Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Shadowland by Meg Cabot

Published: 2000 by Avon (republished: January 1, 2005)
Pages: 287
Format: Mass Market Paperback, or the first two books are available in bind-up form.
Series: This is book one in a series of six.
Source: I purchased this book.

Rating: 4/5

GoodReads Summary: 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 Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy. There's a ghost with revenge on her mind ... and Suze happens to be in the way.

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 blame you.

Suze is awesome because she seriously doesn't take crap from anybody. She's no stranger to the facepunch OR to my most favorite word ----------> in the entire world And she's a feisty little thing who rocks the leather jacket, regardless of her mother's continuous protests. Why is Suze so feisty? one may ask. SHE SEES DEAD PEOPLE. Not only does she see them, but they want her to DO STUFF FOR THEM. ALL THE FRICKIN' TIME. I don't know about you guys, but that'd get on my nerves after the blood-chilling, cardiac-arresting fear wore off.

There's totally a beacon of hope in Suze's life, though. She won't admit it, but there's this guy Jesse who is OSGMSH@UIOWUew8832 hot. And a little standoffish and kind of moody. In this case, though, he falls into the category of "good-looking, intriguing, mysterious kind of a-hole guy who wears an unbuttoned shirt." Oh, but he's dead. And he lives in Suze's room and shows up whenever the eff he pleases.

Know what else is awesome? SPECTACULAR SUPPORTING CAST! Suze's over-enthusiastic, boyfriend-pressing mama, her infinitely smart little step-bro "Dopey," and the coolest priest around with the gangsterest name, Father Dom.

Shadowland is one of those books where you could pick it up, blink, and be done with it. But your mind is left reeling from the awesomeness of what you just read within that very small timeframe. I love Meg Cabot's writing. It's like chatting with a friend who just happens to be way, way cooler than you. It's effortless and fun. Loving the plot and the slow build of Suze/Jesse.

I'll leave you with one last word: querida.


  1. Aw it's fabulous to see a review of a Mediator book! This series is so much fun and a great feel-good read. My favorite is the 4th, I think, but occasionally I will read practically the entire series one after the other just to get into that world again. And the Suze/Jesse dynamic is perfect :D

  2. LOL. Love your review Jen. It does have a great supporting cast especially Doc. This is such a fun series :)

  3. I love your reviews! I've been meaning to try this series out. Meg Cabot is a goddess. Have you tried Victoria and the Rogue? Probably my favourite of her books. It's so fluffy, light-hearted, and fun!

  4. OOO I went through a very long Meg Cabot phase way back when and I remember this book. But now I want to read it again! Awesome review :-D

  5. I must get to this series ASAP...They were some of the first books I bought, and now they've just been sitting there...taunting me.

  6. Danya, DAMNIT I need to get the rest of these books. I did read the fifth one and loved it. Apparently you don't have to read them in order!

    Nic, I TOTALLY love Doc. He's such a badass. I'm not sure how appropriate it is to say that about a priest, but let's be real.

    Lilly, I haven't! But there are so many MC books that I need to read that I may as well add another :)

    April, DO IT. Jesse can never, ever say querida enough and jdak;lfjsd;ia.

    Jasmine, you do need to get to it. Like right now. POST HASTE. I'm pissed off because I bought the bind-up of the first two and I SO want to read the rest of them right now, but then there's the fact that I freak out if covers aren't uniform. Dilemmas. I has them.

  7. I need more Meg Cabot in my life. I've only read a couple from her Princess Diaries series but I bought this bindup about a month ago. How can you go wrong with a book that says bitchin'?!

  8. Tara, many decade-long scientific studies show it's 100% impossible to go wrong with a book that says "bitchin'."

  9. awesome review, I haven't read much Cabot at all either, and I keep meaning to pick this up. You've made me want to do so soon!

  10. JEN AS IF YOUR NOT THE COOLEST AND MOST BITCHIN PERSON EVAH!!! I am reading a Meg Cabot myself at the moment (Airhead) and I can SO relate to how addictively good Meg's writing is and how you just feel like OMGICANTSTOPINEEDTOREADMOREMOREMORE even when you have to do grown up stuff like go to work or make food to sustain yourself.

    And when you said SHE SEE'S DEAD PEOPLE, I totally flashed to an image of that kid in the sixth sense with the blanket and the crazy eyes, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE ME! I would fahhhhfreak out and be all YO ghosts, you may be hot and wear unbuttoned shirts but it's not like we can have sexytimes together, so y'know, go into the light.

    Love this review. Love this blog. Love your face off. In conclusion, bitchin xx peace out x

  11. I read haunted before the rest of the series as well, not knowing it was part of one. Haunted was the first Meg Cabot book I read and now I think I own all her book except the princess diaries series! I just love her characters.

  12. This series ROCKS. I read the whole series recently and I loved every one of the books. Great review. querida

  13. You ARE very Suze now that I think about it. Bitchin'! Minus that whole dead people part though, RIGHT? OMG I GET IT NOW! Mr. Jen is a ghost. I'm on to you, mediator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PS: Jesse = right up there on my list. We might have to have a fight one of these days, you and me.

  14. Hey, "querida." I said this to you in my HeyTell message the other day. =)

    Oh and I've heard great things about this series! So glad you high-fived it. I will add it to my TBR list and maybe in 2015 we can discuss it! =)