ARC Review: The Kingdom


Title: The Kingdom
Author: Amanda Stevens
Series: Graveyard Queen #2
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: March 27, 2012


Deep in the shadowy foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a dying town…. My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I’ve been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I’m coming to think I have another purpose here.Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I’ve discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

              Never Acknowledge the Dead, Never stray far from hallowed ground, Never associate with the haunted, and never tempt fate.

The Kingdom begins a few months after the events that occurred in The Restorer. She has left Devlin behind, in the hopes of finally obeying her fathers wishes. She quickly emerges herself into her work to forget about the lovely and captivating Devlin. She has been hired to restore a cemetery in Asher Falls, and soon discovers that this town comes with ore secrets than Carter has peanuts. A secret benefactor has brought unsuspecting Graveyard restorer Amelia Grey to Asher Falls to restore this spooky, creepy, graveyard and that’s where her past starts to unravel.

The only place I ever felt truly at home was the cemetery. My graveyard kingdom.

Stevens has once again created an appealing story in her sequel to The Restorer. However, I found this story to be lacking a bit in the spook-Tacular category, as well as the romance. While I enjoyed the newest male introduced into the storyline Thane Asher I still felt like he just wasn’t a particular match for Amelia, so I actually preferred him more in a friendship role. Amelia’s secrets of her past leave me completely shocked and in awe of the mystery that was unfolding. This town has secrets of murder, witch craft, Conspiracies and tumultuous family legacies. It’s those secrets that kept my interests throughout the book even though, I was missing a certain someone. I found at times the story dragged on a bit, but luckily those mysterious devious undercurrents in the Asher Falls town history, kept me reading the book.

I should seek sanctuary. I knew that. By acknowledging the dead, I was once again tempting fate. But the door had already opened and I needed to know why I had been brought here. I needed to know the secrets of my destiny. I needed to know why I was so drawn to Thane Asher.

Amanda Stevens has delivered again with an interesting new installment in her Graveyard Queen series! This book has so many revelations, and past secrets being revealed, just when you think you’ve figured out the mystery, you soon discover you were wrong, keeping you guessing once again.

Though it didn’t quite capture my attention and blow me away like the precious book The Restorer, I would still recommend this series to Urban Fantasy readers that enjoy a good creepy ghosts story, with a touch of romance. Let’s just say by the end of this book you’ll be in dire need of the next book The Prophet!

“I need you”

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2 Responses to ARC Review: The Kingdom

  1. Alexa says:

    Sounds like a good book, I’m sorry this one didn’t capture you as much as book one did. I’m not sure this series is for me but I will keep an eye out for it :)

    Thanks for the great review.

  2. melliane says:

    Oh Sorry it wasn’t as better as the first one, I hope it will improve witht the third. I really love this series and I can’t wait for the fourth now. thanks for the review.

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