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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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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 03-23-13
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2014

    Happiness is a good book!

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    "Awesome!!!"

    You never look at grave yards the same ever again. This story makes you believe that it's possible that maybe there are people who talk to the dead. It would be nice to say a few things to a few of my deceased lol. I loved the reader, the story was great and the dead were awesome. While I suppose it's not meant to be scary exactly it does make you look over your shoulder a bit. House sounds, darkness & coincidences suddenly begin to mean a little bit more. Very good book.

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    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 03-18-13
    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.

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    "Enjoyed the listen."

    The narration was lovely! The story premise was good but a little slow paced for me. I look forward to the next book in hopes that it picks up a bit.

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    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 12-26-12
    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2014

    Avid Reader when not teaching, being a Mommy, or gamer. Loves just about anything!

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

    Creepy Southern Ghosts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author brought the beauty of the city to life along with the ghosts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


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

    Driving Miss Daisy this is not.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Hvam did a wonderful job with the accents and narration!

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    kytten 11-23-12
    kytten 11-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Frustratingly hard to follow"

    This book started off pretty slow but I finally got into it about half way through. The premise is cool and I really enjoy the taste of the south that's brought to light very well throughout the story. The narration is pretty good.

    The part that I found frustrating was that by the time I got to the end of the book and she was putting all the pieces together to figure out 'who-dun-it', I couldn't remember who the people she was talking about were. Some of the most important people in the end of the story were only mentioned a few times here and there and remained mostly on the periphery of the rest of the book.

    I also wasn't terribly impressed with the romance part of this book. The male main character seems like he could be a good fit for the female, but I didn't 'feel' much chemistry between them.

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    laurakatbaron alexandriav, VA, United States 08-13-12
    laurakatbaron alexandriav, VA, United States 08-13-12
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    "Intriguing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed this book, both author and narrator, immensely! Can't wait to read the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept.


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

    Flow of the story with great narrating skills.


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

    No, but it was thrilling throughout.


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    Scotty 07-20-12
    Scotty 07-20-12

    jdk

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    "Wow what a surprise!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Restorer to be better than the print version?

    The Audio edition was amazing.


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

    The Restorer can't be compared to any other book. It was really a great read.


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

    Girl, Khristine Hvam has the accents going on in this book. I'm from the south and I really love it. You go Khristine!


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

    The father and daughter relationship sharing this ability of seeing ghost and knowing the others are there. They have a bond but make their own decisions. Both father and daughter share a strangeness. Guess they would with their power to see ghost.


    Any additional comments?

    Book was so good I got the other two.

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    Jeri Bellingham, WA, USA 06-14-12
    Jeri Bellingham, WA, USA 06-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great series, fabulous reader"
    Where does The Restorer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best series I have come across, and I listen to a lot of books in every genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The southern atmosphere, along with the ghosts, and romance make this series a fun but spooky listen.


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

    with the southern drawl and her characterizations,Khristine Hvam makes the book.


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    slkygrl Swamp Yankee 06-08-12
    slkygrl Swamp Yankee 06-08-12 Member Since 2006

    Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!

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    "A Harliquin Production masquerades as Real Novel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I cannot believe I missed the Busom Buster clues in the description of this novel. Don't make my mistake- it must have been a hormonal imbalance! Even when I was under 18 and would have been more prone to enjoy such a novel, it needed a good editor. Even the genuinely creepy moments are interrupted By long long pages of drivel and not even a single good boink.


    Has The Restorer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh, yes. But I already grew out of this type of novel by age 15.


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

    I thought at first her Southern accent would drive me mad, but either I got used to it or she relaxed after an hour or so.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Restorer?

    1/3 of Amelia's "pooh Daddy's rules warn me of evil if I don't follow the rules, but gee, he's sohunky I want him!"Also, pick up the action. Good ideas lost forever in this novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Blech. Don't waste a credit: plus it just ENDS. I put up with twaddle for 10hrs and I get nothing. Very irritating.

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    Amazon Customer 06-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What an interesting career!"

    I really liked this story. I have no idea where the Author got the idea but I think being a cemetery restorer would be a really interesting job! I don't know if I would like it if I could see ghosts. Creepy? yes.

    The plot is fairly standard for the genre but the characters' personalities and quirks keeps it fresh and interesting. And here comes the "but".... If a southern accent annoys you at all, don't buy this book. It is set in the deep south, and NEEDS to be in the south to support the story, but I found the narrator's accent way overdone. I used to live in Atlanta and have nothing against a southern accent but this was intrusive enough to make it difficult to concentrate on the plot. Too bad! If you've listened to the "Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning you'll know what I mean -- great story masked by the accent kind of like a great stack of pancakes with half a bottle of syrup poured on it. There are some narrators that can read the part with enough of an accent to keep you firmly in the South without mucking up the story. Maybe they are native Southerners as opposed to "doing an accent?" I'm thinking Johanna Parker, who does Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series.

    I see there are two more in the this series.... I'll have to sit on that decision for awhile, maybe resort to the print version. I do want to find out what happens to the main character, I liked her quite a bit.

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    kimberly New York Mills, NY, United States 05-27-12
    kimberly New York Mills, NY, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "not scary all"

    I finished this book simply because i was waiting for the book to redeem itself, and im cheap. Hated it

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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