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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 freshSuze 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....

Title : Shadowland
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ISBN : 9780060725112
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 287 Pages
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Shadowland Reviews

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-07-08 09:42

    4.5 stars. Now I remember why Meg Cabot used to be my most favourite author when I was younger. I adored her. This doesn’t mean that I liked every single book she wrote, but I loved the fact that I could just chose the genre I wanted to read with her, know what I’m saying? Contemporary, urban fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, historical… She’s a versatile writer and those types of writers always impress me.I know why I never read this series. I also know that I acted foolishly by not giving it a shot. I remember borrowing a couple of The Princess Diaries books from my library and seeing this series next to it. I just never paid much attention to it, because my eleven-year-old self thought it looked… weird. That’s right. (I also didn’t like the cover; its colors: lurid, lurid, lurid!) Anyway, it just didn’t look serious enough for me, and when the subject is ghost-related, I like it mature and complex. I know… what was I thinking judging so easily? I guess sometimes it’s actually good to be wrong about books.This book… This book… It’s near PERFECT. And it’s so much fun, without there being excessive humour and entertaining but pointless scenes to the plot. The main character is slightly snarky, highly witty, smart and good at what she does. She’s a mediator, and she does her job well. She has experience in talking to ghosts, and it shows. Doesn’t mean it always works out well for her, but she’s always ready to find solutions to problems and protect the people she loves. I didn’t think she and I would get along that much, because sometimes she can be quite rude, and I don’t especially like rude people, but her remarks don’t just come out of nowhere, for no reason; she knows how to defend herself.There’s a bunch of secondary characters to meet and love. Really, there’s not one I managed to hate, even the vile ones. There are stereotypes (even the ghost’s reason for dying wasn’t new to my ear – déja vu, déjà vu, déjà vu) but they won’t bother you because 1) they’re not highlighted and 2) you’ll be so immersed in Suze’s (main character) thoughts that, if she’s not thinking about that, you won’t either. I think maybe I missed Meg Cabot’s stories too much, because I honestly can’t find anything negative that bothered me to say about this. Either that or it’s just that exceptionally entrancing. I guess the romance isn’t that fabulous… but, really, Suze isn’t preoccupied by boys! She has ghosts to deal with, for God’s sake! Well… *wink*Also, it’s fast-paced and I might even have read it in one sitting if I were the type to do that. Realistic and believable, too, otherwise I swear I wouldn’t have liked this. Ghosts are an interesting and important subject to me, so if it’s not well dealt with or if they’re ridiculously portrayed, I get cranky. Why this book doesn’t contain your usual teen-who-sees-ghosts story is because Meg Cabot takes it to a whole new level. But I’ll let you discover what the hell I’m talking about.I can’t even think of one reason why you shouldn’t pick this book up. Extremely recommended to fans of Linda Joy Singleton... and everyone else!

