ARC Review: Remembrance by Meg Cabot

ARC Review: Remembrance by Meg Cabot
Remembrance
by Meg Cabot

Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Adult
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
by William Morrow

Format: eARC

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In REMEMBRANCE, the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren’t all that come back to haunt her.

REMEMBRANCE will be the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by William Morrow, the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I am sorely disappointed. There, I said it. In my history of reading Meg Cabot (and I have read a lot of Meg Cabot since she is one of my fav authors), I have never ever been disappointed and here I am. Sad, angry, not satisfied (cue Hamilton because that is my life.)

Mediator is one of those series I push at everyone who hasn’t read it (ASK JASPRIT. I practically shoved it down her throat. I actually didn’t, but I was very insistent.) It is my favorite series by Meg and I was SO obsessed with it when I first read it. I watched my window for a month hoping a hottie like Jesse would show up. That never happened but when I found out there would be a book 7, I was over the moon. I wanted to see these babies as grown ups, I wanted to see them be cute and fabulous and make me swoon, but obviously things didn’t turn out the way I expected them to. SO I SHALL SIGH FOREVER AND EVER. *takes a deep breath*

This book was swoony at times but the characters weren’t the same as I remembered them. Jesse–for some reason–had a cigarette habit and his 19th centuryness wasn’t endearing so much as pushy and really annoying. Also there were things related to his character that weren’t resolved the way I wanted them to be. In fact, I don’t think there was ever a proper resolution to the overarching plot involving him. Open endings are OK to a certain degree, but this one just completely threw everything we had been told in the waste bin and fed us some other bullshit.

ALSO PAUL CAME BACK. WHY PAUL, WHY? You are old news and NEED TO GO AWAY. Don’t come back again, k thnx. The plot is apparently also old news. There is one NCPD and an interesting case that folds out but I was too focused on the Jesse plot and my dissatisfaction from its resolution so I couldn’t really appreciate the awesomeness of the mystery.

As you might know from some of my other rants, I detest secret keeping and boy does this book have some major secret keeping. I AM DISAPPOINTED in you, Suze. You know better, you should be more trusting. You could do so much better. Suze wasn’t as down to Earth in this book either as she has been in the series. There is just something about her that threw me off.

My issues with the book aren’t just because it was a disappointing sequel but also extend to the fact that Meg Cabot writes fantastic adult novels and this is not up to mark. It isn’t even close. Meg Cabot’s adult novels are amazing, swoon-worthy and MAKE SENSE. Take her Heather Wells series for instance. Beautiful, amazing. LOVE OF MY LIFE (Cooper). And I read them fairly recently so it isn’t just that my reading style has changed so drastically that I have lost appreciation for Meg Cabot (that’ll happen over my dead body.)

I guess the reason I am so critical of this book (and would have rated an entire star higher if it weren’t Meg Cabot and a follow-up to a fav series) is because I had incredibly high expectations for it. I expected to bawl and feel all the feels because of nostalgia. I did feel some feels but mostly just disappointment.

So, if you are dying for this book like I was, should you read it? YEAH. Honestly, you might find yourself entirely comfortable with the new dynamics. Also meeting some of the other older characters from this series was so much fun. If you haven’t read the series but are curious but worried, please read Mediator. It is beautiful, and the 6th book concludes well so you wouldn’t be missing anything if you didn’t want to read Remembrance.

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Overall: 2.5
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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    • says

      The first thing I thought after reading this was “Huh, would you look at that, Rashika is now Hamilspamming us too!”, and the second thing I thought was “Oh dear, Val is going to be very unhappy.” And then I thought “but wait, I don’t know anything about Meg Cabot, why I am here?”
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  1. says

    Oh no, oh no, OH NO! I so hoped for a positive review when I clicked on the link. If there’s one thing I hate when it comes to romance of my beloved couples that is secret keeping because that shit ruins relationships and THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER. I also don’t like how the characters seem to have changed for the worse – what the hell is it with Jesse HAVING A SMOKING HABIT? I mean, I’m NO WAY judgmental of people who smoke – some of my family as well as my friends do – but I feel like that’s out of character for him. But again, it sounds like the characters were not the same. Oh god, I’m so afraid of this now. But more than that I’m sad for you because it seems like you’ve been waiting for this just as eagerly as I was.
    Really great review. :)
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  2. says

    Awww Rashika! *hugs* This makes me sad. I have yet to read The Mediator series or Meg Cabot but I want to so I’ve been checking out reviews for this one out of sheer curiosity. If it makes you feel any better, you don’t seem to be the only one underwhelmed by this one. I’m still sorry that this installment didn’t meet your expectations – especially for being such a beloved series of yours :( I hope you next read is/was better and made you feel better :) Lovely review nonetheless^^
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  3. says

    NO WAY!!! I had no idea there’s a 7th book of The Mediator. I used to LOVE that series! I hate to read this O_O I am sad to hear that it disappointed you though. There’s always that danger when an author makes a comeback with a series long finished, and sometimes I wonder why authors decide to do this at all. Nevertheless, I’m going to read it ._. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. says

    OMIGOSH, I don’t want to spoil myself too much but I skimmed over your review and now I’m super worried. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK FOREVER. The Mediator series was my FAVOURITE for such a long time (nostalgia galore) and I couldn’t wait to see my babies again. It sucks that there is SECRET KEEPING. Suze, why! WHY! and Paul is back? WHAT.

    I WILL OF COURSE BE READING IT, because I must quench my curiosity, but aaah I’m worried it’s not going to live up to what I’m hoping for :o!

  5. says

    I used to read her books, but then she started publishing way too many books in one year and I figured she is becoming another Steph King: using ghost writers and putting his name on the books. Which is okay because it is just a business, I guess.
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  6. says

    Oooh, Rashika it makes me so sad to hear that you didn’t enjoy Remembrance! I agree that it is definitely Cabot’s favourite (but I tend to either adore or loathe her books so if she’d been disappointing I wouldn’t have battered an eyelid) I, personally, loved this and thought it was the perfect conclusion to the series. The secret keeping was stupid, but Suze always does that so I wasn’t too bothered by it. The one thing that pissed me off was how Paul came back – as if he’d have any interest in her after all this time! But I loved Becca’s side story. I’m sorry it wasn’t more of your thing…
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  7. says

    Oh nooooo! I know just how excited you were for this one, and even though I haven’t read this series, I’m feeling all kinds of disappointed for you.
    It’s a real shame about the characters not being the same as you remembered them. And UGGGH. I hate it when characters I loathe make a comeback. Like get out already!
    I’m sorry this was disappointing, Rashika. :(
    But great review!
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