Published: 2000 by Avon (republished: January 1, 2005)
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.
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.