  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    2019-07-06 16:42

    But even on the ninth floor of Bellevue-which is where they lock up the crazy people in New York-I probably wouldn't be safe from the ghosts. They'd find me. They always do.Alright so, it appears that everyone wanted to like my pre-review of fangirlish relations to when I was I don't see a large point in writing a long-winded review when it seems everyone has mostly stopped by and saw all they wanted to see. But, along with those youngish nostalgic ramblings, I did want to say why I loved-and still love-this series.It's not often a person can look back at a book they read in middle school and say they still love it and it's almost just as good as they remember. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Maybe I love it so much I'm blind to the fact that it is a little youngish. Maybe it really is just as good as I think it is. Maybe I am biased because I truly believe this author is a witty, sarcastic, and wonderful writer. Or maybe I'm just biased for Jesse. And Suze. I don't know, and frankly, who the fuck cares? "Oh, Suze. Not again."This series shaped a large chunk of my pre-teen years and gave me countless months, years, whatever of pining and wanting and dreaming of the beautiful Jesse. And, admittedly, my funny story for this is that I read book five first. ME. CHELSEA. The girl who hates spoilers and disorder and messing with the integrity of books. But I guess this just goes to show you that if you are a good author, you can make anything work.I was OBSESSED with that fifth book, Haunted, and wanted nothing more than for Jesse and Suze's story to continue. Little did I know, after a little bout of research at the local bookstore (aahhh the good old brick and mortar days) that I had missed four books before!! Imagine how excited I was. I mean, really. Plus, there was yet another book coming! Hey, don't judge me too harshly. It's not like I had GR to jump onto so I could see (Mediator #5)! And it certainly didn't show on the book's spine, I'll tell ya that much."Yeah," I said. "Yeah, this is my room now. So you're going to have to clear out.""I'm going to have to clear out?" He raised one black eyebrow. "This has been my home for a century and a half. Why do I have to leave it?"But in some weird way....I think that's why I loved this series so much. It was developed and Jesse was in full-blown swoon mode and Suze was funnier than ever-and hey, there was lots of jelly at this likes the jelly boys. So, you know, maybe my little heart needed this one first. *Shrugs* I dunno.Just before I fell asleep again, I thought I heard something besides the owl. It sounded like someone singing the words Oh, Susannah, now don't you cry for me, 'cause I come from Alabama with this banjo on my knee.But that, I'm sure, was just my imagination. Witty, light-hearted, fun, fast-paced, and humorous, I will never get tired of reading about Suze's escapades as a mediator. I mean really, who gets to have a sexy, mysterious ghost boy as a roommate? Certainly not I....but I sure would have loved to have had a Jesse of my own. For more of my reviews, please visit:*****Oh. My. GOD guys....that moment when you realize a childhood favorite is better than anything you remember and you get three times the feels because you can ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND IT BETTER and appreciate your young childhood BBF in the way he deserves AGHHHH.Sometimes it feels like coming home when you pick up a book again...and that's all you can really ask for. Those feels, they are unlike anything you've ever felt. SO unreal. And so worth it to re read these masterpieces from my childhood.RTC***********Ahhhh nostalgiaaaaaaaa ♥**********O.m.g. My favorite book series EVER from when I was in middle school is being made into a movie! You know how many times I wished that would happen 10 or more years ago?! I used to pick out songs that would make up the soundtrack. I will be there! Hope they don't ruin it!

  • Leanna
    2019-06-17 11:19

    I’ve developed a really bad habit: book cheating.Until recently, I’ve had impeccable reading etiquette. I never flip to the end of the book. I don’t cheat to see if the lovers reconcile or to discover who the murderer is. Instead, I read from cover to cover. It’s only right.But lately I’ve found myself cheating. I can’t help it—it’s those pesky young adult serials I’ve been reading. They simply aren’t good enough to justify reading the whole series, but they are interesting enough that I want to know what happens. So I’ve started looking online to discover how the series end. I know, shameful.I never should have started three YA series in one week. Such an overdose could only be dangerous. The latest culprit: Meg Cabot’s The Mediator series. I just finished the first book, Shadowland, and I had to know what happened to the protagonist, Suze, so I cheated.Suze is a “mediator.” Basically, she is a teen Ghost Whisperer. I confess I have watched—and even enjoyed—the TV series, so I was a bit intrigued by the idea of a teenage girl who both sees ghosts and helps them “cross” to the other side.The premise is interesting, and the book is a fairly entertaining read. However, it is not entertaining enough to persuade me to read the other five books in the series.On the other hand, Suze happens to share her bedroom with a nineteenth-century-hottie-cowboy ghost. How could I not cheat to find out how the ghost and the teenage girl progress romantically?Clearly, the cure to my problem is no more young adult serials.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-06-25 12:23

    Re-read 4/24/17: This series is still perfect after all this time. It is mega cheesy and I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone to pick up for the first time nowadays, but as a nostalgic re-read, this was PERFECTION. Can't wait to carry on and re-read the rest of the series. Re-read 11/23/15: 5 stars for nostalgia and a rip-roarin' good time. I love this series so damn much. Yes, it's cheesy and a little dated, but it is still absolute perfection. Love love LOVE.

