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Ghosts ruin everything. Especially your love life. 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 Ghosts ruin everything. Especially your love life. 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.


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Ghosts ruin everything. Especially your love life. 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 Ghosts ruin everything. Especially your love life. 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.

30 review for Ninth Key

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

    "You can't tell me you've liked being trapped in this room for a hundred and fifty years." "It hasn't been all bad," he said, with a smile. "Things have picked up recently." Okayyyy sooooo I wasn't gong to write a review today, but it's going to be a long weekend (WOOT! Bring it on 4th of July!) and I know I will finish at LEAST one book and will need to post about it Tuesday-So I'd rather not get backlogged. Plus-Any chance I get to boast about my Jesse and Suze addiction to get people awar "You can't tell me you've liked being trapped in this room for a hundred and fifty years." "It hasn't been all bad," he said, with a smile. "Things have picked up recently." Okayyyy sooooo I wasn't gong to write a review today, but it's going to be a long weekend (WOOT! Bring it on 4th of July!) and I know I will finish at LEAST one book and will need to post about it Tuesday-So I'd rather not get backlogged. Plus-Any chance I get to boast about my Jesse and Suze addiction to get people aware of it again, I'm going to do it. This is a series, I'm finding, that not only I liked, but many many of my friends did, too. Turns out? I wasn't the only pre-teen laying in my bedroom binge-reading this series and pining about Jesse like I thought I was....no wonder she is so popular. Go figure. It's so fun to talk to all you guys about how much we loved this and why it's still great, so that's why I feel the need to talk about each and every installment, no matter which are my favorite and which are just plain awesome (Pfft. They all are-even my least fav). Jesse has those kind of eyes some guys have, the kind of sad eyes that make you think you might want to try and make them not so sad. I must say that I enjoyed the first installment more than this one, but I remember that being the case years and years ago when I first picked these up. I loved Suze's voice, again, and loved Jesse even more. But, as it is, I really wanted more Jesse. lol-I couldn't quite pinpoint why this one wasn't my favorite years ago, but now the BBF whore in me knows exactly why. There was plenty of Jesse, really, but OMG is it too much to ask for him to be on every page? Yes? Hmm. *pouts* "Now that," he said, putting his hands down, "was your finest performance yet. You seemed caring, yet disgusted." I glared at him. "Don't you," I asked, grumpily, "have some chains you're supposed to be rattling somewhere?" I actually found this one comical in the most subtle ways-the vampire aspect, the dumb jock Suze attempts to tolerate, the references to her monster-like poison ivy hands, the step-brother dynamic, and, frankly, Jesse's humor. I loved this book just like I knew I would, but I love that I get the depth in which all the jokes are meant to be taken. Before, yeah I laughed as a kid, but I certainly didn't realize just how wry the humor was-I mean, so refreshing. I even had forgotten about dear old Father Dominic-he and Suze's banter and relationship is something I had long since forgotten and I am so happy it's all coming back to me now-even stronger than before. "A mediator is someone who helps others resolve conflicts. Not someone, who, er, kicks them in the face." I smiled at him. "I'll keep that in mind," I said. And I would, too. Right after I kicked Red's butt. Whoever he was. So, yeah. I could go on and on about how happy these books make me, but I know for a fact they get better and better and Jesse's jealousy gets stronger and stronger....What's not to fall for?? So, with that being said, I think I'm going to leave the review here and wish everyone a happy holiday weekend. I wanted to pick the third up over the weekend after my fantasy, but I got granted an AMAZING ARC I did not expect to get, so I will probably pick it up first. But if I'm being honest? I already miss these guys. I have NO clue what the hell I'm going to do when I am done with these all over again. Probably cry. Yeah. Sounds about right. For more of my reviews, please visit: *********** Ahhh this series will NEVER get old. Never. What a refreshing reassurance. Jesse will literally never bore me....I guess that means I can re-read these yet again when I'm older. :P RTC!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    3.5 stars Probably the weakest in the series but I had so much fun reading it nevertheless! I really like Meg's writing and she has a special place in my heart. She can write hilarious scenes but sad & relatable ones as well. But she does it in her own special way which I love. I feel like she captures Suze's development as a person (and mediator) fantastically. Oh, and Jesse is cutie as always. 3.5 stars Probably the weakest in the series but I had so much fun reading it nevertheless! I really like Meg's writing and she has a special place in my heart. She can write hilarious scenes but sad & relatable ones as well. But she does it in her own special way which I love. I feel like she captures Suze's development as a person (and mediator) fantastically. Oh, and Jesse is cutie as always.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara (sarawithoutanH)

