- Paperback: 287 pages
- Publisher: Harperteen; Avon edition (28 December 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060725117
- ISBN-13: 978-0060725112
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
- Customer Reviews: 66 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mediator #1: Shadowland Paperback – 28 December 2004
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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.
About the Author
Meg Cabot's many books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple global and #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling over twenty-five million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into several hit films by Disney. Meg is still waiting for her real parents, the king and queen, to restore her to her rightful throne. She currently lives in Key West, FL, with her husband and various cats.
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Eso sí la historia increíble mucho mejor que El diario de la princesa a mi gusto
Ihre Mutter hat gerade frisch geheiratet und nun zieht Suze von ihrer Heimatstadt New York nach Carmel-by-the-Sea in Kalifornien. Sie schwankt zwischen Freude und Entsetzen: Freude darüber, nicht mehr der Schulfreak zu sein und in einem kleinen Ort mit neuer Schule noch mal neu anfangen zu können (weniger Einwohner = weniger Geister). Entsetzen, dass sie ihre beste Freundin zurücklassen muss und ihren Haushalt nun mit gleich drei Stiefbrüdern teilen darf. Sie beschließt, die Sache positiv anzugehen und möglichst geisterfrei in der neuen Heimat zu starten.
Dieser gute Vorsatz hält nicht lange, denn kaum betritt sie ihr neues Zimmer, wartet dort schon der erste tote Bewohner. Jesse, ein jugendlicher Cowboy, der für einen 150 Jahre Alten Geist unverschämt gut aussieht, ist nicht gewillt, 'sein' Haus und Zimmer dauerhaft zu verlassen. Doch das ist nichts im Vergleich zu dem Ärger, der Suze an ihrer neuen katholischen Schule blüht. Dort hat sich nämlich eine der psychotischen Schulschönheiten das Leben genommen, weil ihr Freund mit ihr Schluss gemacht hat. Deren Geist ist nicht gewillt, den armen Knaben so einfach davonkommen zu lassen und trachtet ihm und bald allen, die ihn schützen, nach dem Leben.
Überraschenderweise erhält Suze Unterstützung von Vater Dominik, Priester und Vorstehenden der neuen Schule, der ebenfalls ein Mediator ist. Seine und Suzannahs Auffassung wie man einen Geist überredet, ins Jenseits zu wechseln, unterscheiden sich zwar gewaltig, aber sie arbeiten trotzdem mit vereinten Kräften. Doch damit nicht genug, Suze bekommt Hilfe aus einer Richtung, die sie nie erwartet hätte...
Meg Cabots The Mediator-Reihe umfasst 6 Bände, von denen Shadowland den Auftaktband darstellt. Das Buch ist unglaublich lustig und unterhaltsam, wenn auch etwas kurz. Suze als Icherzählerin ist eine extrem gute Beobachterin und wirklich nicht auf den Mund gefallen. Wollen die Geister nicht so wie sie sollen, bedient sie sich auch mal schlagkräftiger Argumente. Dabei bleibt sie aber immer sympathisch und kann selbst der krudesten Situation noch etwas positives abgewinnen. Ich habe beim Lesen wirklich viel und herzhaft gelacht. Deshalb freue mich heute schon auf ein Wiedersehen mit Suzannah in The Ninth Key oder darauf, eine der anderen Heldinnen aus Meg Cabots Bücherkosmos kennen zu lernen.
Fazit: Viereinhalb Sterne für eine kurze, aber wunderbar kurzweilige Unterhaltung.
I would highly recommend this book.
死者とコミュニケートできる Mediator 能力をもつ、不良というわけではないがちょっとツッパった感じの１６歳、スザンナ（Suze）が主人公。Mediator とは、本来その名のごとくさまよえる幽霊と交渉して穏やかにあちら側に退去してもらう調停役なのだが、スーズは性格が性格なのでついいらぬことまで口にして相手を怒らせてしまい、結局エクトプラズムを素手でぶん殴る（！）ようなラフな手法をとりがちだ。
The novel opens with Suze moving to California after her mother remarries, and she suddenly has a super nice stepfather named Andy, and three stepbrothers who she nicknames Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc. But Suze isn't like normal girls, she is a mediator, she can see, speak to, and even interact physically with spirits who have not moved on.
She isn't happy with this ability though, and finds that the house she moves into has a spirit of it's own, Jessie who died when the house was a boarding house over fifty years ago. Her house isn't the only place that houses spirits, the school she attends is haunted by a girl who died just recently, and she doesn't want to move on peacefully. It will take all of Suze's abilities to figure out how to get her to move on, whether she wants to or not,
The writing style is easy to read and flows very well. It reads like it really is the thoughts of a teenage girl. I couldn't wait to read the rest of the series.
I was a bit annoyed with Suze’s tendency to develop a crush on any guy that shows her the slightest bit of attention, living or dead. I know she is 16 but come on!
