Audiobook Review: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Posted on 11/25/2015 in Book Review / 1 Comment

Audiobook Review: The Restorer by Amanda StevensThe Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens, Khristine Hvam
on March 1st 2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Fiction, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe. \r\nIt started with the discovery of a young woman’s brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I’ve been hired to restore. The clues to the killer—and to his other victims— lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I’ve vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.\r\n

I first read Amanda Stevens’ The Restorer back in 2011, back when I was a blogging baby.  I was so excited to read it,  because it sounded fantastic, and turns out it was even more amazing than I expected. In an effort to burn through some Audible credits, I decided to download The Restorer and give it a listen, especially since I love the narrator, Khristine Hvam.  And because I already reviewed it on the blog, this review will concentrate mostly on Hvam’s narration performance. As usual, Hvam was spectacular.  I’ve said before that she is the master of narration, and throughout her many audios I’ve listened to, I continue to be amazed by the life she gives to a book’s characters.  She truly brings Amelia, the girl who sees ghosts, right off the page, with her southern accent and her grave (pun intended sorrynotsorry) demeanor.   I was not a huge fan of her Devlin narration though.  This is no fault of hers; I simply expected him to sound differently than what she protrayed him, but I don’t think she could really have met my expectations of his voice in my own head. I am so glad I listened to this.  I know a lot of readers don’t re-read books, but I love to re-read my favorites.  The Restorer is no different; I never realized the first go round (with any of the three books in the series that are currently available) how many hints and easter eggs Stevens drops about Amelia’s future.  But having read The Kingdom and The Prophet, I can totally see Stevens setting them up in The Restorer now.  Minor comments made by characters in passing that were like little light-bulbs going off in my head.  I loved it and it really drives home how well-crafted these novels are. Overall, if you love awesome narration, mysteries and strong female protagonists, you will be super pleased with The Restorer.  It hits all high notes with lots of suspense in a vibrant, colorful setting.  

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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