Advent Calendar Day 23: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens + Giveaway

Filed in Advent Calendar , Amanda Stevens , featured , Giveaways , The Needy Lover Posted on December 23, 2011 @ 6:00 am 33 comments

Welcome to the 23rd day of Book Lovers Inc Advent Calendar. Each day we will offer you one great read in a giveaway on all 24 days till Christmas.

Today, allow me to tell you a bit about a book by author Amanda Stevens: The Restorer. When I read the intriguing book description earlier this year, little did I know it’d end up being one of my absolutely favorite books of 2011. Sure, I was creeped out by the ghosty tale…but I loved every minute of it. The best way to describe this book is “atmospheric.” The language used to describe the environments, the dialogue, the emotions within the protagonist…it’s exquisite. This tale, about a woman who can (unfortunately for her) see spirits, has got mystery, the paranormal, and traces of romance. You will undoubtedly be struck by it long after you finish reading it. This book is the first in the Grave Restorer series, which will see the second book released in March 2012.

Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository, Author’s Website, Barnes & Noble

Book Blurb:

Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never associate with those who are haunted.
Never, 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 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.

It 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.

The Review:
Freaking A, man. What an awesome book this is!
I must confess that, as a scaredy cat and ghost-story wimp, I was hesitant at first to read Amanda Stevens’s trilogy opener. The book description sounded very intriguing, but it was obviously meant to give the potential reader a taste of the eerie setting and chilling theme of the full novel. Boy, am I glad I got past that hesitancy. I was thoroughly creeped out whilst reading this tale, but more importantly, I was exhilarated. Read the rest of the review.


Thanks to Amanda Stevens, one lucky commenter will win a copy of The Restorer!

All you have to do is tell us what your favorite holiday song is.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.

This giveaway is open to everyone!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, January 7, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Alisha

Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • Gena Robertson December 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

    My favorite holiday song is Santa Baby.
    Love the sound of this book – and this is another new to me author, so I’m excited to have a chance at this giveaway! I think I would love reading this book! Am now stalking this author on all social medias, haha!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Birgit December 23, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Jingle Bells of course!!
    Just joking 😉 I really like “Christmas Means Love” by Joan Osborne!

  • aurian December 23, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Ooo this book is on my wishlist! Am so looking forward to reading it. My favourite Christmas song: Aha- Last Christmas I gave you my heart.

  • Carol Thompson December 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I am going to sounds very boring but I must admit I always have and always will associate Silent Night with Christmas.

    So that is my cpoice.
    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  • Tarryn G December 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    This book looks great and I would REALLY love it as a Christmas prezzie ^^)

    So my song would have to be ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth’ haha, I know, I know… but i think it is really cute, and the best feeling is when you get to smile for something so simple!!

    Goodluck to everyone who entered! hehe. Happy Holidays!!


  • Mary Kirkland December 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    My favorite holiday song would be Christmas Time by The Chipmunks…lol I just love that song and it brings back a lot of fun memories for me.

  • Jessica C. December 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

    My favorite Holiday song is “Last Christmas” by WHAM! I heard it this morning and it put an instant smile on my face.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  • Jason K. December 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    The Glee version of Baby It’s Cold Outside is my current fav.

  • JenM December 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I love The Hannukah Song by Adam Sandler – it makes me laugh every time I hear it.

  • Stephanie December 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    My favorite holiday song is “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

  • Jan December 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    It’s not Christmas till I’ve heard “Snoopy’s Christmas” and “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues.

  • Estella December 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    My favorite holiday song is Silver Bells.

  • Na S. December 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    “Jingle Bells” is our faovrite Christmas song because it’s so upbeat and catchy and easy to hum to.

  • Karen C December 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    My favorite song is White Christmas.

  • Mel S December 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Let it snow – it always reminds me of Die Hard and how much I love that film! Plus that’s a great Christmas film! 😉

  • Nicki J Markus December 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    My favourite holiday song is Fairytale of New York if we are picking modern ones or In Dulce Jubilo for traditional.

  • Diane December 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    It’s always been White Christmas for me. I owned the movie on tape and when my tape wore out I bought the DVD for the movie and the song!

  • SarahM December 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Sounds like a great book! My fave classic song is O Holy Night and my new fave is Mary, Do You Know 🙂

    smaccall AT

  • Jen B. December 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    White Christmas! I am going to be so happy when the holidays are done because I will finally stop humming the song. I am about to go crazy!

  • Mary Preston December 24, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I’m a traditionalist, so OH HOLY NIGHT For me. It’s beautiful.


  • donnas December 24, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Aik December 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

  • Dee F. December 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I’m in the mood for a book that grabs and won’t let go so count me in on this one please. My favorite song is Christmas Bells.

  • Tamsyn December 24, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Love this song since I was a kid.


  • Julie Witt December 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    My favorite holiday song is a tough one! I have a few faves: Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, and Do You See What I See? are at the top of the list!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’ve been dying to read this book:)

  • Victoria Zumbrum December 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    The Christmas Shoes. I love that song. Please enter me in contest.

  • erinf1 December 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love Bing Crosby’s I’m dreaming of a White Christmas. Happy Holidays!

  • StacieD December 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I love Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by U2 or Death Cab For Cutie.

  • Jeanne December 29, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I love all songs from Glee 🙂

  • IdentitySeeker December 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I’m a sucker for the traditional, so it’s always Jingle Bells for me:) It has a certain ring to it, so it never stops playing in my head during the holiday season.


  • Theresa N December 31, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    My favorite is The Christmas Song sung by Nat King Cole.

  • Chrystal January 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    OMG! I love this book too and would love the chance to win my very own copy. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well.

    My fave Christmas song is Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (


  • Amel Armeliana January 5, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Whoa….the story and the cover look awesome. I like it very much.

    My favorite holiday song? actually, I love all the holiday songs. The songs really made my day.
    Oh, I love holiday 🙂

    Thank u for this awesome giveaway

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