The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
There’s a hot guy in Susannah Simon’s bedroom. Too bad he’s a ghost.
Suze is a mediator – a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.
But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind… and Suze happens to be in the way.
I absolutely loved this series. It is a great quick read with a sassy protagonist, quirky ghost adventures and a swoon worthy ghost who lives in her bedroom. I decided to review all of the books in the series at once because they have a similar formula (Suze has to overcome an angry ghost or meddling mediator) while still dealing with the overarching dilemma of the series (the fact the the boy she loves has been dead for 150 years). The first three books have distinct plot lines with the romance in the background while the last three deal heavily with what happened to Jesse that resulted in his haunting of Suze’s bedroom 150 years later.
I found Suze to be a relatable character. She is a teenage girl who is making her way through high school after moving to the opposite side of the county after her mother remarries. On top of everyday struggles of making friends and fitting in with a new family, Suze can see and talk to ghosts. I love her self confidence and her wit. She quickly shuts down any snark from other students directed towards her or otherwise. Her mentor, Father Dominic, also a mediator, has that fatherly vibe that makes him endearing. Jesse, the ghost of a dead rancher who haunts Suze’s bedroom, the place of his death 150 years earlier, plays the part of her star crossed lover. Later in the series, we are introduced to Paul, another mediator with a thing for Suze who will stop at nothing to get rid of Jesse forever.
The Mediator series doesn’t take itself seriously while still providing laughs and endearing characters. I couldn’t wait to start the next book once I finished each one because I wanted to see what sort of trouble Suze would get herself in next. The Mediator series reminded me of one of my favorite shows ever, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the early seasons). It’s paranormal, it’s quirky, it has fast dialogue and a strong female protagonist. She is a reluctant hero who maintains a love of fashion while still kicking ass. So fun!
- Fun and fast story lines for a quick read
- Strong and quick witted female protagonist
- A cute love story
- Ghosts! Mystery! Action! High School!
- Paul was extremely irritating
- He did not respect Suze in her obvious refusal to be with him
- He forced himself and his presence on Suze
- No means no, dude!
Definitely a yes! This is not a deep thought provoking read, but a fun and fast paranormal romance that will make you laugh out loud! Similar to the first few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Loved it!