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Ninth Key (The Mediator #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,656 Ratings  ·  772 Reviews
Ghosts ruin everything. Especially your love life.

Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad... particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published June 14th 2010 (first published January 30th 2001)
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Lola  Reviewer

3.5 entertaining stars. I like a sense of story progression from sequel to sequel when I embark into a series. I did not however detect that feeling when reading the second book in The Mediator series. Suze didn’t gain new abilities, she still made reckless moves (trusting one’s instinct is important, but there’s a limit not to cross), her relationships with secondary characters from the first volume didn’t change – or barely so – and the ending to the new ‘‘case’’ left me pretty darn confused a
Apr 11, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, books-i-own, 2016
Ughhh these books will be the death of me. Once you actually sit down and start reading these books, they fly by so much more quickly than you anticipate.

I love Suze. I love Jesse. And I love the whole Ackerman family. This series is just amazing and I love the entire premise.

((Re-read back in April 2012 and again April 2016))
Apr 17, 2015 P.Z. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Ley *you matter even if you don't think so*
The Mediator series is definitely become one of my favorites. Perhaps it's too soon to say that since I've only read the first two books? But I definitely like it.

So, let's talk about Suze for a minute. This girl is everything I want to be. She's tough. She's sarcastic, and funny. She's relatable. She's just freaking awesome. I would want this girl as a friend. She's just a character I really clicked with. And that is a super rare occurrence.

The thing I like about the Mediator books is you don'
Jan 05, 2010 Io705 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ninth Key (Part Two of the Mediator Series)
Final Response by Iolanthe Brooks

I think Suze is just a confused girl trying to find her way. Only for her it’s even harder. Everyone is pressuring her to do different things, things a girl shouldn’t have to worry about. Her mom pressures her to go on dates, even if it means walking into traps and her mentor, Father Dominic, pressures her to help all these ghosts. If I were Suze, I’d be all confused inside.

Normal girls lean on each other whe
Feb 08, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, read-2016
I just adore rereading this series. Suze was my hero when I first read this series at 11 years old. And her and Jesse were my first OTP. Love love love.
Mar 02, 2016 Silke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auch dieser Teil hat mir wieder sehr gut gefallen. Am liebsten würde ich direkt weiterlesen, aber ich möchte mir die Reihe noch ein bisschen aufsparen. :D
One word. Jesse.
Howdy YAL
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Original Reading Experience:

I read this in a binge read when I finally got my hands on the rest of the series-I had read books five and then later four first BEFORE finally reading books one, two, and three.

Honestly, I just wanted to get on with this one and get to the last book because I had to know how my ship was going to work out. Because it just had to because surely Meg wouldn’t be that cruel…

Anyway, what I remembered the most about Ninth Key was Suze’s f
Mar 13, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
High Stakes the second book in The Mediator series was okay but I think I preferred the first book.

Suzie was a little harsh at times in this book, especially towards her step brothers. She also tried to be funny at times but to me it seemed inappropriate, it just didn't really work for me. It made her seem pretty stupid to be honest. I expected her relationship with Jesse to progress a little in this book but it seems she is at a stand still with him. He saves her a lot but most of the time he
Feb 12, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 = CHECK

This book was just as good as the first. Suze is honing her mediator skills and Jesse is as charming as ever. Not to mention the fabulous sibling rivalry going on. Having four siblings myself, Meg Cabot nailed it right on the head!! Loved every bit of it.

Luckily I had a large car ride today and got to do the majority of the reading of this book myself, and gave the book on tape a rest. Not that I minded the audiobook for Shadowland, but when you get the chance to sit down and read.
Oct 15, 2011 Kaisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Jesse =) I want even moooore Jesse please.
I love that these books are short enough for me to read even when I'm supposed to be reading other things. haha.

You know what was nice about this book? There was a moment where I thought Meg Cabot was gonna throw in the most overused creature in the world into the story, but she didn't! She didn't. And I was thankful for that.
Meh, what can I say... These books are entertaining.
Feb 18, 2016 Delitealex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal, amazons
An enjoyable addition to the Mediator series. Suze is back and as feisty as ever. She makes a mistake while trying to help a ghost which gets her mixed up with some other dangerous business. It was a quick fun read I can't wait to continue on with the series.
I thought this one was a lot more fun than the first. I like the development of her relationships with Jesse and the stepbrothers. I wish other characters had a little more to do in this novel, like CeeCee and Adam and Father Dominic, but I'm hoping for a return to them in future installments. I'm going to have to get my hands on the rest of these soon!
"This was Early-2000s!Gabrielle's least favorite book in the series. She still really enjoyed it."

Source: I own a bind up of books one and two in this series.
Cost: Free Gift

Title: Ninth Key/High Stakes
Series: The Mediator #2
Author: Meg Cabot
Overall Rating: 5 stars


Meg Cabot is definitely a timeless author in my eyes, I can read her books at 8 and love them and read them again at 18 and have the same emotional response to them.

Father Dominic is such a good character for this series to have, he's like the calming influence in this series, the Rob of the Med
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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I read the first book a few months ago and I enjoyed it! This isn't a dark ghost story, more of the fun variety, and it has a common plot, but I enjoyed it!

Suz is trying to be semi normal, but the fact that there's a mediator prevents that. Again. This time she's woken by a screaming woman, a ghost, who needs Suz to tell "Red" that he didn't kill her. Suz has no idea who this "Red" is, so she asks around. Turns out "Red" is th
High Stakes was the necks book in the Mediator and it was bloody satisfying!

