Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Remembrance by Meg Cabot - Book Review

Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)Remembrance by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
February 2nd 2016 by William Morrow

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.

At the beginning of the year my horoscope said I'd be reunited with an old friend. If that old friend is Suze Simon I will gladly accept it.
Unlike with Mia from The Princess Diaries I didn't really grow up with Suze. She was more of a winter break binge 11 years ago. Which I'm sure is the case with most fans of the series since the first four (or five) were republished with the sixth.
(I don't count the fifth as a republish because I ordered it a couple months earlier because no one had given me the memo that it was coming out as a set with the first four originally published under a different name. So, of course, it's the only one without a matching cover.)

I don't know how many times I re-read the series. Once every year of high school, sometimes twice, then at least two more times afterwards. (Thanks to Meg inspiring me to write in a journal all those years I could probably look it up.)
But every time I did I felt like there was so much about Suze that I couldn't not fall in love all over. With any of the characters really.

And that's still true all these years later. Suze is still the tough and full of sass girl I've always admired.

When I first heard this book was coming out I was so excited (possibly more that I was for Royal Wedding) it was a book I hadn't even realized I wanted to happen until it did.
That being said; I have to admit starting it felt pretty uncomfortable. It really was like catching up with a friend you haven't heard from in years. A friend you have nothing to talk about with.
"So this is your life now, huh?" "Oh hey Jesse, you're not a ghost and people can see and talk about you." "Paul, one of many from that time in my life, but only fictitious one. You have not changed"
 Biggest adjustment was most likely Jesse.

I did get over it pretty quickly and afterwards things just got better with every chapter. I love how far Suze has come from when we last saw her and how far she goes in this book. She has not changed much in all these years, she totally owns it. She knows who she is and is proud of it. She knows what she wants and doesn't stop until she gets it.
Like I said she's always been one to admire.

There's so much to say that I'm sorry to say I can't. The new ghosts, the old ghosts (Paul). Kids, a house, a wedding.
It stands alone.
I don't think I could have asked for more.

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