13 September 2009

DARKEST HOUR: THE MEDIATOR - Meg Cabot, narr Johanna Parker

From the back of the book: When the nineteenth - century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation--and not just from the knife at her throat either. In life, Maria was the fiancee of Jesse--the same Jesse who was murdered 150 years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.
Maria threatens Suze: the backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good what -- or who -- Maria doesn't want found. But in solving Jesse's murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?
This is the best series! I look forward to each one as they show up in the mail from RecordedBooks. Johanna Parker, who also narrates the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire series, is a fab voice for Suze and the other characters in this YA paranormal series. Suze is 16 and can talk to ghosts or rather they demand attention from Suze since she is one of the few mediators out there. They help ghosts get to the other side when they get lost or don't realize they are dead.
Suze loves Jesse, the 150 year old ghost who lives in her bedroom. He was murdered by his fiancee so she could marry another and Jesse has been around ever since. In this fourth book in the series, Maria is back to threaten Suze to stop the digging in the back of Suze's house. Suze's stepfather and stepbrother are working on a deck and hot tub and it might be a bit difficult to get them to stop.
Suze is also having her summer vacation hampered by having to get a job at the resort where another stepbrother works as a lifeguard. Suze is a babysitter to the rich and has her hands full with her current charge, Jack. Jack is sullen and doesn't want to go outside and play. It doesn't help that his parents and older brother don't really want to have much to do with him. Suze takes him under her wing when she finds out he's a budding mediator, too.
So Suze has a summer job, a reluctant mediator in training and a ghost with murder on her mind....this is definitely not the summer Suze had planned.
Five ghostly beans.....

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