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Darkest Hour

(The Mediator #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  32,144 ratings  ·  771 reviews
What - or who - is buried in Susannah's backyard?

When the nineteenth-century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation - and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancée of Jesse - the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love
Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by HarperCollins (first published December 2001)
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Colleen Chan You have to buy the hardcopy or buy it online, amazon is a great start!
Colleen Chan It was optioned for tv but i don't think its been taken up :( I'm so sad and would REALLY love for it to be on screen!

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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Here's the thing about Mediators:
We're hard to kill.

I know it’s been a week since I posted my pre-review and I know I said I would be writing said review a long time ago. But, as it is, I’ve been tired and busy and just completely out of sorts. Sometimes, though, you love a book so much that you can’t stand the thought of not posting your thoughts about it. And, even more surprising, I loved this book so much more than I expected or ever thought I could this time around and just want to push
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 4/27/17: Swooney swoon SWOON. I cannot over here. I'm a swooney mess. Have mercy
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book has a slightly more serious tone than the previous books. A lot more tears from Suze and a lot more high-stakes situations.

I still find Suze to be infinity relatable and hilarious. I like that we get to see her becoming more serious, but at the same time, I do miss the more fun, breezy times like from the 1st book.

It is summer in this book, and Suze has a babysitting job. Not the most fun premise but I do like the normalcy of this. She is getting more comfortable around her stepfamily
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book took shit to the next level. The series had blurred together in my memory and I couldn’t remember when Paul made an appearance, but I’m so glad he finally did. I’m excited for the drama in the next book!
This is the best Mediator book so far! In the three previous books, it was always according to a model great times - ghost - a boy who wants to have a date with Suze (and is in some relation with that ghost) - ghost is beaten with some consequences to that boy. And of course there was Jesse, somewhere, usually telling Suze not to do something dangerous what she obviously does so he helps her. (And I mean every word of it in a good way, I enjoyed every single book.) But now, finally, Suze knows h ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Young Blood, the fourth book in the Mediator series by Meg Cabot is definitely my favourite so far!

Suzie's first summer in California doesn't quite go to plan when her stepdad forces her to either get a job or go to summer school. She chooses to work and ends up at the Pebbel Beach Hotel and Golf Resort as a daytime child minder. She is assigned to look after a unsociable young man called Jack and it soon become evident that just like Suzie he can also see spirits. Throw in Jesse, Suzie's gorge
read this in one sitting!
i need more of jesseeee!!
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is like a fangirling mess, so read at your own caution

Jesse made the move! My heart!

The second half of this series is probably my favorite, I mean I love them all but at this point we are getting a main antagonist in Paul, we're finally getting into Jesse's past, and my OTP took the plunge! This is like the turning point for the series, we're getting down to business!

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Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Ghost
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no
Cliff Hanger: no
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

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

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
Jack :D
Worst Part: Nah!
Thoughts Had: Oh no; yayyyyyy; hurry up!!!!!!!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: Probably my favorite so far in this series. It had everything and i have zero major issues with it. Other than Paul
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Source: I own a bind up of books 3 and 4 in this series.
Cost: Free gift

Title: Darkest Hour/Young Blood
Series: Mediator #4
Author: Meg Cabot
Overall Rating: 3.7 stars

This one I liked slightly less than the past one, it didn't hold me as much but that may be because of the whole...lack of Jesse thing. Jesse is definitely one of my favourite characters. The best thing about Meg Cabot's books though have to be that her main characters sort of take things into their own hands rather than depe
I loved this book!! It had many twists and turns in it that I hadn't expected at all. I'm so glad that the author chose to take the romance slow. I can't stand insta-love so props to Meg for letting the main characters get to know each other well first before actually getting involved romantically. The suspense in this segment was well-written and I'm anxious to get my hands on the next book now!
Meg Cabot, to end the book like this! Oh, God, Oh, God... I have to rush and read the next one.

Jesse querido...

