Review: The Visitor by Amanda Stevens

Posted September 6, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: The Visitor by Amanda Stevens
The Visitor

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Series: The Graveyard Queen #4
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by MIRA
Released on March 29, 2016
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

As I progress through this series, I continue to feel the tingle along my spine and the hair-raising on my neck from the strong sense of dark, chilling atmosphere I get from these books.  A troubled cemetery restorer finds her path taking her deeper into the bizarre darkness just beyond the realm of this world even as her steps seem to be taking her away from the man she loves.  The latter half of this book was riveting just like I’ve come to expect with each entry in the series.


The Visitor is book four in the Graveyard Queen series.  They are a haunting urban fantasy series set in Charleston that must be read in order as the books build on each other in one long story.

Amelia and Devlin are recuperated from their last deadly ghostly adventure that allowed them to finally have a relationship.  But, even now their separate secrets and different views on the supernatural seem to be pulling them apart.  Amelia can feel it even though she wants to hold onto that closeness that shared briefly.

Devlin refuses to acknowledge that there is more to the world than the physical and so Amelia can’t share the nightmare that hounds her- a ghostly woman with her blind eyes covered in Amelia’s very image who claims she was once like Amelia and someday Amelia will be like her.  Compiling the horror, Amelia is being visited by something more than ghost that is pulling her toward the old Kroll family and their tragic story.

Meanwhile, Devlin has his own shadowy darkness surrounding him and he’s being pulled back into his family responsibilities when his grandfather sends for him.  Amelia senses the draw is strong and she won’t be enough to hold Devlin to her side.

So, this latest spent a long time setting up this story and didn’t really get rolling until about half-way.  I was both impatient and understanding.  Impatient because of the hints at the exciting and mysterious side of things, but understanding that the author had to lay the foundation so what came after made some sense and would work.  Amelia learns the truth about the ghost that looks like her and her own connection to the Kroll Cemetery and family even as she is confronted by more unknowns and questions about her dark gifts that allow her to see ghosts and help them.  The thing between her and Devlin is a little bit of a struggle for me because it feels like a Heathcliff and Cathy thing from Wuthering Heights.  Love isn’t enough with this pair and they are in a constant push-pull.  But, I do want to know about Devlin’s dark family legacy and how it seems that it will affect Amelia.

I didn’t spot the truth until it was revealed even if I’d figured out lesser secrets from the old Kroll mystery.  This one was more than tinged with horror as dark creatures and dark deeds left me chilled a few times and I definitely had to read it in the light of day.

I’m looking forward to pressing onward as Amelia solves more ghostly mysteries and her own life.  Urban Fantasy or Southern Gothic lovers should definitely put this series on their lists.

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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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2 years ago

Sounds like you’re really enjoying this one Super Sophia. Happy Friyay! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  ROP

Oh yeah! This series has been a spooky treat for me. Unfortunately, there are only six books. Have a fab weekend, Radiant Ro!

Angie Elle
2 years ago

This sounds like the perfect book to usher fall in! I’m glad you’re still enjoying the series.

Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

It’s a great series if you want to go a little spooky with your fall reads, Angie. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I don’t think I have enough patience for this series to weather the push and pull between Amelia and Devlin. I’m still torn, though, because I’d like to know how it all turns out. Maybe part skim part read would do the trick? Lol! Glad to see you’re still enjoying the series, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

In truth, I’ve about had it with them, too. If he would just be honest with her about his secrets and stop pretending he doesn’t believe her about the occult stuff. And, she needs to just walk away b/c he’s not ready. Argh this pair!
But, yes, its in print so I can skim when they really get my teeth on edge b/c the ghostly mysteries are worth it. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

It’s always hard when the author is setting the foundation and the story feels really slow. Like you, I always want to get right to the good stuff! I enjoy a good push-pull romance, but it needs to be more pull than push or I get impatient. I enjoy horror and ghostly creatures and Amelia’s adventures sound interesting. Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, I really was antsy to get the answers to the ghostly mystery. 🙂
This romance pair have been back and forth for a while. I want to see what happens with them in the end, but the in between…. LOL

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Ghostly mysteries are fun. Been a hot min for me. This sounds good….maybe. LOL

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I love the ghostly mysteries aspect, but there are some concessions to be made around the people relationships in this one. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have this whole series on my Kindle but haven’t found the time to read it yet. I am thrilled to see that you are still enjoying it. I hope to get to it sometime soon!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

LOL, that’s probably a good thing b/c some of these made me itchy to have the next one ready to go. 🙂