    Rereading this series makes me very nostalgic. I'm not sure if a new reader would enjoy these books, but I'm having a great time reliving my high school reading days. I also love Suze and I'm glad I read about characters like her as a teenager. Rereading this series makes me very nostalgic. I'm not sure if a new reader would enjoy these books, but I'm having a great time reliving my high school reading days. I also love Suze and I'm glad I read about characters like her as a teenager.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fafa's Book Corner

    Mini review: I have been a fan of Meg Cabot since I was in high school. When I saw that this series was in my library I read the first book. And man was it fun! Curious about the second book I put it on hold. While yes Ninth Key was still entertaining the first book was better. The beginning was a little to plot convenient. It was a miscommunication that lead to a lot of consequences. I was hoping that Meg would train a bit more with Father Dom but that didn't happen. Jesse is still a mystery in Mini review: I have been a fan of Meg Cabot since I was in high school. When I saw that this series was in my library I read the first book. And man was it fun! Curious about the second book I put it on hold. While yes Ninth Key was still entertaining the first book was better. The beginning was a little to plot convenient. It was a miscommunication that lead to a lot of consequences. I was hoping that Meg would train a bit more with Father Dom but that didn't happen. Jesse is still a mystery in this book. There are some things that are revealed. And as usual Suze was fun to read about! I enjoyed reading about her family. The ghost stuff was fun as well. I will definitely continue this series. I highly recommend this series!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I enjoyed it. Cozy, cozy read. With humor+mystery+heartwarming moments. Also, I seriously love the protagonist, Suze. Her thoughts are just so relatable and hilarious. I think I still like the 1st book better because it had a stronger family and friends theme there. However, it’s nice to see more badassery from the heroine. 4 stars Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes, but not the last book (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? An I enjoyed it. Cozy, cozy read. With humor+mystery+heartwarming moments. Also, I seriously love the protagonist, Suze. Her thoughts are just so relatable and hilarious. I think I still like the 1st book better because it had a stronger family and friends theme there. However, it’s nice to see more badassery from the heroine. 4 stars Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes, but not the last book (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[A love triangle of a sorts, but very low-key and minimal drama. It’s just that the girl is living life and casually dating a guy she just met, while she and the other guy are developing and building a friendship and not ready to admit to feelings yet. No cheating. Low angst. (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[Emotional scene at the end with brother, but other than that, not tears-worthy (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[That ending with Doc and the mother and him hugging Suze and crying. All Suze and Jesse’s scenes. (hide spoiler)] What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Vague mentions of sex, but not actual sex scene. Pre-teens/Teens and up. (hide spoiler)] -------- Should be going to sleep at 2:54 am but nooo my brain tells me I should start this book. Also, cheers to having a peaceful Sunday all to myself to read this ✨✨✨

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rhea (Rufus Reads)

    Rereading this series after years and gosh, need me more of Jesse <3 cannot wait for Paul to be introduced!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maggie ☘

    Just as much fun as the first one, though the plot was weaker. Liked both Suze, Jesse and also Doc. I don't have mich to say about these books. They're certainly compulsively readable, you could easily read each book in one day. Suze is the right mix of sassy, kick ass and likeable. Jesse is swoonworthy. And there's great cast of secondary characters. The paranormal aspect (if I can even call it world building) is really weak, but at the same time this book never pretends to be something it's no Just as much fun as the first one, though the plot was weaker. Liked both Suze, Jesse and also Doc. I don't have mich to say about these books. They're certainly compulsively readable, you could easily read each book in one day. Suze is the right mix of sassy, kick ass and likeable. Jesse is swoonworthy. And there's great cast of secondary characters. The paranormal aspect (if I can even call it world building) is really weak, but at the same time this book never pretends to be something it's not. It's light and fun read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 4/25/17: If I recall correctly, I think this one is my least favorite of the series, but it was still SO GOOD. Like I said before, I don't think I would recommend this series to someone who doesn't already have the nostalgia factor, but I definitely do recommend a re-read if you haven't ever done so. Sooooo much fun Re-read 4/25/17: If I recall correctly, I think this one is my least favorite of the series, but it was still SO GOOD. Like I said before, I don't think I would recommend this series to someone who doesn't already have the nostalgia factor, but I definitely do recommend a re-read if you haven't ever done so. Sooooo much fun

