Review: Remembrance by Meg Cabot

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Review: Remembrance by Meg CabotRemembrance by Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator #7
Published by William Morrow on February 2, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Humor, Romance
Pages: 388
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars

Fifteen years after the release of the first Mediator novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot returns with a deliciously sexy new entry to a fan-favorite series. Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze's wedded bliss before it begins.

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.

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?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

Over the last month, I’ve been rereading Meg Cabot’s Mediator series to prep for Remembrance. Mediator was my very favorite of all of Meg Cabot’s books back when I was a teen. Revisiting it now, with a more critical eye, I still love it, but it’s not quite the perfection I thought it was back then. Remembrance shares the old flaws of the series, but it’s also got that addictive Meg Cabot magic that makes those flaws not really matter so much in the face of all the good stuff.

First off, I want to give everyone a heads up to some setting tomfoolery. Suze was in high school in the 90s, but now she’s about my age. I mean, I don’t think there was a specific date on any of the original Mediator books, but the technology and the pop culture references date them pretty damn clearly. I don’t really mind that Suze apparently time traveled ten years into the future but I am loling at the fact. Also, she makes some comment about not giving a shit about brand names, despite the fact that she name drops designers constantly in the first six books and also mentions shopping at Saks later in the book. There are some gaps here is what I’m saying.

However, there aren’t any gaps in the characterization, which for me is more important. Jesse and Suze are in their twenties and believably themselves. Like, I guess props to Cabot for making Jesse so realistically a nineteenth century guy, but also that is so not how my fantasies of him went. He’s still fabulous but poor Suze stuck waiting for marriage, which in turn has to wait for him to be able to support her financially.

That said, seeing Jesse and Suze together is mostly delightful. They’ve matured a little but but they’re also still very much themselves and they maintain the same flaws. Both suffer from a desire to protect the other by not talking about shit (paranormal cliche #372), for example. Still, somehow I do ship it. There’s something magical about Jesse, I swear.

I really could have done without Paul Slater being in this book. He’s my least favorite part of the original books, and it disgusts me that he’s now successful and going about just the same way he did before. I was uncomfortable with him trying to bribe Suze into dating him in high school, and I’m fucking pissed that he’s still trying to do it. And STILL people are trying to convince Suze that he’s really not so bad and it seems like the reader’s supposed to have a wee bit of sympathy for him when no actually I would like him to go straight to prison. I mean, hell, the racist shit he spews about Jesse alone is enough to send him to the special hell. That whole plot line was no me gusta. On the other hand, the ghostly plot was fun, albeit surprisingly dark. The Paul Slater thing turned out to be less of a big deal than I expected, but he does poison all he touches.

The main reason that this book was super necessary though is that Meg Cabot totally gifts the reader with delightful side ships and fan fiction-level adorbs. I could not be happier with where David is now: View Spoiler ». Sister Ernestine turns out to be more than just a disciplinarian, much to my delight. Though Cabot did do something amazing and make me feel sorry for Brad. View Spoiler » Oh, and what Jake is up to? Hilarious and perfect and I cannot even.

Obviously Remembrance wasn’t quite everything I’d dreamed, but it’s still a must read for any Mediator fan. More Jesse de Silva = win.

Favorite Quote:

“The size of the diamond doesn’t matter; it’s the ring itself that’s the symbol of the guy’s commitment to—you know what? It’s as stupid as the game, actually. The whole thing is a dumb, antiquated practice that I don’t even believe in. I’m only doing it because my boyfriend is really old-fashioned. Otherwise, we’d just be living together.”

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