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Review: “Mean Spirits,” Meg Cabot

January 20, 2016
Review: “Mean Spirits,” Meg CabotMean Spirits (The Mediator #3)
Written by Meg Cabot
Published March, 2005 by Pan Macmillan
208 pages
Genres: Ghosts
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four-stars

Accidents happen. With ghostly consequences, if you're Susannah Simon.

The RLS Angels are out for blood, and only Suze can stop them - since she's the only one who can see them. The four ghostly teenagers died in a terrible car accident, for which they blame Suze's classmate Michael... and they'll stop at nothing until he's joined them in the realm of the dead.

As Suze desperately fends off each attempt on Michael's life, she finds she can relate to the Angels' fury. Because their deaths turn out not to have been accidental at all. And their killer is only too willing to strike again.

I’m continuing my re-read of this amazing, hilarious series and I can’t believe that the end of Mean Spirits means I’m halfway done! I was able to read this one quickly, too. I just adore the way this series is paced. It’s an engaging story without being too heavy.

 “Ah, the RLS Angels. They were very attractive young people, from what I understand. Class leaders. Very bright young things. I believe it was their principal who dubbed them the RLS Angels in his statement to the press concerning the tragedy.”
– Father Dominic

When I think about The Mediator series, it’s always the storyline in this book – Mean Spirits – that comes to mind. There’s something sticking about four popular kids getting killed straight after prom, still trying to seek vengeance on who’s responsible while still decked out in their tuxes and gowns. It’s as entertaining as it is heartbreaking.

This is a great example of the mysteries that Meg Cabot weaves into this series. I love the way everything unfolds, and that there’s always an explanation at the end of it. Ghosts are always involved, but they’re not always the bad guys. Sometimes both parties are to blame, like in this book.

 “It was also, however, a favorite place for novices to stand and wait for innocent students to slip up by talking too loudly between classes. No novice has ever been created that could keep Gina quiet, however.”
– Suze

We meet Gina this time around, too; she’s Suze’s best friend from ‘back home’ in Brooklyn. While Gina added a new element to the book, I was relieved to see her go back home. It was fun having someone else ‘in’ on Suze’s mediator secret, but I was yearning for it to be just her, Jesse and Father Dom – like old times.

There’s a teeny bit of development here when it comes to Suze and Jesse, but the mystery and suspense of the book regarding the four spirits and resident geek Michael Meducci really is the focus of Mean Spirits. Meg did a great job of making a side character became so distasteful in such a small amount of time. I literally could not stomach any of the scenes Michael was a part of (and trust me, there was a lot) so I applaud her for that. Unfortunately, the Michael-centric storyline wasn’t my favourite of the series no matter how memorable.

 “Oh, why did I have to have such a couple of losers fighting over me? Why couldn’t Matt Damon and Ben Affleck fight over me? Now that would be truly excellent.”
– Suze

Suze made some poor decisions this time around, but thankfully, you don’t hold it against her. I don’t know what it is about her, but for some reason she’s the only heroine I can manage to forgive for getting into sticky situations.

I know what’s coming up next in the series and I’m more than excited to continue. I’m pretty sure Mean Spirits marks the end of the ‘less relevant’ storylines and starts focusing on the bigger plots – such as Jesse’s history – and the introduction of another significant character.

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby--writing novels--for emotional succor.

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