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Did Not Finish: The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine

29 Mar

 

The Lost Boys

author : lilian carmine

pages : [paperback] 522

summary :

An intensely addictive romance novel about girls, ghosts, and forbidden love, ideal for fans of Stephenie Meyer
Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart? Having moved to a strange town, 17-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home. But there’s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard. Perfect for fans of Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate, The Lost Boys is a magical, romantic tale of girl meets ghost.

review :

**I was less than a hundred pages into this when I decided The Lost Boys wasn’t worth my time anymore, thus this will end up being less of a proper review and more an explanation of why I couldn’t put up with the rest of this.**

I rarely mark my books as DNF, especially one like this where I was very happy that my request for this on Netgalley was honored. But perhaps the comparisons to Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate should have warned me away. I did enjoy Meyer’s books, more so The Host than anything else, but Lauren Kate wrote Fallen, which was another book I couldn’t get through. Anyway, I usually ignore comparisons to other books and authors because it’s hard to compare these things.

First of all, I was attracted to that gorgeous cover and ended up hoping the title was going to be a Peter Pan reference. No such luck for me but the summary seemed promising, anyway. The problem started with the prose! Every other sentence was an exclamation! I couldn’t tell if Joey was always shouting! Or if she was that enthusiastic! I could get over the quirk of her name, even though everyone in the book needs to comment on it and Joey makes a big deal out of it. But she doesn’t act like a senior in high school. We’re reading this from her perspective and while the exclamation points don’t help, there are also the phrases she uses that seem out of place. Her actions, as well as those of all of the other characters, don’t make any sense.

Simply the way that the story was structured reminds me of how young writers, maybe teenagers, often start out, with simplistic prose and unnatural dialogue and actions. These are the things that are supposed to be improved upon to be made into a publishable book. Not this. I can’t believe that this is an actual book and I can’t believe that it’s supposed to be made into a trilogy. I do not recommend you try out The Lost Boys.

1/5 stars

Twilight by Meg Cabot

26 Dec

 

Twilight

The Mediator #6

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Book 5: Haunted

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 336

memorable quote Oh, that’s just great. I come all the way back here, risking major brain cell burnout, and you don’t even believe me?

favorite characters : suze & jesse

summary :

Suze has gotten used to ghosts. She’s a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day’s work. So she certainly never expected to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth- century hottie. But when she discovers that she has the power to determine who becomes a ghost in the first place, Suze begins to freak. It means she can alter the course of history … and prevent Jesse’s murder, keeping him from ever becoming a ghost — and from ever meeting Suze.

Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

review :

**This is a review written after rereading the book**

I’m so sad to see this series go! Suze and Jesse are two of my favorite characters of all time and I always find myself wishing there were more stories about their ghostly adventures together. These books are packed with funny lines, great action, and a whole lot of suspense. Not only that, I can remember reading this conclusion for the first time and not at all expecting the finale that happened.

Suze is such a great character. She has lots of witty things to say, even in the face of danger. She has great fashion sense. But she also follows her heart, protects the people she loves, and she isn’t afraid to kick some ghostly butt.

This book really took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions because I never wanted it to end but was enjoying it so much that I finished it in a day. There were times I held my breath, when I burst out laughing, and I have to admit that the ending never fails to make me a teary emotional wreck. I think Meg Cabot did a fantastic job crafting these books and leading up to this finale. These are books I can easily see myself rereading over and over again . . even more than I’ve done in the past. I just wish more people could read and love them as well!

If you like paranormal books, romance, suspense, and a quick, great read, this is the book for you! If you haven’t started this series, you need to immediately.

5/5 stars

Haunted by Meg Cabot

23 Dec

Haunted

The Mediator #5
Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 263

memorable quote : Unrequited love is all right in books and things, but in real life, it completely sucks.

favorite characters : suze & jesse

summary :

Is it possible to be haunted by someone who isn’t even dead?

Suze is used to trouble, but this time she’s in deep: Ghostly Jesse has her heart, but Paul Slater, a real flesh-and-blood guy, is warm for her form. And mediator Paul knows how to send Jesse to the Great Beyond. For good.

