Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Prophet by Amanda Stevens


The Prophet (The Graveyard Queen) 
by Amanda Stevens

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My name is Amelia Gray.
I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I've broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.
In order to protect myself, I've vowed to return to those rules. But the ghost of a murdered cop needs my help to find his killer. The clues lead me to the dark side of Charleston—where witchcraft, root doctors and black magic still flourish—and back to John Devlin, a haunted police detective I should only love from afar.
Now I'm faced with a terrible choice: follow the rules or follow my heart.

Review:
   
Amelia Gray can see dead people. While living by the rules established by her father, she'd been able to create a pretty normal life, considering. After allowing detective John Devlin into her heart, the rules no longer protected her from the things that go "bump in the night."

When the ghost of a murdered cop solicits her help, Amelia has no choice but to delve deeper into the world that she has silently feared her entire life.  She soon discovers that danger lurks all around her, she isn't safe anywhere, even hallowed ground cannot protect her. 

The Prophet is the third book in The Graveyard Queen series and my absolute favorite! While I enjoyed the first two books (and the prequel), there was something especially juicy about this one. I felt like Amelia's eyes were finally open in this one, there was revelation after revelation, but most importantly she really uncovered her true self.  Amelia is feminine, but not hyper-feminine, she struggles with vulnerability, but she doesn't allow fear to paralyze her. I really appreciate the fact that she wasn't a chronic victim (that can really annoy me about some female characters).

I can't praise Amanda Stevens enough for her writing style. The characters are multi-faceted, the story is complex and interesting, and there was just enough romance and edge-of-your-seat suspense. 

I give this book:

Be sure to read my reviews of The Abandoned, The Restorer, and The Kingdom.
I encourage you to read all four books in The Graveyard Queen series:

 


Follow Amanda Stevens on Twitter, become her newest fan on Facebook, and you won't be disappointed when you read her blog either. Amanda Stevens is AWESOME!

I received a free eBook version of this book through NetGalley. All views and opinions expressed are my own. 

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