Monday, March 28, 2016

The Visitor by Amanda Stevens [Review]

 The Visitor by Amanda Stevens
The Visitor (Graveyard Queen #4) by Amanda Stevens
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Mira through NetGalley
Date read: January 17, 2016

Graveyard Queen
0.5. The Abandoned
1. The Restorer
2. The Kingdom
3. The Prophet
4. The Visitor - Paperback | Kindle

Amanda Stevens
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
My name is Amelia Gray. I'm the Graveyard Queen.

Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I'm starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price.

Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll's disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I'm being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.
Thoughts on The Visitor: Dipping back into Amelia Gray's world is a little bittersweet. I love Amelia's slow journey as she learns what she can do with her gift, but I'm afraid of what this journey means for Amelia and Devlin's relationship. Amelia herself questions how she and Devlin fit together and they're both keeping so many secrets from one another. I imagine there will be a messy reckoning down the line when those secrets start spilling out.

But that time isn't here yet. Right now, we have Amelia following the clues she's unearthing to learn what happened at a peaceful commune years earlier that resulted in the deaths of dozens. The deeper she delves into this mystery, the more personal it becomes. Remember those secrets I mentioned earlier? Yeah, Amelia's holding her cards pretty close to her chest and her gift is becoming more complex with every interaction she has with the ghosts and ghoulies that linger in her graveyards.

And Devlin has things going on in his life that...worry me. Just sayin.'

I liked the mystery. I liked how Amelia's testing the boundaries of what her gift can do. She's feeling her way along for the most part, but she's coming to the realization that she's opened a door that can't be closed and it's either face her gift or be swallowed by it.

I liked so much about this book, but I am worried about what the next will bring for Amelia and Devlin's relationship. There are THINGS happening, guys. THINGS. *shivers in delight*

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