  9. 5 out of 5

    Io705

    The Ninth Key (Part Two of the Mediator Series) Final Response by Iolanthe Brooks 12.24.09 I think Suze is just a confused girl trying to find her way. Only for her it’s even harder. Everyone is pressuring her to do different things, things a girl shouldn’t have to worry about. Her mom pressures her to go on dates, even if it means walking into traps and her mentor, Father Dominic, pressures her to help all these ghosts. If I were Suze, I’d be all confused inside. Normal girls lean on each other wh The Ninth Key (Part Two of the Mediator Series) Final Response by Iolanthe Brooks 12.24.09 I think Suze is just a confused girl trying to find her way. Only for her it’s even harder. Everyone is pressuring her to do different things, things a girl shouldn’t have to worry about. Her mom pressures her to go on dates, even if it means walking into traps and her mentor, Father Dominic, pressures her to help all these ghosts. If I were Suze, I’d be all confused inside. Normal girls lean on each other when they are going through tough times, but who can Suze lean on? No one understands her. It’s like she lost, and all alone in world where she doesn’t belong. But, what world is that? I feel like maybe some people are just destined to not fit in. No matter how hard they try they’ll never be “right.” But, what if those people are the most kind, caring, sweet people? What happens? Can the sweetest of the sweetest endure being all alone? I don’t think they can. No one can, and just because these people are different from your average run-of-the-mill girl or boy, they’re still humans. And, no human can ever be all alone their whole life without going crazy. I wonder if Suze is going to go crazy, I think she will. I think that Suze thinks that no one notices her, no one pays her any attention. So, she’s already started ruining her life by wearing shorter skirts and kissing random boys and hurting the ghosts instead of talking to them. Why would Suze let this happen to her? Why won't she just try to talk to the ghosts? Maybe she can’t bear to talk to them (the ghosts). It’s like all that peer pressure to be “normal” won’t let her talk to the ghosts. Maybe, she’s mad at them. Maybe she’s mad that they ruined her social life, that they hurt her, but did they?
 Maybe the ghosts don’t have to ruin Suze’s life. Maybe they only ruin her life because she lets them. She lets everyone ruin her life. And, then I think she becomes to afraid to admit that she’s let people’s words hurt her, so she lies to herself. She tells herself that she’s some super strong ghost-buster (per-say) and that no one can hurt her. So she hurts the ghosts. I think we all do this a lot, whether our ghosts are siblings or friends, or even mentors. We convince ourselves that we don’t need others love. And, then we take out all our pain on others. We let peer pressure make us crazy, so crazy that we could hurt and kill, and do beastly things. Instead of working things out, we choose to hurt each other. And, it’s a chain. We hurt one person and they hurt another and they hurt another, and it goes on and on and on. But, hurting others never solves anything. It just generates anger. Suze is too stuck on what her mom says, on what others say, that she can’t even hear her heart over the roar of their words. She’s lost in a world of her mom’s dreams, and other’s dreams and commands. She’s just looking for a way to be herself, a mediator, but to also be happy and loved, and not alone. But, Suze is really stuck. By lying to herself she’s made almost impossible to get out of that cycle of hate. She refuses to admit to herself, that she’s not a grown-up. And, she can’t be a superhero. She can’t do everything right, because no one can. As soon as Suze can admit that she’s made mistakes, and that she always will, then she’ll be able to live as herself. She’ll be able to be happy being a mediator, not depressed. I think that if Suze will open her eyes she’ll be free. But, no one said that was going to be easy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**

    I just adore rereading this series. Suze was my hero when I first read this series at 11 years old. And her and Jesse were my first OTP. Love love love.

  11. 5 out of 5

    hal

    The Mediator series is definitely become one of my favorites. Perhaps it's too soon to say that since I've only read the first two books? But I definitely like it. So, let's talk about Suze for a minute. This girl is everything I want to be. She's tough. She's sarcastic, and funny. She's relatable. She's just freaking awesome. I would want this girl as a friend. She's just a character I really clicked with. And that is a super rare occurrence. The thing I like about the Mediator books is you don' The Mediator series is definitely become one of my favorites. Perhaps it's too soon to say that since I've only read the first two books? But I definitely like it. So, let's talk about Suze for a minute. This girl is everything I want to be. She's tough. She's sarcastic, and funny. She's relatable. She's just freaking awesome. I would want this girl as a friend. She's just a character I really clicked with. And that is a super rare occurrence. The thing I like about the Mediator books is you don't have to focus a lot. It's a nice, easy read and while I like books that are thought-provoking and deep, I also like when I can just relax with a book, when I can just effortlessly turn the pages. Not to say it's all fluff- the Mediator books do raise some interesting questions about the afterlife. But it's definitely a book that doesn't require you to clear your head and focus before reading. Jesse, Jesse, Jesse. He is both a fictional character AND dead. Simply painful. Why can't guys like him exist in the real world?? Or at least, at my school?? Overall, a book perfect for relaxing with on a Friday night. Five stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    SO INTENSE!!! loved this next installment, so much more dark and ,honestly, thought that Suze wasn't going to make it even thought I know there are more books lol Something that I quite enjoy is seeing Suze setting her roots into this new life, she is growing so close to Doc, her new younger stepbrother, and they are indeed partners in crime when the subject is finding out more about Jesse's past. They had such a strong link, it made me tear up a little. Also, let's talk about how super gone Suze SO INTENSE!!! loved this next installment, so much more dark and ,honestly, thought that Suze wasn't going to make it even thought I know there are more books lol Something that I quite enjoy is seeing Suze setting her roots into this new life, she is growing so close to Doc, her new younger stepbrother, and they are indeed partners in crime when the subject is finding out more about Jesse's past. They had such a strong link, it made me tear up a little. Also, let's talk about how super gone Suze is for Jesse already even if she tried to deny it LOL love my girl, Suze and her badass self.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Well, I immediately checked out book three, so that more or less speaks for itself. These are fun!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nasty Lady MJ

