Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Review: The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

Title: The Kingdom

Author: Amanda Stevens

Publisher: Harlequinn Mira

Publication Date: March 2012

Genre: Adult Mystery/Paranormal Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.

NetGalley review.

Amelia Gray, The Graveyard Queen, takes a job at the remote and mysterious Asher Falls. But as soon as she arrives, she feels an unusual pull to the town, the people and the strange circumstances that surround the sleepy town.
Amelia is there to restore the old cemetery, but she can't ignore the ghosts that drift through the land. And these ghosts seem awfully interested in her.

After devouring The Restorer, Book One of The Graveyard Queen series, I immediately picked up book two. Amelia has left her beloved Charleston behind to venture to Asher Falls, giving us new mystery and new suspicious characters. As the mystery unfolds slowly, ghosts hiding behind every corner, Amelia finds some secrets are better left alone.

I love Amelia. She's incredibly smart, clever and very much haunted. She can see ghosts and tries to follow her father's rules. But after breaking a few, or all, of them in the last book, the ghosts have become more interested in her than she is comfortable with. Her heart may belong to a certain detective back home, and he is absent in this book, but the loneliness is still there. Her feelings of isolation add to the haunting landscape and creepy people that populate Asher Falls. She's not over her detective, but is she ready to start something new with Thane Asher? Is he to be trusted?

I loved the setting of this book. The cemetery she has to restore is eerie but no match for the older watery grave that is under the lake right outside the house she is staying in. The ghosts have grown bolder. But what is really dangerous aren't necessarily the ghosts, but the people of Asher Falls- what they're capable of and who or what haunts them.

There is nothing to not love about this book. I recommend reading The Restorer first, only because I think The Kingdom is even more powerful after seeing Amelia in her natural hometown.
But overall, this series has quickly become one of my favorites.

Give it a try. It's a slow creepy feeling, the hair rising on the back of your neck, being watched when you're alone. You know- Awesomeness.

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream


  1. Can't wait to read this series

  2. This book sounds a little creepy! I can't wait to start this series.

  3. Wow, I'm intrigued. Sounds like a great read and now I must get ahold of this book and The Restorer

  4. Great review! I love smart heroines and like the idea of this story. After reading how much you like this series, I'll have to add it to my TBR list!

  5. I have had this series on my wishlist for a while and am really looking forward to the read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, they just tickled my taste buds :)

  6. I've enjoyed many of Steven's books and can't wait to read this series!

  7. I love the build-up of this series - the first book was eerie, odd and thoroughly interesting. And although I'm ALWAYS skeptical of sequels and Book #2's... lol :P...your review proves to me that I need to continue on with this series! :D

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