Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Title: Remembrance
Author: Meg Cabot
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads:

Fifteen years after the release of the first Mediator novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot returns with a deliciously sexy new entry to a fan-favorite series. Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze’s wedded bliss before it begins.

You can take the boy out of the darkness.

But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.

Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

To say that I was unbelievably excited to read this book is a complete understatement. I love the Mediator series so much and getting another chance to follow Susannah and Jesse around was a dream. Prior to reading this I was nervous that Cabot wouldn’t be able to match the voice and tone of the other books in the series. When Proposal was released I was relieved to find out that Cabot still had that Susannah spunk in her waiting to tell another story.
Remembrance opens up with an adult Susannah working (as as unpaid intern) at her old high school. We visit all the characters that we loved from the first book. Age gives us another glance at the story though. The character who changed the most to me was Paul Slater. I can’t fathom why she would want to change his character so much. He went from a misguided teen to a terrible adult who borders between deserving to be thrown in jail and landing a spot as one of the most eligible bachelors. He becomes one of the two conflicts for Susannah in the novel. Paul and Jesse being around each other will always be a conflict; however, twisting this character in such a way and shifting so far away from how he was in the other books did not work for me. Was he a perfect gentleman in high school? No, he wasn’t, but he was also not like how he was portrayed in this novel. The years were not kind to Paul and if this is how she chose to make him then I wish she could have shown us what it was that pushed him over the edge to make him such a creep.
The issue with the potential Egyptian curse was also not working well for me. Susannah seemed to believe Paul so quickly. It is odd to me how in that moment she seems to trust Paul more than she trusts Jesse.
The other conflict comes in the form of a tiny ghost who follows around a teenager at Susannah’s school. For the most part this conflict was done very well. We travel with Susannah as she tries to uncover what happened to the girl as a child that caused this ghost to become so protective of her. What I did not like was the link to the traumatic events in this girl’s life to the CatholiC Church. It felt like she as trying to use media stories to try and make the conflict in this book relevant. I understand that Susannah went to and now works at a Catholic school, considers a priest as one of her good friends and mentors, and has a fiancé who is deeply religious and that it might have seemed to Cabot as though that was the only thing that made sense, but this was something that almost made me stop reading. I feel like that had no place in this type of novel and should have been left out. The same thing with vaccinations. Both of these points seem out of place and as though Cabot was trying to show us her thoughts on these two subjects.
Another thing that I hated about this novel was Susannah’s obsession with sex. She talks and thinks about it all the time and she thinks it’s so terrible that Jesse choses to wait until they are married. The end of the novel gives you an answer to whether or not they wait, but I really dislike the entire thing. Her constant chatter about wanting to have sex really takes away from Susannah’s character and what bothers me the most is not only does she seem to trust Paul more than she trusts Jesse, but she is also not respectful of all of Jesse’s choice. I understand that Cabot wanted to make this an adult novel and not a young adult, but I really disliked the direction that she chose to go.
All of that being said, I still really enjoyed getting to visit these characters again and if she writes anymore then I will continue to read this series.