4 stars · adult · series

Remembrance by Meg Cabot continues one of my favorite series



The Mediator #7

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 388

favorite character : jesse

summary :

Fifteen years after the release of the first Mediator novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot returns with a deliciously sexy new entry to a fan-favorite series. Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze’s wedded bliss before it begins.

You can take the boy out of the darkness.

But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.

Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

review :

I absolutely loved The Mediator series when I first started reading it. I remember picking up the first book back when I was in seventh grade and loving it so, so much. It wasn’t until a few years later that I actually realized that there were more books in the series and struggled to find them available at Barnes & Noble (because this was before the days when I could just go online and pick out whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted). I was so pumped when I heard that Meg Cabot was continuing the series, this time with some adult novels. Now that I’m nearly out of college (!!), it’s like I’ve grown up with Suze and Jesse.

Unfortunately, I feel like maybe I personally put too many expectations on this book. For starters, it was longer than the other books were, maybe because it’s an adult novel. That meant that in places the plot felt really drawn out and I wasn’t even certain of where it was going because there were so many little side-plots happening. Of course, favorite characters kept popping up throughout the book, and I loved seeing them again. Cabot also kept the same tone and writing style in this book that I loved so much in the original Mediator books.

Some things were a little problematic for me. For instance, Suze is desperate to be ‘together’ with Jesse, officially, because they’re engaged and know they’re soulmates. Literally every time she sees him, she goes off on a tangent about how he won’t let them sleep together yet. I mean, let the guy have a break, Suze. He obviously adores you, has saved your life countless times, and is keeping himself away from you for religious reasons.

Then there was the whole thing about Paul Slater coming back when I hoped he’d have gotten himself locked up in prison sometime between the ending of the young adult books and the start of this one. You’d think those extra years of experience would have taught Suze not to keep secrets about Paul from others but, apparently, she can’t help but fall back on those old tricks. Paul was as disgusting a villain as usual, so . . . I’m really hoping Suze will be able to help out and/or watch his life be destroyed at some point.

Still, it was nice to have the gang back together again. Suze is ready to kick ghostly and human butt. The little moments of tense action that surround her really reminded me of the other books, which I thought was a nice touch.

I still really enjoyed this book, despite building up my expectations too much. I’d really recommend them–but read the other books first!

4/5 stars

young adult

Books I NEED in 2016

This next year is going to be filled with awesome books. Some I’ve been hoping will be written for years (like Meg Cabot’s Remembrance, which is a continuation of her Mediator series) and some I just learned will be coming out (like Stars Above by Marissa Meyer). Either way, I’m sure that even between these release dates, I’ll find dozens of other books I need to get my hands on.

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What books are you looking forward to in 2016? What books do you hope will eventually get written–even if the author has said they might not write any more?







5 stars · paranormal

Twilight by Meg Cabot



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

5 stars · paranormal

Haunted by Meg Cabot


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?


*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

5 stars · fiction · paranormal · series · young adult

Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot

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! 😀

5/5 stars

5 stars · fiction · paranormal · romance · series · young adult

Reunion by Meg Cabot


The Mediator #3
Book 1: Shadowland

Book 2: The Ninth Key
Book 4: Darkest Hour

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 304

favorite characters : suze & jesse

memorable quote “Your assignment,’ he bellowed at Kelly, ‘was to make a persuasive argument. Demanding to know whether detractors of your position are on crack is not arguing persuasively.”

summary :

The RLS Angels are out for blood, and only Suze can stop them–since she’s the only one who can see them. The four ghostly teenagers died in a terrible car accident, for which they blame Suze’s classmate Michael… and they’ll stop at nothing until he’s joined them in the realm of the dead.

As Suze desperately fends off each attempt on Michael’s life, she finds she can relate to the Angels’ fury. Because their deaths turn out not to have been accidental at all. And their killer is only too willing to strike again.

review :

I really like this addition to the Mediator series because not only does it continue one of my most favorite series, it really shows a growth in Suze’s character. Throughout the novel she’s faced with decisions she’s never thought that she’d have to make and the way that she handles everything really shows how much she’s learned from her new life and her new allies in her mediating.

In Reunion we also get to meet Gine, Suze’s friend from back home, who is unsurprisingly awesome. I’d love to be friends with her myself. She tries to help out Suze even when she doesn’t exactly know everything that’s going on . . Including Jesse, Suze’s ghost of a roommate.

While this isn’t one of my favorite books of the series, I don’t dislike it. Reunion just has a little less mystery in it because of all of the character development and main plot movement going onward. It’s a very quick read-I finished in a day-and I’m going to be picking up the next book very soon because I just can’t stand to wait and see what happens next in Suze’s ghostly adventures.

I give Reunion 5/5 stars and recommend it to everyone!

5 stars · fiction · paranormal · romance · series · young adult

Ninth Key by Meg Cabot


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.

