Review: Ninth Key by Meg Cabot

ninth keyNinth Key (Mediator #2)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Avon
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she’s willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad… particularly the fact that he’s not Jesse, whose ghostly status–not to mention apparent disinterest in her–make him unattainable.

What Suze can’t ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont’s past.


3 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

My Thoughts

I’m such a Meg Cabot fangirl.  Just check out my Review Master List, and you’ll see over ten books by Cabot that I’ve read and reviewed on my blog.  And I’ve liked every one (some more than others, of course, but still I enjoyed them all).  That said, I really haven’t continued in any series she’s written.  I’ve only read two Princess Diaries books, I’ve never read the second All-American Girl book.  I’m just a little weary of series.  But, I really wanted some more Meg Cabot, so I decided to read Ninth Key.  And what a fun book it was!

I think anyone who has read a Meg Cabot book knows that she creates awesome, really likable main characters.  That’s certainly true for Suze, the protagonist of The Mediator series.  Suze is so much fun.  The opening scene with her principal, and fellow mediator, is hilarious.  And it perfectly shows who Suze is.  She’s a mediator, able to see, and beat up when the occasion calls for it, spirits.  She’s supposed to help them pass on to where ever they are supposed to go.  Let’s just say that Suze isn’t thrilled with her mediator status.  She just wants to be a regular teenage girl.  That isn’t an easy thing to do when a ghost woman keeps waking Suze up in the middle of the night by shrieking.  Suze does try to help the ghost, but it isn’t easy when her investigation leads to a mysterious businessman with a strange diet.

The supporting characters also add a lot of humor to the story.  Suze’s stepbrothers, Sleepy, Dopey and Doc are hilarious.  I have such a soft spot for Doc, the youngest stepbrother.  And Dopey certainly fits his name.

This couldn’t be a Mediator book with out Jesse around.  Jesse is a nineteenth century ghost who stays in Suze’s room.  Jesse somehow brings a lot of calm to the story, even though he is a ghost.  I like that he challenges Suze, but he’s also willing to help her out.

The story is fun, and filled with lots of humor.  The  mystery isn’t all that ground-breaking, but seriously, it doesn’t matter.  The book is so much fun, you don’t care.  As tired as I am with series, I will defintely continue with this one.  Has anyone else read The Mediator books?  What did you think of them?

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Review: Ninth Key by Meg Cabot

  1. Yes! I haven’t read many Cabot books outside of this series, but I freaking loved The Mediator series when I was in high school. Mostly because of Jesse, of course, but it was so nice to read a paranormal series that isn’t exclusively about romance, and also that doesn’t feel the need to take itself seriously 100% of the time. And did you hear Meg Cabot has just announced there’s going to be a seventh book in this series eventually? I think this calls for an eventual re-read. 🙂

  2. The Mediator books are some of my all time favourites. I loved every single one of them, and recently finished buying my complete collection 😀 Yay!
    I actually really want to go back and reread this series, especially since I found out that Cabot is writing more!

  3. The Mediator series is one of my favorites by her! They’re so light and just easy to read, and they never fail to get me out of a reading slump. I do hope you continue on with this series – I absolutely love the last book. 🙂

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