Sunday 30 September 2012

Mean Spirits & Young Blood (The Mediator) By Meg Cabot

Title: Mean Spirits & Young Blood (The Mediator)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Macmillan
Page Count:  437
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 "Mean Spirits", Suze is all set to spend a relaxing summer on the beach, until she runs into the vengeful ghosts of four high-school students. She must use her mediating skills to guide these ghouls through the afterlife and stop them wreaking havoc in the present. In "Young Blood", Suze is heartbroken when gorgeous ghost Jesse doesn't seem to love her back. When his 150-year-old grave is unearthed in her backyard, she is determined to discover how and why he died. But one thing's for sure - digging up the past can be a deadly business…

What I thought:

Well this is in a way the second book whilst also being the third and fourth. I always enjoy reading about Suze’s crazy ghost adventures where she has to fight off some supernatural baddies so this was a comfortable read. By this point I’d realised that in each book she has a new love interest (that isn’t Jesse) and she ends up either being stalked by him or having to politely turn him down. At first I had fun trying to guess which one they were going to be but it soon got quite repetitive and none of them were particularly likeable which I suppose was the idea and a way of making us like Jesse more.

I like the action scenes much more than when we were just hearing Suze’s thoughts because as independent Suze is when she isn’t in combat with a ghost she’s actually quite boring.

Suze makes a few odd decisions in this book. Mostly because this far into the series we think we can read and predict her actions but then she does something crazy that likens her to some of the same baddies she’s trying to rid the world of. Of course not all the ghosts are bad guys but the majority we meet aren’t that friendly. I enjoyed this book for the most part and I felt like it was a decent, quick read that would keep you entertained if you’re looking for something to fill that supernatural void in your life.

Rating: 3/5

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