Twilight (Mediator Series #6)

Twilight (Mediator Series #6)

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by Meg Cabot
     
 

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Suze has gotten used to ghosts. They wake her up in the middle of the night. They haunt her locker at school. She's even spotted a few down at Carmel Beach. Suze is a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work for her. The last thing she ever expected was to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth-century hottie.

But when

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Suze has gotten used to ghosts. They wake her up in the middle of the night. They haunt her locker at school. She's even spotted a few down at Carmel Beach. Suze is a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work for her. The last thing she ever expected was to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth-century hottie.

But when she and Paul Slater, himself a mediator of undeniable power (and dubious intent), discover that the powers they share aren't limited to helping ghosts resolve their earthly woes, but can also be used to determine whether or not they become ghosts in the first place, Suze can't help but freak. Not because she suddenly knows how to alter the course of history, but because Paul can, too. And Paul would like nothing better than to prevent Jesse's murder, keeping him from becoming a ghost and allowing him to live a natural life at last ... but in the nineteenth century. Meaning Jesse and Suze would never meet.

Suddenly, Suze is faced with the most important decision of her life: allow the only guy she's ever loved to have the life he's always longed for ... or keep him anchored forever in half-life at her side. Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What is a girl to do when she has the choice of having the one she loves by her side or realizing that he is simply the ghost of someone who was killed in the nineteenth century and needs to be let go? Suze Simon, a mediator, has the powers to communicate with the dead and she has fallen in love with Jesse, a handsome ghost. In the final installment of "The Mediator" series, Suze has to make the final decision about what becomes of Jesse. Suze has discovered that Paul Slater, another mediator who has been a foe with questionable intentions, knows history can be altered. Paul tries to prevent the murder of Jesse in the nineteenth century, so Suze would never have met him in the first place. Readers will be captivated by the storyline and will want to know what happens to Jesse. Will Paul be successful in wiping out the existence of Jesse's ghost? Will Suze follow her heart and keep Jesse's ghost by her side? It is a fast read and readers and fans of the series will finally get their answer. 2005, HarperCollins Press, and Ages 12 up.
—Rosa Roberts
VOYA
In the Mediator series, formerly penned under the name Jenny Carroll, Susannah Simon discovers that she, a mediator, is to help "the undead to their final destinations." Jesse, a 140-year-old ghost who lives in her room, loves and protects her. Their physical attraction grows. Paul Slater, a fellow student and mediator, wants to date Susannah and help her to expand her powers. In this sixth episode, Susannah plunges into a time-travel conflict that forces her to decide if she loves the ghostly Jesse enough to lose him by giving him a second chance at life. Paul wants to time travel to Jesse's murder and change the outcome. If Paul succeeds, Susannah and Jesse will never meet. She and Paul travel back to 1850. Warned, Jesse confronts his murderer, lives, but loses his life again to save Susannah. By mistake, Susannah transports Jesse's body to present day. Her father's ghost joins Jesse's body and soul, and then moves on in the afterlife. Jesse, now a live mediator, dates Susannah. Paul acknowledges their true love and loses some of the satanic aura that he had in Haunted (HarperCollins, 2003/VOYA August 2003). Susannah's melodramatic voice is not as appealing as The Princess Diaries' Mia's. In the midst of major metaphysical decisions, the action bogs down in extensive graphic descriptions of Susannah's attraction to the two boys, but supernatural soap opera fans, especially junior high girls, will love the simple magical solutions to cosmic conflict. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, HarperCollins, 256p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Lucy Schall
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-This sixth entry in the series focuses on Suze Simon's attempts to save the love of her life, ghost Jesse, and on her continuing adversarial relationship with another mediator named Paul. The narrative incorporates ghosts, time travel, and romance, and somehow stays grounded in some sort of reality. The characters are engaging, the plot is kicky, and the humor is actually funny. Fans of supernatural series books and the author's "1-800-Where-R-You" titles (S & S) will find a lot to like here.-Amy Patrick, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061971938
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Mediator Series , #6
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
68,275
File size:
400 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Mediator #6: Twilight


By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins

ISBN: 0-06-072467-6


Chapter One

I found the stone exactly where Mrs. Gutierrez had said it would be, beneath the drooping branches of the overgrown hibiscus in her backyard. I shut off the flashlight. Even though there was supposed to have been a full moon that night, by midnight a thick layer of clouds had blown in from the sea, and a dank mist had reduced visibility to nil.

