Review: The Awakening by Amanda Stevens

Reviewed by Jen

Amanda Stevens definitely knows how to draw readers into a story. Her writing creates such a sensory experience that I always feel like I am there, living the events with her characters.

This is the final book in her Graveyard Queen series, and it definitely feels like a finale. We are back home in Charleston with Amelia, where she is working on a grave restoration which introduces her to another dark mystery involving a ghost. This one is a child and somehow Amelia feels a personal connection to the little girl. Her new mission is to figure out how the child died and how to help her find peace.

Like all the books in the series, this is so very dark. It is gothic. It’s ghostly horror. You can feel the fear, the chill, the evil of the dark forces surrounding the heroine. There’s so much tension and suspense. There is also heartache and yearning… and I felt that too.

Thank goodness, the author finally addresses John Devlin and what happened to make him leave Amelia’s life. The romance lover in me has long been frustrated by this thread. I wanted these two together, but his behavior made it hard to keep rooting for them. The good news is, it’s finally resolved and in a way I’m satisfied with. Unfortunately it felt a little rushed at the end and I really would have enjoyed reveling in this storyline’s resolution just a little bit.

It’s not just the resolution with Devlin that is a little rushed. This whole book is build, build, build, and then the climax happens super fast and then it’s over in a heartbeat. I like where Stevens went, I just wish the pacing was a little bit more even. And again, I wish there was maybe even just one more chapter at the end.

But it was a very good book. I did not want to put it down. The mysteries were a little predictable, but the book was less about the secrets of the dead and more about the journey. I would definitely recommend this entire series 2 fans of gothic ghost stories. But don’t start with this book. Go back to the beginning so you can enjoy the whole series.

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Awakening
by Amanda Stevens
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Publisher: Mira

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