Shadowland (The Mediator, #1)
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Shadowland (The Mediator #1)

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There's a hot guy in Susannah Simon's bedroom. Too bad he's a ghost.

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...more
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Published (first published November 1st 2000)
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Leanna
I’ve developed a really bad habit: book cheating.

Until recently, I’ve had impeccable reading etiquette. I never flip to the end of the book. I don’t cheat to see if the lovers reconcile or to discover who the murderer is. Instead, I read from cover to cover. It’s only right.

But lately I’ve found myself cheating. I can’t help it—it’s those pesky young adult serials I’ve been reading. They simply aren’t good enough to justify reading the whole series, but they are interesting enough that I want to...more
Amy (Turn the Page)
Firstly, let me just say, I doubt you’ll ever read a bad review of a Meg Cabot book from me. I love the woman (her blog is hilarious). In fact, I have a whole (rather pink) bookshelf dedicated to all of her books that I own, which, I’ll admit now, is pretty much most of them. If I’m looking for a great, fun, story, likeable heroines (and a tension filled romance with a ridiculously attractive guy), Meg Cabot never lets me down. I’ll buy her newest book as soon as it comes out, without waiting fo...more
Kay
Jan 24, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ghostbusters!
Recommended to Kay by: who you gonna call?
This is a fun YA paranormal book with a peppering of romance. It's like a mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and the Sixth Sense (just the kid who can see dead people, none of the horror).

Yes, it's very girly. But it's also great entertainment for an audience who indulges in girliness every once in a while.

Suze, the protagonist, is a Mediator, someone who can communicate with the dead. In the beginning of the book, Suze moves to California from New York where she begins the year at...more
Abby Johnson
Susannah Simon has a unique calling in life. She's a mediator, a person who can see and talk to ghosts and help them leave earth for wherever they're supposed to go. When Suze moves from New York to San Francisco to live with her mom's new husband and her new stepbrothers, she finds a couple of interesting things. First, there's the hottie of a ghost who lives in her bedroom. Secondly, there's Father Dominic, the principal of her new school who also happens to be a mediator. Third, she's somehow...more
Nic
Why didn’t I pick this up earlier? I knew I should listened to my friends at Bookers. I loved it! Shadowland was a fun and entertaining read that had me laughing. The plot was fast paced and easy to read and the characters were an unforgettable bunch. Suze, I loved her. She is an amusing character, the kind of girl you want to be friends with. Jesse is of course swoon worthy and left me thinking give me more.

This is a series that I could easily get addicted too.
Wendy Darling
I resisted Meg Cabot for so long...but turns out she's pretty fun. This first book in The Mediator series surprised me with its fast-paced story, humor, and entertaining characters. The plotting of the mystery is not particularly complicated, but that's something I expected from seeing the cover art and reading the blurbs. It's pretty much chick lit for teens with a dose of the supernatural to sweeten in it up.

What did bother me, though, was that the author used the word "fag" twice in this book...more
Amy Louise
One of of my favourite books and series!
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Suze has an important job. She helps dead people cross over from Earth to their final destination. It sounds creepy at first, but it all comes naturally to Suze. She has always had this special gift and she’s good at it too.

There’s a downside to being a mediator (that’s what people with Suze’s gift are called) though. It can take up a lot of your time and some of these dead people are needy and mean. There’s even one who’s trying to kill Suze. Whoa!

Jesse. He’s a ghost who has a crush on Su...more
Kaisa
Myehehehehe =3 I love this book. Well, I love this main character. What a KICK-ASS female protagonist. She's all: "if you don't listen to me, I'mma kick your ass and send you to hell."
And even though that sounds violent, I really thought this was a sweet story. =3
I'm definitely gonna keep reading these books. Thank god my library has them, cuz they're so short, and I wouldn't be able to buy all of them.. my conscience wouldn't let me, I think.

AND SHE FALLS IN LOVE WITH A GHOST!!

How genius is tha...more
♥ Becky  22
I've kind of always wanted to be like Suze. She's so confident and cool. Oh, and she sees ghosts. That's pretty neat, too.

The Mediator books are awesome. They're like Buffy meets Ghost Whisperer, which, trust me, is a really great combo.



If you like Paranormal Romance, or are just looking for a fun book with a kick-ass heroine, you might want to check out this series.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This was a really easy read and I'd have probably enjoyed it more when I was younger but I found it to be quite mediocre now, what with the larger selection of books that are available in the paranormal genre. It was very basic but the plot and characters were decent and I found that the protagonist was a pretty strong, likeable one - I think Susannah's group of friends, especially Cee Cee sounded intriguing too and I'd like to learn more about them. It'll be interesting to see what the next boo...more
Gillian
I loooooved rereading this. I remembered exactly why this is one of my favorite Meg Cabot books.
Vidya-BooksAreMagic
I think by now, you would have known what a mediator is - from book backs or GR hints. Anyway, a mediator is a person who acts as a medium of communication between the human and the spirit world. And our protogonist, Suze, is a mediator.

The book is easy and light read..and its a very small book..finished it quite soon - 3 hours. Its interesting to know about the life of mediator. I guess there is more about Jesse (our handsome part-Spanish ghost) in upcoming books. Proceeding with the next book...more
Christina
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Rachel Lightwood
This was read as a part of Love You to Death & High Stakes.

I don't know what to think of Meg Cabot at the moment. Every series of her that I have read has been so completely different from each other ranging for utter hatred (The Princess Diaries) to mediocre enjoyment (Airhead) to this: amazing!