Suze is awakened by a screaming female ghost, who wants Suze to deliver a message to "Red", that he didn't kill her. Thaddeus "Red" Beaumont is the closest Suze comes to finding a guy named Red. He so happens to be the father of Tad, who Kelly Prescott prodded Suze to dance with at her party. Naturally, Tad becomes Suze's love interest... for this book at least. Under the guise of a school journalist, Suze manages to ge
May 13, 2011 Maninee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
After writing a scalding review on the first of this series I least expected my self to be reading the second one of it, except it seems that fate had other plans for me. I was on my way to Bangalore on a train journey of 36 hours with nothing to read except this one book I had with me. Finding it extremely difficult to kill time I turned my attention to this book as a last resort to survive the boredom. And here's my verdict: I'm glad I had nothing else to read.

This book isn't half as bad as th
Reading Vacation

A triple decker review. This is what you end up with when a series is so good that you read the books one right after the other.

In Ninth Key, Suze spends a good part of her time trying to figure out if Tad Beaumont (aka Red) is responsible for a murder. While the interactions between Suze and Tad were nice, I was much more drawn to the scenes with Suze and Jesse. Remember Jesse, he’s the ghost who lives in Suze’s room. Less Red and more Jesse! There are some completely unexpected twists t
I like this series, the books are really quick to read and the story is fun and easy to understand. There is nothing majorly exciting about this series, it is about a girl who can see ghosts.

The story is fun to read but the books are aimed at a much younger audience so you don't get a lot of character development and everything happens really quickly due to the book being so short.

I thought the plot twist in this book involving Marcus was slightly predictable, but I still thought it was good. I
Nov 18, 2010 Devina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seperti biasa, selalu suka dan cinta sm novel2nya Meg Cabot, lebih suka buku yg ini ketimbang yg pertama, meskipun keduanya sm bgs nya.. :)

Bagian yg paling aq suka adl wkt Suze akhirnya tau klo trnyt Red yg dimksd adalah ... (takut *SPOILER* hehe, yg tau ajah) dan bagian yg plg mengharukan wkt Suze menyampaikan pesan yg di tinggalin ma hantu wanita itu buat Red.. Wkt mrk ber 2 pelukan.. Mengharukan bngt.. :)

ahh..tante Meg Cabot memang Te O Pe BGT.. Berharap bngt seri selanjutnya dr buku ini ga
Madelyn Blake
Really starting to love this series! The books are fun, exciting and very quick reads so they're perfect for me if I don't want to really commit to a big series at the moment. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the third book!
ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥
I really enjoyed book 1 and I expected more from this considering how Shadowland ended. I knew it would be another ghost encounter and I was looking forward to whoever will pop up next..

Sadly, while this was good plot-wise, there was too much focus on Suze and not enough 'heart' that went into the first book.

Also this book lacked the great dynamic between everyone & Suze and it became limited to Suze and a few other characters none of which provided the fun and quirky dynamic of Book 1. I mi
Nov 23, 2015 Quirks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't too great. Sure, I love Susannah and adore Jesse, but I feel like, as a series, not much happened.

The name Ninth Key also wasn't a very big part.

The writing has a lot of Commas. But that's the way Suze speaks so I can't fault that. What did irk me was how the dialogue was always interrupted. Like, "What," he asked, "are you doing?" instead of "What are you doing?" he asked.
Almost all the dialogues were like that. It got a little annoying. There was also some present tense- past
Aug 30, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Just as much fun as I remembered.

How can you not love Suze? She's so funny and smart and boy-crazy that it's hilarious. And she can kick some serious ass and plan her way out of nearly every situation, but she still loves her leather miniskirts and Prada and spends all this time on her hair in the morning. She owns her femininity and destroys her enemies. That's the kind of girl I can get behind.

And I really appreciated the fact that, though Suze is tough and not-to-be-messed-with, Cabot didn't
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Paranormal
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no
Cliff Hanger: eh
Rating: 4 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 8
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: 9
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
Worst Part: Krazyyyy boys.
Thoughts Had: I know!!!; No Way!!!!; ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh eff him!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: This was much better than book 1. I really never saw the twist coming! idk what to s
Harley (bookeuphoria)
This is like a fangirling mess, so read at your own caution

"Nobody told me about the poison oak.

Oh, they told me about the palm trees. Yeah, they told me plenty about the palm trees, all right. But nobody ever said a word about this poison oak business."

Suze has the best opening lines, like they're so simple but they pull me in and I already feel like I'm immersed in the story. Reading these books is like catching up with a friend (so I imagine). Suze is just so fun and entertaining. (view spo
Rachel Lightwood
This was read as a part of Love You to Death & High Stakes.

I have to say that my appreciation of Meg Cabot is slowly increasing with every The Mediator book I read. There is a certain magic to her style that works perfectly for what these books are. Just like Sarah Dessen has that way for writing touching and best-selling contemporary novels and Rick Riordan has the gift for writing mythology-based fantasy, Meg Cabot has an incredible gift for writing fun, light-hearted chick-lits with feist
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Rereading old favorites is interesting. The Mediator series was one of my favorite things ever, but it’s shocking how little I actually remembered about the books. Reading them through a blogger lens definitely casts them in a slightly different light, but they’re still hilarious and fun, even if they’re no longer perfection to me. That said, I’m fairly certain that Ninth Key is the weakest in the se
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A pseudonym of Meg Cabot, under which she wrote the first 4 1-800-Where-R-You books (When Lightning Strikes, Code Name Cassandra, Safe House, and Sanctuary) and the first 4 Mediator books (Shadowland, Ninth Key, Reunion, and Darkest Hour). These 8 books have been re-released under her her real name.
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