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Young Blood

(The Mediator #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  35,776 ratings  ·  834 reviews
Suze should be spending the summer vacation at the beach. Instead, she's been forced to get a babysitting job at a swanky resort. She'd expected to look after some boring brat, so Suze is surprised to find that her charge is actually a budding mediator - with a totally hot older brother. Not that Suze's head could be turned by some guy - she's pledged her heart to Jesse, t ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 5th 2005 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published December 1st 2001)
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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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 4/27/17: Swooney swoon SWOON. I cannot over here. I'm a swooney mess. Have mercy ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Rhea (Rufus Reads)
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favourite book in the series!!! I mean, welcome Paul Slater *whistles*, hello to badassery by Father D, and *drumroll* heart can't deal. Swooning. ...more
read this in one sitting!
i need more of jesseeee!!
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 4-star, ya
Original rating: 4 stars
7/2020 reread: 4.5 stars

I was flattered. I truly was. No one had ever called me loathsome before.
In the fourth book of The Mediator series, readers finally learn the full details surrounding Jesse de Silva's death. Considering that Jesse is both one of the series' main characters and Suze's main love interest, not to mention an all-around cool dude you hate to imagine being murdered at twenty, the buildup to the events in this novel can be considered, um, "extreme."
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book in the series to date. Takes the book into a new direction making me keen to read the next instalment.
Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread 2020: This may be my favorite out of the series. I like that the ghost mystery is personally connected to the characters. And Jesse's character development is really added too. Also the mediator mythos is explored some. Also, God, Paul. Probably my favorite Cabot secondary love interest even though I don't actually root for him and Suze to be together in cannon.

To see review with gif click here.

What I Remember:

I remember really being surprised by this one and kind of shocked about how ev
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

(view spoiler)
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
Re-read in 2020 on audio:

Suze's stepdad is digging a hole in their backyard to build a hot tub, but the ghost of Maria de Silva threatens to kill Suze if she doesn't put a stop to the digging. Why? Well, because Jesse's body is buried in Suze's backyard. The truth about Jesse's murder comes to light and at the same time, Suze is working as a babysitter for little Jack Slater, who also happens to be a mediator. Only, Jack doesn't understand why he sees ghosts, so he doesn't know that he's a media
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Loved Jack and the ending was everything. This was my fave so far finally some Jesse loved 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Claire Chibi
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5

Lmao yikes. Well, they can't all be winners. I find it interesting that even though I tend to prefer female authors for older YA/adult fiction, when it comes to books for younger teens I consistently prefer stuff by male authors. (Anthony Horowitz, Lemony Snicket, Rick Riordan, Darren Shan, etc.)

I think it must be because books aimed towards 12 year old boys tend to focus on the magic and adventure side of things, whereas books aimed towards 12 year old girls tends to focus on the (cri
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! 🤔👻
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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. ...more
Haraiah Eve
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? ...more
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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. ...more

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