4.5/5 stars

Title: The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1)
Author: Amanda Stevens
paranormal/southern gothic
kindle edition


Anne said...

I have been meaning to read this one for a while. Thanks for the great review, I am going to order it from my library today.

Joanne said...

Hope you enjoy it, Anne. It's a quick, fun read!

Anjuli said...

oh my goodness!!!! It sure does sound intriguing. I was captivated by the excerpt you put on here- wanted to rush out and find the book so I could continue reading.

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I loved this book! So glad you did, too :-)

I can't wait for the next one in the series either.

Joanne said...

Anjuli - I hope you like it!

Melissa - Did you review this one on your blog? How did I miss it? I have to go back and do a search if you did. Glad you enjoyed it, too.

Staci said...

I'm glad that you wrote about this one because I wouldn't have noticed that cover. But the story however sounds awesome!!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Hi Joanne. No, I didn't review this one. I should have since I enjoyed it so much :-)

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