The Mediator Series. Enough Already.

I don’t think I need to define how amazingly awesome these books are! The Mediator series is the my most favorite works of Meg Cabot, and I have a gazillion reasons for loving it so much. 😀

She’s starting a new life in Carmel, California, and the last thing Susannah Simon wants is trouble. But being a mediator, she often finds herself in sticky situations, where she’s got to tackle the unearthly and shove them back to hell or heaven.

To make the mediating stuff fun, she has Jesse de Silva, the ghost of a super hot twenty-year-old rancher from the 1850’s — whom she happens to love. But it get’s kind of hard to push a guy ghost into his afterlife when he makes your heart go crazy– not to mention another dangerous fellow-mediator hell-bent to win your love.

Packed with fun, danger and a lot of butt-kicking, ‘The Mediator’ books are bound to be an instant favorite!

My take : Suze is strong, brave and true to most teens. She can very well make her way out of strange situations — be it exorcising ghosts, handling two out-and-out disgusting ones and an adorable stepbrother, or romancing a dead guy from another era.

The characters in the book are well-defined, no matter how insignificant or small it may be. The places are well-chosen and described, so much so that you can actually feel the cool breeze rolling off the Carmel Bay. Apart from some certain offensive words, I couldn’t pick any flaws with the six books full of awesomeness.

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The Cast

You know it’s so surprising that these books haven’t been made into a movie yet– it has everything a movie needs and more. And I’m pretty clear who I want to see in the movie 😉

* Susannah Simon should be played by Lucy Hale                                         

Brave, charming and a butt-kicking mediator— and to find all these qualities in one actress is sheer good luck. Lucy Hale would be perfect to be Susannah.

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* Jesse de Silva is a character that required a lot of thinking on my part to pick the perfect one.

Sean Faris

God he even looks like Jesse in this picture! Regardless of my personal admiration for him, I really think  Sean would do a wonderful job as a rancher from the 1850s 😉

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* Paul Slater is the antagonist of the book, who is after Suze’s life– because he happens to compete with Jesse for her affection. He is the rich, spoiled brat and the prince charming of every girl, except Suze.

Landon Liboiron

I don’t see any reason why Landon shouldn’t be Paul Slater. He’s got blue eyes, the face of a Greek god and is a wonderful actor. What more could you ask for?!

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There is a long list of characters left to give faces to, and I’m far too lazy for that. 😉

The fun element about the series is that it is unpredictable — you just don’t realize what might happen next. There are no loose threads- each situation/action/incident is linked with one or the other, most of which giving rise to thrill (which you feel at the base of your spine). Moreover, it is not senseless, gooey romance– which a major plus 🙂

Take my word for it, and do read these books as soon as you can. Following is the list of the books in order of their releases. Given in brackets are the names of the book as published in UK and other parts of the world:-

1. Shadowland  (Love You to Death)
2. Ninth Key  (High Stakes)
3.  Reunion  (Mean Spirits)
4.  Darkest Hour  (Young Blood)
5.  Haunted  (Grave Doubts)
6.  Twilight  (Heaven Sent)

Do let me know how you liked them. Happy reading!

Love,

Snigdha

Shiver – Love Knows No Boundaries

By Muskaan (a great girl who loves reading, writing and having fun). 🙂

When Grace was a young girl, she was the victim of a freak wolf attack in the woods surrounding her home. Although she survived the attack, she still sensed feeling of being a wolf and still has sensations of being capable of doing something only wolves can do. She was saved from changing by a wolf called Sam, who, later falls in love with this pretty girl and watches her everyday from the forest. His yellow eyes gleam in the dark and are filled with care and kindness towards Grace. Grace watches him back and watches herself being more and more attached to the wolf.

Can I just say this book is amazing? Okay? Good. Because I don’t know of any other way to describe it.

Well, frankly speaking the book gave me chills and it didn’t let me sleep throughout the night. I made sure I got up early in the morning only to read this! Shiver is a book full of wit, romance and excitement. You will find all these elements in only a few books and Shiver will actually make you ‘shiver’ at many of its instances.

Positive Aspects: The story flowed in perfect smoothness – and as a reader, I couldn’t really pick out any prominent faults in the storyline. I also loved how simple things, like a cup of hot chocolate are described. Also, the weather. While reading this on a hot summer day, I actually felt cold. Hats off to an author like Maggie Stiefvater to come up with something so unique and brilliant. The characters are intriguing, and the storyline is fairly realistic (as far as supernatural literature is concerned.)

Not-so-positive Aspects: Shiver missed out on a dangerous undercurrent, and Sam’s whining starts to annoy after a while. Grace isn’t exactly exciting, but works well with the character required, nonetheless. But regardless of these teeny-weeny flaws, the book manages to leave the sensation of want behind. 🙂

The Cast of Shiver

Yes, of course I have a fair idea how this wonderful book should be transformed into a movie, and since Snigdha (the freak who came up with the idea of this blog) practically begged me to do it, I present to you my version of Shiver.

1. Grace – Leighton Meester

Grace needs to be brave, and fascinating enough to charm a werewolf. Hence, this beautiful actress fits in perfectly.

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2. Sam – Ashton Kutcher

Ashton! Why? No reason. And since it is supposed to be my version, none needed. 😉  He suits Sam quite well, and I can’t think of anyone as charming as him to fit the slot.

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The Rest of the Story for the curious minds

Believe me, I know how it feels not knowing the end of a story so captivating and to make sure you don’t go through that state of mind, here goes the rest of it :-

Suddenly, another freak occurs in town and the wolves kill a teenage boy and a hunting party is launched to kill the wolves. Grace stops this party just to protect her wolf. She succeeds in doing so and Sam reveals himself to her in his human form.  Each year, Sam changes during the summers and his summers become shorter and shorter – soon, Sam fears he will turn into a wolf, never to be a human again. Together, Grace and Sam fight to keep him as human, no matter the cost.

Jack, a freak catches hold of Grace and threatens her to tell him the way to stay human always without changing into a wolf. His sister, Isabel desperately wants this too. So, she figures out a way to do so by injecting a bottle of blood infected with meningitis bacteria. It does not work on her brother Jack but at the end it works on Sam and he is for the eternity a human again.

So, the book ends with a happy ending for Grace as she gets all she wanted in her life back and no one now as far as the horizon stretches can take away her Sam from her.

Take my word for it and do read this book. You’ll never in your life regret reading it. I promise 🙂

P.S.- If you do, you can always settle scores with us (though it is a faint possibility).

Until next time, keep reading, keep smiling! See ya folks! 😀

– Muskaan