Title: Shadowland (The Mediator, #1) (Amazon)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 2004
Suze is a mediator -- a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn't seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy. There's a ghost with revenge on her mind ... and Suze happens to be in the way. (Goodreads)
Kim’s Take: This was a very cute and funny book. It is a story of Susannah (Suze) Simon who is a mediator and her job is to get lost souls to the other side where they belong. She has had this power since the age of two when she realized she could see people that others could not. Suze keeps this ability from others.
When her mother remarries, Suze moves to California. She sees her first unfortunate soul living in her bedroom in a very old refurbished home. His name is Jesse, he was a nineteenth century cowboy and he is hot! And he refuses to leave.
She runs across her second problem on the first day at her new school when she meets Heather, who committed suicide when her boyfriend, Bryce, broke up with her. And she is determined to kill him so no one else can have him. When Suze saves his life after one of Heather’s attempts to kill him, Suze suddenly becomes very popular, which she had never been in the past, and Heather adds Suze to her hit list. Heather believes that Suze is trying take over her life.
Surprisingly, one of the heads of her new school, Father Dominic, is a mediator also and aware of Heather hanging around the school. But Heather presents more of a challenge than Suze has ever faced and the situation becomes dangerous quickly.
This was such a light, quick summer read, with no boring sections that drive me crazy. I’m getting ready to read the second in the series now and expect another great read. This series would be perfect for your summer reading list!
Kim’s Rating: 4/5