    This isn't necessary a bad book. But this book and the first book are always difficult for me to get into, compared with the rest of the series. Bryce and Tad are honestly sort of homogenous. At least with Michael (random guy who flirts with Suze in the third book) there's sort of a twist. It's still a decent book though, though I did think it was sort of lame Suze got grounded in the end. To see review with gif click here. Original Reading Experience: I read this in a binge read when I finally g This isn't necessary a bad book. But this book and the first book are always difficult for me to get into, compared with the rest of the series. Bryce and Tad are honestly sort of homogenous. At least with Michael (random guy who flirts with Suze in the third book) there's sort of a twist. It's still a decent book though, though I did think it was sort of lame Suze got grounded in the end. To see review with gif click here. Original Reading Experience: I read this in a binge read when I finally got my hands on the rest of the series-I had read books five and then later four first BEFORE finally reading books one, two, and three. Honestly, I just wanted to get on with this one and get to the last book because I had to know how my ship was going to work out. Because it just had to because surely Meg wouldn’t be that cruel… Anyway, what I remembered the most about Ninth Key was Suze’s fashion choices-Armani sweater seat, Batgirl boots, and Betsey Johnson miniskirt. That outfit was imprinted on my brain. And I kept thinking about it since. Or at least that’s the outfit I always associated Suze with besides the plethora of slip dresses that she wore in the fourth book. Funny, how this series became a lot of my fashion inspiration at the time. No Cosmo for me, but Mediator. Reread: Ninth Key to me was always the forgotten book in the series. A lot of people say that about Reunion, but I actually like Reunion more or remember liking Reunion more-I think it Sleepy and Gina that made that one better than it really is. I so ship them. Despite the fact that Gina deserves someone a lot more responsible than Sleepy. Okay, all kidding aside, Ninth Key isn’t bad, it’s just not that remarkable. Well, the climax scenes were well done and hilarious, but besides them this book was a particular slow book. I have to give it Meg though for slowly developing the relationship between Suze and Jesse. I really do love a good slow burn romance, and this is what this one is. It’s such a arare thing in YA, so excuse me while I sort of relish in it. However, I don’t think there was really any growth between them in this installment other than Suze acknowledges that Jesse is hot, and Jesse interrupts a very awkward date with Tad. But we all knew it was never going to last with Tad. I’m sure he found himself a nice boyfriend when he moved to San Francisco, just saying. Honestly, Bryce and Suze were more believable and that’s pushing it. It’s odd how it takes Paul Slater, who is basically a sociopath, to actually be the one love interest that potentially can match Jesse and that’s mostly in fannon. Because Paul in cannon is sort of jerk, but he’s not in this book so we can’t talk about him. Boo. Most of the development to the overall series was done of the ancillary relationships-family and friends-which was nice. As I said before, it’s a filler book, but it does a good job showing how blended families relate to each other so that was good. And I liked how we got to see a bit more of Adam and CeeCee in this installment, though I did feel like they were used a bit by Suze. Bad Suze. Overall though, Ninth Key is a good quick read. It’s never going to have the same impact on me like other installments, but it doesn’t damper the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Good book. Our heroine has finally had her first dance with a boy (so what if he doesn’t really know her name). Then he turns up to be connected to her latest ghost. (Ok still cute, so that’s a plus) Then she finds out his Dad is really weird (but rich, so...I was going to say nice car, but not so much) Then she gets her first kiss (ok, he still doesn’t have her name right, but he’s closer) Yep, things are clicking along pretty good for our heroine, until we add murder and mayhem along with unr Good book. Our heroine has finally had her first dance with a boy (so what if he doesn’t really know her name). Then he turns up to be connected to her latest ghost. (Ok still cute, so that’s a plus) Then she finds out his Dad is really weird (but rich, so...I was going to say nice car, but not so much) Then she gets her first kiss (ok, he still doesn’t have her name right, but he’s closer) Yep, things are clicking along pretty good for our heroine, until we add murder and mayhem along with unruly ghosts. What’s a girl to do? And is it too late to correct her date on her name? Good story! Lots of fun. 😊

