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“I enjoyed the first in this Graveyard Queen series so much that I immediately went to the next one. The Kingdom was not quite as good as the first, but I think it's for the simple reason that the premise was no longer new for me.
The Kingdom's story was engaging, but there is starting to be a touch too much paranormal for me. For example, what exactly did she experience in the crypt at the mausoleum? What really happened to Emelyn's body? Why was Freya really killed? This one left me with a lot of unanswered questions.
Also, the fact that Amelia gets unexpectedly and paranormally sexually drawn to a man in the last two restorations is a bit unbelievable. This one was particular hard to swallow because of the very sensual nature of the attraction. I can only assume that, since she is seeing the same vision here as the last book, book three may wrap it up and explain it more. For Amelia to be so conservative, reserved and steeped in southern tradition, she seems to be a bit of a tart.
Overall, it's a fun read, and a nice diversion. Recommended. ”
“Omg, omg people! This book was so good. Yes I liked book 1 and it was so hard to put down but this one was even better! I started it and was unable to put it down, I realized that I had missed lunch and tore myself away for 5 minutes. I was utterly lost in this world and did not stop until I reached the end. The only thing stopping me from reading the next one at once is that I need to breathe.
The eerie feeling echoed through out the whole book. A creepy town, freaky things in the woods and questions needed to be answered. And the answers were just as creepy as the questions. What an atmosphere she builds!
I could keep on gushing. I even felt the urge to give it a 5. I know right, from me?! Crazy. I wont though even if it deserves it. I reserve those for books I will re-read over and over again. This one, well the eeriness is there, but now I know. So leave it at 4,5. Best book so far this year. It left me empty now. I have only one book left in the series and I will sad. Especially if it's not equally good.
I recommend it. I love when a story pulls me in and refuses to let me go. I could not have torn myself even if I had wanted to.”
“2nd book in series i really liked the first one this one was okay but not as good but i wont give up and look forward to the next.”shannon t wrote this review Wednesday, January 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The eerie atmosphere of the town, the mystery surrounding Amelia's connection to Asher falls and the revelations about a number of suspicious deaths all work together to make The Kingdom an enthralling read. There are fewer descriptions of burial rituals, which is a little disappointing and John Devlin's character is sorely missed.
Nevertheless, the varied cast of characters from the town patriarch and his enigmatic grandson to the stalkerish teenager and her ethereal friend are all well developed and contribute to the sinister vibe surrounding the events in the story. Every character has his or her secret and following Amelia as she attempts to unravel the truth makes for entertaining listening.
The rich intertextuality, such as the clever allusions to Edgar Allen Poe's Fall of the House of Usher and John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick, are seamlessly interwoven within the storyline and add a compelling layer to the twists and turns of the plot.
Overall, The Kingdom is a well-written and worthy sequel to The Restorer and I look forward to John Devlin's return in The Prophet. ”
“This one was just as good as the first. Here a few more questions are answered, but more questions arise. We get to learn a little (or a lot) more about Amelia and who she is. New characters are introduced that I hope we get to see again, especially the lovable Angus. And a few characters didn't make an appearance (Devlin being greatly missed by me). But the few mentions of him have me foaming for the next book. The Kingdom doesn't close neatly, but I have faith that since this is an ongoing series, each book will bring us closer to knowing (even give us a better understanding of) the world of the Graveyard Queen and the people that are drawn to her.”Monica wrote this review Monday, December 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Much scarier and creepier than The Restorer. The story was slower, but the mystery is thicker and the ending was super exciting. Couldn't put it down.”lightheaded wrote this review Wednesday, September 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this second installment of The Graveyard Queen series! Dark, romantic hero...ghost...witches...mesmerizing!”Melissa M wrote this review Friday, August 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have to say I enjoyed this one more than the first. This one had fewer plot holes and the drama kept me guessing. I liked the character development of Amelia and the background on her past. I became very attached to Angus and was always worried about where he was. Really wish she would have put a collar and leash on him.
However, I didn't give it 4 stars because Ms. Stevens continues to have a problem tying up all the loose threads. Who had the ax? Never knew that. Where is Harper? And then there were a few things that were just silly. Without giving anything away, I don't understand the Asher house demise at the end. What exactly happened? I couldn't envision it.
All in all, though, a very satisfying read and I recommend it.”
“Wow really good”Ave M wrote this review Thursday, August 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think I'm going to remain a fan of this series :) These novels are a neat crossover between mystery/suspense and paranormal. Rich with historical facts and tales, and a new cast of characters - this novel continues to pull you through twists and turns to conclusions - and a few elements that I think are setting us up for the next installment. A great series!”Danya W wrote this review Monday, August 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No