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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Title: 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.



Michelle Flick said...

I havent heard of this one yet... Sounds great. Thanks for the heads up that it gets better as you go! And great cover!

Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books) said...

I completely understand what you mean when you say most YA books are more about romance than anything else. It's really nice to hear that this one doesn't emphasize it as much. Love the cover!

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

@Mflick1. If you like Supernatural, you'll like it ^^
@Lucia, Yeah, but it turned out this one isn't YA, but it got a bit of YA feeling in it.

Tea said...

That's what I like too. I luv the book cover. Glad you finally got into it.

Ceska said...

When Charleston police detective John Devlin approaches her with the bad news, Amelia can no longer ignore the fact that the dead don't always want their secrets buried with them. And the reader gets introduced to this possible romantic interest who seems as haunted as any graveyard Amelia's ever visited. History and mystery combine in this spooky proof of the truism that old secrets never die...as long as there's someone to dig them up. P.S. Check out Amanda's website...she always has some creepily evocative video footage. The one she had up for The Devil's Footprints was verrry effective!

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