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marga

    One word. Jesse.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    Re-read in 2020 on audio: I don't know how Meg Cabot does it, but man, this series is just *chef's kiss* and it stands the test of time. Ninth Key pretty much takes place the following week after Shadowland. Just as Suze is beginning to adapt to her new school, a screaming ghost decides to visit her in the middle of the night while she is sleeping. Poor Suze 😂 But hey, at least she's got the hot ghost of Jesse de Silva keeping her company in her bedroom 😉 The plot in this book is bigger than ever Re-read in 2020 on audio: I don't know how Meg Cabot does it, but man, this series is just *chef's kiss* and it stands the test of time. Ninth Key pretty much takes place the following week after Shadowland. Just as Suze is beginning to adapt to her new school, a screaming ghost decides to visit her in the middle of the night while she is sleeping. Poor Suze 😂 But hey, at least she's got the hot ghost of Jesse de Silva keeping her company in her bedroom 😉 The plot in this book is bigger than ever, with Suze taking on a serial killing businessman. I love the way Meg Cabot builds up the plot. At first, Suze thinks it's just a regular mediating job and oh boy, was she wrong. I love how the author built up the creepiness of the Beaumonts. SO GOOD!! Suze is still a badass, if a reckless one. She is whip smart and uses her brain to get out of messy situations. We also have some great relationship development with Suze and David and also with Jesse and Suze. I vividly remember her fights with Jesse and I still enjoy them now LOL. And we finally got to meet her dad, who's been haunting her for years! As usual, Johanna Parker does an impeccable job narrating this book. She brings Suze to life and voices her character in the exact way I imagined her to be when I first read the series many years ago. Next book: it sounds like Gina will be paying Suze a visit! I honestly can't remember anything about it, so I'm excited to continue my re-read!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    High Stakes the second book in The Mediator series was okay but I think I preferred the first book. Suzie was a little harsh at times in this book, especially towards her step brothers. She also tried to be funny at times but to me it seemed inappropriate, it just didn't really work for me. It made her seem pretty stupid to be honest. I expected her relationship with Jesse to progress a little in this book but it seems she is at a stand still with him. He saves her a lot but most of the time he High Stakes the second book in The Mediator series was okay but I think I preferred the first book. Suzie was a little harsh at times in this book, especially towards her step brothers. She also tried to be funny at times but to me it seemed inappropriate, it just didn't really work for me. It made her seem pretty stupid to be honest. I expected her relationship with Jesse to progress a little in this book but it seems she is at a stand still with him. He saves her a lot but most of the time he just disappears on her. The overall story line in this book was good and Cabot really has you guessing until the very last page. I changed my mind about who the bad guy was at least three times, the characters were quite unreliable in this book. I didn't like Tad though. He was stupid to not know what was going on with his dad and uncle. I also didn't understand why he was so interested in Suzie, it's not like they had anything in common. I don't think he will be in the next book, just like Bryce I think he will be a one off character. I hope that doesn't keep happening in this series, being introduced to boring love interests isn't good!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Book 2 = CHECK This book was just as good as the first. Suze is honing her mediator skills and Jesse is as charming as ever. Not to mention the fabulous sibling rivalry going on. Having four siblings myself, Meg Cabot nailed it right on the head!! Loved every bit of it. Luckily I had a large car ride today and got to do the majority of the reading of this book myself, and gave the book on tape a rest. Not that I minded the audiobook for Shadowland, but when you get the chance to sit down and read. Book 2 = CHECK This book was just as good as the first. Suze is honing her mediator skills and Jesse is as charming as ever. Not to mention the fabulous sibling rivalry going on. Having four siblings myself, Meg Cabot nailed it right on the head!! Loved every bit of it. Luckily I had a large car ride today and got to do the majority of the reading of this book myself, and gave the book on tape a rest. Not that I minded the audiobook for Shadowland, but when you get the chance to sit down and read.....you do what you gotta do! ;)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaisa

    More Jesse =) I want even moooore Jesse please. I love that these books are short enough for me to read even when I'm supposed to be reading other things. haha. You know what was nice about this book? There was a moment where I thought Meg Cabot was gonna throw in the most overused creature in the world into the story, but she didn't! She didn't. And I was thankful for that. Meh, what can I say... These books are entertaining. More Jesse =) I want even moooore Jesse please. I love that these books are short enough for me to read even when I'm supposed to be reading other things. haha. You know what was nice about this book? There was a moment where I thought Meg Cabot was gonna throw in the most overused creature in the world into the story, but she didn't! She didn't. And I was thankful for that. Meh, what can I say... These books are entertaining.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Delitealex