The phrase “kick butt” was used waaaay too much. I understand it is a teen book and don’t want to advocate profanity, but I cannot take anyone who uses that phrase seriously and I thought it made her sound like a seven year old child, not the tough chick she claims to be. Considering worse words are used in overabundance, that I cannot say here because Amazon won't let me, I think the author could have matured the language a little or just found a new phrase to use. Another reviewer also mentioned her excessive use of “I mean” and wow, they were not kidding…
Lastly, Suze names her new stepbrothers after 3 of the 7 dwarves and always refers to them by those names in her head. It got a bit confusing when their real names were used. She calls them the dwarf names on accident all the time and they never question it either. I just thought that was kind of weird lol I guess I’m just being nitpicky. These are just small things I thought about while reading the book, but nothing that would dissuade me from reading the book or liking it.
If you’re sick of all of those overdramatic teen paranormal books and want something fun to read I suggest trying this book, if your pockets can allow it. They only take a few hours to read yet cost about $7 a pop unless you have prime or like to buy used books.
Every time I reread this book, I'm reminded why I love Cabot's writing (especially her earlier work) so much. Cabot includes intriguing storylines, characters you can't help but to adore, a strong/realistic heroine, and an abundance of amusing moments to keep your spirits up. Suze isn't some weak protagonist - she's not afraid to defend herself and the people she cares about. This is also one of the few paranormal stories that manages to keep family/friendship at the heart of the story, and I love how Cabot writes a light paranormal story where the family is present and cares about our protagonist (instead of killing off the family/making her parents completely suck like other books do). There's enough to keep a reader pleasantly surprised as well. If you're looking for a lighter, amusing paranormal story for summer, then Shadowland is the perfect choice.
HIGHLIGHTS: Suze's witticisms and attitude bring this story to another level. She is without a doubt one of my favorite book characters. Even her stubbornness makes her endearing. Many of the characters - from Father Dominic, Jesse, to the Ackerman family - are enjoyable and amusing because of how realistic and unique they are. I loved the California descriptions because it was a bit interesting to see Suze's reactions to the beach/palm trees/Cali life in comparison to NYC. By and far some of Cabot's best work, Shadowland (the first installment of the Mediator series) is witty, fun, and full of heart.
LOWLIGHTS: Not quite enough is done with some of the supporting characters (especially Jesse, Ceecee, Father Dominic, and Adam), but it is only the first novel. Besides, I already know that all of these characters get more page-time later on.
The story is about Suze Simon, a sixteen year old girl, who can see and talk to ghosts. She moves to Carmel with her mom, new stepdad and three stepbrothers.
At a new house and new school, she of course, encounters ghosts. Interesting enough is that you follow her along her journey with trying to discover the mystery of the ghost that haunts her home as well as the ghost that haunts her school.
I enjoyed the fact that she's a typical high school girl but with a chip on her shoulder. She's stubborn but also has a sharp tongue and doesn't let anyone push her around. She's a strong protagonist and does some serious butt kicking.
I also enjoyed her relationship with her new stepbrothers especially the budding relationship she has with her youngest stepbrother. The story also builds her relationship with new friends as well as another mediator at her school.
The story was an easy, fun read and definitely has the mystery and suspense thrown in along with the drama that comes with the everyday life of a teenage girl.
Now on to the next book in the series ...
So now Suze just moved to sunny California from crowded New York since her mom had remarried.It was easier for them to move since her mom was a reporter when her step-dad was a carpenter with three kids,boys to be a bit more specific,would be more harder.
At first sight she nicknamed her new brothers Dopey,Sleepy and Doc,which pretty much covered their personalities.Doc,his real name was David, is my favourite!He was probably,no definitely, Suze's favourite stepbrother as well.
Suze was hoping to get away,or at least to get a break, from her normal routine.She's a mediator,she solves ghosts' problems and send them off wherever it is that they're supposed to go.They usually come crying and screaming for her help-literally- and there's no way she can refuse,them ghosts don't give in easily.Sometimes she's forced to get physical with certain stubborn ones,you remember that knuckle sandwich I mentioned?
As soon as she stepped into her new room she met her first ghost of the season,Jessie.He doesn't seem to need her help at all.She doesn't look forward to sharing her room with this ghost boy,who happened to be a hottie!So she told him to get lost,which he did...for a while.
Suze found out that she wasn't the only mediator in town,oh no she wasn't alone.Father Dominic,the principal at her new school(Catholic), is the only mediator,other than herself, that she knows of.Father Dom was trying to help a former student,Heather,now a ghost to move on.So Suze decided to take things into her own hands,oh yeah she could handle this after all she's been in the business for years,she's practically a professional right?Uh huh.Yeah well,things didn't turn out so great as she'd planned.
So in the end Heather got a one-way ticket to the afterlife.Adios.But there was still Jessie who refused to leave Suze's room,on a permanent basis that is.So she decided there had to be rules.In short we know she has a crush on Jessie and he has a crush on her ,yeah a ghost I mean how weird can you get but it's kinda sad.
Well I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.I started this book last night and finished is only this morning.
(My review from Goodreads.com)
I started reading the series again (for the third time!), and it's just as fun as the first. I recommend it for anyone.