Title: Shadowland
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: December 2010
Pages: 287
How I got the book: E-book

Suze is a mediator -- a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn't seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.
But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy. There's a ghost with revenge on her mind ... and Suze happens to be in the way

Stand alone or series: Series, this is the first one of the Mediator series and it has 6 books in total.

Why did I read this book: I was reading an article about a movie adaption for The Infernal Devices (how cool !!!) and they made a commend about how The Mediator series is going to get one too, so I felt that I should read it before they come up with the movie. Though, based on previous experience, I feel you’re better of watching the movie before the book, so the movie will be less disappointing. Even though, I used to read The Princess Diaries when I was young, so I gave it a change.

Cover impressions: Chick lit like is my first impression, just simple and they didn’t put a lot of effort in it. Normally I drool all over pretty covers, but I just read it as an e-book so I don’t care that much. It fits the story.

I like Meg Cabot and her stories are always nice. Some authors put years of research and character backgrounds in their series, which I like with certain stories, but this one felt more like going with the flow and making it up along the way. Which I really liked to my own surprise ! It’s definitely not a read with deep emotional problems and trauma, but just a light and funny read. And it made me laugh ! I had a couple of snorts and giggles coming out of me while reading this book ^^ It’s not a serious story and you should not handle it as one.

The main character, Suze is just so perfectly and amazingly sarcastic, I loved her ! She is very grounded and most definitely not a damsel in distress. She says what she feels and is very direct. Just so hilarious !

She moves from New York to California with her mom who got re-married. Since the new husband Andy lives and works in California they move in with him and his three sons. What I really appreciated was that she is not bitter about it at all, no wailing about how they ruined her life or that he can’t replace her real dad. She likes Andy and tries to be her best for her mother and stepdad. The stepbrothers are fun as well, she named them after the dwarfs of Snow White: Sleepy, Dopey and Doc, and they do justice to their nicknames most of the time. In the beginning they are just far away side characters, but during the book mainly Doc (David) really grows on me. I want one too !! He is such a cute kid and totally awesome, like:

"Mr. Ackerman!" Sister Ernestine sounded like she meant business. "Would you like to be written up?" David looked irritated. "No," he said.
"No, what?"
"No, Sister." He looked back at me, apologetically. "I guess I better go. But can we talk more about this tonight at home? I found out some stuff about – well, what you asked me. You know." He widened his eyes meaningfully. "About the house."
"Oh," I said. "Great. Okay."
"Mr. Ackerman!"
David turned to look at the nun. "Hold on a minute, okay, Sister? I'm trying to have a conversation here."
All of the blood left the middle-aged woman's face. It was incredible. She reacted as childishly as if she were the twelve year old, and not David.
"Come with me, young man," she said, seizing hold of David's ear. "I can see your new stepsister has put some pretty big city ideas into your head about how a boy speaks to his elders– "

He is just so cute !

But well.. The only problem being Suze is a mediator, meaning that she can see, talk and touch the dead. She helps the ones who got stuck here on Earth to move on, if they want to or not. She got in a lot of trouble for that in the past and has better hopes for the future, only arriving in her new room she finds a ghost, Jesse, sitting in the windowsill.

And not only him, at her first day in school she finds out there is a ghost at her locker as well. This being Heather, a girl who blew her own brains out because her (ex)boyfriend broke up with her. She wants to take revenge on him, and everyone who stands in her way.

The school is an old catholic building, with a lot of history and priests/nuns running it. One of those, Father Dom, is a mediator as well and helps her with the ghosts. Or well he tries, but Heather is quite stubborn and doesn’t want to move on. So Suze takes over and has a woman to woman with her, which results in the decapitation of the schools founder statue. She barely escapes with the help of Jesse the ghost, who is looking more interesting and interesting to Suze during the story. He is cute, even though he is a couple of centuries old. You don’t know why he is still here on Earth or what his story is until the end of the book, but I felt very sorry for him. I would hug him if I could, but with him being 1. A ghost and 2. A fictional character, that’s not happening.

After Heather almost killed the ex boyfriend twice (Oh and the ex boyfriend asks Suze on a date haha) and hurting Father Dom she plans on an exorcism even though he disagrees. She lies to him (yes a priest!) and goes on with it any way to stop Heather from hurting more people. I love this part as well, she has convinced Heather that she has a way of returning her to her old self.

I was just starting to be worried nothing was going to happen when the candle flames flickered. And it wasn't because there was any wind.

"Nothing's happening," Heather complained, but I shushed her.
The candle flames flickered again. And then, above Heather's head, where the roof of the breezeway should have been, appeared a hole filled with red, swirling gasses. I stared at the hole.
"Uh, Heather," I said. "You might want to close your eyes."
She did so happily enough. "Why? Is it working?"
"Oh," I said. "It's working, all right."

After banishing Heather she gets hurt and is saved by Doc and Sleepy (the names really stick). Jesse warned Doc and they came to find her. Sleepy is still convinced she is in a gang but well..
She and Jesse get in a fight later and it gets kind of steamy… but then they are interrupted.. So not a lot of love in this first installment. Hoping for more in the next one !

She made two friends at school as well, Cee Cee and Adam, who are nice geeky friends. Not a lot of action there, but they made her feel more at home. It being that everyone thought she was a freak back in New York made her kind of a loner and weary of making new friends, but these guys are worth it and accept her. (no idea that she is a mediator though). I hope to read more about them in the next books !

I really had a lot of fun reading this one, a perfectly light read. Of course it’s not deep or serious and it missed the WOOOW factor, but I’m looking forwards to the next ones. So I would like to give it 4 Freyja’s. It was very funny and it made me laugh which gives it definitely some bonus points ! I would recommend it as a light read in between, for people with humor ^^ 



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