The Graveyard Queen 4-6
Urban Fantasy | Horror
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Say it isn't so. Please tell me that we haven't seen the last of The Graveyard Queen series! I binge read the last three books for a week and I want more! There are so many things that went on in this story arc that I'm sure I'm not the only reader who thinks (or hopes) that the Amelia Gray is far from done!
THE VISITOR, THE SINNER, and THE AWAKENING is a new plot arc concerning an old and dangerous group called The Congè. Each book builds up the tension, the sense of foreboding while each investigation and experience caused Amelia's powers to grow.
THE VISITOR (5 cauldrons) is the scariest installment in the series for me. The haunting are so descriptive and the details so chilling I had goosebumps for the most part while reading it. This also delves into Amelia's past like her ancestry and the potential of her powers.
THE SINNER (5 Cauldrons) is just as horrific but in a totally different way. Imagine being buried alive after you've been tortured and mitigated beyond recognition? And that's only the beginning. I also thought I'd cheer for someone's demise in this one but instead, I found myself feeling a little bit sad. Said character is an interesting person and a worthy antagonist to our dear Amelia Gray.
THE AWAKENING (3.5 Cauldrons) have quite the intriguing plot. It unearthed a lot of family secrets from both Amelia and Devlin's side and exposed The Congé. And as this concludes the series, I feel like it tarried too long on the murder mystery. I feel like some essential plot threads were hastily concluded, glazed over, and even conveniently tied.
This is where Amelia's destiny should've manifested and yet it felt a little anti-climactic IMHO. Her powers might have grown but it didn't highlight the growth enough. Amelia, for the most part, did what she's been doing for the entire series and that's seeing ghosts and solving murders.
Then there's her tumultuous romance with John Devlin. Full of angst, secrets, and all sorts of obstacles, I almost gave up on these two. Convenient conclusion and something that could've been drawn out more emotionally.
In any case, ASteven/s' The Graveyard Queen is one heck-of-a ghost story. It's definitely creepy, atmospheric, and memorable. The ghost haunting will not only give you goosebumps, it also has the potential to give you paranoia and call out for your Mommy or Daddy in the middle of the night. It sure made me hyper aware of the most minute sounds and made me super jumpy much to the BF's delight.
Amelia Gray's ghostly experiences rival your most terrifying campfire tales and urban legends. AStevens expertly created unforgettable scenes that will haunt you beyond the pages. And it's because of this that I wish/request/implore that she writes a spin-off, preferably a historical one tracing the origins and evolution of The Congé because this world has a lot more stories to tell and I for one am eager to read more of them.