Wednesday, May 9, 2012

'The Restorer'...can we just be friends?

The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1)

Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to the haunted.
ever tempt fate.

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 these rules passed down from my father, …until now.  Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move.  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 headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

You know how you put a guy into the 'friend zone'?  "Oh, I really like mean so much to're such a great friend."  Well, that's kind of how I feel about this book.  I felt comfortable around it, enjoyed it's company, flirted with it a bit, but I just didn't feel that spark, that heat that normally leads me into daydream land.

It was a perfectly lovely story, plenty of suspense and mood.  With its feet firmly planted in the realm of possibility. But it Just. Missed. The. Mark.

Interesting concept for a book, but it came out one dimensional and repetitive.  The story would have been vastly improved if the author had made the point once and then moved on.  The repetition of the same idea and thought over and over again stunted the pace and made me feel like the author thought I was too dense to catch on the first time.

Thankfully, it didn't drown me in ooey, gooey sexual tension, nor did it overdo itself.  Quite the opposite actually.  I really appreciated the author's approach at subtlety, especially in a genre where authors are really trying to outdo each other with drama and over-reaching story lines.  It just felt like Stevens was suffering from 'initial writing jitters' and was trying to flesh out this first story.  Hopefully she worked through the issues of the first book by the time she got around to writing the second, because I'm actually looking forward to reading's sitting on my bookshelf right now.

I had plenty of expectations for The Restorer, it let me down a little, but maybe it's better in the long run that we stay just friends...maybe The Kingdom (second book in The Graveyard Queen series) will prove to be The Restorer's MUCH hotter brother. 

Girls, you know what I'm talking about.  *Winks with an evil grin*

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