Author: Meg Cabot
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Summary: This wasn’t the adult story I was hoping for, but it was a fun throwback to my high school reading with a very satisfying ending.
Although Suze Simon is all grown up, engaged to the once-ghostly Jesse de Silva and working as a guidance counselor, she has the same old problems. In her personal life, a spiteful boy from high school has resurfaced in an attempt to derail Suze’s wedding. Her ability to serve as a mediator, helping ghosts to move on, is also put to the test as she tries to help both an unusually powerful ghostly child and the living child the ghost is trying to protect.
This book immediately brought me back to my reading of the earlier books in the series. Everything from Meg Cabot’s writing to the font felt pleasantly familiar. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the main character hadn’t changed much either. I immediately found the way she let Paul upset her and her refusal to confide in Jesse frustrating. Jesse’s overprotectiveness and the speed with which both Jesse and Suze resorted to violence to solve their problems also bothered me. It didn’t seem as though they’d grown up at all. I think some other reviewers have enjoyed that this book felt exactly like the teenage version, but I was disappointed that the only thing that made it more adult was the inclusion of slightly more sex.
I think if I’d gone into this expecting a young adult read, I’d have enjoyed it more, but as is, it was still fun. It did stay very true to the original book in the series. It was fast paced and full of constant action. The bad guys were truly horrible people, exploiting women and children, and seeing them get punished while the protagonists got their happy ending made for a simply satisfying conclusion. If you liked the original series and would enjoy more of the same, I’d definitely recommend picking this up.
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It wasn’t the adult story I was hoping for, too. I feel like Cabot is holding back. Remembrance could use a little more edge!
I agree and while I wish you’d enjoyed it more than I did, I’m also glad it’s not just me 🙂
Sorry you didn’t enjoy the book more!
Thanks Vicki, me too 🙂 I think this is just a case of my expectations not quite lining up with what the book was.
By the way, your blog link when you leave a comment doesn’t work for me. I’m pretty sure it’s missing a letter in the URL and I’m sometimes able to remember what it should be and fix it, but other times, I just can’t get it to work. I’m not sure if that’s something you can change somewhere or not.
Heather J @ TLC Book Tours
Thanks for being a part of the tour!
Thanks for including me 🙂
Ah, I can understand why that would be a bit disappointing if this series was a favourite of yours growing up. I still need to read The Mediator Series (or admittedly, ANYTHING by Meg Cabot – LE GASP), but I do look forward to it sometime. I may or may not continue with this seventh book after I read the first six… I can see myself being curious about it, but also annoyed that the MC hasn’t evolved much at all.
I enjoyed her more recently started series, Abandon, much better than this, so I might recommend starting there instead if you want to read something by Meg. It’s also clearly a YA read, but I found the main character less frustrating and really enjoyed the mythological basis for the story.
Valorie Grace Hallinan
I’m not familiar with this series -glad to hear about this and your review.
I think I picked it up in high school because it was my best friend’s favorite series and I liked it enough to read a lot of Meg Cabot’s other books as well 🙂
Heather @ Simply Save
I love Meg Cabot from ages ago but haven’t read her books in awhile! This is so cool!
I was really excited to see she was coming out with an adult contiuation of a teen series. I’d love to see more authors do that, so I could revisit more of my high school favorites 🙂