Mini review: The Restorer (Graveyard Queen 01) by Amanda Stevens


Amelia is a cemetery restorer who can see ghosts. Still seeing is one thing, interacting with them quite another. Her father has warned her time and again against acknowledging ghosts or being in company of people haunted by them – both situation might be fatal for anybody as gifted as her. Amelia has followed those pieces of advice religiously until she met John Devlin, a mesmerizingly handsome police officer with ghosts of his tragically dead wife and daughter following him everywhere he goes. Amelia has to cooperate with him because a dead body of a young woman was found on the cemetery she was restoring and soon she finds herself breaking all the safety rules of her father.

Will she overcome that presumably fatal attraction? Will the ghosts leave her in peace?

My impressions:

As it is a mini review I’ll try to be very short. Ok, as short as it is actually possible. ;p        Ms Stevens does spooky atmosphere very well – she doesn’t need buckets of gore to make you deeply uneasy. It is also obvious she knows and likes the Southern states of the US and their unique culture, including old, historical cemeteries. However, the crime mystery concerning mysterious deaths of women was not that good – too many threads were left loose, too many coincidences happened along.

For me the real deal breaker was the fact that daddy dearest of the main lead (or rather ‘papa’ because that’s how Amelia calls her father) was treating his adult daughter, an owner of a successful business, like a ten-year-old girl. I hate such tricks – they might seem like a good idea at first glance but if you think about it a tad longer you find them simply preposterous. The man had 17 years to prepare his preternaturally gifted daughter for all the dangers concerning interaction with ghosts and STILL at 27 she seems to know close to nothing about some important dangers. A simple question: why? Because that’s the easiest way to create tension? Tsk, tsk.

Finally it is apparent the author wants to drag the romance with Devlin forever – not a feature I would like or appreciate. In the spirit of family tradition Amelia is never open and honest with her love interest about the most important issues, sounding more like a teen girl than an adult. Oh well – not a series for me, it seems.

Final verdict:

Dear Amelia Gray,

If you cannot decide whether you are an adult woman or an eternal teen, I cannot continue reading your series. Meh. Sorry.

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7 Responses to Mini review: The Restorer (Graveyard Queen 01) by Amanda Stevens

  1. heidenkind says:

    Ugh I hate romances that drag on forever

  2. blodeuedd says:

    Whaaat, noooo. I like this one

  3. Melfka says:

    It seems it’s not a series for me either. Too bad!

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