    An enjoyable addition to the Mediator series. Suze is back and as feisty as ever. She makes a mistake while trying to help a ghost which gets her mixed up with some other dangerous business. It was a quick fun read I can't wait to continue on with the series. An enjoyable addition to the Mediator series. Suze is back and as feisty as ever. She makes a mistake while trying to help a ghost which gets her mixed up with some other dangerous business. It was a quick fun read I can't wait to continue on with the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I thought this one was a lot more fun than the first. I like the development of her relationships with Jesse and the stepbrothers. I wish other characters had a little more to do in this novel, like CeeCee and Adam and Father Dominic, but I'm hoping for a return to them in future installments. I'm going to have to get my hands on the rest of these soon! I thought this one was a lot more fun than the first. I like the development of her relationships with Jesse and the stepbrothers. I wish other characters had a little more to do in this novel, like CeeCee and Adam and Father Dominic, but I'm hoping for a return to them in future installments. I'm going to have to get my hands on the rest of these soon!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Original rating: 4 stars 7/2020 reread: 4 stars - I could give a seminar on five easy ways to kick a ghost's butt and not mess up your hair. Second volume! I managed to forget the plot of this book entirely, for some reason? Which is weird because it's actually quite distinct where its ghosts and mystery are concerned. In this volume, Suze is visited by a distraught spirit begging her to tell "Red" that he didn't kill her. With this limited information, Suze undertakes some amateur sleuthing, wh Original rating: 4 stars 7/2020 reread: 4 stars - I could give a seminar on five easy ways to kick a ghost's butt and not mess up your hair. Second volume! I managed to forget the plot of this book entirely, for some reason? Which is weird because it's actually quite distinct where its ghosts and mystery are concerned. In this volume, Suze is visited by a distraught spirit begging her to tell "Red" that he didn't kill her. With this limited information, Suze undertakes some amateur sleuthing, which leads her to Thaddeus "Red" Beaumont, one of Salinas County's foremost real estate developers . . . and self-professed vampire. Oh, and she just so happens to be kinda-sorta-dating his son, Tad. I'm in the middle of my reread of book three as I write this, and Ninth Key works as an excellent bridge between the frenetic, simplistic, choppy style of Shadowland and the more refined, purposeful, incisive wit of Reunion. Prose, dialogue, pacing, and characterization all improved by several notches (a trend that will continue in book three). Additionally, the central mystery of this book (while no less raw than the previous conflict involving Heather Chambers) felt cleaner. More mature, if you will. Not only because the writing is smoother but because the Beaumont's dirty laundry has a great ecopolitical bent, replete with humor-veiled indictments of corporate greed, urban sprawl, and irresponsible wealth. I'm still really impressed by how serious the conflicts in The Mediator series have been. These books pass themselves off as fairly frivolous YA titles, but their content can be fucking dark, man. Shadowland dealt with the furious ghost of a mentally-ill teenage girl who killed herself during an emotional episode, ending with an exorcism of said girl, and Ninth Key somehow only raised those stakes (ha ha) by presenting dangerous, powerful adult men as the installment's antagonists. The scenes where the killer describes his plan to dispose of Suze, thus silencing her, are actually pretty graphic. Not to mention, the closure we receive with the original ghost--the distraught woman begging Suze to tell Red he didn't kill her--becomes touchingly personal, also covering some heavy subjects (such as major end-of-life decisions and the impact this might have on surviving family members). Idk, the subject matter is always so much more mature than I expect, and I think that's part of what makes these books really special. Suze is a mediator, meaning she deals frequently with the restless spirits of the dead. And this series doesn't shy away from presenting these spirits in a realistic, human light. These are people who died of wasting disease (while young, middle-aged, or old), by murder, by suicide, by accident, etc. The seriousness of these ghosts' afflictions adds such understated weight to the narrative, and it really contextualizes Suze as a character. Jesse as well--that scene where he describes the killer's "bedevilment" was straight up savage. But I really hate it when I cry. I'd much rather bleed or throw up or something. As for Suze and Jesse, their relationship makes nice strides in this second novel. The attraction between them is definitely apparent: Suze begins to joke about other romantic interests not comparing to him (still in a very offhand, tongue-in-cheek manner), and Jesse displays the first indication of romantic attachment via jealousy disguised as prim, brotherly concern (something we'll see a whole hell of a lot more of in Haunted). Jesse has those kind of eyes some guys have, the kind of sad eyes that make you think you might want to try and make them not so sad. That's why I have to make a point of being so mean to him. I'm pretty sure there's a rule against that. I mean, in Father Dom's mediation guidelines. About mediators and ghosts getting together, and trying to, um, cheer each other up. If you know what I mean. Suze won't reach a point of unrequited yearning until book four, roughly, which aligns well with the timeline of their friendship, too. I still really enjoy the development and pacing of their interactions. It helps that Suze always has such serious shit going on--she's always doing something that doesn't involve Jesse at all, usually. He pretty much just pops up to give some ghost-advice or to lend a hand during a major conflict. We don't learn much more about Jesse's history in this book--again, we won't until book four. This builds up such suspense and excitement as book after book passes, each plot centering around a different ghost or ghosts, multiple--and none of them about the most important ghost in the entire series, and one of the main characters, who remains deliciously enigmatic for three full novels. Even knowing what happened to him, I'm still sitting here like, Jesse was murdered. Murdered! Somebody killed this gentle, intelligent, warm person. Why isn't anybody talking about that? Why isn't Suze digging up this fucking dirt!? I can't take it anymore! Of course, Jesse's story-line takes center stage during books four and six, especially, and it's all the more dramatic and heartrending for the wait. For negatives: Of course, the series hasn't hit its full stride yet with its prose and characterization, as mentioned above. Some of the scenes with the killer at the end felt highly scripted, a bit too convenient and deliberately set-up to make Suze appear to be as supremely badass as possible. I would have liked to see Suze really get freaked during those scenes, as I think would have been more natural considering the extreme danger she found herself in.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Di

