As you may know, I’m on a personal quest to read every book I own… This week’s book is Meg Cabot’s The mediator: Ninth Key.
This is the second book in the series, and was just as much fun to read as the first installment. Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors. She writes for a very broad audience – everything from tweens to adults. The Mediator series is geared towards a teen audience and is centered around Susannah a sixteen year old high school student who can see, speak to and even touch ghosts. She’s is a New Yorker who has been relocated to Carmel, CA when her widowed mother remarries. The part of this series that I enjoy the most is the continuing underlying story woven into the fabric of all of the books. While each individual book has a primary story arc, the thing that keeps me interested and coming back for each subsequent installment is the evolving relationships between Suze and Jesse and Suze and Doc. The books are written in the first person perspective from Suze’s point of view. Some of the situations Susannah finds herself in are very far fetched, farther even than the whole talking to ghosts element. Really, what teenager is going to find themselves being stalked by an adult who is convinced that he’s really a vampire? If you take everything with a grain of salt or can manage to suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the story as a fun and jovial excursion then this is yet another success for Meg Cabot! I’m looking forward to seeing what crazy things happen to Suze and how she manages to smooth out Father Dom’s ruffled feathers over her current living situation. (Because really what priest wouldn’t be upset about a cute boy sharing a teenage girl’s bedroom without her parents knowing he was there, even if he is a ghost?)