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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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