“Recommend A…” is a meme started by Shanyn at chickloveslit. Every Monday, there will be a new theme inspiring many different, awesome book recommendations. It’s a great way to allow those books we love (but sometimes miss) to resurface.
This week’s prompt is:
Recommend A… First Book in a Series.
Few people I know have read this series (which surprises me because it’s the reason why Meg Cabot is one of my go-to authors today), but I recommend Shadowland, book one in the Mediator series.
|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.
The Medaitor books were the first Meg Cabot books I ever read, and one of my earliest young adult series. I actually stumbled upon book five, Haunted, in the library, and checked it out, not realizing that there were more books before and after (six in total) or that I’d end up loving this book so much that I’d immediately devour the rest the second I had the chance.
I don’t know how to describe it — the Mediator series is just fun. Suze is a snarky, kickass New Yorker just trying to deal with her life (the helping ghosts part of it, and her new life in California with her new step brothers and step father), and Jesse is one of my favorite fictional male characters ever (intelligence, old-fashioned gentlemanly manners, and a delicious Spanish accent – what more could you possibly want?). I love the challenges she faces, the realistic way her relationship with her new family develops, the struggles she faces in school, and especially, the way her romance/non-romance with Jesse de Silva is handled.
“Forbidden” relationships might have a certain appeal in young adult literature today, but few of them actually make sense to me, and rarely do I care for the characters involved. However, Meg Cabot handles Suze and Jesse’s intimacy well, making sure both characters are well aware of their circumstances and boundaries, and the very fact that a relationship between a 19th century ghost and a living girl is pretty much a (near) impossibility.
Shadowland is the first book in a series of hilarious, witty, exciting books. The “mediating ghosts” concept might not seem so original now (there are tons of films with similar premises), but the books contain an awesome cast of characters, and Suze’s experiences with “the Shadowland” are still worth checking out. If you’re looking for a light, entertaining novel (or a pretty Spanish
ghost boyfriend), I definitely suggest you pick this book up immediately!