Shush…lest she awaken…
My name is Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow—a haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave—lead me to a series of disturbing suspects.
For generations, The Devlins have been members of Charleston's elite. John Devlin once turned his back on the traditions and expectations that came with his birthright, but now he has seemingly accepted his rightful place. His family's secrets make him a questionable ally. When my investigation brings me to the gates of his family's palatial home, I have to wonder if he is about to become my mortal enemy.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Mira
Four and a half stars: An exciting and satisfying conclusion to a favorite series.
Amelia is glad to be back home in Charleston. She has taken on a new restoration job, restoring the Woodbine Cemetery. A place where the rich and powerful buried their dead and their secrets. On her first day, Amelia stumbles across a haunting grave for a two year old girl. Something draws her to the grave, and she begins seeing a ten year old ghost girl who resembles the picture on the grave. Who is this girl? As Amelia tries to solve the haunting, she finds herself facing John Devlin and the powerful Conge, who might be out to harm her. Can Amelia unbury the secrets of the past and save herself?
What I Liked:
- The Awakening is the supposed final installment of The Graveyard Queen Series. I loved this final book, and this series as a whole. I am happy to say that I was, for the most part, pleased and satisfied with this final book. I am hoping that somehow there will be more, but if this is the end, I will be content.
- I have loved watching Amelia grow and evolve throughout the series. In the beginning, she hid from her gifts and shunned the ghosts. Now she has accepted her abilities, and she no longer hides in fear. Instead, she is taking on the ghosts and those who mean to do her harm. She has metamorphosed into a strong woman. I like her so much more.
- The romance finally settles out, and though I wish it could have been a bit stronger, I was pleased the way it worked out. The romance throughout the book has been one of heat, passion and turbulence as the couple refused to be open and honest. I was relieved to see that these two finally decided to be completely open up. In the end, I was happy where they ended up.
- This book is all about long buried secrets. It was interesting to uncover the truth behind the haunting. It was nice to also unearth some other secrets that affected Amelia. There are finally a lot of answers in this one.
- As always, I love the writing. Ms. Stevens does creepy and atmospheric like no other. She draws you in with rich, detailed descriptions that play on all your senses. I love her writing style.
- I also appreciated that this book wasn't as dark or scary as its predecessor. The last book was almost too dark and disturbing. This one was much easier to read.
- The ending was stunning and revelatory, and for the most part, tied off the story lines, and yet the door was left open. There was a big reveal in the last paragraph that made me not want this series to be over. I am hoping that perhaps a spin off is in the works as I am not quite ready to let this series go.
And The Not So Much:
- I was bothered that a couple of the story threads were left unfinished. I especially didn't like that the murder was left unsolved. I wanted to know who killed that person and why? I was also left with many questions regarding the two people who were out to harm Amelia.
- The ending was fast and it almost felt chaotic. There is so much that happens in that final few pages, and the reader gets a huge information dump. I wish that it had taken its time.
- I was left uncertain about the creatures that where haunting Amelia. What were they? What did they want?
- Proper Lamb, the cemetery caretaker, was a fascinating character, and I wished that he had a larger role. I wanted to understand him better.
The Awakening was a thrilling and satisfying finale to a favorite series. Even though I am sad to see this tremendous series come to an end, I was, for the most part, happy with the way things ended. I was a bit bothered that not everything was finished, and I am hoping that with the way it ended that perhaps the author will consider a spin off series. Nevertheless, The Graveyard Queen Series is a an excellent series, I highly recommend it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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