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    2019-06-22 15:18

    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !Beware spoilers ahead!When I was younger I was a fan of Meg Cabot. As far as I was concerned she could do no wrong and that all her books were fantastic! Last year I discovered that it's not true. I found out that I didn't like her contemporary books. But I still immensely enjoyed her paranormal/supernatural books. This year I remembered this series and was happy to find that my library has it! I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!The book begins with Suze mentioning the differences between New York and California. Her mother has gotten remarried and they had to shift to California because Andy her step dad owns a business there. Suze actually likes Andy and she doesn't mind Dopey, Sleepy, and Doc (her nicknames for her step brothers) but she doesn't like the fact that they had to move. Suze doesn't share these thoughts with her mother. Andy makes her mother very happy and Suze is okay with that.Her new family take her home. On the way there she notices again how different Cali is from New York. While they are talking it comes out that the school she'll be attending is a very old building. As is there house. After hearing this Suze starts to freak out because she doesn't like old buildings.When they get to the house Suze tries to remain calm. Andy has put a lot of work into the house and has tried to make it comfortable for her. Once they reach Suze's room she sees a guy sitting at her window seat. Only the rest of her family don't see him. Suze can see ghosts and usually there are more ghosts in old buildings.I seriously did not expect to enjoy Shadowland this much! It was so much fun! This book is written in first person told in Suze's point of view. It takes place over the course of a few days.I loved Suze. She is definitely my favourite Meg Cabot character! She was smart and a bit of a hot-head. She was tough and could handle a fight just fine.It was interesting to read about her experience with ghosts. And how the mediator stuff works. Throughout this book Suze trying to help people ends up being a bit reckless. She never accepts anyone's help she goes solo. Throughout the book she decides to work with other and that it isn't so bad.The relationships were awesome! I loved how close Suze was with her mother and that she didn't mind her step father. It's nice to read about a good step parent. While Suze isn't close to any of her brothers in the beginning of the book she does develop a good relationship with Doc. It was so sweet reading about! It wasn't always rainbows and sunshine but they were there for each other.The little I read about Cece and Adam was nice. I liked Father Dom and Jesse. Father Dom is the principle (and a priest) of the school that Suze attends. Much to her surprise he is also a mediator and does offer to train her. He was a nice mentor. Jesse was a bit clueless but sweet. This does take place in a few days so there isn't really any romance. Suze does consider Jesse good looking but at the moment they're just friends.The plot was pretty good. Heather was realistic. There are definitely girls like her. It was also nice to for a change that Suze didn't like her powers. But that didn't mean that she was rude to people she still did all her ghostly duty without a lot of complaints. I admire her for that.I only had two problems with Shadowland. There were times when Suze would talk about how good looking Jesse that it would become annoying. And while I understood why she did so there were times when I felt it wasn't necessary. Also I find it very weird that in a matter of a day Suze is very popular. Yes she did save one of the students and threaten to break another students fingers, I don't think it's possible to get popular that fast. Nonetheless I enjoyed this!Overall this was a really good book! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a completed fantasy that it more focused on the character development.

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2019-06-25 09:36

    THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! I'm just obsessed with Meg Cabot and I think this will end up being another one of my favourite series! Thanks to Chelsea for introducing me to this series and for buddy reading this with me! <3

  • Norah Una Sumner
    2019-07-11 14:34

    Why on Earth haven't I read this sooner? SO.MUCH.FUN.I love Meg Cabot and her Princess Diaries are basically the synonym for my elementary school period. However, I didn't particularly like her Heather Wells series, so I was kind of wary when I first started reading this book. BUT HOLY MACARONI. I loved it. I loved Suze & Jesse, Father D, her step-brothers, the story, the very Meg Cabot writing, the humor, the action... It was extremely fun reading about Suze's adventures and just her awesome kick-ass personality. Oh... Jesse's a cutie pie. A hot cutie pite, though. Go get it Susannah. ♥

