By Meg Cabot

Grade B

The Blurb :

“You can take the boy out of the darkness.25573701
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.

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

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?

The Story :

Remembrance is the latest installment in the Mediator Series and also the first adult novel of the series. Set about 6 years after all the events of the original Young – Adult Mediator books, Remembrance brings us back to our favourite Ghost – Mediator couple, Susannah (Suze) Simon and Jesse de Silva. Since Suze brought Jesse back to life, their life have changed for the good. Suze works as a counselor intern at her old high school while Jesse is on the verge of achieving his dream of becoming a pediatrician. They are also engaged to be married soon. Everything looks great but things are never great when you communicate with the dead. As usual not only ghosts threaten to disrupt their happy lives but people from their past turn up to mess with their lives. People like the multimillionaire bad guy, Paul Slater. Worried about risking Jesse’s medical scholarship, Susannah takes the matters in her own hands and leads to even more disasters!

A ghost of a 7 year old ghost turns up trying to protect her childhood friend, Becca while putting everyone around Becca at risk. While Suze is trying to solve this problem, Paul makes a return threatening to release the darkness trapped in a back-from-the-dead Jesse.

The Review :

Remembrance! Where do I start? I had been looking forward to reading this book ever since I read the announcement that Ms Cabot was writing a new Mediator book after almost 11 years! I read the entire mediator series about 5 years back and I completely loved it. So naturally a comeback novel was something I had to read!

Coming to the review part, compared to all the Mediator books, I am not a fan of this particular book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the characters as usual but the whole story didn’t make any sense to me. The whole Paul Slater part had got enough closure in my opinion in the last book, but okay, I accept his return thinking he still does love Suze. I accept the story line of he trying to sabotage Suze and Jesse’s wedding. What I don’t get is why was there a plot of another little girl ghost cropping up which had no connection with the come back of Paul and his desire to separate the lead couple. All through the book I had this nagging feeling that book should have already ended despite it continuing chapter after chapter.

I had my moments of going all “awww” over Suze and Jesse’s romantic moment or even the cute dialogues that Jesse threw in, like the ones below. I totally adored the addition of Suze’s stepnieces, the triplets whom Suze calls Mopsy, Flopsy and Cotton – Tail. It was fun to read about what the entire gang was up to after 6 whole years!

“She was never yours to give, Slater,” Jesse hissed, his face only inches from Paul. “Nor is she mine. Women aren’t horses, they don’t belong to one man or another, though maybe you think they do, since you’ve evidently been working so hard to steal her away.”

“Of course I’m not crying. I never cry. It’s allergies. They’re terrible this time of year.” (Suze says).
Jesse gave me one of his lopsided grins.”It would be all right if you cried,” he said. “I like it when you do. It gives me an excuse to play that overprotective nineteenth-century macho man you’re always talking about.”

That being said, the book did leave a bit of a disappointed feeling in me when the book ended. I am glad all the characters got a happy ending, though the climax was something I needed time to understand that it was over!

Recommendations :

I think this book is for those who have read the Mediator series because everything is linked. That being said, this book is a nice read who don’t really want to know about the ghost Jesse and his life story, but want to enjoy a nice story of a smart, butt-kicking heroine. If that’s the case, then go for it!

This review is completely my own work, and honest opinion about the books I read. Please read the disclaimer.