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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
After moving from her New York home to Carmel, California, Suze's life is finally looking up!

Her days are filled by parties and good hair days - what every teenage girl can relate to wanting. The only thing that Suze wants to change about herself is the fact that she can see ghosts who want to pass messages along to friends or family. She is a mediator...
Published on Aug. 27 2007 by TeensReadToo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable But Still Funny and Interesting
Compared to the first book, Suze is actually pitted against a human. It tends to stray from the whole ghost, mediator plot and delves into a bit of mystery and crime story. There are nice moments but this book doesn't live up to the previous. Nothing pivotal happens and it seems like a kinda side story. One that doesn't fit in with the series. However, if you ignore that,...
Published on Jan. 17 2004


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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Aug. 27 2007
This review is from: The Mediator #2: Ninth Key (Paperback)
After moving from her New York home to Carmel, California, Suze's life is finally looking up!

Her days are filled by parties and good hair days - what every teenage girl can relate to wanting. The only thing that Suze wants to change about herself is the fact that she can see ghosts who want to pass messages along to friends or family. She is a mediator.

Even though everything seems to be going her way, Suze has a ghost that seems to be connected to Tad Beaumont, the hottest guy in town, who also happens to have asked her out. Suze just can't understand what Tad and this ghost have to do with each other.

And then she meets Tad's father.

NINTH KEY is the second book in THE MEDIATOR series, following SHADOWLAND, and is a fun addition to your bookshelf. There is a good mix of ghosts, romance, and creepy characters! Another fun Meg Cabot book!

Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ninth Key-Review, Feb. 15 2004
This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
The Ninth Key is about Susannah Simon (Suze), a mediator, as well as a high school sophomore who deals with standard teenage problems. She has lived in California for nearly two weeks and she is already having a great time with her new school, friends, and stepbrothers.
When Suze was trying to sleep a ghost of a dead woman woke her up, screaming and begging Suze to tell "Red" that he isn't responsible for her death. As Suze inquired "Red", she realized that he is the father of Tad Beaumont, the cutest and richest boy in school. Suze's father and Jesse both tell her that "Red" is a vampire and to not mess with Red Beaumont, but young Suze does not listen. As she searches for more information about "Red", someone knows what Suze is trying to do.
One of my favorite scenes was the scene when the whole family was having a conversation during dinner about Dopey and his relation with Debbie Mancuso. My favorite character in this book is Doc, Suze's youngest and smartest stepbrother. Doc has an interesting personality; he is a character who is ingenuous, innocent and naive.
This book was very interesting. Although the first book was more interesting, I still enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in the Series!, Jan. 21 2004
This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the first book I've never been able to put down. I finished it within about four hours. I've never been more into a book then this one... I can't rave enough about this book. It's my favorite in the series and all I can hope is that you'll read it! I mean if you like mystery,vampires, murders, and yeah some romance...this is the book for you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable But Still Funny and Interesting, Jan. 17 2004
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This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
Compared to the first book, Suze is actually pitted against a human. It tends to stray from the whole ghost, mediator plot and delves into a bit of mystery and crime story. There are nice moments but this book doesn't live up to the previous. Nothing pivotal happens and it seems like a kinda side story. One that doesn't fit in with the series. However, if you ignore that, you get to learn a bit more about her new family and it is still as funny as the first book.
The basic idea of the story is that a woman ghost asks (or rather weeps) for Suze's help. Suze tracks down the person to contact but ends up going into a deeper mystery of murder. Unfortunately, the prime suspect is the father of Tad, the only boy since moving here that has asked her out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, just not as good as the first, Nov. 3 2003
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"celes1" (Havre de Grace, Maryland United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
In the second book of The Mediator series, the ghost of a woman asks Suze to find "Red" and tell him her death wasn't his fault. Suze has her work cut out for her when she discovers that "Red" is really eccentric millionaire Thaddeus Beaumont, and all signs point to his being a murder. Suze also has a new love interest, Tad, who just happens to be Mr. Beaumont's son.
This book was pretty good but a few things did get on my nerves. Suze's constant complaining that Tad was the only boy to ever ask her out was really annoying because two boys asked her out in the first book. Also, in the beginning, the book kept skipping around in time which was really awkward. Other than those minor complaints I really enjoyed the second book in the series, but not quite as much as the first.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Only Negative Review, Oct. 17 2003
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This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
Am I the only person that realizes that this book would be better suited as a short story in a magazine, or perhaps incorporated into "Shadowland"?
I found all of the characters flat and unrealistic, and the plot was somewhat predictable. All in all, it irked me that "Ninth Key" seemed so much like the first book. Suze still is in search of a good boyfriend much to her dismay, and she still poses as a tough girl, with plenty of cursing, although she seems to care an awful lot about her appearance; too much to really make her tough image seem genuine. My favorite part of the first book was the clever portrayals of Suze's stepbrothers, but Doc was the only one that truly played a part in the story, and instead of the funny genius he was in the first book, his personality is more that of a puppy, innocent and naive.
If you're going to read true teen novels I suggest "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" for realistic portraits of teens, or "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for humor.
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's No Such Thing As Ghosts., Aug. 19 2003
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Silmarwen (Huntington Beach, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
Yeah, right. High school sophomore Susannah "Suze" Simon wishes that she was like everyone else and couldn't see ghosts, well, except for Jesse, the hot ghost who lives in her room. Anyway, Suze has only lived in California with her new stepfather and stepbrothers for two weeks and her life has already been a whirlwind of events - pool parties, dates with hot guys, exorcising killer schoolgirls, you know, the usual. Everything is going well until a woman shows up one night screaming and begging Suze to find "Red" and to tell him that he isn't responsible for her death.
Right. Tracking down a murderer is never easy, but tracking down someone who didn't murder someone isn't exactly easy either. Luckily, Suze is able to find out that "Red" is actually Tad Beaumont's father. Too bad that Tad is gorgeous, rich and one of the most popular guys in the area - and he even asked Suze out! Now, if only Suze can get at Tad's father and give him the message, she can get on with her social life. Unfortunately, once she does get in to see him, Suze finds out that Tad's father thinks he is a vampire and totally creeps her out. Suze knows that she has to do something to make Tad see that his dad and his uncle aren't exactly playing with a full deck, but she sure can't tell him how she knows!
This was a fabulous addition to the Mediator series and a great sequel to Shadowland, especially since they are so close timewise. Suze is in fine form in this book and lets nothing and no one get in her way. Sure, she gets scared, but when she gets scared she usually gets angry, too, so it is pretty entertaining. The supporting characters are great in this book and the story just sucks you in. If you haven't read Shadowland (the first book in the Mediator series), you will still understand what is going on, but I highly recommend that you read all of the books in the series as they are excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's No Such Thing As Ghosts., Aug. 19 2003
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Silmarwen (Huntington Beach, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
Yeah, right. High school sophomore Susannah "Suze" Simon wishes that she was like everyone else and couldn't see ghosts, well, except for Jesse, the hot ghost who lives in her room. Anyway, Suze has only lived in California with her new stepfather and stepbrothers for two weeks and her life has already been a whirlwind of events - pool parties, dates with hot guys, exorcising killer schoolgirls, you know, the usual. Everything is going well until a woman shows up one night screaming and begging Suze to find "Red" and to tell him that he isn't responsible for her death.
Right. Tracking down a murderer is never easy, but tracking down someone who didn't murder someone isn't exactly easy either. Luckily, Suze is able to find out that "Red" is actually Tad Beaumont's father. Too bad that Tad is gorgeous, rich and one of the most popular guys in the area - and he even asked Suze out! Now, if only Suze can get at Tad's father and give him the message, she can get on with her social life. Unfortunately, once she does get in to see him, Suze finds out that Tad's father thinks he is a vampire and totally creeps her out. Suze knows that she has to do something to make Tad see that his dad and his uncle aren't exactly playing with a full deck, but she sure can't tell him how she knows!
This was a fabulous addition to the Mediator series and a great sequel to Shadowland, especially since they are so close timewise. Suze is in fine form in this book and lets nothing and no one get in her way. Sure, she gets scared, but when she gets scared she usually gets angry, too, so it is pretty entertaining. The supporting characters are great in this book and the story just sucks you in. If you haven't read Shadowland (the first book in the Mediator series), you will still understand what is going on, but I highly recommend that you read all of the books in the series as they are excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than the first, May 28 2003
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This review is from: Ninth Key (Mass Market Paperback)
In "Ninth Key" - the second of the Mediator books - Suze Simon is back, and funnier than ever. She wakes up one night to a woman screaming bloody murder, and the woman says "Tell Red he didn't kill me." So, Suze is looking all over for Red, and finds one...Red Beaumont, businessman. When she goes to tell him the message, she finds him totally strange - he keeps looking at her neck, doesn't like sunlight, and has no red hair...so why is he called Red?
When Suze tells Father Dom all about this, he comes to the stratling conclusion that Red Beaumont is a vampire. Suze doesn't believe in vampires, but is a little afraid of Red. She goes back there, and ultimately gets into much deeper trouble than she could ever have imagined.
Will Suze get into more trouble than she can handle with the possible vampire?
This book's really good, I'd say better than the first...from the first line (which I believe is "Nobody told me about the poison oak") to the last, this book is absolutely hilarious. You won't be able to put it down, I highly reccommend this.
Overall grade: A+
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