  • Gergana
    2019-07-13 09:26

    Fanarts and random images included! Yey! Disclaimer: Rereading and reviewing some of my old-time favourites. First read in 2010, last reread in Summer, 2016WARNING: 1. This is a review for the first (6 books). The new book that was published earlier in 2016 will be reviewed separately.2. No spoilers are included.3. This series has many many many many flaws, avoid if you're not a fan of YA by all cost!4. My logic is purely emotional (as usual), you might want to check a few more reviews.5. Ahhh, 2010 - the year when people were still waging wars over who should hook up with Bella from Twilight, panicking over which vampire book they should read next, or wondering whether they should just move on something more serious (such as fallen angels). And there was one website that offered the solution to all our problems...############################STORYThe books follow Suze, an extroverted and mischievous teenager about to start her new life in beautiful, sunny California, along with her mum, step dad and three step brothers. New house, new school and a new roommate...who happens to be dead. Yep, Jesse, a hot "young" cowboy with KILLER ABS (as we are kindly reminded a thousand times by our protagonist) politely refuses to vacate her bedroom, mainly because he doesn't know where else to go and he doesn't want to leave the only person who can actually see and communicate with him. As creepy as this sounds, Jesse is a very old-fashioned gentleman so he never really abuses Suze's privacy. Just go with it.Suze is a Mediator, a person who can talk with ghosts and help them move to to whatever follows after death. If she's lucky, all our heroine needs to do is help the dead person complete their unfinished business and she's free to lead a normal life, worrying about boyfriends and school. Most of the cases, however, involve murder mysteries, vengeful ghosts and dangerous psychopaths.############################ MY THOUGHTSPROSWitty, fast-paced, humorous, filled with action, mysteries, ghosts and romance (of a sort), extreme cheesiness that makes me giggle, easy to follow writing style and descriptions that would make you feel like you're on a beach in California. These books are super innocent, non-pretentious, rather simple and, although I first read them in my early twenties, I found myself thoroughly enjoying them once more.Yes, the plot isn't anything phenomenal, yet, it's interesting enough to finish all six books in less than two week(Plus, they're really short.)Yes, the characters can be on-dimensional and predictable (with a few exceptions), but they still manage to be charming and entertaining. The "romance" was...ok, I suppose. I couldn't really connect to Suze, but Jesse was cute :D (view spoiler)[And I didn't even mind the Love triangle!(hide spoiler)]CONSThere are series that you can reread a hundred times and each time the experience will only get better and better.The Mediator series, unfortunately, wasn't one of those series. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot that makes these 6 books highly enjoyable, but I've become super fussy when it comes to YA books featuring horny teenage girls with special snowflake syndrome and complete lack of brains. (I blame age and too many awesome books). It takes four books for Suze to start acting... "maturely", to stop relying on Jesse to save her, to stop drooling over his abs and to start taking this mediating business more seriously. 4 books can be a long time. In addition, she can be rather dislikable, easy to anger, mean and seriously self-centred...seriously...The writing style can become rather annoying and repetitive. Especially since we're in Suze head all the time and she isn't the brightest person around.Of course, we are all entitled to our own opinion.############################WILL I RECOMMEND TO FRIENDS If you're looking for short, cosy read, to take your mind away from everyday life, if you don't want to read anything complicated and detailed at the moment, if you just want to have fun and a good laugh, feel free to give The Mediator series a go.Me, personally, I doubt I'll be rereading these any time soon. Nevertheless......Jesse's so cute!############################If you're looking for some good ghost books, check if these will be any good for you: - One of my favourites! Set in an alternative world where Great Britain has been infested by ghosts and the only people who can fight them are children wielding rapiers, chains and all kinds of gadgets. First book is mildly scary, but by the third book I was absolutely terrified! - didn't finish this one (lost interest around second half), but from what I can remember, it was really dark and scary.- if you're looking for another YA series, this one might be worth checking out. Includes all kinds of paranormal creatures (werewolves, magicians etc.). Slight warning though - the pacing is really slow and the ending is a little bit...disappointing.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sara
    2019-07-09 12:41

    I decided I wanted to reread this book series because it was one of my all-time favorites when I was in high school. I'm not sure if a new reader would enjoy it now, but I still loved it. It's pretty much classic teen chick lit, and a fun, breezy read. If you like spunky main characters that fight ghosts, you might like this.

  • Amy (Turn the Page)
    2019-06-17 09:14

    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.

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    2019-07-10 08:39

    Just as good as the other bazillion times I've read this. I do find Suze to be super hard on others, but here's hoping she'll learn to ease that judgment in the rest of the books. She's such a normal teenage girl depicting her crushes on any boy that it reminds me of when I was a teen haha

  • P
    2019-06-25 16:37

    เป็นนิยายเล่มบางๆที่อ่านได้เรื่อยๆ มีมุกตลกที่ทำให้เรายิ้มมุมปากเล็กน้อย แต่ไม่ถึงกับขำก๊ากออกมา เนื้อเรื่องผูกปมไว้ไม่ซับซ้อน ให้อารมณ์คล้ายๆกับนั่งดูซีรีย์ฝรั่งที่จบในตอน ตัวละครสดใสมีสีสัน พระเอกอย่างเจสซี่มีความลับที่ยังไม่ได้ลับการเปิดเผยที่ทำให้อยากรู้จนต้องหยิบเล่มต่อๆไปขึ้นมาอ่านอีก การหาทางออกของตัวละครดูง่ายๆไปนิด แต่นี่ก็เป็น Chick Lit เล่มบางๆก็จะไปคาดหวังตรงส่วนนี้มากไม่ได้ ...เป็นหนังสือที่อ่านคลายเครียดได้เพลินๆดี ... ซื้อมาตอนที่ลดราคาเหลือเล่มละ 40 บาท ...(view spoiler)[ซูซานน่าห์เพิ่งย้ายบ้าน และบ้านใหม่ของเธอกลับมีผีสิง! ใครจะรู้ว่าผีที่สิงอยู่ในบ้านของเธอจะกลายเด็กหนุ่มหน้าตาดี อย่างเจสซี่ ที่เธอไม่สามารถไล่ให้เขาไปไกลๆได้ ส่วนเรื่องที่โรงเรียน ... ซูซานน่าห์ต้องผจญกับผีเด็กสาวที่ฆ่าตัวตายเพราะน้อยใจแฟนหนุ่มของเธอ ผีตนนั้นตามอาฆาตและต้องการเอาชีวิตแฟนของเธอให้ไปอยู่ด้วย ดังนั้นซูซานน่าห์จึงต้องออกโรงปกป้องคนที่มีส่วนเกี่ยวข้อง เมื่อผีเริ่มแข็งข้อขึ้นกับเธอเรื่อยๆ ซูซานน่าห์จึงต้องงัดไม้ตาย 'ไล่ผี' ออกมาในที่สุดเพื่อกำจัดผีตนนั้นให้สิ้นซาก (hide spoiler)]