Paul claims he won’t do anything to Jesse as long as Suze will go out with him. Fearing she’ll lose Jesse forever, Suze agrees. But even if Suze can get Jesse to admit his true feelings for her, what kind of future can she have with a guy who’s already dead?

review:

*This is a review written after rereading the book*

Do I love this series too much? Maybe. Every book is such a quick read that I always want to reread these and haven’t had the chance for the past few years. I started up the series again during the summer and now I’ve just finished the fifth and second to last book, Haunted. It’s just as awesome this time around as it was the first time I read it. Suze is a mediator, which means she can see the ghosts of people who haven’t finished their business in this world and don’t know how to get to the next on their own. Jesse is a ghost, living in her bedroom, and is extremely hot, extremely polite, extremely everything I want in a book boyfriend. And he speaks Spanish, which I don’t, but it just sounds perfect. Whenever he speaks it. In the book.

I feel like I could gush about this book and the characters in it all day long. Suze is a kickass heroine who would also kill for a great sale on designer shoes. She defends her family but also has to deal with the three stepbrothers she recently acquired. And it seems like she can always hold her own, except when it comes to weakness in her heart.

In this book there wasn’t too much by way of suspense, just a giant push forward in character development and buildup to the conclusion. Even though I’ve already read through this series and know what’s going to happen, yet again I’m not ready for it to be over. I don’t want to say goodbye to Suze and Jesse. Reading these books is just too entertaining and I love them too much.

The ending of this book was just . . . ooooo.

If you haven’t read this series yet, seriously, what are you waiting for? Every book is a quick read and you’ll be through them all in less than a week because you won’t be able to put them down. Trust me.

5/5 stars

Blog Tour! Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

24 Nov

Second Verse

author : jennifer walkup

pages : [paperback] 261

memorable quote : My eyes meet his and I understand exactly what he’s saying. He’s my person. He’s my home.

favorite characters : Lange & Vaughn

summary :

Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

Murder Then
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it’s begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny’s past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

review :

There is so much more to this book than immediately meets the eye. So much mystery and suspense comes into this plot, and there are so many twists and paranormal elements that I loved and just hadn’t been expecting! Some of it was a little much to comprehend, at first, as it was integrated in the plot. I ended up loving all of these extra elements, even with the building intrigue of the Hunt and the violent past that comes with Lange’s house.

I was trying to solve the mystery alongside Lange and wrongly guessed at what was going on several times. Unlike most YA novels that follow murders and intrigue, I wasn’t actually ever able to come to the right conclusion! I only started to get a feel for what was happening as soon as Lange started to expect it and by then I just couldn’t put the book down because I needed to see how it would all play out.

I really loved Lange and Vaughn. They were so cute together! I like how he kept trying to come up with creative nicknames for her strange name. But didn’t he ever notice that he has an odd name, too? Their personalities meshed so well, I think, because they’re both incredibly creative and really care about the people around them. I liked seeing how they were going to face certain situations and handle the new revelations that were flying at them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and think that a wide variety of people can as well. It’s written in a simple way yet the style still has a beautiful, ghostly tinge to it that only enhances the plot. I’d recommend this book to fans of mysteries, paranormal books, and YA novels that keep you guessing.

4/5 stars

Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot

17 Aug

Darkest Hour

The Mediator #4
Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 316

memorable quote “My mother’s psychologist says I have a over active anger switch, but people just keep pissing me off.”

favorite characters : suze & jesse

summary :

When the nineteenth–century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation — and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancee of Jesse — the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what — or rather, who — Maria doesn’t want found. But in solving Jesse’s murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?

review :

This series is just so incredibly brilliant, fun, and gripping I can’t take it any longer. This is a review from a reread of the book, which I haven’t read in a few years and remembered I loved it. It really shows just how clever and awesome a book (especially a YA book) is when it can be read at any point in a person’s life and be enjoyed. There are serious, action-packed parts to this book, funny moments, romance, suspense . . . Anything you could ask for, this book delivers it exceptionally well.

First of all I just need to comment on the writing style and how fabulously it brings us into Suze’s mind. Told in first person, the way it’s written really makes you feel that she’s sitting there telling you this story. It’s wonderfully informal and addictive, like you’re talking to a very articulate best friend. Who happens to have a hot ghost as a roommate, and other murderous ghosts coming after her every so often.

We get to actually hear Jesse’s backstory in this one! Up until now he’s been pointedly mysterious and I love him anyway for that. He’s always been there for Suze and I love the twist in this one-now she needs to be the one there to save him!

