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Darkest Hour (Mediator Series #4)

Darkest Hour (Mediator Series #4)

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by Meg Cabot

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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 fiancée of Jesse -- the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens


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 fiancée of Jesse -- the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what -- or rather, who -- Maria doesn't want found. But in solving Jesse's murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?

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Mediator Series , #4
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The Mediator #4: Darkest Hour

By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060725141

Chapter One

Summer. Season of long, slow days and short, hot nights.

Back in Brooklyn, where I spent my first fifteen of them, summer -- when it hadn't meant camp -- had meant hanging out on the stoop with my best friend, Gina, and her brothers, waiting for the ice-cream truck to come by. When it wasn't too hot, we played a game called War, dividing into teams with the other kids in the neighborhood and shooting each other with imaginary guns.

When we got older, of course, we quit playing War. Gina and I also started laying off the ice cream.

Not that it mattered. None of the neighborhood guys, the ones we used to play with, wanted anything to do with us. Well, with me, anyway. I don't think they'd have minded renewing acquaintances with Gina, but by the time they finally noticed what a babe she'd grown into, she'd set her sights way higher than guys from the 'hood.

I don't know what I expected from my sixteenth summer, my first since moving to California to live with my mom and her new husband . . . and, oh, yeah, his sons. I guess I envisioned the same long, slow days. Only these, in my mind, would be spent at the beach rather than on an apartment building's front stoop.

And as for those short, hot nights, well, I had plans for those, as well. All I needed was a boyfriend.

But as it happened, neither the beach nor the boyfriendmaterialized, the latter because the guy I liked? Yeah, he so wasn't interested. At least, as far as I could tell. And the former because . . .

Well, because I was forced to get a job.

That's right: A job.

I was horrified when one night at dinner, around the beginning of May, my stepfather, Andy, asked me if I'd put in any summer employment applications anywhere. I was all, "What are you talking about?"

But it soon became clear that, like the many other sacrifices I'd been asked to make since my mother met, fell in love with, and married Andy Ackerman -- host of a popular cable television home improvement program, native Californian, and father of three -- my long hot summer lazing at the beach with my friends was not to be.

In the Ackerman household, it soon unfolded, you had two alternatives for how you spent your summer break: a job, or remedial tutoring. Only Doc, my youngest stepbrother -- known as David to everyone but me -- was exempt from either of these, as he was too young to work, and he had made good enough grades that he'd been accepted into a month-long computer camp, at which he was presumably learning skills that would make him the next Bill Gates -- only hopefully without the bad haircut and Wal-Mart-y sweaters.

My second-youngest stepbrother, Dopey (also known as Brad) was not so lucky. Dopey had managed to flunk both English and Spanish -- an astounding feat, in my opinion, English being his native language -- and so was being forced by his father to attend summer school five days a week . . . . when he wasn't being used as unpaid slave labor on the project Andy had undertaken while his TV show was on summer hiatus: tearing down a large portion of our house's backyard deck and installing a hot tub.

Given the alternatives -- employment or summer school -- I chose to seek employment.

I got a job at the same place my oldest stepbrother, Sleepy, works every summer. He, in fact, recommended me, an act which, at the time, simultaneously stunned and touched me. It wasn't until later that I found out that he had received a small bonus for every person he recommended who was later hired.

Whatever. What it actually boils down to is this: Sleepy -- Jake, as he is known to his friends and the rest of the family -- and I are now proud employees of the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort, Sleepy as a lifeguard at one of the resort's many pools, and me as . . .

Well, I signed away my summer to become a hotel staff babysitter. Okay. You can stop laughing now.

Even I will admit that it's not the kind of job I ever thought I'd be suited for, since I am not long on patience and am certainly not overly fond of having my hair spat up in. But allow me to point out that it does pay ten dollars an hour, and that that does not include tips.

And let me just say that the people who stay at the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort? Yeah, they are the kind of people who tend to tip. Generously.

The money, I must say, has gone a long way toward healing my wounded pride. If I have to spend my summer in mindless drudgery, earning a hundred bucks a day -- and frequently more -- amply compensates for it. Because by the time the summer is over, I should have, without question, the most stunning fall wardrobe of anyone entering the junior class of the Junipero Serra Mission Academy.

So think about that, Kelly Prescott, while you spend your summer lounging by your father's pool. I've already got four pairs of Jimmy Choos, paid for with my own money.

What do you think about that, Little Miss Daddy's AmEx?

The only real problem with my summer job -- besides the whiny children and their equally whiny, but loaded, parents, of course -- is the fact that I am expected to report there at 8:00 in the morning every day.

That's right. 8:00 a.m. No sleeping in for old Suze this summer.

I must say I find this a bit excessive. And believe me, I've complained. And yet the management staff at the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort have remained stubbornly unswayed by my persuasive arguments for refraining from offering babysitting services until nine.

