Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Remembrance (Mediator Novel #7)

You know how a few months ago I was super out of it and feeling like I was losing my marbles? Yes, we all remember this, especially my family. But in that daze, I was also signing up and organizing all of my early 2016 book reviews and I totally signed up for this.

Which was dumb because this is number seven in a series I have not read. At all. In fact, I haven't read any Meg Cabot.

I know.

You're like, "What's wrong with you?!" and I can't even defend myself because truly, sometimes I'm a really dumb person.

Remembrance - Meg Cabot

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 want to tell you that this is a totally stand alone book but I would be lying because as I mentioned before, I haven't read any of the previous books, and I was a little lost with the back story. Does that mean I didn't like the book? No. It just means I was a little lost, I felt like I wasn't in on the inside joke and this would have been a far better book for me had I read all of the previous ones. Secondly, if you haven't gotten caught up on this series, apparently, the book description alone is a spoiler for you so... sorry. I will say I have a friend who LOVED this series a whole bunch and she was a little confused why there was going to be a seventh novel, but once she wrapped her head around it she pre-ordered it right away. (She really enjoyed it and is a bit disgusted I am a Meg Cabot virgin.)

Here's what I really liked about the book: the mystery aspect was really good. I don't know who "the gang" really is or why they are bad ass, but the characters in this book were really good. I think I would be freaking out more about this if I had been following along, but I liked the characters. Enough where I kind of feel like I should start this series right at the beginning. I liked the general story line once Suze arrives as a guidance counselor, things move pretty quickly and I appreciated that. What I didn't like? I kind of assumed this was basically a romance novel with a little bit of fun action tossed in, but the romance part is just meh for me. Also, Paul seems like a bit of an asshole and I didn't like him at all.

Oh! My other super awesome like was the supernatural aspect of it. You start talking demons and ghosts and I will practically throw all of my money at you.

Overall? I'd give this a solid 4 stars. It's enough to make me want to read the books from the beginning, it almost seems like a watered down YA Twilight/Vampire Diaries/cue every other teen series but without vampires, but the characters are grown up and they seemingly haven't changed. I really enjoyed this, I was able to fly through it in one afternoon. I really liked the Suze and Jesse couple story line and I think if you were a die hard for this series you are going to eat this book up and love every page of it.

You can order your copy of Remembrance on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In the meantime, check out Meg Cabot's website, Facebook, and Twitter.

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one even though you were a bit lost with the backstory. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

And on another note, I hope that you find a way to take some time for yourself. I know what it is like to get completely burned out on helping other people, and I know the toll it can take. Finding that balance is so very difficult, particularly when you are exhausted and frustrated and burnt out. i do sincerely hope that you can get things to a better place for yourself soon.