I have Buffy in mind sometimes when I read this. Suze is such a kick-ass in that black clothes. And Jesse is Angel <3

So that means this Paul Slater will be Spike? No way, but he will come back, I am sure.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What happens to our hero (who is a ghost) when his murder is solved? Will he pass over? Our heroine is reluctant to discover his corpse because she wants to keep him around, also his murderer (his ex-fiancee) wants his body to stay buried, too.
I really like this series! A teenage girl who fights ghosts. Maybe thats what all the shadow boxers and karate kickers are doing. They aren’t punching the air, they are fighting ghosts! That makes so much more sense! 🤔👻
Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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What I Remember:

I remember really being surprised by this one and kind of shocked about how evil Paul was in this one. Because remember, I read Haunted first. If you just read Haunted, Paul just seems like a sightly sleazy boy who makes some dubious choices. But in Darkest Evil you know that he would have no problem fighting Voldemort and probably winning (he’d probably exorcise all seven pieces of Voldy’s soul and laugh about it).


If Suze Simon isn’t a BAM
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Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
In this installment we finally met Paul Slater. He was all sorts of charming and every bit as cocky as I remember. I can't wait to see more of him in the next couple books because I know I really liked him but I couldn't remember why in Darkest Hour. Here's to finding out why in the future!

Jake (aka Sleepy) is my favorite of the brothers. I don't really know why but I have just been adoring him lately.

Jesse and Suze are fabulous together as always. I love them too much. BUT THAT ENDING. I can't
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens who like a little bit of supernatural
Recommended to Ashley by: No-one.
One of the best of the series. Reasons include:
* Paul is an interesting complication to the Jesse/Suze relationship.
* Great finally getting more information on Jesse's background and the reason for his death.
* Love the romantic element, Suze leaving her body to bring Jesse back to earth.
* More butt kicking and supernatural action.
Ticks the boxes for me. :)
Suze's boring summer of working as a babysitter for customers of an expensive hotel in the area, gets more exciting than she'd ever wished, with the appearance of (view spoiler).

Suze is certain she can deal with everything, but does not expect (view spoiler)
Nicole Collins
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved Jack and the ending was everything. This was my fave so far finally some Jesse loved it!!
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't know what it is about this series. I liked this book, but I didn't really like it. It's sort of par for the course when it comes to my response to the series, but I was really hoping that this book would break the trend.

Darkest Hour brings everything back to Jesse's death when his ex-fiancée decides that the backyard reno is digging a little too deep for her liking.

You know with this sort of plot that the focus will undoubtedly be all about the Jesse/Suze relationship. This is the firs
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Suze's first summer in California but instead of lounging and hanging out with friends she finds herself working at a hotel as an in house baby-sitter. But it seems like having a good summer is the least of her problems when the ghost of Maria de Silva Jesse's ex fiance woke her up in the middle of the night with a knife threatening her to stop the construction in their backyard or else it would cost her her life. Suze has a pretty good idea of what is buried there - the body of Jesse; the ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
You can also read this review on my blog.

This review applies to the entire Mediator Series.

The Mediator Series was my first series read of the year and let me tell you, it was a fantastically FUN way to start off my reading year. The series follows Suze Simon who has the ability to see, to talk to, and to beat up - whatever the occasion warrants - ghosts in order to send them on their way to the afterworld. The series was completed after six books in 2005, with an added novella and seventh novel
Oda Renate
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Havent reviwed this earlier either, hey another great aspect with rereading the oportunity to review books I only rated before.
Also for some reason the british versions have different names than the american ones, interesting. But I assume the content is the same. The british titles are Love you to death, High stakes, Mean spirits, Young blood, Grave doubts and Heaven sent. Both sets of titles are good and both work, just curios on why the brits changed them.
I hate(minor spoiler

Paul. gr
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 14-16
Recommended to Megan by: no one
this book has got to be the best one so far in this series. its so cute with the little mediator and how sue saves Jesse form being forced to move on. but that Paul guy needs to get some manners.
Haraiah Eve
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-tbr-pile-rc
Gina and Doc, my favorites, are unfortunately MIA. But at least there's Jack, who is such a sweet kid. And can I just say, FINALLY?
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
Once again, another amazing book by Cabot. This is the point the series gets seriously good. I'm having so much fun with these rereads.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just love the Suze and Father Dom dynamic. And of course that ending. Beautiful (Spike got what he wanted! XD)
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"Here’s the thing about mediators:
We’re hard to kill."

This may be my favorite book of the series so far.

I think I was invested in the storyline in this one than the previous ones, mainly due to giving the readers some explanation about Jesse's backstory. We also had new characters that seem to be important in the upcoming books and I'm intrigued to see their role.

I love Suze so much. I personally liked that we saw a more fragile version of her in this book, showing that she is still a teenage
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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

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