Afternoon Delight: The Abandoned by Amanda Stevens

Posted May 1, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 10 Comments

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Afternoon Delight: The Abandoned by Amanda Stevens
The Abandoned

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Series: The Graveyard Queen #.5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Released on April 1, 2011
Pages: 77
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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The Delight

I read book one and never realized there was a tantalizing prequel to the series that acted as a teaser to get folks enthused for the series.  Happily, I discovered my library carried a copy when I was looking to see if they had book two.  A little detour for the prequel and I am ever so glad I did.


The Abandoned introduces Ree and Hayden who meet when Ree finds herself investigating the odd circumstances of Violet Tisdale’s mysterious life and death.  She was in a private psych hospital and it was when Ree was dealing with the file on Violet that she overhears a dangerous conversation hinting at cover-ups and secrets that go back generations, a secret society, and a dark and creepy cemetery.  She also wants to believe the cold, the haunting music and her own sleep walking venture and vivid dream from Ilsa Tisdale’s past are not the ghostly manifestation that ghosthunter and buddy lawyer, Hayden says they are.

I loved the dark nature of the secrets and the general atmosphere of the writing, settings, and situations.  It was fun to encounter Amelia and Devlin as side characters while meeting Dee and Hayden as the leads.  The romance is rushed, but it was a shorter piece so I expected that.  It helped that I enjoyed the characters and the attention to their background even while they are racing to solve an old mystery that has repercussions on the present.

It also did the job of enticing me forward with the rest of the series as it leads nicely into the first book, The Restorer.

This one is standalone and it can be skipped without a reader missing anything in book one.  I think I was glad to have read book one without it so I got the full effect of that one without any hints or foreshadowing that I feel this one gives.  So, its my recommendation that readers interested in the series not start with this one, but come back to it so you get all the wonder and surprise to full effect.  Urban Fantasy fans who like ghostly spooky reads should definitely give this series a go.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole rae
2 years ago

I could use some spooky!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

This series is a good bet. It gets the short hairs on the back of your neck standing up.

2 years ago

I had such a great time with all the books in this series

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I’m so glad. I am really geeked to keep reading the series after this one and book one were so fabulous.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I. love stories that are creeptastic with secret societies, ghosts and hauntings. This sounds like a great urban fantasy! Excellent Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yeah, these ones have just the right amount of chill without quite going full-on horror. I can’t wait to get the next book in the series.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I imagine this series as horror novels for readers who aren’t quite brave enough for full-on horror?
Lucky for you to spot this prequel at the library 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yep! It’s just as you say, Stephanie. At least not full on horror just yet.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

The Graveyard Queen series was a mixed bag for me even though I loved the spooky, atmospheric setting. I didn’t finish the series. I think I stopped at book three. Can’t remember now. I’m looking forward to your thoughts, Sophia Rose. I will keep this one in mind. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I just finished book two and enjoyed it. I’ll keep in mind that there may be trouble when I step into the third one.

This prequel was a fun short one. I’m glad it read it right before book two when this story was referenced.