There is so much more to this story than the previous three books. Now there’s a deeper plotline and everything isn’t wrapped up so neatly by the end. There’s still a little edge to it, leading you to wonder what exactly will happen in the next book. Which I must start reading immediately!

Because the ending of this one . . .

I’d recommend this book to anybody, any age! There’s always something to enjoy in this series! :D

5/5 stars

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

6 Aug

The Madness Underneath

Shades of London #2
Book 1: The Name of the Star

author : maureen johnson

pages : [hardcover] 290

memorable quote:  Don’t get stabbed. It makes everything awkward.

favorite characters : steven &  rory

summary :

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

review :

I’ve always really loved stories with ghosts. Creepy, silly, mysterious, it didn’t matter, so long as there was a strong plot and characters to love. Ever since I read The Name of the Star, the first book in this series, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the sequel. I went into book one not even knowing much about the story; in book two I was familiar with the characters and tried to anticipate where the book was going to go. While it took a direction I never anticipated, I enjoyed it even though it didn’t hold as much action and excitement as I thought that the first book did.

The Madness Underneath doesn’t start too long after the first book left off. Her family is understandably worried about her safety and now Rory is worried that she’ll need to go back home and won’t be with her new friends and the people she can talk to about her major secret. While it becomes obvious, to me at least, who the major villain will be in this book and it’s only a matter of time until true colors are revealed, there were several smaller plot twists along the way.

I wish there’d be more of her ghost-busting friends in the book! I just love those guys, especially Steven, and wanted to get to see more of them. Except for the anxiety that gave Rory when she later thought about how she was going to fail out of school. Um, of course you are, when you haven’t done your work for months. Should’ve expected that one.

All in all I thought that this was an interesting, rather quick read that didn’t really get to me until the end. Oh, that ending.

And now I know I definitely need my hands on the next book like yesterday. Please have it come out soon . . even if there isn’t even a set release date yet.

I’d recommend this book if you like books with paranormal elements, mysteries, or wonderful characters.

5/5 stars

If you like this book, you might also like Absent or The Mediator!

Blog Tour! Gold Manor Ghost House: Author Interview!

16 Jul

 

Today I’m excited to have an interview with Merry Brown on the blog, author of Gold Manor Ghost House!

Did something inspire you to write Gold Manor Ghost House?

I finished my first novel, The Knowers, and was looking for inspiration. I started writing a book about dreaming, but 10,000 words into it, it was going nowhere.  I remember sitting at a coffee shop, facing facts, and making the hard decision to start over.

So I had the idea of the main character experiencing some kind of interactive dreaming, but I was looking for more.  The more came from my kids.  Their TV watching habits gave me the idea I needed, the place in which my characters would live.  Once I found the backdrop to Gold Manor Ghost House, which is a teen drama TV set, the story began to crystallize in my mind.

What did you find most challenging about writing Gold Manor Ghost House?

I think it was a cross between containing my ideas and the discipline to actually do the writing.  In fact, the hardest part was definitely wrangling my body and mind into a chair, opening the computer to the GMGH document, and writing.  Even when I knew where the story was going, even when I was excited about how it was unfolding, still… it was hard to do the actual work of writing.

Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

I’m sure I have, but can’t tell you whom.  I think my style is a mixture of the YA lit I’ve read mixed with the pop culture I’ve consumed over my life.

If you had to choose a place to haunt, where would you be and why?

Well, I suppose I’d find a beautiful cathedral or basilica.  Possibly the St. Louis Basilica.  Why?  I’d want to be close to the beauty, art, reverence, incense, and divine.

On a side note, I don’t think this will ever be a real concern for me.  I know I wrote a book that suggests there are ghosts (maybe they do exist in the GMGH world, and maybe they don’t), but in real life, I don’t think ghosts are metaphysically possible.

If you could meet any fictional character who would you pick?

I’ve loved so many fictional characters in books, TV, and film, it’s difficult to choose!  I love Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  From books, and this may sound self-serving, but I’d like to meet Lizzy from The Knowers.  First of all, she’s from my mind, and I’d like to meet her in the flesh.  Also, because of what she is.

What was the most exciting aspect about writing Gold Manor Ghost House?

