The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen 1)
Author: Amanda Stevens
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (MIRA Books)
Rating: 4 stars
Amelia Gray is a graveyard restorer, she also could see ghost though she pretends she couldn't. For years she followed her father's rules to keep her away from all those spirits until she was involved in a murder case that happened in Oak Grave, a cemetery she was restoring, and a haunted detective with a dark past.
At first I thought this was YA and quite heavy on the romance, until several people on twitter convinced me it wasn't, so I give it a shot. It's not that I don't like YA, it just that some YA promote supernatural while the truth it was romance with small portion of supernatural. But that's not the case with The Restorer. Since the first time we've been introduced to Amelia, we knew that she see ghost in daily basic. However she pretends she couldn't because if the death knew, they will cling onto her and made her life miserable. That's why she continue to follow the rules from her father, who also could see ghost, and probably even more than ghost.
It was a bit slow in the beginning but picked up the pace toward the middle. The mystery element in this book is great! I read it in the middle of the night and I felt chill in my bones, it was awesome. Not only the ghost element, which is quite scary, but also the murders and the secrecy element that attached to the whole thing. Relationship between Amelia and John Devlin, the police detective was quite obvious and it quite dominating Amelia's mind, but it didn't overshadow the murder mystery, as a matter of fact, it made it more interesting because somehow Devlin's ghosts and his past related to the mystery
Overall this is a great reading for you who like supernatural, mystery, and a bit of chill on your bones.