February 7, 2012

Stevens hits another home run with book two in the Graveyard Queen Series!

The Kingdom (The Graveyard Queen Series) by Amanda Stevens

I read the first book in this series, The Restorer, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read the second book. The Restorer was so good that I immediately bought a keeper copy for my home bookshelf. I'll be doing the same thing with this thrilling tale.

Amelia Gray grew up around graveyards since her father was the caretaker of Rosehill Cemetery - a place Amelia counts as one of her favorite places to be, one of the safest. Amelia can also see ghosts, but she studiously ignores their presence, just as her father taught her to do, lest they sap her life energy from her. In the first book Amelia broke that rule and now she has opened the door to spirits who are insistent in this installment that Amelia feel them reaching out to her.

She travels to Asher Falls to restore the long-neglected Thorngate cemetery. Told in first person point of view, Stevens brings Amelia brilliantly to life along with a cast of creepy characters with secrets they would prefer that Amelia doesn't uncover. This book contained a little more of the paranormal and wicked than the last installment. Though this is categorized as paranormal romance, it is so much more than that. Sure, there's a little sprinkle of romance in the story, but it's mostly an extremely well-crafted, perfectly-plotted thriller. I absolutely can't wait to read the next book in the series!


Portugal said...

Amelia Grey is a graveyard restorer who lives in Charleston. She also can see ghosts, and has learned to isolate herself in order to protect herself against those spirits that would attach themselves to her light and literally suck her dry and drive her insane.

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