  • Nic
    2019-07-10 09:41

    Why didn’t I pick this up earlier? I knew I should listened to my friends at Bookers. I loved it! Shadowland was a fun and entertaining read that had me laughing. The plot was fast paced and easy to read and the characters were an unforgettable bunch. Suze, I loved her. She is an amusing character, the kind of girl you want to be friends with. Jesse is of course swoon worthy and left me thinking give me more.This is a series that I could easily get addicted too.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-17 10:26

    I forgot how much I absolutely loved these books. I meanLOVEthese books. There's just something about them that makes me ridiculously happy each time I read them, and they really never get old. Cabot has a way with her writing that makes her books extremely easy to read, without them being boring or childish and I think that's a feat in itself. Then there's the characters she's created. Everyone from Suze to Doc, Grumpy, and Sleepy, to Ceecee and Adam and of course, Jesse, really comes to life just in this first book and you can't help but love them all in their own way. Yes, the book is full of your usual high-school novel stereotypes, but they aren't shoved in your face so much that you get annoyed, they're just floating around in the background for the most part. All I know is, I absolutely cannot wait to continue reading this series... again. But mostly so I can get to Proposal and Remembrance ;p **First (documented) Read- April 2012***First Re-read- February 2016

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-07-16 13:23

    I resisted Meg Cabot for so long...but turns out she's pretty fun. This first book in The Mediator series surprised me with its fast-paced story, humor, and entertaining characters. The plotting of the mystery is not particularly complicated, but that's something I expected from seeing the cover art and reading the blurbs. It's pretty much chick lit for teens with a dose of the supernatural to sweeten in it up.What did bother me, though, was that the author used the word "fag" twice in this book, and then the word shows up again on page 8 of the second book. Now, the person who used it was grounded for it, but I was surprised to see how casually the whole thing was handled. I'm not sure if the author was trying to make a point or not, but it does seem weird that it kept popping up again and again, and pretty much out of the blue. Doesn't add anything to the story and it's an odd detail. I googled to see if there were any discussions on this topic in relation to Meg Cabot's books, but couldn't find anything...

  • Marga
    2019-07-18 14:29

    “How is it that I'd nearly been smothered to death, and yet I could sit there and notice things like my stepbrother's abdominalmuscles a few minutes later?” I don't know what came over me but I decided to reread this one today. And the cuteness is still there.I have always been a fan of Meg Cabot's works. (I didn't read The Princess Diaries though.) This series is my favorite of hers. And 1-8000-WHERE- R- YOU. I wish the rumor about this series having another book is true. I'll surely be freaking out.

  • Louise
    2019-06-25 15:21

    One of of my favourite books and series!

  • Morgan
    2019-07-16 09:21

    I am so happy to be revisiting the Mediator world because I had forgotten how much I adored this series!!! Suze is an amazing MC (shout out to all the secondary characters, especially Suze's brothers! They are a fabulous ensemble!)I listened to the audiobook whilst driving on my commute to work. I'm usually not one for audiobooks, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one (more than once I laughed out loud at the narration!!). Looking forward to book two!

  • De'Siree Fairley
    2019-06-28 15:29

    That was highly enjoyable!! I absolutely loved everything about it!! Susannah is a badass and Jesse just sounds hot. I'm so conflicted though, I want them to fall in love, but also ...he's dead XD I need to see how this series plays out.