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · paranormal · romance · series · young adult

The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot


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

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 287

memorable quote And try to remember what we discussed, Susannah. A mediator is someone who helps others resolve conflicts. Not someone who, er, kicks them in the face.

summary :

Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.

review :

I’m writing this review around rereading this book and I have to say that I’m loving the Mediator series a few years after the first time I read it just as much as I did back then. It’s awesome when a book like this can be enjoyed at any age, especially when the plot seems so simple. Suze is anything but a simple leading lady. She knows when to kick butt and when to be kind. She stands up for what she believes in but she’s not a total snob. All in all, I’d love to be a girl like Suze . . . Though it seems like seeing ghosts might be a little more trouble than it’s worth. At least Suze gets Jesse.

I also like how the main focus of this first book in the series wasn’t a romantic plot or some big, end-of-the-world thing, just Suze trying to save people from a vindictive ghost. She has the help of a very wonderful albeit odd group of friends, who I just love reading about as well.

This book is written pretty simply and can be read through in a day or two but that doesn’t lessen the impact of the story for me. While I love a good ghost story and, better, a great leading lady, there’s something special about the Mediator series that keeps me going back to it again and again. I wish that it was a book that more people knew about because it’s just wonderful!

If you’ve ever loved a Meg Cabot book, or want a great book to read, pick up Shadowland right now! You won’t regret it!

5/5 stars

3 stars · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Underworld by Meg Cabot


Abandon Trilogy #2
Book 1: Abandon

author: meg cabot

pages [hardcover]: 336

memorable quote: “This is exactly why Patrick and I chose not to have children,” he muttered. “So we would never have to have conversations like this.”

favorite characters: henry & john


Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.
Not this time.
But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.
Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.
But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.
And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.


I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. Only I just couldn’t bring myself to. I’ve loved Meg Cabot’s writing ever since I first started the Princess Diaries, so many years ago. Since then I’ve read most of her YA books and a few of her adult ones and have liked every one of them. Until this trilogy came along. I’m not sure what it is, but I can’t bring myself to care very much about what is going to happen with Pierce and John.

I think part of that might be the fact that he brought her down to the Underworld, against her will, and plans on keeping her trapped there for all eternity. And she’s understandably upset by this, yet she doesn’t do much to try and fight him on it or try to get herself out of it. She seems to accept her fate. Within the span of a day. And keeps going on about how it’s alright because he loves her, he just wants to protect her, etc. If I had a guy doing things like that, where I needed to wheedle to get him to let me visit the surface for five seconds to save someones life, I’d run away from him as fast as I could. No matter how misunderstood she might insist he is, or how nice his intentions might be.

Phew. Okay. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I like John as a character, not exactly as a love interest. He has a great, complicated past that’s not too corny. He’s manipulative and tricky and is true to himself. Awesome. But he lies to Pierce all of the time. And she accepts that. Not awesome.

I liked the concept of the Underworld, though some parts of the book were confusing and made little to no sense. I liked the entire celebration of Coffin Night and how her uncle was incorporated. But a lot of the characters seemed changed from the last book, for no reason. I did like Kayla . . . not that I’m biased toward her because of her name, or anything. ^^

I don’t recommend this book for those who like twisted myths, because this is about the only one I’ve read that I haven’t liked. But if you like mysterious bad boys,  complicated YA romance, or creepy storylines, this might be one for you.


5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Abandon by Meg Cabot


Author: Meg Cabot also wrote Avalon High, Size 12 is Not Fat, Insatiable and Airhead]

Pages [hardcover]: 304

Abandon Trilogy #1

Memorable Quote: And in what fairy tale would John ever be any sane person’s idea of Prince Charming anyway? He was the opposite of charming. More like Prince Terrifying.

Favorite Characters: John & Pierce


Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away… especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.


 I love anything to do with Greek mythology. I love anything to do with Meg Cabot. Combine the two, and I was certain I’d find a novel I’d love. And I was happily right.

The book started out a little slow for me, with it jumping around between Pierce adjusting to her new home and flashing back to the important moments that led her to this move. While I think the suspense of not knowing exactly what happened to her added to the book, I would sometimes get confused and forget where she was in the present while she told the reader about the past.

I think John was a great character, perfectly moody and grumpy but also lonely. And Pierce was fantastic too-she’d do things without thinking of the consequences, but that was a huge part of who she was. And she cared about everyone and everything, putting herself last.

The setting was great. I could picture the island perfectly, from the cemetery to Pierce’s house. I think it added a lot to Abandon, especially how the translation of the name directly added to the creepiness, and what was going on.

There were some plot twists thrown in there that I could have never seen coming. They had me rereading sections just so I could make sure I wasn’t making things up. These kept my attention and got me turning the pages quickly, wanting more. I finished the book in two days because of this.

I give Abandon 5/5 stars. It was a fantastic book, with an ending that was both surprising and leaving me begging for more. I can’t wait until the second book of this trilogy comes out!