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The Restorer: The Graveyard Queen, Book 1 | [Amanda Stevens]

The Restorer: The Graveyard Queen, Book 1

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now. Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013

Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to the haunted.
Never, ever tempt fate.

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now.

Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

©2012 Amanda Stevens (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Rachael 12-14-13
    Rachael 12-14-13

    New series suggestions?

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    "Ghost and Crime"
    If you could sum up The Restorer in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Scary, Romantic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    That would be giving away the plot.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is fantastic for the piece.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How lonely the main character was.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Loganville, GA, United States 07-27-12
    Johnnie Loganville, GA, United States 07-27-12

    I Love reading and listening to books has made it a lot easier to continue with my very busy schedule and still indulge in my hobby!

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    "Temptation"
    If you could sum up The Restorer in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, delicious and sexy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    Stranded on the lonely highway at night, someone sitting in a darken car, without the headlights, Amelia without cell phone signal, and twin headlights appearing in the distance the moment she felt the end was unknown. Amelia ran into the streets like her life depended on it, and Detective John Devlin stepped out of his vehicle. That was my shortness of breathe moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when John Devlin stood in the hall way of the restroom. Someone bumped into Amelia, and she landed on his crest. For a moment, she imagined John caressing her lips with feather like touch, and the barest touch to her lips.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My moving moment was when Detective John Devlin jumped down into a completely dark crevasse to protect Amelia when she screamed from unknown forces.


    Any additional comments?

    Three rules given to me by my father:
    1. Never acknowledge the dead. If you do, they'll feed off your energy like parasites, slowly draining your life away.
    2. Never stray too far from hallowed ground, you're safe there.
    3. Keep your distance from people who are haunted. They are a terrible threat and can't be trusted.
    4. Never, Aver tempt fate.
    Simple rules, really. But for Amelia those rules have prevented her from having any kind of a normal life. Still, she finds happiness in her job as a respected cemetery restorer and has made a happy, if isolated, life for herself.
    The performer, Khristine Hvam was spur with the southern accent. Made the book more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 04-08-15
    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, narration dragged a bit"

    I enjoyed this story, and look forward to listening to the rest of the series. My family is from the South, the Carolinas originally, and Kentucky and Tennessee, so I could relate to a lot of the relationships and behaviors. Many of my mother's family are buried in a cemetery in St. Louis called Oak Grove, so I got a kick out of much of the story taking place in a cemetery with the same name. And I love ghost stories! The narration was okay, but dragged a bit. I have a problem with narrators who do not have accents which are accurate for the region - the South has many different accents, and the narrator seemed to just take on a generic "Southern" accent, but I overlooked that. Overall, I highly recommend this book for Southern ghost story lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patty v 04-08-15
    Patty v 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A good listen"

    This was the first book written by Amanda Stevens that I've listened to. I really enjoyed the story, and I'm getting ready to try another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 02-05-15
    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration was uneven"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, nice mix of paranormal and romance


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    Can't give away the plot! The romance bits were awesome.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator really struggled with the Southern accents. To her credit, she got better as she progressed through the series.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 01-26-15
    Lynn 01-26-15

    I enjoy knitting while I listen. Science fiction and historical fiction are my favorite genre'. Also like some horror, especially vampires.

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    "Main character has many Interesting talents"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Though there were parts that ran on a big too slowly in my opinion, I like the premise of the story, the characters and the suspense. It's good as a stand-alone story but easily leads me to look forward to the next book. Certainly got me to thinking what I'd do if I could see ghosts the way she does. Now that would be an interesting super power!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    I keep coming back to how she feels so drained of energy when she's been around HIM.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where they are in the tomb and discover the entrance to the hidden room. Now THAT was CREEPY.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    She sees ghosts and they know it.


    Any additional comments?

    This could easily become an HBO mini-series like True Blood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14
    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great plot, I will continue the series"

    I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be which is not a bad thing. The concept is great, but I had a lot of questions about who/what Amelia is. Hopefully these will get answered in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 01-22-14
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 01-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Totally enjoyed"
    Where does The Restorer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book because it had a different 'take off' than many of the other 'ghost stories' that you read.


    What other book might you compare The Restorer to and why?

    I don't compare this too much with any others. I try to be even and individual about each book. As I said, this book had a nicely done different take off than other books I have read in this genre.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    The main character....I enjoyed her very much.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I love my graveyard


    Any additional comments?

    I think I most enjoyed the way the author had a different take on the whole ghost story/graveyard theme. Very nicely done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-18-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Beautifully written and narrated but......"

    I don't want to love this book but I do. It is beautifully written and narrated but the story went nowhere....You can only listen to descriptive words for so long. The ghost story, the murder mystery and the love story were minor elements, I need much more. This is a Book 1 and I suppose there is a Book 2...I have yet to find, where these mysteries will be further developed. Still searching.....

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    K New York, NY, United States 11-03-13
    K New York, NY, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Mrs. Bucket gets reincarnated into a southern bore"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character reminded me of a southern version of the character Hyacinth Bucket from the show "keeping up appearances" without the irony.

    A better plot, a main character one would want to identify with; a reader that didn't slip into painfully sounding vocal cliches would have brought this up to a 4 or 5 star experience.

    Several of the main characters could have been developed in a way that drove the story. The writing is lazy, so many lost opportunities.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credits on this one. Audible rec'd this for halloween. I was hoping for a good spooky story. This was lame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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