I had a lot of fun writing Gold Manor Ghost House, but the most exciting aspect is sharing the book. I get so excited when someone reads it!  I get butterflies, tongue-tied, and sometimes I sweat.  It’s such a natural high to know others have been in this world and become invested in Anna, Adam, Corey and the gang.  If you could see me right now, you’d see the huge grin on my face.

What is the last book that you read?

Right now I’m reading The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey.  Before that, I read Fox Forever, the last book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary Pearson.  Next up is either Clockwork Princes by Cassandra Clare, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, or A Million Suns by Beth Revis.  So many great books to read!

Thanks so much for answering my questions! Now here’s a little more about the book:

Anna thought life was going to be awesome.  She was right…and wrong.

Won her dream job acting in a hit TV series.  Check.

Working with her best friend.  Check.

The set’s haunted and she’s in the middle of a supernatural war.  Uh, check?

Anna Rose Ellington is sixteen and living in Hollywood, hoping to be a star. Anna just landed a major role on Ghost House, TeenTV’s new fall drama.  A show promising to be so hot, Meg Sweet (the reigning teenage diva), signed on for the lead, and Adam Lewis (international rock sensation) is a principal player.

Her dreams are falling into place until she gets on set and begins questioning her sanity.  It’s true she has an unusual dream life, where once in a while her dreams literally come true.  But it’s been a while.  On top of her dreams not staying put in her brain, including the guy she’d been dreaming of for years, the house they’re filming in, Gold Manor, might actually be haunted.  But that’s the least of her worries.

If that’s not enough to interest you, here’s an excerpt!

Prologue

As a special treat on this, my 11th birthday, Aunt Melinda invited me for a sleepover.  The promise of pizza, painting toe nails, and having the attention of my favorite person in the world, all to myself, was the perfect way to celebrate.

I remember sitting on the dusty rose laminate countertop of her kitchen as she kneaded the dough.  She listened as I told her about school and the drama of the playground.  I remember her strange reaction as I recounted a vivid dream I had about a boy with an English accent, dark curly hair, and jade eyes.

Her hands dripping with tomato sauce and chest covered in flour, she hugged me, holding on tightly.  I was trying to figure out why she was acting so strangely when a heavy knock on the front door broke the moment.

I remember the look in her eyes as she made me promise to stay out of sight in the kitchen, no matter what I heard or what happened.  She made me promise, yet again, to never tell the secret she made me keep.  She knew I didn’t understand what the big deal was, but I promised.

“Swear, on my life,” her voice too urgent.

“Swear.”

That was the last word she ever heard me say.

I heard the door open from my hiding place under the sink.

I heard her gasp in surprise.

I heard a shot and her fall to the ground screaming, and a rough, low voice say, “Check.”

I heard her cries turn to gurgling.

Fear ruling my brain, I had to see what was going on.  Creeping out, yet remaining hidden, I looked.

I saw her on the floor, bleeding.

I saw a tall, broad man standing over her, smiling.

I saw this man bend down, rip out, and eat her heart.

I saw Aunt Melinda standing in the doorway as pale as a ghost… and on the floor, dead.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour or to comment below! The author is giving away a $25 amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter! You can follow the rest of the tour here.

 

Blog Tour! Interview with Katie Williams, author of Absent

1 Jul

Absent by Katie Williams : When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn’t an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose—she can’t bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.

 

I recently read and really loved Absent by Katie Williams so of course I was excited to get a chance to be part of this blog tour! This wonderful book will appeal to all sorts of people. It has ghosts, mystery, suspense, and a fantastic ending! If you haven’t already checked out Absent, maybe this interview will convince you to!

 

Did something inspire you to write Absent?

My first novel, The Space Between Trees, is about a community’s reaction to a teenage girl’s murder, about how absence—of knowledge, of a person—can become an impactful presence. One of the absences in the TSBT is the character of the murdered girl herself; everyone else is trying to put a story to her, but of course she never gets to tell her own tale. So in Absent, I was interested in writing from the perspective of the character who’d passed away, to give her a voice in her own death. Hence, a ghost story told by a ghost. I should be clear that Absent is a completely separate novel from The Space Between Trees, but its inspiration came, in part, from my first book.

What did you find most challenging about writing Absent?

