Sunday, February 21, 2016

Book Review: Remembrance by Meg Cabot

The Mediator #7
Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Publication.Date:February 2, 2016
Pages:388 (paperback)
Published By:  William Morrow
Website:Meg Cabot

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The highly anticipated return of Meg Cabot’s bestselling Mediator series featuring fan-favorite ghost whisperer Susannah Simon

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.

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

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?


"Are we ever going to talk about what happened here tonight, Susannah?"

"Well," I said. "When a man and a woman like each other very much, they start kissing, and then they get a funny feeling in their tummies. And in a normal relationship the man goes with he woman to her apartment, and they get naked and relieve each other of the funny feeling. Unless the man insists on waiting until we're married, and then the woman has a nervous breakdown -"

"Not that," he interrupted. "Thought that was a very comical, and I quite enjoyed it. I meant the devil child."
"We?" Jesse threw me a suspicious glance as we headed through the gate that said THANK YOU FOR VISITING 17-MILE DRIVE. PLEASE COME AGAIN. "Not we."

"Yes, we," I said. "I'm your fiancée. I understand you're not entirely up on twenty-first-century mores, Jesse, but it's considered rude these days not to invite your fiancée to your vigilante party."

I, along with many readers out there, was thrilled when I found out Meg was writing another Mediator book. I don't remember my exact reaction, but I do know 16-year-old inside of me couldn't contain her excitement - 27-year-old me couldn't either.

The Mediator Series was my favorite series when I was growing up and Jesse my first book boyfriend. Proposal allowed me to peek into Suze and Jesse's lives, but Remembrance is the full fledged update I've been longing for, especially after re-reading the series a few weeks ago.

Meg brings a lot of favorite (and no so favorite) characters back for Remembrance, which added to my excitement. Every characters growth and changes are perfectly inline with the characters we know and love from books 1-5, which allows Remembrance to perfectly fit in with the previous novels. One of my favorite aspects is that Suze no longer calls her brother Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc, but by their real names and while she hasn't quite dropped the "step" from their titles, she has grown to love them.

Suze, while perhaps more so stubborn and witty than when she was younger, had a few moments where she needed to be smacked upside the head. When Paul shows back up her in life with the bargain (referenced in the synopsis), she decides not to mention any of it to Jesse. This drove me insane for obvious reasons, but at the same time I understood her reasoning and probably would have done the same - as much as I may have tried to deny it to myself.

Jesse is just as swoon worthy as ever. He is protective and caring (though Suze refers to this as overprotective nineteenth-century macho man bullshit). There were times I think it went above and beyond, overall, I don't mind his overprotective nineteenth-century macho man bullshit. Meg writes this aspect of her personality in such a way that it's cute rather than domineering.

After reading Remembrance I'm glad Meg decided to continue the series because this is the perfect ending. The closure I didn't realize I was missing when Twilight ended. Remembrance allowed me to fall in love all over again with this series and these characters and I cannot wait for my next binge read.

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