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April 18, 2017

The Graveyard Queen by Amanda Stevens


Amanda Stevens
The Graveyard Queen 4-6
Urban Fantasy | Horror
MIRA | Goodreads




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.








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19 comments:

  1. ah it's too bad that you didn't like the last one as much as the others there... she said she will do a novella

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  2. I so do not want it to end either

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  3. Yay! I absolutely adore this series and am so glad that you love it as well! It is so hard to say goodbye to it.

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  4. I loved this series, if I knew that book 6 was last I'd prob have judged it differently. It didn't cover everything I wanted to know and left a lot of things unresolved ;/

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  5. You know, I keep seeing her books around. Really need to try them one day!

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  6. I had no idea there were six books, I thought it was three! I'll have to check out the first book and see if I like it.

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  7. I loved this series. I wish I had binge read it because there was such a long hiatus between book 3 and four that I forgot so much. I hope it's not over, epsecially after the way it ended.

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  8. I can't wait to read this series. Its a good sign when you don't want the series to end.

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  9. I have this series on audio and I'm getting ready to start book one.

    Simply Angela

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  10. I'm curious about this series. I've heard great things about it. Thanks for sharing. Awesome review. :)

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  11. Oh wow- this sounds like a really, really good series! I'm not sure if I'd be too scared by the ghost stuff, though, LOL!

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  12. I totally love these reviews, but girl, I can no longer watch or read about spooky stuff that could keep me up at night! (lol) Glad you found a series you really enjoy. Hugs...

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  13. This is definitely a binge worthy series. I totally get what you're saying about the last book though. Hope we get more.

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  14. I've heard a lot about this series too Braine and its on my list

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  15. Great recommendation. Gonna have to check my kindle and see if I have any of the series.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  16. Bummer about the last book but it still sounds like you enjoyed it overall.

    For What It's Worth

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  17. I'm not big on horror, because I'm a scaredy cat, hah! But I'm glad you enjoyed these! <3

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  18. I love the sound of these books!I have to check these out, thanks for sharing.

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  19. Oh wow. These are new to me! How have I missed them? They sound great, and to binge read! Cool!

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