Sunday 23 September 2012

Love You to Death & High Stakes (The Mediator) by Meg Cabot

Title: Love You to Death & High Stakes (The Mediator)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Macmillan
Page Count:  410
Publication Date: 2010


Meet Susannah Simon: she's a typical teenage girl, who just happens to be a ghost-hunter ...oh, and she's also dead-over-heels for Jesse - the sexiest spook ever! But can this girl get her ghost? In "Love You to Death", Suze arrives in California and has barely unpacked when her mediator skills are put to the test. A vicious spirit in her new school is hell-bent on making her life a complete nightmare, but Suze is more than ready to kick some serious ghost butt if she has to. In "High Stakes", Suze's new life is looking up - cool friends, pool parties and getting to know Jesse (swoon), but then a desperate spirit asks for her help. Suddenly she's on the trail of a creepy local businessman, who just might be a vampire. Life just got dead complicated. Again.

What I thought:

Well there were two books put together here and I actually enjoyed reading them both as they were fast paced and the story lines were quite exciting. In the first we meet Suze, a girl who father died ten years ago and whose mother is remarrying, she is no ordinary teenager because she can see ghosts. At the start I quite liked Suze, she was self-dependent  and smart. But then she moves from New York to Carmel, California where she meets Jesse.

Yes, he’s a ghost. An attractive ghost at that which means Suze must become defensive around him while she denies she might like him. But Jesse actually lives in Suze’s room which probably gives her a pretty good reason for behaving that way. Their relationship is difficult to define because of two things: Jesse is a ghost and Suze should really exorcize him or at least help him find peace due to her being a mediator and all. But of course this is easier said than done.

She has three step brothers who all have distinct personalities, like the seven dwarfs as they’re often compared to only there are less of them. They were your classic annoying siblings that occasionally give you a heart warming-moment, so nothing new there although did find the eldest particularly irritating which I suppose was the idea. The story itself was decent and the writing was quite good so overall I would recommend this to anyone who has an affinity for ghosts.

Rating: 3/5

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