Early Review: Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Remembrance by Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator #7 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Links: Ebook • HardcoverPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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.

I honestly want to cry right now!!! I was up until 3 AM finishing this… I can’t believe it’s over! Reading Remembrance was literally a dream come true for middle-school me – Suze and Jesse as adults, about to get married, was absolute perfection. It was amazing catching up with them and the rest of the gang (yes, even Paul). Meg Cabot is that one author who got me into reading, and I will be forever grateful to her for it. I remember reading the Mediator series as a young teen, so getting to experience this new chapter in the lives some of my favorite beloved characters was beyond anything I could’ve imagined. To say I had high expectations for Remembrance is an understatement, but Meg Cabot has blown me away. I couldn’t imagine a better and more perfect ending for the series!

So what has the Mediator gang been up to? Well, it’s been six years since Suze has graduated high school, but the only job she’s been able to find is one that doesn’t pay… and is a position at that same high school. Jesse is a doctor now, doing his residency. Oh, and the two of them are engaged – YAY!! Paul is, surprisingly, a successful businessman, but still as manipulative as ever. Suze’s stepbrothers lives have also changed considerably – Jake sells medical marijuana, Brad is a father, and David is in Harvard. Everything is so DIFFERENT and yet exactly the same. When I picked up Remembrance, it felt as if I never left this world, it was so easy to jump back into.

Suze is, of course, always involved in some ghost case or another, and this time is no different. There’s a ghost following around one of the students at her school, and she is determined to get to the bottom of it. Suze is seriously one of my favorite heroines of all time – she’s so funny, sarcastic, stubborn, resilient… she’s just a fantastic character to read about. And her narrative had me in stitches, I was laughing so hard. And, of course, Jesse is as wonderful as ever. Ever patient with Suze and her antics, and always there for her, Jesse is the perfect fiancé and soon-to-be husband. Except for the fact that he’s ingrained in his Catholic ways and wants to wait until marriage for sex. Suze gets frustrated, but then again, how can she complain when she’s about to marry the love of her life?

“I believe in facts. And the fact is, I want to be with Jesse because he makes me feel like a better person than I suspect I actually am.”

Paul gets a lot of screen time in Remembrance. I hate Paul as much as I love him. I don’t know… he’s just a GREAT character. He’s always stirring up drama that Suze falls for, and this time, Paul is threatening her with the one thing she cares for most: Jesse. There is a ton of suspense and action in this book that totally had me on the edge of my seat. I seriously couldn’t put Remembrance down, it was so good.

I loved this book so hard. There’s never a dull moment for Suze, from ghosts, to Paul, to keeping Jesse safe. Remembrance might be my new favorite of the series, that’s how much I loved this book. There really isn’t anything I can complain about in this book – so if you’re a fan of the series, you absolutely don’t want to miss this brilliant new installment!

“Susannah, Susannah, Susannah,” he whispered after a little while. “Te amo.”
“Me, too,” I whispered back, slipping my arms around his neck. … “Back at you.”

5 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: The Mediator series

   
  Proposal by Meg Cabot Remembrance by Meg Cabot

#1 ~ Shadowland: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Ninth Key: Ebook • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Reunion: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Darkest Hour: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ Haunted: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#6 ~ Twilight: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#6.5 ~ Proposal: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#7 ~ Remembrance: Ebook • HardcoverPaperback • Audible • Goodreads


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Review: Proposal by Meg Cabot

Proposal by Meg Cabot

Proposal by Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator #6.5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 19th 2016
Links: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads

The last place Suze Simon expects to find herself during Valentine’s Day is a cemetery. But that’s what happens when you’re a mediator – cursed with the “gift” of communicating with the dead.

That’s how Suze has ended up at the graves of a pair of  NCDPs – Non-Compliant Deceased Persons – whose drama didn’t end with death. It’s Suze’s job to make sure they move on–for good.

But the NCDPs aren’t the only ones with problems. The reason Suze is spending her Valentine’s Day with the undead instead of her boyfriend, Jesse, is because he’s having so much trouble adjusting to life after death . . . not surprising, considering the fact that he used to be an NCDP himself, and now his girlfriend busts his former kind for a living, while he tries to cure his kind of what used to ail him.

Can Suze use her mediating skills to propose a mutual resolution, and bring all these young lovers together – including Jesse and herself – especially on the night Saint Valentine declared sacred to romance?

Or will she end up alone–and possibly undead–herself?

“I’m Suze Simon,” I said. “And you thought being dead was bad? Buddy, your eternal nightmare’s only just begun.”

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Remembrance, but had been saving to read it at the right time – and when better to read it than right after reading Proposal? Proposal is a novella that bridges the original Mediator books to the upcoming adult installment, and if you’re a fan of the series, then you need to get your hands on Proposal before starting Remembrance. Suze and Jesse are back and better than ever – it was absolutely wonderful to be back in the Mediator world!

They think Jesse is what Father Dominic told them he is: a “young Jesuit student who transferred to the Carmel Mission from Mexico, then lost his yearning to go into the priesthood” after meeting me.
That one slays me every time.

The Mediator series is one of my all-time favorites from my childhood – Meg Cabot got me into reading in elementary school with this series, so Suze and Jesse will always have a piece of my heart. Reading Proposal pretty much felt like a throwback – it seemed like no time had passed since the last time I read Twilight, the sixth Mediator book. Suze is now in college but still ‘mediating’ ghosts and kicking ass (or getting her ass kicked). Jesse is away at med school, but since it’s Valentine’s Day, they’re together for a rare moment… but of course another ghost case pops up, so their romantic holiday will have to wait just a little longer.

I loved seeing Suze and Jesse older and physically TOGETHER now that Jesse has regained his body. And obviously from the title, you know what’s going to happen in this novella. But the lead up to the climax was honestly pure fun to read. The ghost case had me hooked onto the pages. Suze is her usual sassy, stubborn, hilarious self, and Jesse is as sexy and patient as ever. I loved the sexual tension between them, how Suze wants everything with Jesse, but Jesse (and his conservative ways) wants to wait for marriage. Overall, it was just a blast to be back with these two – they’re different now, yet totally the same lovable characters I knew from my childhood.

P.S. I’ve already read Remembrance, and I have to say, it just might be my new favorite of the series!

4 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: The Mediator series

   
  Proposal by Meg Cabot Remembrance by Meg Cabot

#1 ~ Shadowland: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Ninth Key: Ebook • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Reunion: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Darkest Hour: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ Haunted: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#6 ~ Twilight: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#6.5 ~ Proposal: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#7 ~ Remembrance: My Review • Hardcover • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads


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