Review: Ninth Key by Meg Cabot

Review: Ninth Key by Meg CabotNinth Key by Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator #2
Published by Avon on December 28, 2004
Genres: Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

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

Rereading old favorites is interesting. The Mediator series was one of my favorite things ever, but it’s shocking how little I actually remembered about the books. Reading them through a blogger lens definitely casts them in a slightly different light, but they’re still hilarious and fun, even if they’re no longer perfection to me. That said, I’m fairly certain that Ninth Key is the weakest in the series. Fun, but lacking much effect on the larger narrative.

Suze is amazing, and I love her, but I also want to see her grow. She doesn’t really do that in Ninth Key at all. She runs around to solve the absurd mystery du jour, and that’s basically it. Nothing really happens to move the larger plot arc forward. Of course, partially, that’s awesome because the larger plot revolves around Jesse. Cabot wants to give us the slow burn, so she’s filling time.

So Suze gets her first kiss in Ninth Key. I have to say that much as I don’t like Tad (especially since my dad’s name is Tadd – double yuck) that I love the fact that Suze does try out other guys. She’s already got a sizable crush on Jesse, but hello he’s dead. Unlike most paranormal heroines, she’s totally phased by the fact that her dude is not a living human, even if he is gorgeous. Suze is just cool that way, even if she does feel the need to tell me about the guys’ body hair, which no thank you.

Also, the mystery in this one is totes ridic to the max. Like, the whole thing is built around a really stupid misunderstanding where the ghost won’t be specific. So Suze gets involved in this big dramatic murder mystery because reasons, and it’s just all so over the top. That’s part of the charm of the book, too, but it’s just so silly.

I mean, I still loved reading it and flew through it, because Suze is just amazing. However, sadly, what makes Ninth Key notable is mostly the stuff that didn’t work as well as usual. Still, I think three is where the ship starts to board, which means YES.

Favorite Quote:

Buh-bye bite me.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

Me, to the plot

Me, to the plot

4 responses to “Review: Ninth Key by Meg Cabot”

  1. It’s been awhile since I read this one, but I do remember not being as in love with it as the first book. And I also like that Suze does take note that Jesse is a ghost, therefore a relationship with him really wouldn’t be easy.

    And also, Suze is totes amazing!!
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  2. MJ says:

    Oh, yeah this one for me was probably the weakest of the series. I think it really started picking up steam starting with the fourth book. I did like the climax to this book though. The whole scene with the aquarium if I remember was pretty awesome.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Oh riiiiight, I remember the aquarium now. Yeah, that was pretty cool for sure. I mean, the worst of this series is still damn entertaining.

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