Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: Ninth Key by Meg Cabot

Published: February 2001 (republished: January 1, 2005)
Pages: 287
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Series: Book 2 in a series of 6
Source: I purchased this book

Rating: 4/5
Good Reads Summary: 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 ghostly status--not to mention apparent disinterest in her--make him unattainable.

What Suze can't ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont's past.

My Thoughts: Ninth Key gives us more Suze and Jesse quote action unquote. Ugh, maybe I'm just a girly girl, but I really wanted to scream "MAKE OUT ALREADY!" at the book the entire time. Meg Cabot will not listen to me, however, because she's milking the slow build. I LOVE THE SLOW BUILD. My inner romantic is beating the crap out of me right now, but I do love the torturous descriptions of longing gazes, charged silences, and coy smiles. Also, considering that Jesse is a ghost, I suppose them making out would be kind of weird. But they can touch and he lives in her room, so... COME ON.

Suze, as usual, is going against the advice of every single person in her life. This is okay, you guys, because if she didn't, there'd be no ridiculous antics to facepalm over. This time, Suze finds herself on another mission from a ghost woman asking her to give Red a message. The search for Red commences and Suze finds herself face-to-face with another potentially supernatural creature. And she also has a date with some super popular guy... which may or may not make Jesse jealous... which may or may not be kind of cute.

And may I just take a moment and express my lahve for Father Dom? I'm hoping Cabot doesn't give the poor guy a heartattack, because he is STEADY yelling at Suze for all her craziness. It's pretty dangerous for an old guy to get mixed up in, but OH! Suze's bull-headedness makes for such good times.

Meg Cabot keeps the pages turning, you guys. I am officially hooked on this series. I really want to go out and buy the rest, but the problem is that I bought the bindup and I'm really meticulous about my covers matching. But maybe I'll just have two sets of Mediator books. Not such a bad idea, is it?


  1. As per usual, your review is awesome. Will have to check this series out, I think my book duo partner, Kaylee, would enjoy as well!

  2. It's so weird and gross when you think about it, human/ghost love. BUT DONT THINK ABOUT IT. Just go with it. Because Jesse is just...gah. So good. All hail Queen Meg.

  3. Isn't this series amazing? It's probably my all-time fave Meg Cabot... hmm, okay, maybe after All-American Girl. You will DIE by the time you get to the 5th and 6th books! :)

  4. GAH I still need to read these! I picked up the bindup a while back and still haven't read it...must fix ASAP.

  5. I read the first of this Series a long time ago and I didn't fall in love with it.. however reading this review makes me want to take up the whole series and try again.