The Mediator 1: Shadowland by Meg Cabot Book Review (Non-spoiler)

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Rating: 3.5/5

Publishing Company: Avon Books

Publishing Date: 2005

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Comedy, Romance

Set in northern California, a girl from New York who talks to ghosts, finds herself in the company an unexpected roommate when she moves into her “new” house.

Now she has to figure out not only how to “get rid” of that problem but also others that ensue as she’s settling down into her new home and her new school.

This is the kind of book that gets you out of a reading slump. It’s light, fun and it reads pretty quickly. Also, is perfect for young new readers. However, it’s part of a series that consists of seven books.

The main character Suze Simon, is one of the most girl empowering protagonists in Y.A literature. She is strong, determined, has priorities and doesn’t take shit from anybody. Yes, she was interested in boys and dating, but her world didn’t revolve around them because she had more important and interesting priorities.

She is also a very confident girl, not only about her looks but about her capabilities too.

She is basically another version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It’s very common for Y.A books to have girls that feel way too insecure and that are constantly mentioning for the majority of their story how plain they look. They are always wondering why would the hottest guy in school be interested in them; because it doesn’t make any sense since they don’t look anything like the cheerleaders guys are so into. However, this was not the case.

And just like in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the family dynamic was one of the aspects I enjoyed the most.  Because it was healthy, functional and the parents were actually involved in the character’s life. There was no case of disappearing parent in this one.

When we meet Suze she already knows her duties as a mediator. She knows why spirits wander the earth and she helps them complete their unfinished businesses, so they can move on. She doesn’t question her power as a mediator and she’s not denying her responsibilities either, which I also found refreshing. I was so glad that she wasn’t one of those annoying main female characters “why me? I which I was an average, uninteresting girl like all the other kids at school that don’t like me because I’m different.”

The romance in this book was not developed at all, and it wasn’t the main focus of the story either. It gets to a point were you can feel the tension between the two characters that feel attracted to each other . However, there was no instalove; just romantic potential.

Also, for some reason, I pictured father Dominic as Clint Eastwood because it just seemed right.

I would recommend this book to people that enjoy paranormal romantic comedies, or if you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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