Express Lane Review: Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

darkest hourDarkest Hour (Mediator #4)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

When the nineteenth–century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation — and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancee of Jesse — the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what — or rather, who — Maria doesn’t want found. But in solving Jesse’s murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?


4 out of 5

4 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  That typical Meg Cabot heroine and humor that I love so much is abundant in Darkest Hour.  Suze is perhaps my favorite Cabot MC.  She’s tough and not afraid to use her fists, but she’s also nice and can be vulnerable.

Point Two:  There’s a lot more Jesse!  We definitely get more Jesse in this book, something I always look forward to.

Point Three:  The discovery of a new mediator!  Who is it, and how does this person change things for Suze, you will have to read to find out.  But it definitely makes things interesting.

Point Four:  Maria de Silva (Jesse’s long-dead fiancee) makes an entrance – one Suze won’t forget anytime soon.

Point Five:  Suze to the rescue!  Suze is anything but a damsel in distress.  Even more so, she’s up for rescuing people on her own.  What women doesn’t love reading about a female main character who saves the day and goes on rescue missions.

Point Six:  Sad fact: Doc (Suze’s youngest, and most adorable, stepbrother) gets very little screen time, as he’s a way at a summer camp.  But don’t worry Doc fans, there is a brief Doc appearance, and it’s amazing.

Point Seven:  There might be more to Suze than we, or even Suze, realized.  I hope we discover what that is in the next book!  I think I’m actually going to finish this Mediator series before the end of the year, which is pretty amazing for someone which such a dismal series finished record.  There are two more books in the series, and I cannot wait to read 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 Express Lane Review: Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot

  1. Sassy Spratt says:

    I read this series a looonnnggg time ago and all of them are so amazing!

  2. Daphne says:

    i too read these a long time ago, they were great! i would really like to reread one day.

  3. Candice says:

    I haven’t read this series but I love this express lane review style! Cute and fun! 🙂

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