And so it is that every morning (I can't even sleep in on Sundays, thanks to my stepfather's insistence that all of us gather around the dining table for the elaborate brunch he prepares; he seems to think we are the Camdens or the Waltons something) I am up before seven. . . .


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Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Darkest Hour (Mediator Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gosh! Meg Cabot is amazing!! I LOVE all of her books. The mediator series, isn't as popular as some of her other books, but they should be, because they are some of her best work!!!!! The whole series is amazing, and this one, has a phenomonal ending! *Swoon* I reccomend all of meg cabots books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I love it. When you open this book or even this series you just don't want to stop and when you finished the little sneak peek at the end of the book, it gives you the thrilling sensation of what in the world is going to happen next. All in all, I love this book.
Alexis_F More than 1 year ago
The book i thougt was amazing! It was a brillant page turner, full of suspense. I loved the relationship between Suze and Jesse. The book starts when Suze is babysitting at a hotel for her summer job, when the little kid she babysits for the Slaters also talks to ghost and is a mediator just like her! When his older brother Paul likes Suze, but shes in love with Jesse. And Maria who is Jesse ex who arranged him to be killed comes back and tries to make Suze not uncover how Jesse died, and the letters, and stuff. Then Maria tricks the little boy who is a mediator to create a exorcism on him, and then she risks her own life to bring him back! The book is just awesome to read and i would recomend this book to anyone who loves suspense, and page turners. -ANF
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay well i just finished it and it has like the best possible ending. in fact it is so freaking good that right now i am dragging my mom out to the library in search of the next book. and yeah.. i am a total sucker for romantic books with happy endings but w/e.. they hafta be good. and so i totally reccomend this book to gilrs ages probably about 11-15 but other ages may like it too.
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Suzannah is a mediator -- she helps ghosts move on from this plane to the next. But when she's not embracing her sixth sense, she's earning money as a staff babysitter at a hotel/resort and dreaming about Jesse who haunts her current home. Then she meets trouble in the form of spoiled brat Jack who can also see ghosts, but doesn't know that ghosts are actually real and is instead three steps away from a nervous breakdown. Suze has to help him figure out his own role with ghosts, at the same time that she tries to figure out more of the mystery with Jesse's past life. . WHAT I LIKED: I really liked the idea of finding newbies who don't know what they are supposed to do when it comes to ghosts -- hey, didn't they see the movie? I also still like the fact that Suze can actually interact with the ghosts (i.e. fight with them). The backstory for Jesse was cool, and knowing that Suze can move to another plane at least temporarily is really a good omen for future books. The interesting addition of negative mediators to counter-balance is very Tru Calling-ish, and we'll have to see how that plays out in future books. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Some of the repeated teenage angst might sit well with teenage readers, but it gets really repetitive fast for older readers. . BOTTOM-LINE: Oh, no, it's ghosts again! . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this addition to the series. Right now it is my favorite book in the series, but I think book five will take that spot when I read it. I love that it focused on Suze and Jesse, and that she is finally realizing what he means to her. There was a lot of violence in this installment, but I thought it was awesome. I cannot wait to find out what happens in book five! I hope you all have read this series, or are at least beginning to. 
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Love these covers. This one especially. So uh things got awkward fast what with Suze having to deal with a ghost called Maria, who happens to not like Suze, I'm guessing the knife at her throat is a giveaway. That and uh, she was Jessie's fiance. Yeah, Suze's ghost inhabiting her room Jessie. And to add more awkwardness Suze is falling for the guy. Like I said, awkward. But found myself loving this one. Love the series in general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I've really enjoyed the mediator series but this one was by far the best. I NEVER cry when I read books but this one had me in tears. I hope everything turns out happy for Suze and Jessie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is full of sassyness and plenty of independent girl power.
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I always enjoy MegCabot novels and this was no exeption Funny -Action packed-and Captivating Only downfall is Caboys need to say " I mean" after a sentence that needs no explination
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I LUV LUV LUV IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love jesse
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I'm only giving this book 4 stars because it makes me so mad how she can't tell anybody. I get so excited when she says something that she didn't want to say. I always think she's going to explain and tell them she is a mediator. I am always wrong. It pisses me off! I always get excited and think, ' This is the moment,' but I'm always wrong.
AbbyWI More than 1 year ago
I love Meg Cabot's books, and I have found that my favorite are her 2 series, 1-800-Where-r-u? and the Mediator series. Suze is fun and exciting and all of Cabot's characters are lovable and well-developed in the Mediator series. I loved Darkest Hour especially because it deals with Jesse especially and shows how much Suze really cares about him. If nothing else, readers will fly through this series just to find out what happens with Jesse and Suze's impossible romance. Be warned, this series is all you can think about whenever you put one of the books down- especially this one! This is a fantastic series. If you are a fan of Cabot's other works or just want a really good read, look no further!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good twist in plot
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