Sixteeen-year-old Suze Simon returns in this third installment of the Mediator series by Meg Cabot (originally published as Mean Spirits under the pseudonym Jenny Carroll). Suze is a mediator, someone who can see spirits that linger on earth, and whose duty is to help them (or, in Suze's case, kick their backsides) into the next step of their journey to the afterlife.
She has accepted her role, but she's not exactly thrilled with it - particularly on beautiful California days at the beach when she just wants to spend some time with her friends, particularly her best friend Gina, who's finally come to visit her from New York. Suze is excited for Gina to see her new new home and her new family (including the often annoying stepbrothers she has acquired). Instead of the fun, relaxing time at the beach that she'd been hoping for, Suze sees the ghosts of teenagers who recently died in a horrible car accident. They have evil intentions toward one of her classmates, and if Suze can't sort things out quickly, there are sure to be more accidents - and angry ghosts - for her to deal with.
I continue to enjoy this series immensely. Cabot creates such engaging characters, and I enjoy the way she continues some storylines (such as the incredibly hot ghost haunting Suze's bedroom and his developing relationship with Suze, who realizes there can't be any future there, but still...) from book to book, but each installment in the series contains a gripping mystery of its own. I have recommended the first book in this series to my twelve-year-old daughter, who loves it, as well as to many teens at my library, who inevitably come back for the rest of the series.
Books in the Mediator series:
1. Shadowland (Love you to Death)
2. Ninth Key (High Stakes)
3. Reunion (Mean Spirits)
4. Darkest Hour (Young Blood)
5. Haunted (Grave Doubts)
6. Twilight (Heaven Sent)
Reunion (#3 in the Mediator series) by Meg Cabot (Pocket Books, 2001)
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Marjolein Book Blog: "It is stunning, fast and again mysterious. I really liked how everything unraveled during the book, it kept me interested and it was a very light and fun read."
Vixen's Daily Reads: "I am either really in touch with my inner YA or Meg Cabot just rocks as a writer. I go with a happy in between."