Written by Meg Cabot
Published July, 2006 by Pan Macmillan
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This time it's life or death.
Suze has gotten used to ghosts. She's a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work. So she certainly never expected to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth-century hottie. But when she discovers that she has the power to determine who becomes a ghost in the first place, Suze begins to freak. It means she can alter the course of history... and prevent Jesse's murder, keeping him from ever becoming a ghost - and from ever meeting Suze.
Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?
Heaven Sent was a fantastic and satisfying ‘closing chapter’ to the young adult Mediator series. At the time of its publication, it was going to be the final book. Now, years later, we’re looking forward to the first in an ‘adult’ series. I cannot wait!
“It will hurt. Because deep down, I’ll know there was someone.. someone I was supposed to have met. Only I’ll never meet him. I’ll go through my whole life waiting for him to come along, only he never will. What kind of life is that?”
Suze has her flaws (again) in this book, but for the majority of it she’s humorous enough to remain an enjoyable character. Jesse is sweet as always while Paul is back, worse than ever.
We find out that ‘shifters’ like Paul and Suze can travel through the fourth dimension ‘time’; another skill that Paul’s learnt about from his grandfather. I personally think this is a bit of a farfetched ability for someone who’s meant to aid ghosts, but whatever – the ending makes it all worthwhile.
Heaven Sent revolves around the threat that Paul makes – he’s going to go back in time and prevent Jesse from ever dying. That way, Suze will never remember she loves him and she’ll fall into Paul’s arms. I couldn’t help but feel that Paul was going to an extreme amount of trouble and risk for something that pretty much hated his guts. Suze was all too forgiving to him – time and time again. I would’ve got a restraining order against that guy. Seriously? I don’t know why she put up with him as much as she did.
“Oh, that’s just great. I come all the way back here, risking major brain cell burnout, and you don’t even believe me? I’m basically guaranteeing myself a lifetime of heartbreak, and all you have to say is that you think I’m not right in the head?”
The first half of the book is set up for their travel back to 1850’s Carmel (seriously, Suze, you should have cottoned on to why he wanted that damn belt buckle earlier) and the secondary characters are quite noticeably absent apart from our main trio of Suze, Jesse and Paul. When we actually do go back in time, it’s pretty interesting, but I felt it could have been fleshed out more.
The ending itself is perfect – I mean, how could it of been any better? – but after I finished reading it I had to wonder about how it would actually work. I also was disgruntled about Suze not ever having thought about the times Jesse had saved her – and if he had ‘never died’ then maybe she would have died in one of the situations from the earlier books. She was too caught up in thinking that they’d never fall in love, let alone he’d never save her life from the RLS Angels or help her in the fight against the evil Beaumont uncle.
“Suze, your whole life,you’ve always made the right decisions. Not necessarily the easiest ones. The right ones. Don’t mess that up now, when you’re facing what’s probably the most important decision you’ll ever have to make.”
– Suze’s dad
Everything was laid perfectly to rest (ha ha) and everyone got their happy little endings. As for Suze’s father, I’m surprised she hadn’t thought more about saving his life with the time-travel thing, but I didn’t dwell on it too long because it would have changed her WHOLE LIFE. And I mean, he wasn’t murdered… he would still have had a heart condition, so what’s to say she could have done anything about it in the first place?
If the series had ended here (as I thought it had years ago when I read it for the first time) I would be happy. To know I now can go on to some NEW MATERIAL from this series is beyond amazing.
If you read one of Meg Cabot’s series, make sure it’s this one. I find it much more enjoyable than The Princess Diaries or any of her newer books. It’ll always be a classic for me, outdated pop culture references aside. It’s a lot of fun and I’ll never stop recommending it!