    It's been a while since I read a book this fast. This one takes place about a week after the incidents of the first book in this series. Though it's been a while since I read the previous book, it wasn't hard to get back into this series at all. Really enjoyed it and highly recommend if you like Young Adult Paranormal Mysteries. It's been a while since I read a book this fast. This one takes place about a week after the incidents of the first book in this series. Though it's been a while since I read the previous book, it wasn't hard to get back into this series at all. Really enjoyed it and highly recommend if you like Young Adult Paranormal Mysteries.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cortnee Bollard

    I'm remembering why I loved these books so much. Suze is the best, even if she does need to think a bit more sometimes - what teenager doesn't. I Def wanted to be her when I first read these. And JESSE? OMG I forgot how much I love him. I'm going to breeze through these books this weekend I'm remembering why I loved these books so much. Suze is the best, even if she does need to think a bit more sometimes - what teenager doesn't. I Def wanted to be her when I first read these. And JESSE? OMG I forgot how much I love him. I'm going to breeze through these books this weekend

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anisha

    These books are wild. 3.5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Reading Vacation

    REVIEW A triple decker review. This is what you end up with when a series is so good that you read the books one right after the other. In Ninth Key, Suze spends a good part of her time trying to figure out if Tad Beaumont (aka Red) is responsible for a murder. While the interactions between Suze and Tad were nice, I was much more drawn to the scenes with Suze and Jesse. Remember Jesse, he’s the ghost who lives in Suze’s room. Less Red and more Jesse! There are some completely unexpected twists t REVIEW A triple decker review. This is what you end up with when a series is so good that you read the books one right after the other. In Ninth Key, Suze spends a good part of her time trying to figure out if Tad Beaumont (aka Red) is responsible for a murder. While the interactions between Suze and Tad were nice, I was much more drawn to the scenes with Suze and Jesse. Remember Jesse, he’s the ghost who lives in Suze’s room. Less Red and more Jesse! There are some completely unexpected twists to the plot and I LOVED the way Meg Cabot worked them in. She is a genius at writing a mystery. GENIUS. Reunion is my favorite Mediator book of the series so far. In this book, Suze is caught between the ghosts of four teens who died in a car accident (the RLS Angels) and Michael, the boy from her school who the ghosts are blaming for their deaths. It’s an all-out war as the ghosts are trying to get revenge on Michael. There is no shortage of action and I liked that the car accident plot was so realistic. Even with ghosts being involved, the plot felt very REAL. In Darkest Hour, Suze comes face-to-face with Maria, the ghost who was engaged to her beloved Jesse. Since I am so into the relationship between Suze and Jesse, I was really excited to read about Jesse’s former fiancé. The most romantic of the series so far, Darkest Hour will tug at your heart. Be prepared for a little side-plot action with the little boy Suze is babysitting – his name is Jack and he’s an eight-year-old mediator. I really enjoy how Meg Cabot put awesome little gems like this into her stories. It’s easy to see that I love the Mediator series. I can’t wait to read Haunted (book 5) and Twilight (book 6). RATING 5 Plot 4 Characters 5 Attention Grabbing 5 Girlie Meter 4 Ending 23 TOTAL 5 STARS