  • Nasty Lady MJ
    2019-07-05 08:14

    To see review with spiffy gif click here.A few months ago I reread all of the Princess Diaries series in anticipation of the adult installment that was released back in June. I decided to do the same thing with The Mediator series-which I actually prefer to Diaries. The seventh book will be released in February 2016. Between now and then, I’ll be reading one book of the series a month (well, reviewing, there will probably be a point in time where I’ll binge read the rest of the series because that’s just how I do things).Original Reading Experience: I actually first read this book after I read the fifth one. Long story short, the publication of this series was a little weird. So I only started picking them up after they were published under Meg Cabot’s name, and I thought Haunted was a standalone. I am glad to say it’s not though-a stand alone. However, when you first read this book after the fifth one things can feel a little disjointed.Reread: It was enjoyable. I’ll admit that this book did feel a bit watered down to some YA books I’ve read. The prose seemed relatively simple to what I’ve been reading lately. And it’s short, not even three hundred pages. But it still worked.As far as Meg Cabot books go, this one wasn’t terribly dated. Often when I reread her stuff-especially The Princess Diaries series-I cringe when I read some of the outdated pop culture references. Shadowland had a few, but not near as many as other books.Some of the jokes are way stale though. And I really find Brad, the homophobe, offensive. Grant it, at the time of publication his offensiveness was more common than it is now. And at least Suze tells him off for it, but still Dopey is an ass.Suze is still fantastic as she was all those years ago. I still want her life. Her boots. And most importantly Jesse. I really enjoy how the romance isn’t in your face in the first installment. It’s amusing how Suze is not head over heals in love with him.Or the fact that Jesse doesn’t overwhelm the plot. That in itself is refreshing. And I love how Cabot just depicts him altogether. A lot of the time out of time heros come off as being a little stiff at best (at worst borderline offensive), but Jesse just works.But what I found to be the most interesting thing upon reread is how short books can work. Too often in today’s YA world we’re dealt with omnibus tomes that can just go on and on forever. Doing something short and concise is no easy feat and Cabot does it.As for the ghost: Oh, Heather. As far as ghosts go she’s one of least memorable ghosts in this series, but she does set a nice introduction to the art of mediation. She is a bit of a cliche though. But I can deal with that since it’s the first book.Overall, a nice reread and fairly strong start to my favorite YA series.

  • Aoife
    2019-06-26 09:14

    I first read this series when I was between 14-16 years old I believe and I really loved it so when I found out a new novel was coming in February 2016 with a grow-up Suze, I knew I had to reread the series.I really loved going into this with a fresh pair of eyes and the knowledge I had the whole series to my disposal on my Kindle and wouldn't have to wait for the next one to show up on the library shelf (this was before the days of reserving books online, it was a 'you see it, you take it' kind of thing cause you didn't know when you'd see it again). I had forgotten alot of the series except for the basics - 16-year-old moves to California, she can see ghosts, hot ghost in bedroom, whole load of trouble.Suze is a great character, She's independent, spunky and confident but also has a degree of warmth and caring. She doesn't let bullies or snobs get away with anything and likes to share her opinions. One of the best things I loved about the book was Suze's family dynamic. I forgot how great it was. Despite the fact she hardly knew her stepbrothers, I always felt they settled down with one another really well and with a lovely level of caring, from David/Doc's fawning over Suze to Jake/Sleepy's role of big brother caring for little sister. There was very little angst between them other than some normal sibling squabbles and her relationship with her stepdad Andy was also lovely. The family life was healthy and great to read.I'm knocking off a half a star to the book basically because at times I felt uncomfortable with the attitude towards suicide. Suze's first ghost in the book, besides Jesse, killed herself after her boyfriend broke up with her and she became a malevolent spirit, intent on harm.I literally winced at how unfeeling Suze was at times and I'm not sure if the casual way she says "blow your head off" would go down as well in a book written today when society in general has a much better attitude towards mental health and suicide. There was basically nothing done to discover other reasons why Heather felt the need to shoot herself other than her relationship status and it definitely left the impression that she was just a stupid, shallow girl. There was also the use of the words "fag" and "fag hag" at one point which, again, I didn't enjoy at all. Though in fairness, Dopey did get a slap and grounded for saying it.Overall, I loved revisiting this book and I can't wait to read the rest. I've already fallen in love with Jesse. I hate the new covers though. I much prefer the old ones.

