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Haunted (Mediator #5): 10/30/09
I really had wanted to start the series at the beginning but the older style book covers don't make the series order obvious. I was at my local library and pressed for time. So I picked Haunted by Meg Cabot, the fifth of the Mediator series.
Coming so far into a well established series it can be hard for a book to stand on its own. I can't say that the book held my attention as much as I had hoped it would but I want to track down Shadowland before I make up my mind about the series.
Susannah Simon and her family have moved to Carmel Beach, California from New York. She's at a new school and in a new home but Paul Slater, a fellow mediator who she sees as an enemy (for reasons probably discussed in a previous book). Slater though has skills that Suze needs and she has to dance between learning from him and staying safe.
Meanwhile there is a dead man, Jesse, who haunts Suze's bedroom and has stolen her heart. There is also the ghost of recently drowned sailing star who wants revenge because his younger, less athletic brother lived.
So much time though is spent on Paul and his competition as a mediator and as a school bully that the interesting plot, namely the dead sailor, is pushed aside. I really wanted a more satisfactory ending. Instead, I got a ridiculously over done fight to the death during a party between Paul, Suze and Jesse. Again, I suppose if I had more invested in this series from having started at the beginning, I would have liked this action packed ending.
The Mediator Series includes:
Comment #1: Friday, April, 16, 2010 at 14:09:12
I'd say that you definitely have to read the series from beginning to end to fully appreciate it, hehe. To me, each book was sort of a continuation of the entire story, and the series only seemed to be divided up for the sake of not having one ginormic book. I really enjoyed it, but not Meg Cabot's other series ... the ones I've read all have a main character that's EXACTLY like Suzannah, aggressive and bursting with attitude, they kind of all felt like I was reading a continuation of The Mediator, where Suze's name had simply been changed.
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Comment #2: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 16:48:40
I've gone back to the beginning and have read Shadowland. I'm not sure if I like the series enough to want to read the books in between.