Love You to Death was funny, cute and fun. I loved both the characters and the plotline with all its ghostly adventures. It was a little ridiculous and cheesy and really just a chick-lit hiding in th...more
Jen
My Thoughts: I actually read the fifth book in the Mediator series, Haunted, back in the earlyish 2000s. I had no idea it was a series and I liked the name and the cover, so I figured that I should buy it. I read it and devoured it. I'm actually glad that I didn't read the series in its entirety back then, because I don't think I'd have been able to appreciate it the way I do now.

Essentially, this is the first Meg Cabot series I've ever read. You'd think I was living under a rock and I would not...more
Namratha
Meg Cabot does a neat portrayal of teen heroines. They are spunky…have some of the most interesting and weird conversations in their heads and more often than not come up with ear-bending dialogue like: “Lay one hand on my brother and I’ll stuff you right back into that grave from which you crawled out.” Yep, real heart-warming stuff…

Suzanne (Suze) Simon is no different. Her widowed mother has remarried and the mother-daughter duo shift from bleary New York to California, sunny-side up. Her ste...more
Thebookbutterfly
I really really liked this book (and have a feeling that the rest of the series is going to be even better :D). Doc, Dopey, and Sleepy were great for laughs. The actual laugh-out-loud kind of laughs. Probably a good reason to stop reading Meg Cabot books in public. People still look at you weirdly for completely cracking up while reading a book even though this is you know, the 21st century and people do a lot weirder stuff in public than laugh at books. Besides--Meg Cabot books were made for th...more
Wealhtheow
Cabot writes frothy YA books that are weirdly good. She has a real skill for writing realistic, fully-realized young female protagonists. They never feel by-the-numbers, despite the cliched positions they find themselves in (this particular narrator can talk to the dead)--they're always very definitely *themselves*. Also, even her most otherworldly of books has an edge of common sense to them, which is a welcome change to the "vampires are just like humans, only sexier" route most "otherworldly...more
Stephanie
I only gave this book 3 1/2 stars, but it's a cute enough story that I will probably finish the series, some day. There were just certain elements I didn't like, for instance the ending leaves you hanging, and the way that the antagonist was removed from the story seemed WAY to simple after everything that happened before. The story seems written for 12-13 year olds, so in that way it's just cutesy to me, but definitely creative.
Samantha

Adorable.

I'm a really big fan of Suze. It's just so much fun to be in her head!

Can't wait to read the next ones.
Sašenka
Super!!! Meg Cabot nesklamala. A netuším, prečo u nás vydali knihu s tou asi najhlúpejšou Meginou hrdinkou... Ako denníky som zožrala tak či tak, ale Mia bola niekedy fakt sprostá. Suzie je superná!
annejude
One of my most favourite books. Thanks to this series by Meg Cabot I started to love YA fiction. Not sure, but I think that Jesse de Silva was my first book crush:D
Grace
Good for teenagers, I'm sure. Too flimsy and scattered for adults. You could tell this entire story in a half-hour pilot, and I wouldn't be surprised if one is in the works.

This sounds like criticism, but it's sort of not - this book, pitched to 12 year old girls, is probably pretty perfect. A lot of YA (including Cabot's other books) is accessible to older readers, but this isn't the series for anyone older than about 17. Nothing wrong with that, we're not allowed to bogart ALL of the YA books....more
Ash
I've been considering carefully what I was going to say about this book, and I suppose I felt the need to be completely honest with myself as well as anyone reading this. There are times while reading this that you see specks of brilliance, potential for the story to be great, but this seems overshadowed by the main character. I could not for the life of me see eye to eye with any of her choices or understand her reasoning for anything, she seems shallow at times and is worried about her own hap...more
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The Gist

Shadowland by Meg Cabot is the first book in The Mediator series.

What We Think

Reviewed by Living Destiny

I stumbled onto The Mediator series by Meg Cabot on my last visit to Barnes and Noble. It looked kinda cool, so i decided I’d buy it. What the heck, right? I’m really glad I did, because this book kept me reading all night. I literally didn’t put it down until I finished it, and I’m reading the second book now.

Shadowland, the first book, is about Susannah Simon. She is a sophmore who j...more
Meera
The only time I've heard of Meg Cabot was when I watched Princess Diaries on TV.
Due to that, when I was younger, I've bought some of her books, but haven't read any of them as they had seemed too girly for me, which I tend to rarely read. That in mind, I pretty much believed that all of her works were of that type, but watching and reading reviews on some of her other books shared by reviewers I trust, I was encouraged to pick up the first book in the Mediator series.

I was not disappointed at a...more
Tina
I'm on a Meg Cabot frenzy and this was next in line. If you are familiar with Cabot's chic-lit line, then you are familiar with her funny sassy writing. Unfortunately this was a little more serious, no laugh out loud moments. Good writing, but I missed the funny sass.

Yeahs ::

* Good writing. Pacing is smooth and moves along just lovely.
* Storyline was entertaining.
* Suze is strong willing, tough, no playing-around, kick-@ss, girl.
* Doc was sweet. I liked him from the moment he first came on the s...more
Rebecca
Ever since she saw her first ghost at the age of two, Susannah Simon has been a mediator - in other words, a contact person between the living and the dead. It's her responsibility to help troubled spirits move on to the next world. And it's a responsibility she has always resented. At sixteen, Susannah just wants to be a normal teenage girl, worried about clothes and boys, not dead people. And now that her mom's remarried, she's had to leave New York City, the only home she's ever known, to mov...more
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun...more
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“I'm sorry, Heather, but everything was not just fine before I got here. You know how I know that? Because you're dead. Okay? You are dead. Dead people don't have lockers, or best friends, or boyfriends. You know why? Because they're dead.-Suze Simon” 167 likes
“That hurt querida, that really hurt” 122 likes
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