Saturday 12 February 2011

Book Review - Grave Doubts & Heaven Sent

Title: Grave Doubts & Heaven Sent (Mediator book 5&6)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN: 978-0330519526


Meet Susannah Simon: she's a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a ghost-hunter . . . oh, and she's also dead-over-heels for Jesse - the sexiest spook ever! But can this girl get her ghost?
In GRAVE DOUBTS Suze has to contend with fellow ghost-hunter, Paul Slater, who gives her a deadly ultimatum. Unless she dates him, he'll send Jesse into the afterlife - for good. Paul may be totally hot, but Susannah Simon WILL NOT be bossed around. Let the games begin . . .
In HEAVEN SENT all Suze's dreams have come true - she's finally dating the most gorgeous ghost of all time, Jesse! But when her creepy admirer threatens to travel back in time and stop Jesse from dying, Suze is distraught. Will her new boyfriend choose life or love? 

My Review
I started book 5 yesterday and finished it at lunch today, I then got home from work and started number six and finished it in one go. These are the last two books in the Mediator series. I didn't want the series to end, I was enjoying it too much, but i couldn't stop myself and I will say that I am very happy with the ending.
Once again, we are back with Suze and her Ghostly liaisons. We met Paul Slater briefly in book 4, as the flirty older brother of little Jack (Suze's babysitting job), Suze thought she was rid of Paul when summer ended and he went back home with his family, but in Grave Doubts, Paul turns up at Suze's school. Why is he back and what can he possibly want? He didn't make a good first impression, and his second one isn't better. Suze must work out what he wants, but stay on his good side, this boy means business and clearly has powers Suze doesn't understand, and when Jesse is threatened, Suze will do anything to protect him. You see a whole new depth to Suze in this book, she seems to be growing up a bit more and thnking about the consequences of her actions, this doesn't mean however that she doesn't mess up and of course still delivers cutting sarcastic remarks which i have come to love.
In Heaven Sent, Paul is pushing things further and Jesse really is in danger. Paul knows a lot of secrets about Mediating, and offers to help Suze, but on a condition that she spend time round his house, act like they are going out. If not Paul threatens to use his powers to go back through time and stop Jesse dying, Suze is mortified, if Jesse doesn't die, she would never met him. She is faced with a whole new threat and powers she never knew about. I really enjoyed this book, more than the others maybe. Time travel tends to annoy me and very often isn't very well done and gets confusing, but Cabot has done a fantastic job here and made it very realistic. Suze is still growing as a character and making difficult decisions, and Jesse is still the adorable, caring, charming heart-throb that makes you wish you could find someone like him for real.
Still fast paced and well written, these books hook you from the beginning. This is a fantastic series and I'm so glad I read it. I encourage you to find a set and shut yourselves away for the rest of the weekend and enjoy!

 My Rating
I would give this book 10/10. For once a series that ended in a way I am entirely happy with, and captivating right up to that point. A must read for all!!!    


Brooke said...

Seems like the titles changed for this release. Of all the books in the series, Heaven Sent (Twilight, if I recall the original title correctly) is my favorite!

Happy hop!


barmybex said...

Yeah, titles changed for UK release. It has the American names on the back.

This one was my favourite too.
Thanks for hopping by :D

brandileigh2003 said...

I've thought about reading this series and its officially on my TBR now.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

barmybex said...

u should definitely read them, add them to ur pile, even put them on the top of ur pile. :D