Feb 1, 2016

Blog Tour: Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Hello, kickass readers! I'm very excited about today's post because I am on the blog tour for Meg Cabot's Remembrance! I love the Mediator series, and to get a surprise seventh installment--set in the future!--is so freaking cool. My review for Remembrance--and why you should jump on this series if you haven't already--is below, and there's a giveaway for the very first book in the Mediator series--which you really, really want, I promise. So take a break from kicking some ghost ass and check it out!

Title: Remembrance
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow
Publishing Date: February 2, 2016
Pages/Format: 400, eARC
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(Beware of spoilers for the first six books.)

The highly anticipated return of Meg’s bestselling Mediator series featuring fan-favorite ghost whisperer, Susannah Simon.

You can take the boy out of the darkness. But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. 

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you? If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass. 

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind-including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself-Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past-including one she found nearly impossible to resist-strike first? 

Book in One Word: HILARIOUS

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the Mediator series. So, to sum it up: read those six then go right into this one. You can read Remembrance as a standalone I think, but be prepared for spoilers.

Usually we read the last book in a series and we get sad because it's over (and/or someone died). Saying goodbye to a story, world, and characters you love isn't easy and, well, it totally sucks (though we are very thankful to have gone on so many adventures with the characters). But every once in awhile an author will take you by surprise and announce a new installment/continuation of the series, ten years (!!!) after the last book came to a finish. This is the case for Meg Cabot and her super fantastic Mediator series. Remembrance has humor (SO MUCH), kissing, several cameos from favorite characters, and ghost ass-kicking while wearing all black and leather and come-at-me combat boots. They're baaaaaaaaaack!

What's nice about this book--and the series in general--is that, though a lot of the plot may center around some ghosts, it's really, really light and super duper fun. Sure, you've still got plenty of scenes filled with thrills and suspense and danger, but it's not horror: it's pure fun and entertainment and an utter pleasure to read. And let me tell you--Remembrance? HILARIOUS. Between Suze's inner monologue about her needs and the every day happenings in good ol' Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, this is a book that is sure to make you laugh. And I know I'm here for Jesse and Suze (you really see the romance and the burn and the swoons in the first six books), but I'm not gonna lie: the absolute BEST thing about Remembrance was seeing what happened to certain characters in the six (?) years since we saw them last. A couple in particular are freaking hilarious. THANK YOU, MEG CABOT.

I don't want to delve too much into Remembrance because of spoilers, but it's so nice to be back. Suze and Jesse are engaged (!!!), Suze is working at her alma mater, Jesse is a freaking doctor...and ghosts are still everywhere. So in between planning a wedding and battling past enemies and working toward their careers...there's a ghost involved. (And some nasty humans too, of course.) But really, it wouldn't be a Mediator novel without Suze and Jesse and a pain in the ass ghost and possibly some other things. But Remembrance has a bit more focus on the non-paranormal aspects of Suze's life, and we get to see her as an adult. Don't worry though--she's still Suze.

Now, I do have to mention a few...quips. Don't get me wrong--I really, really liked this book! I'd give it four stars. But something--and it's a small something--seemed kind of unMediatorish. And I think it has to do with the ghosts--or lack thereof. Yes, there was a ghost or two, but they didn't have enough time in the spotlight; they were too far in the background of the story. I miss the constant peril and danger and suspense Suze would get in and waiting to see how she'd get out of it--because she always does. She's Suze Motherfucking Simon. But something--even Jesse--was just a little off. I was shocked when I was like sixty percent finished--and then eighty percent!--and things had or hadn't happened. In the end, I wanted--and need--more. I felt that the ending was too open-ended and that some big/anticipated scenes were too quick and rushed. You gotta preheat the oven before you put the cookies in. I could take another book or two with adult (and even teen!) Suze and Jesse. Honestly, I'd beg for it.

Remembrance really didn't disappoint: it was so easy to slip right back into this world of ghosts and mediating and Carmel-by-the-Sea and one of the best ships. As a whole, this book is fun. There's definitely a ghost conundrum with some not-very-pretty backstory, but aside from rough and tough stuff, this was such fun. Some lines were pure GOLD. (I dare you to read this and not at least smile.) Suze and Jesse are swoony and hot. And so many characters are just like we remember them. This series is so simple, but at the core it has such dimensional characters and storylines that keep you invested. And I missed it, damn it! Welcome back, Suze Simon and Jesse de Silva. I've missed you.

Did I like it? YESSS.
Did I love it? Almost.
Would I reread it? Yes! In fact, I need to do a reread (again) of the entire series. It's such fun.
Would I purchase it? Duh, it's a Mediator book.
Who would I recommend it to? Definitely for fans of the Mediator series and people who like their ghost stories on the lighter side and who enjoy several good laughs.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.

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