Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Release Date: December 28, 2004
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.
First Sentence: I guess I should explain.
My December Epic Recs partner is Renu from The Page Turner, who recommended me to read Shadowland by Meg Cabot. Thanks for the recommendation Renu!
I’m sure most of you have heard of the famous Mediator series written by the well-known Meg Cabot before. I’ve heard it talked about everywhere – on goodreads, on twitter, and sometimes even in the blogosphere even though the Mediator series was published a long time ago. I’ve been meaning to read the Mediator series for a long time now, but never had the initiative to, until now.
Before I officially start my review, I’ll have to say this: I think I read Shadowland a long time ago before, but I’m not sure. I probably read it back then in high school, when I was a freshmen, way before I stopped reading books originally. (For those of you who don’t know, I stopped reading books sometime during the beginning of high school, but picked up reading again during my senior year.) While I was reading Shadowland, I had the strong impression that I’ve read it before and as I read on, I started remembering more and more things that would happen. Those events that I remembered later actually happened in the book. I don’t know if this effected my experience of reading Shadowland or not, but it probably did by a little bit.
I love Suze, the main character of Shadowland. Suze has such a fun and great personality. Suze is sarcastic, punches ghosts in the face, and isn’t a pushover. She’s also a know-it-all, but in a good way (the kind who doesn’t get all in your face about it and brags about how smart they are) and doesn’t care about the social norm of high school. Suze befriends unpopular people and stands up for them; she can care less about popularity.
Shadowland was a cute book. Yes, that’s exactly how I’ll describe it, “cute.” Everything about it was cute: the characters, Suze’s personality, the action, all except for the evil ghost of course. Although Shadowland was a cute book, it wasn’t memorable at all and could be easily forgotten. It also didn’t leave any impression on me.
Despite Shadowland being a cute book, I wasn’t sold on the romance between Suze and Jesse. I feel like they didn’t spend enough time together during the whole book and one-fifth of the time they did spend together was spent on Suze thinking that Jesse was going to kiss her. Honestly, I felt like Suze didn’t know Jesse well enough to be daydreaming or even thinking about that. I would be more sold on their romance if they actually spent more time together.
The main reason why I gave Shadowland such a low rating is because there’s a lot of other books like this one out there, specifically the last book I just finished reading, The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington. The overall plot is basically the same: There’s an evil ghost that has some kind of history that wants revenge on someone and would stop at nothing to get it. The main character would of course find some way or another to get rid of the ghost. TO be honest, there probably is a lot of other books like this one out there.
Overall, Shadowland was a cute read, but just not the kind of book for me. I’ll definitely recommend this book for people looking for a quick, entertaining read though.