The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens (Early Review)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pages: 400
Expected Publication: March 27th 2012
Publisher: Mira
Reviewed By: Ambers I.& R.

Deep in the shadowy foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a dying town...

My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I’ve been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I’m coming to think I have another purpose here.

Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I’ve discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

 My Thoughts

This is one of those reviews I am going to have to try and control my fan girl like moments in!! I loved the first book The Restorer and amazingly this book was just as awesome!! Its creepy and beautiful and just has this whole package of mystery!!

First lets start with the creep factor. This book is filled with creepy moments as our main girl Amelia can see ghosts. And no these are not the sexy ghosts, they are terrifying! I seriously turned on Dora the Explorer to help me through this book so I wouldn't get too scared.

Second Amanda Stevens just has this beautiful way of writing. She sucks you into this small town and gives you all the details without boring you and creates this mystical world. I read this book in 2 sittings because I just could not put it down. As soon as we are on the ferry going to her new job I was glued to the pages. Every moment of this book there was something to grab a hold too and I just could not let go.

You must start with her first book The Restorer because that is where it all starts. And if you have read it then you will find some of the mysteries in Amelias life are uncovered in this book. We also meet some new characters and find out more about Amelias past. I have to say I totally missed Devlin through the whole book, but I really did enjoy meeting Thane. Oh and the very last 3 words of this book had me going crazy and abandoning my blogging duties so I could jump into The Prophet!

This book is a MUST MUST read!! I mean it. Its one of those books I think almost anyone would enjoy. There is something not quite right in Asher Falls and poor Amelia has no idea who she can trust. Not to mention the evil that lurks there and seems to have eyes for her. Like I said its creepy, beautiful, mysterious and one of my most favorite books of the year!!

"In the old days, coffins were equipped with a warning system--a chain attached to a bell on the grave in case a premature burial. They say at night when the mist rolls in, you can hear those bells." He glanced over the railing.  "The dead down there don't want to be forgotten.....ever again."

My Thoughts

I absolutely love everything about this series so far. This easily could be my favorite series this year. 

Amelia is working on a new cemetery a few hours from her home. As soon as she arrives on the ferry things are strange. She meets the prodigal son of Asher Falls, Thane Asher. However, things aren't always what they seem. Thane really isn't the blase, rich boy he makes himself out to be. Asher Falls isn't the peaceful little town it looks like. As soon as Amelia arrives in town strange things begin to happen. Not only is the town weird, the people in it are weird. 

Amelia finds herself strangely in tune with the town. Not to mention while restoring the cemetery she finds an unmarked grave that no one is talking about. There are people in this town who control everything. Not only do you have ghosts, you have a real life person causing havoc all over town. 

This series is amazing. I agree with Amber, you must start with The Restorer so you realize everything that is going on. But this is a must read. There is mystery, severe creepiness, romance, and lots of drama. I recommend this book to everyone. I can not wait to read the next book in this series and see where Amelia's story ends up. 

Buy on Amazon
The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen)

 The Kingdom (The Graveyard Queen Series)
 The Prophet (The Graveyard Queen)


  1. Oh awesome, I loved this book too, it was an amazing story, so intriguing. I totally agree with you too. I hope you'll enjoy as well the propher!

  2. I am so happy we got to read the 2nd book and 3rd book so close together. It would have been torture to wait!lol I finished The Prophet and I LOVED it! :)I can't wait to read more.

  3. Sounds great! I love to get shivers up my spine reading at night (with my super protective blankie of course).

    Thanks for sharing your review!

    1. You should really really check out this series!lol I love it. I gave all 3 books so far 5 stars each. Oh and I totally turned on Dora to cope with the scariness. I am a huge

  4. I'm so glad you revied this book! I loved it as well. First time at your blog. Going to poke a round a bit. Very cute.


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