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-06-18 10:38

    Susannah Simon has a unique calling in life. She's a mediator, a person who can see and talk to ghosts and help them leave earth for wherever they're supposed to go. When Suze moves from New York to San Francisco to live with her mom's new husband and her new stepbrothers, she finds a couple of interesting things. First, there's the hottie of a ghost who lives in her bedroom. Secondly, there's Father Dominic, the principal of her new school who also happens to be a mediator. Third, she's somehow cool in California. When Suze saves the life of one of the popular guys from the vengeful ghost of his ex-girlfriend, Suze is suddenly invited to parties and nominated for sophomore class vice president. That's all good and nice, but before she can enjoy any of her newfound perks, Suze has to figure out a way to convince this furious ex-cheerleader ghost to leave this plane... and it's not going to be easy...The Mediator series was recommended to me by one of my coworkers and I did really like it. It features a kick-ass heroine and an intriguing potential romance. It struck me as being very similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don't know what happens in the rest of the series, but at least in the first book there's no sex, although there is some violence. Perhaps it gets racier on down the line, but I'd say the first book is middle-school-appropriate. Readalike suggestions: For another sassy SanFran girl, check out Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn. For a (much more romantic) paranormal romance, try Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. For some kick-butt ladies living secret lives, try I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter or Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller.

  • Kay
    2019-07-01 08:36

    This is a fun YA paranormal book with a peppering of romance. It's like a mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and the Sixth Sense (just the kid who can see dead people, none of the horror). Yes, it's very girly. But it's also great entertainment for an audience who indulges in girliness every once in a while.Suze, the protagonist, is a Mediator, someone who can communicate with the dead. In the beginning of the book, Suze moves to California from New York where she begins the year at a new school. She faces the customary YA issues (making friends, fitting in, etc.) except those quickly get pushed to the background when (1) Suze notices a vengeful ghost haunting the school, and (2) she finds a really hot ghost inhabiting her room.In true Meg Cabot style, the book is a quick and fun read. Suze is already very aware of her Mediator skills, so the book is more action driven than reflective. The characters are also very likable. Suze is a tough, no-nonesense girl with a healthy interest in fashion. She's confident, capable, and comfortable in her own skin. Father Dominic was also a great addition. He's a caring and mature guardian whose genteel, old-school methods of dealing with spirits clash frequently with Suze's more rough and efficient solutions. Their numerous interactions provide a lot of comic relief through out the book. Overall, a solid 4 stars. Recommended for those who want some light reading.

  • Allison
    2019-07-17 14:35

    Each of the six books in this series is fairly short, which might put some people off spending money on them. Luckily these were a library find, so I didn't have to decide if it was worth it to me. I probably would have missed out otherwise, because I ended up loving them.The series is light and humorous while dealing with some serious stuff (death, ghosts, murder, passage to the other side). I really love the setting in a small town in California. There's a feeling of history to it - of the days of Spanish influence. This adds a completely different flavor than you get in most urban fantasies or paranormals that I've read. If you're thinking 'pink princessy diary' thoughts about Meg Cabot, don't. This might as well be a different author, aside from the light, witty tone.It's been a couple of years since I read them, but it's one of those series that will just pop into my mind occasionally. Not anything specific about the plot - it's more like catching a scent that reminds me of a feeling. I imagine I'll read them again one day.

  • ☣Lynn☣
    2019-07-12 08:27

    Still as awesome as I remembered!

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-07-15 12:25

    For more reviews, gifs, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.So Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) and I decided that a reread of this series was totally necessary to life happiness. The Mediator series was my favorite of Meg Cabot’s stuff back in the day, and I love revisiting old favorites. Though I don’t have time to binge, they are fun, fast reads and will totally prevent slumping with their awesome. In some ways, Shadowland wasn’t as good as I remembered, but mostly it was still totally bitching and I loved it.Meg Cabot brings the humor like few people can. She is at her best when she’s being totally silly and going for pure entertainment. The Mediator series actually blends in some dark paranormal stuff, but the overall tone remains hilarity. Suze is a Mediator, which means she can see dead people Haley Joel Osment style and talk them to the next life or whatever. Only her dead people don’t look like they did when they died with bullet holes or whatever; they look nice, because hello we’re trying to have fun here.Susannah Simon is wonderful. The reason I loved these books so much is in large part due to her. She’s kind of a bitch, but in the best way. Nobody messes with Suze without getting punched in the face or told off, depending on her mood at any given time. Basically, Suze defends herself and also other people. She is not someone to stand by and watch bullying happen. Also, she comes up with hilarious names for people, like her new step-brothers, who she calls Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc.So far, Doc is the most interesting of Suze’s family members. He’s the youngest son of her mom’s new husband, and he is a genius. Doc (David) is adorably awkward, constantly feeling the need to unload his knowledge on people. That could be annoying, but he also really cares and is so sweet to Suze. Sleepy (Jake) shows hints of becoming the awesome character I think I remember him being later, but mostly he lives up to his name. Dopey’s the worst. The parents are nice, but not all that much part of the story yet. I do like how the step-family is shown in a good light, with no real drama.Also, Jesse de Silva. I’d forgotten how relatively minor his role was in this first book. He’s fabulous of course, but he’s not really shining yet. He’s this super hot ghost living in her room of the family’s old house. He is a bit overly interested in her too quickly, but I also feel like he was probably really bored and astounded to find someone who could see and touch him, so I get it.Shadowland is hilariously dated. Like, Susannah discusses things like second phone lines and looking up phone numbers in her date book. The slang is all over the place and quite frequent. Some of it is in line with 2000 when the book came out, and some things like “hosed” are ones I’ve only heard people of my parent’s generation say. But, whatever, it’s hilarious. Also hilarious is when Suze asked Doc if their school had computers. We had a computer lab and computers in the library at my public elementary school back in the early 90s, so I’m pretty confident that in 2000 an expensive private school would definitely have them. Pretty much any school anywhere would.If you need something light that will make you laugh, you cannot go wrong with an old school Meg Cabot novel. This is a universally acknowledged truth, y’all.