My editor and I applied the majority of our time and sweat to getting the rules of the ghost world to work with the characters and plot. From possession to ghost physics to the ghost frogs hopping around the high school, we wanted these rules to make both logical and emotional sense. I’m a big fan of fantastical writing, but not when the fantastic is used simply as set-dressing. One of my goals in Absent was to have the experience of the ghost world communicate truths about loss and relationships, identity and growing up.

Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

Oh tons! Here’s a small portion of the list (in no particular order beyond whose name popped into my head first): Ursula K. Le Guin, Alice Munro, Kristin Cashore, Marilynne Robinson, Kelly Link, Elizabeth Knox, George Saunders, Paolo Bacigalupi, Octavia Butler, Angela Carter, Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Toni Morrison…I’ll stop for now.

 If you had to choose a place to haunt, where would you be and why?

Well, a library or bookstore. But if we’re going with the rules of my ghost world, I wouldn’t be able to open the books, so on second thought, that’d be a special form of hell, my own Tantalus situation. You know what? A school wouldn’t be half-bad, because you could listen to the lessons and enjoy plenty of good people-watching. But I’d choose a university over a high school for the greater variety of lessons and people.

If you could meet any fictional character who would you pick?

Just to meet? It’ll have to be someone flashy then. Let’s say Delirium from Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Maybe she’ll make me a floating fish balloon.

What was the most exciting aspect about writing Absent?

Writing the ending, not because I’d gotten it over with, but because I felt that the story arrived at its destination.

What is the last book that you read?

Right now I’m reading Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton and swiftly realizing how rad she is. Before that I read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (superb!) and Prodigy by Marie Lu (a solid sequel).

I’d like to thank Katie for coming on the blog today and answering a few questions for me! I love getting to know more about the authors behind the novels.

Book Blast! Wanted: One Ghost by Loni Lynne

3 Jun

Today I’m so incredibly excited to be part of a fantastic book blast featuring Wanted: One Ghost by Loni Lynne! To kick it off, here’s a summary of the book:

Stuck in ghostly limbo for 238 years, James Addison can’t move on to an afterlife.  After being falsely accused of treason and executed, fate’s cursed him to remain an earth-bound specter until he meets a historian sent to research his past.

Distrustful of fate, Dr. April Branford wants to be taken seriously, but her unique ability to divine history by touching objects seriously compromises her credibility. Her latest assignment?  James Addison, a legendary colonial ladies’ man with a shadowy past.  Without much to go on, she doesn’t hold out much hope to discover the man behind the legend until the day she accidentally touches him and brings him back to life.

With the help of family and ghosts from James’s past, they unravel the truth. But after falling in love and with time running out, it’s hard for April to believe in fate and a future where forever is now.

Can’t wait to see what it’s all about? Here’s an excerpt from the book!

“Who are you?”April asked.

“You already know the answer, Dr. Branford. You saw me out at the mill the other day.”

Her eyes widened. “You’re…James Addison.”

She knew. But whether or not she accepted the knowledge was yet to be seen.

“Really, I did want to tell you the truth about me, but I couldn’t. Not knowing how you would react, I couldn’t take the chance of having you run away from me. I don’t want you to fear me, or what I am. You’re the only person who has ever been able to see me in this form. But more importantly, you’re the only person who’s cared.”

She stopped and turned. “I can see you. But you’re not real…I don’t know…”

“You make me feel real again,” he said softly.

She muttered profanities under her breath. “I don’t have time for ghosts. I’ve a case to solve. Go back to wherever it is you came from.” April waved him off.

“I can’t. This is where I am. Right here, right now. There is no place for me to go back to.” James knew this couldn’t be easy for her to understand. “Perhaps I could be of assistance to you, since you know who I am.”

“How do I know you really are James Addison?”

“You don’t,” he agreed. “But what would it take to prove to you I am?”

“Tell me where he is buried,” she challenged.

James shrugged. “Easy enough, but I would prefer to show you.”

Of course now you’ll need to read more to find out what happens next!!

Guess what? The author will be giving away a $50 Amazon or B&N giftcard to a randomly drawn commenter! See the other blogs hosting here and comment away for chances to win!

Ninth Key by Meg Cabot

25 May

 

Ninth Key

The Mediator #2
Book 1: Shadowland
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour

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.

summary :

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.

review :

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.

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