I am a nostalgia monster.
Seriously, if I was an android (and I’m not admitting I am, this is merely a hypothetical situation), I wouldn’t be powered by AA batteries or a Mr. Fusion machine. I would run off nostalgia. It’s the only reason why I consume so many things that remind me of my childhood.
Again, totally hypothetical.
So, growing up, I read a lot of Meg Cabot. Correction: I read every Meg Cabot. Because, even when they were socially awkward (which was, basically, all the time), her main characters were always sassy. And, as a socially awkward kid with a super sassy inner monologue, I completely related.
And of all the Cabot heroines, Suze Simon was my favorite.
You can take the boy out of the darkness.
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.
All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).
But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.
From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.
Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
What Intrigued Me: See above, re: nostalgia. I read the Mediator series multiple times in high school. Now, ten years after I graduated (oh god, don’t think about that…), a new one is released?
Well, color me giddy.
But what hooked me to start reading the series, all those years ago? Ghosts. I freaking love ghost stories. Always have. Don’t know what, because I am generally terrified of everything (seriously, everything). But I love ghost stories.
What Hooked Me: You know how, if you read a lot of books, you inevitably make a list of fictional characters you would hook up with? Yeah, Jesse de Silva has been on my list for 15 years.
He’s still totally hot.
What Made Me Fall In Love: The gang’s all back! Every character shows up (or gets a mention) and the nostalgia monster is happy.
Seriously. Every character.
And it is awesome.
So, if you like nostalgia, or just like happily ever afters, read this book. And if you haven’t read any of the Mediator novels, start from the beginning and discover the sass that is Suze Simon and the perfection that is Jesse de Silva.