Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Series: The Mediator #2
Published by Harper Collins, HarperTeen on December 28, 2004
Also by this author: Shadowland, Reunion, Darkest Hour
Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad... particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose ghostly status not to mention apparent disinterest in her make him unattainable.
What Suze can't ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont's past.
I’m on the fence about book two in this series. While Suze is still an amazing wise-cracking heroine that’s trying to deny (and failing) her feelings for Jesse, the overall plot of this one did not impress me. However, I still loved the little things–especially Jesse’s “accidental” interferences with Suze’s potential new love life.
Suze meets a guy that is finally interested in her for her, despite some terrible rash, and that is Tad Beaumont. I have to admit that when I first met him I laughed hysterically. I mean…Tad?! I’m giggling simply by writing his name. Poor boy. Anyway, shortly after getting involved with Tad, a ghost of a woman whose death is suspiciously linked to his family crashes into Suze’s life and she simply has to uncover the mystery. And while I admire Suze’s “go for it” and “head on” take for solving mysteries, I seriously feared for her life a few times with this one. I felt like an old man on the verge of having a coronary. I understand how Father Dominic is always freaking out now, poor man has a lot to deal with in regards to Suze’s stubbornness.
Things definitely took an unexpected turn with the plot, but I can’t say I was mesmerized or entirely pleased. While it was unique, it didn’t wow me. Let’s just say that I like my vampires darker and sexier and not, well, the way that Cabot chose to present them. Again, it was a very unique plot twist but it simply was not done well enough in my eyes. It just helped me release that this book is cutesy more than anything else. It can’t be as dark as it has potential to be, and I tend to prefer darker and grittier stories when you introduce dark and gritty elements. With that in mind, I can’t wait to continue this series, I hear it only gets better.
My biggest complaint with this book is that it is very repetitive. Descriptions from book one seemed to have been lifted out of that book word by word and placed into book two. It was entirely unnecessary. All of this could be apparent to me because I’m reading the entire series back to back, but it bothered me how repetitive it was. I often found myself at the most random times rolling my eyes because I knew what the book was trying to tell me for the fifth time because I read that exact same explanation so many times in book one. I’m hoping that this habit dies down later in the series.
I’m still loving what Cabot has to offer me, I just think that book two may suffer a little with sequel syndrome. It’s a six book series so there’s a lot to come, but my gut instinct is telling me this is a small lull in between book one and book three to set up something big. What that big thing could be is beyond me, but fingers crossed that I’m right and I will be exceptionally impressed with book three. Onwards!