author : meg cabot
pages : [paperback] 304
favorite characters : suze & jesse
memorable quote : I may have been dead for the past hundred and fifty years, Susannah,…but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how people say good night. And generally, when people say good night, they keep their tongues to themselves.
Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she’s willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad… particularly the fact that he’s not Jesse, whose ghostly status–not to mention apparent disinterest in her–make him unattainable.
What Suze can’t ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont’s past.
Every book in The Mediator series is just wonderful! I reread Ninth Key right after I finished the first and the two books flow well with each other. This second installment in the series has a completely unique and complex plot that is anything but predictable and completely entertaining. I love watching Suze take down bad guys and kick butt all on her own determination and attitude. Plus, she has a fabulous fashion sense, so what’s not to like about her?
I really feel like most girls will be able to relate to Suze because she’s just the average girl who also happens to have the ability to see ghosts. She loves her mom and would do anything for her, including uprooting her entire life to move cross-country to live with her new husband and his three sons. She’s the most loyal friend you could ever ask for, she’s trying to figure things out with boys. She even struggles with her math homework. I love how down to earth the writing style of these books are, even doing pivotal plot points and action scenes.
And Jesse. Oh, Jesse. Once again romance isn’t at the forefront of this book (yay!) but I’m oh so happy that Jesse still makes an appearance. He’s definitely my favorite ghost of the series so far . . Not that there’s much of a contest with most of them disliking Suze and all.
I give Ninth Key 5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone, including people looking for a great ghost story, a fabulous heroine, and a series to get hooked on.