Title: Remembrance Series: Mediator #7
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
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.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
REMEMBRANCE is the 7th book in the Mediator series by Meg Cabot.
POV: First person
Sexual Content: vague sex, for 18+
Jen’s Review of REMEMBRANCE
A fun and exciting trek into the supernatural experiences of ghost mediators, no longer just for teens…
Although the Mediator series began as young adult novels, the author continued following Suze into adulthood. As someone who never read the earlier books, I believe I am a bit more objective. This book was awesome!
Before detailing all the things I loved about Remembrance, I want to explain that I am uncertain of the genre of Remembrance. I’ve seen it listed as fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery, and contemporary romance. I put Paranormal Mystery in my title, but I think Paranormal Romantic Mystery would be more accurate–if there is such a genre.
The difficulty in picking a genre stems from the book having two different story lines. One is focused on the romance; the other is focused on the ghost mystery. Neither is a sub-plot; they both are given equal weight. This worked great, and I enjoyed the story.
Remembrance has many great aspects. The characters are interesting, well-developed, and distinguishable. The story flows well, with a brisk pace, never getting bogged down by backstory. The reader learns details a little at a time when they most relevant.
The author gives the reader all the information he or she needs to understand Suze and Jesse’s past and current relationship. Readers who have read none of the previous books can jump into the series with ease.
Sussanah (Suze) is independent, caring, and spirited. I could relate to her, despite her propensity for keeping secrets, lying, and using foul language. Suze seemed human. She makes some bad choices, but she has good intentions. She has a pet rat named Romeo, another endearing detail.
Suze has a lot to deal with in Remembrance. She must deal with her nemesis Paul, who wants to tear down her old house. She also needs to figure out why a teenager would try to harm herself and why a spirit would be determined to protect that girl. Meanwhile, she searches for a way to save her fiance from becoming a demon.
I loved how Meg Cabot added small details then worked those back into the story later. For instance, Suze lost an online auction for a pair of boots. At random times, she would think about those boots. It made her seem more human.
The author did a great job of balancing the romance and mystery.
Remembrance was a great, surprise-packed book. I would read future books in the Mediator series if Meg Cabot writes more to it.
Remembrance deserves an “A” (5 stars) for likable characters and a well-developed mystery.