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Ninth Key
Ninth Key
by Jenny Carroll
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can It Get Weirder Than This, Aug. 29 2003
This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
The second installment of The Mediator series is full of fun, action and romance (something new for Suze)! Suze is of course a mediator, a person who can see ghosts and she helps them move on to the afterlife, but it doesn't make it any easier if the ghost appears in Suze's room screaming at the top of her lungs in the middle of the night! She only asks Suze to tell "Red" that he didn't kill her, but didn't give anymore info leaving Suze basically clueless. Not only that, she also acquired "monster hands" when she accidentally grabbed some poison oak, had to take care of this wild, ugly cat by the request of the ghost of a little boy and also got a reading done by her friend Cee Cee's psychic aunt with unexpected results! But her investigation of "Red" continues when she meets another female ghost leading to Suze being asked for a date by this cute, rich boy named Tad and getting her first kiss!
All is not well, however, when she finds out that Tad may be in a family of killers and vampires and that she has actually got the wrong "Red". Things got out of hands in the end when murder was planned for our mediator though Suze may finally realise who "Red" really was.
This does live up to its predecessor with the plot twists and funny incidents - I particularly liked Jesse's (handsome ghost haunting Suze's bedroom)reaction to Tad and Suze's adventures with the cat. We get to find out a bit more of Suze's stepbrothers and the meaning of the Ninth Key which is actually a card in the tarot deck. The story never bores and though a great book on its own, if you like this then you should read all in the series, cos why not, it's fun!

Reunion
Reunion
by Jenny Carroll
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Between Ghosts and Guys, Aug. 28 2003
This review is from: Reunion (Mass Market Paperback)
Suze was having real fun now that her best friend from Brooklyn, the funky Gina came for a visit and it seems that even the emergence of four new ghosts - teens from RLS High who died in a car crash - couldn't spoil that. That is, until they tried to kill this geek called Michael even though he and the ghosts don't seem to have anything in common. When things got violent, though, Father Dominic, Suze along with Jesse decided to figure out the reason for the ghosts's revenge and got a story which defied their initial beliefs. But not only Suze have to deal with the ghosts, she also had to deal with Michael's crush on her! Suze was also reminded by Gina of an important reading by a fortune teller when she was in New York and her conversation with Father Dominic about that revealed something new about the priest. In the end, when Suze's family was almost killed by a supposed accident, she decided to take things into her own hands leading to a huge confrontation.
I thought this book was great, and the dark fact that Suze actually have something in common with Michael is interesting. Suze cracks us up with her thoughts and the storyline is exciting, so I have no qualms in reading it again and again!

Shadowland
Shadowland
by Jenny Carroll
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning, Aug. 27 2003
This review is from: Shadowland (Mass Market Paperback)
I borrowed this book from a friend, and after reading it I ended up buying the whole series! Shadowland refers to the world of ghosts, and the main character Susannah Simon @ Suze have the gift to see ghosts and helped them to go to their afterlife. The story started with Suze moving to Carmel after her mom remarried with a guy who already has 3 sons, and Suze vowed to start over her life because she doesn't want to disappoint her mom anymore. But, since she IS the mediator, she can't really start over because there are ghosts still lingering even in California, including one really cute Spanish ghost haunting her bedroom! So she's all angry and stuff, but things changed when she met another mediator and also her school's principal, Father Dominic who tries to teach her the 'gentler' way of dealing with ghosts instead of just punching them on the face. Much to her surprise, Suze became popular at school, has great friends and was even nominated for Vice President!
Of course, all is not well, when Suze encountered a bitter ghost of a girl who died in a suicide and who is trying to kill her still alive ex-boyfriend. Suze tries to persuade the ghost into moving on, but instead it backfired and things got very, very bad (and messy) after that.
I thought this book was really entertaining, mostly because of Suze's thoughts and cynical sense of humour and the characters are interesting as well. The ending promises something interesting between Suze and her bedroom ghost, Jesse and I would recommend this book to all teen readers.

Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary
by Stephen King
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, Aug. 25 2003
This story started out innocent enough but ends in madness and death (now we know it's a Stephen King book!). I thought the characters are fleshed out well, and I can't help but feel sad, angry or shocked when certain incidents happen to them. PS is not just about the value of families but also accepting death the way it's meant to be, and when the main character tries to change fate, hell is unleashed. There are some gory scenes, but I thought what made it disturbing was who the killer was in the end, and I still think about the ending hours later. This is a scary but tragic story, and I would recommend SK fans to read it (if they haven't already). One advice : Don't watch the movie, it doesn't do justice to the book.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
by Stephen King
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average, Aug. 25 2003
Well, since this is not the first Stephen King book I've read, I was quite disappointed of the story. That doesn't mean it's not good, it's just not scary enough. On the other hand, though the story started quite slow at first, it picked up the pace and you began to relate to Trish as she struggled to survive in the woods. The suspense is when night arrives and all creatures come out, and you could feel the tension of not knowing what is out there, and you wonder if there will be a happy ending after all. The climax is a little bit of a letdown, but I think the adventure has made up for it. An average book.

Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour
by Jenny Carroll
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time for some Action, Aug. 25 2003
Okay, so The Mediator series are great, based on the first three books. But this one surpasses all of them because it concerns something much more personal to Suze : Jesse a.k.a. cute ghost a.k.a Suze's crush! The story starts with Suze working as a babysitter (!) at a resort during the summer, and not enough with putting up with the ugly uniform, she was also picked by this visiting family from Seattle to look after their youngest kid, Jack, who doesn't go out or do outdoor stuff at all with unknown reasons. Turns out the kid is a mediator also, and the reason he's so scared is because he keeps seeing ghosts wherever he goes. But Suze managed to cure him of that -since she knows a lot about mediating- and no sooner than that, Jack is playing outside and swimming when his cute older brother Paul asks her out.
It would be great if not for the fact that she only has eyes for another guy (ehem) and that his stepfather and stepbrother's digging of their backyard - for a new hot tub - leads to them finding something that Suze doesn't ever want to see. Of course, before that, a pretty ghost from the past had to come and threaten her to stop the digging and who should she be but Jesse's former girlfriend, Maria! After the finding, though, Jesse disappears and Suze had a (painful) confrontation with Maria and her husband, leading her to ask Father Dominic to do something to get Jesse back. She tried to do it on her own without Father D's permission, but when he found out, he decided to help her anyway. So that leads to Suze being in a place she's never been before and the ultimate payback for the ghosts.
We got to know the real story behind Jesse's death but many questions will arise also, mostly about who Paul is, and what will happen to Suze and Jesse.
I like this book because it has more action and more emotional issues for Suze. It's really exciting and can be read on its own, but the best would be to read the first three books before this, you won't regret it.

Haunted: A Tale of the Mediator
Haunted: A Tale of the Mediator
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Library Binding
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Aug. 25 2003
I've waited for a long time for this book, and I'm happy to say that it doesn't disappoint! Suze has spent her summer having nightmares about her venture to the shadow world and the fact that she almost lost her life. When school starts, she looked forward to starting junior year but all was spoiled when who should turn up but the object of her nightmares : the mysterious Paul. Not only that one of her stepbrothers thought she was dating a guy named Jesse (!) and word started to spread about Suze's so-called boyfriend! In the meantime, there's a ghost who is haunting his brother because the ghost thought he didn't deserve to die, Jesse is not saying much to Suze -much to her dismay- and Paul started making his moves on her! It's only a matter of time before Suze chooses and in the end we get to see who her heart really belongs to.
We get to learn more about Susannah's gift (with the prospect of more being revealed in future books), why Jesse has been acting cold towards her and even a hint of who Paul really is. Needless to say, you have to read the first four The Mediator books before reading this one because there are a lot of reference to past incidents in Suze's life. I thought the climax was great, and the ending was awesome!!! I really can't wait for the next one and I would recommend fans of teen books to read this series, it's GOOD.

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