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd MY THOUGHTS I read the first book a few months ago and I enjoyed it! This isn't a dark ghost story, more of the fun variety, and it has a common plot, but I enjoyed it! Suz is trying to be semi normal, but the fact that there's a mediator prevents that. Again. This time she's woken by a screaming woman, a ghost, who needs Suz to tell "Red" that he didn't kill her. Suz has no idea who this "Red" is, so she asks around. Turns out "Red" is This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd MY THOUGHTS I read the first book a few months ago and I enjoyed it! This isn't a dark ghost story, more of the fun variety, and it has a common plot, but I enjoyed it! Suz is trying to be semi normal, but the fact that there's a mediator prevents that. Again. This time she's woken by a screaming woman, a ghost, who needs Suz to tell "Red" that he didn't kill her. Suz has no idea who this "Red" is, so she asks around. Turns out "Red" is the nickname of Tad Beaumont's dad. Suz ends up much deeper when the billionaire dad could be making people "disappear". And possibly insane. On the brightside, Suz is now dating Tad Beaumont, the hottest guy in school. From what I understand, based on other reviews, this isn't the best book in the series, but it's still good. Suz is a very great narrator. She's very spunky and I absolutely love her sarcastic voice! This book gets really, uh, messed up as it goes on, which is why I have odd feelings towards it. It actually takes an oddly dark turn, but also doesn't feel as serious. This book has a wholly fun vibe to it, even when things get dark, for some odd reason. There is a love interest, per say, in this book. But it never really goes anywhere and it also takes a back seat to everything else. Tad, the love interest, was really boring and kind of dumb. Suz says herself in the book that the only thing she really likes about him is his looks. Honestly, Tad's just there because of the plot and because Suz can't be with Jesse. IN CONCLUSION All in all, this was a fun book! These books are really quick and easy reads! I have all of them sitting on my shelf ready for me to read, so I'll be binge reading the rest of them soon!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole's Book Diaries

    Rating: 3.5 Stars Surprisingly ironic that this book was better than the first one. This statement may be a bit of a spoiler but it is ironic. This book is a filler for the rest of the series and yet it ended up more entertaining and put together better than the first book. I highly enjoyed the mystery and main story for this book compared to the first one. It was fast paced, action packed and dives right into the story from the beginning. I was impressed that even with such a fast pace, the book Rating: 3.5 Stars Surprisingly ironic that this book was better than the first one. This statement may be a bit of a spoiler but it is ironic. This book is a filler for the rest of the series and yet it ended up more entertaining and put together better than the first book. I highly enjoyed the mystery and main story for this book compared to the first one. It was fast paced, action packed and dives right into the story from the beginning. I was impressed that even with such a fast pace, the book still had interesting plot twists and unexpected surprises throughout the book. HOWEVER, the book still has the same major problems as the first book. Suze is still too reckless and thinks too highly of herself as a mediator. The problem with her development is that she keeps making it through every situation just fine. She keeps reminding people and herself that she’s been doing her “mediator job” for years. Somehow she justifies that as her ticket to recklessly putting herself in harm’s way and in return, hurting people around her as well. However, she still survives almost unscathed in situations and doesn’t learn the consequences of her actions. Therefore, no development is made. The romance in this book was unsatisfying as well. No, it was not with Jesse unfortunately. But romance was created in this book to fit the story but it was forced and also out of nowhere. This also brings the other issue with this book. As mentioned before, this book is a filler. Not much development was made on Jesse’s character or his past and why he’s still in this world. However, I did enjoy that Jesse and Suze grew closer together. Overall, it was a fun read even as a series filler. The main story definitely held this book up but I hope the next book delves into Jesse’s story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aylee

    You can also read this review on my blog. This review applies to the entire Mediator Series. The Mediator Series was my first series read of the year and let me tell you, it was a fantastically FUN way to start off my reading year. The series follows Suze Simon who has the ability to see, to talk to, and to beat up - whatever the occasion warrants - ghosts in order to send them on their way to the afterworld. The series was completed after six books in 2005, with an added novella and seventh novel You can also read this review on my blog. This review applies to the entire Mediator Series. The Mediator Series was my first series read of the year and let me tell you, it was a fantastically FUN way to start off my reading year. The series follows Suze Simon who has the ability to see, to talk to, and to beat up - whatever the occasion warrants - ghosts in order to send them on their way to the afterworld. The series was completed after six books in 2005, with an added novella and seventh novel set a decade later in 2016. Suze Simon is definitely the best part of the series for me. I would want to be BFFs with her if not for the fact that I am convinced that she is WAY too cool for me. This girl has more personality in her pinkie finger than most protagonists have developed over the course of an entire book. Suze's singular sass, nerve, and fashion sense put her right up there with The Greats Buffy Summers and Veronica Mars, in my mind. In fact, the Mediator Series reads a lot like those teen serialized TV shows set in small town California that follow a new story each episode, in addition to being easy entertainment to take in. This is my first Meg Cabot read - can you believe it? And if all of her protagonists are as fun as Suze Simon, then I am looking forward to reading more from her. I'm curious, which are the Meg Cabot books that I absolutely must read next? I would love recommendations!

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