Book Review: The Mediator Series ‘Shadowland’ by Meg Cabot

“Suzie 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 Suzie 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, Suzie realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind…and Suzie happens to be in the way.”

Firstly, let me just say, I doubt you’ll ever read a bad review of a Meg Cabot book from me. I love the woman (her blog is hilarious). In fact, I have a whole (rather pink) bookshelf dedicated to all of her books that I own, which, I’ll admit now, is pretty much most of them. If I’m looking for a great, fun, story, likeable heroines (and a tension filled romance with a ridiculously attractive guy), Meg Cabot never lets me down. I’ll buy her newest book as soon as it comes out, without waiting for the paperback and devour it the same day.

The Mediator series is one of my favourites. I read them all in less than a week over the Easter break way back when. Sadly, nowadays, my well-loved copies are starting to fall apart. I do intend to eventually review each book in the series, six in total for you guys, but for now, here’s my review on the first book, Shadowland.

Meg Cabot’s heroines are always a perfect blend of sharp wit, humour, fiery independence, and quirkiness. (They are also usually just slightly insane which you can’t help but love). Your everyday girl, that any teenager (or adult *ahem*) reader can easily relate to. This book is no exception. Susannah Simon, or ‘Suzie’, is instantly likeable, sarcastic with a tough demeanour and fiercely protective of her friends and family. And she kicks ghost butt. What’s not to like?

The plotline here is pretty basic (the blurb above just about covers it), but engaging nevertheless. Cabot draws you in with just enough action, a loveable heroine, one very attractive dead cowboy, and endearing secondary characters to keep you interested. In true style, Cabot ends with a mystery or two (and the promise of a sizzling romantic plot line), to leave you coming back for more. I dare you to try and put it down.

Recommended Reading Age: All ages

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