Book Review: Remembrance

Book Blurb:

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.

About the Author:

Meg Cabot was born in Indiana during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign, but has been working hard ever since to give herself a happy ending. Her books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling well over 25 million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into multiple hit films by Disney. Meg’s numerous other award-winning books include the Mediator series and the Heather Wells mystery series. Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming”) currently lives in Key West with her husband.

The Review:

I think it was 2012 when I discovered Meg Cabot’s The Mediator Series. I bought the two books in one version of the series because each of those books where being sold at INR 200! For a college student back then, it was a huge deal. I devoured the entire series in a matter of days (and no, I wasn’t into book blogging back then). But I want to re-read the series before I decide to put up a review of it on my blog.
Like every other Mediator fan, I was heartbroken when I turned the last page of the last novel. It was like having to say goodbye to a dear friend. But I always wondered what happened to Suze Simon and Jesse de Silva. And in 2016 we were blessed with not only novel, Remembrance, but also a novella, The Proposal. (Of course there is a short story on Meg Cabot’s website for the series too.)

I had ordered the two books together. Firstly, they both transition into adult books and not young adult. But it is nice to see the feisty teenager that we had met is now a grownup little woman – although with a rather foul mouth and a temper she never did learn how to control.

While I had breezed through The Proposal, I had abandoned reading Remembrance midway. And no, it wasn’t because the story couldn’t hold my attention or because I got bored. Or the writing was bad. It was simply because life was overwhelming me and I didn’t want to finish reading a book I was loving so much…because I could never go back and read it again for the first time. Finishing the book would mean a part of my college days I had carried into adulthood would really truly be over, and right at that moment I couldn’t bear anymore changes.

Remembrance is the story of Jesse and Suze after their high school days are over. They are about to begin a new life together but before that can happen, both of them need to get their acts together. I loved the callbacks to the characters in previous books and the little nuggets of references to what had happened before in the series. Be warned that this book being in the adult genre has some adult themes. So I definitely wouldn’t let an impressionable child read it yet.

Long story short, Susannah Simon and Jesse de Silva and their gang of friends are the same amazing people we had been forced to say goodbye to at the end of book 6. Definitely read this book if you have been a fan of the mediator series. It is extremely well paced and certainly held my interest the second time around of reading it! This time I stayed up till four in the morning to finish the story!