  • Reading Vacation
    2019-07-02 12:23

    REVIEWSuze has an important job. She helps dead people cross over from Earth to their final destination. It sounds creepy at first, but it all comes naturally to Suze. She has always had this special gift and she’s good at it too.There’s a downside to being a mediator (that’s what people with Suze’s gift are called) though. It can take up a lot of your time and some of these dead people are needy and mean. There’s even one who’s trying to kill Suze. Whoa!Jesse. He’s a ghost who has a crush on Suze. Hey, I think she may have had her own little crush on him too. It’s cute when Jesse calls Suze "querida." For a ghost, I think Jesse would make a great boyfriend. I liked finding out about his past as a human. Meg Cabot is a beautiful writer. She has it all. The thing I liked best is that she can write in a perfect teen voice. It doesn’t come off as fake or like she’s trying too hard. There are more books in this series and I am HOOKED. RATING5 Plot5 Characters5 Attention Grabbing5 Girlie Meter5 Ending25 TOTAL5 STARS

  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    2019-06-21 10:20

    At A GlanceGenre: Young Adult; GhostLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsesion?: Obsession but side characters.Cliff Hanger: eh.Rating: 3.5 StarsScore SheetAll out of tenCover:7Plot: 8Characters: 7World Building: 7Flow: 7Series Congruity: n/aWriting: 7Ending: 8Total: 7In DeptBest Part: Kickbutt female MC.Worst Part: Female MC had few feelings. Thoughts Had: YAH!; Kick his butt; Oh shiz.ConclusionContinuing the Series: yesRecommending: yesShort Review: This was very different than the other Cabot books i read. Yes the MC is a strong female but the author gets it a little too well, and now the MC has no feelings towards others. These ghosts are here for a reason, most of it is regrets and instead of showing any kind of compassion towards them, she rather beat them up and send them away. I hope as the series goes on, she softens up, but i doubt it.Review in GIF Form:**side not; ghost whisperer gifs are 95% her boobs, tisk tisk people**

  • haley
    2019-07-10 13:38

    Hehehehe, that was awesome.I was sort of stuck in a reading rut until I read Shadowland. This was a great way to spend the afternoon.Sure, my neck is killing me because I've been hunched over all afternoon, but it was worth it :) Okay, I like Suze. A lot. I would definitely want her as a friend, because in many ways, she reminds me of me. Only, she's waaaay more kickass. There are a lot of protagonists in a lot of books where I like their personality, but it is a rare occurrence indeed where I feel like they are similar to me. Awesome. Anyway, I think it's her sarcastic sense of humor, not to mention her badassery, that makes her likable.Also there's some classic ghost-busting, which, who doesn't like that? And a really cute ghost name Jesse. Overall, a great read, perfect for passing the afternoon. Four stars.

  • Ipshita
    2019-07-01 10:36

    This was exactly the funny, light read that I needed for the past few weeks. So I might be a little biased in my rating, but I really liked Susannah. She literally kicks ass(of the ethereal kind that is). Her tough yet sweet attitude absolutely won me over. I loved the way she threatens another classmate just after entering her new class (yes, I know I shouldn't encourage violence, but I wouldn't have minded her carrying on with her threat). I even liked the supporting cast, even though the main focus was on Susannah only; especially the characters of Father Dominic and Doc. I'm not really into ghost-human relationship, but Jesse seemed nice for a ghost. I'm definitely looking forward to the second book.