But I didn't need light to see by anymore. I just needed to dig. I sunk my fingers into the wet soft earth and pried the stone from its resting spot. It moved easily and wasn't heavy. Soon I was feeling beneath it for the tin box Mrs. Gutierrez had assured me would be there....

Except that it wasn't. There was nothing beneath my fingers except damp soil.

That's when I heard it-a twig snapping beneath the weight of someone nearby.

I froze. I was trespassing, after all; the last thing I needed was to be dragged home by the Carmel, California, cops.

Again.

Then, with my pulse beating frantically as I tried to figure out how on earth I was going to explain my way out of this one, I recognized the lean shadow-darker than all the others-standing a few feet away. My heart continued to pound in my ears, but now for an entirely different reason.

"You," I said, climbing slowly, shakily, to my feet.

"Hello, Suze." His voice, floating toward me through the mist, was deep, and not at all unsteady ... unlike my own voice, which had an unnervingtendency to shake when he was around.

It wasn't the only part of me that shook when he was around, either.

But I was determined not to let him know that.

"Give it back," I said, holding out my hand.

He threw back his head and laughed.

"Are you nuts?" he wanted to know.

"I mean it, Paul," I said, my voice steady, but my confidence already beginning to seep away, like sand beneath my feet.

"It's two thousand dollars, Suze," he said, as if I might be unaware of that fact. "Two thousand."

"And it belongs to Julio Gutierrez." I sounded sure of myself, even if I wasn't exactly feeling that way. "Not you."

"Oh, right," Paul said, his deep voice dripping with sarcasm. "And what's Gutierrez gonna90 do, call the cops? He doesn't know it's missing, Suze. He never even knew it was there."

"Because his grandmother died before she had a chance to tell him," I reminded him.

"Then he won't notice, will he?" Despite the darkness, I could tell Paul was smiling. I could hear it in his voice. "You can't miss what you never knew you had."

"Mrs. Gutierrez knows." I'd dropped my hand so he wouldn't see it shaking, but I couldn't disguise the growing unsteadiness in my voice as easily. "If she finds out you stole it, she'll come after you."

"What makes you think she hasn't already?" he asked, so smoothly that the hairs on my arms stood up ... and not because of the brisk autumn weather, either.

I didn't want to believe him. He had no reason to lie. And obviously, Mrs. Gutierrez had come to him as well as me, anxious for any help she could get. How else could he have known about the money?

Poor Mrs. Gutierrez. She had definitely put her trust the wrong mediator. Because it looked as if Paul hadn't just robbed her. Oh, no.

But like a fool, I stood there in the middle of her backyard and called her name just in case, as loudly as I dared. I didn't want to wake the grieving family inside the modest stucco home a few yards away.

"Mrs. Gutierrez?" I craned my neck, hissing the name into the darkness, trying to ignore the chill in the air ... and in my heart. "Mrs. Gutierrez? Are you there? It's me, Suze.... Mrs. Gutierrez?"

I wasn't all that surprised when she didn't show. I knew, of course, that he could make the undead disappear. I just never thought he'd be low enough to do it.

I should have known better.

A cold wind kicked up from the sea as I turned to face him. It tossed some of my long dark hair around my face until the strands finally ended up sticking to my lip gloss. But I had more important things to worry about.

"It's her life savings," I said to him, not caring if he noticed the throb in my voice. "All she had to leave to her kids."

Paul shrugged, his hands buried deep in the pockets of his leather jacket. "She should have put it in the bank, then," he said.

Maybe if I reason with him, I thought. Maybe if I explain ... "A lot of people don't trust banks with their money-"

But it was no use.

"Not my fault," he said with another shrug.

"You don't even need the money," I cried. "Your parents buy you whatever you want. Two thousand dollars is nothing to you, but to Mrs. Gutierrez's kids, it's a fortune!"

"She should have taken better care of it, then," was all he said.

Then, apparently seeing my expression-though I don't know how, since the clouds overhead were thicker than ever-he softened his tone.

"Suze, Suze, Suze," he said, pulling one of his hands from his jacket pocket and moving to drape his arm across my shoulders. "What am I going to do with you?"

I didn't say anything. I don't think I could have spoken if I'd tried. It was hard enough just to breathe. All I could think about was Mrs. Gutierrez, and what he'd done to her. How could someone who smelled so good-the sharp clean scent of his cologne filled my senses-or from whom such warmth radiated-especially welcome, given the chill in the air and the relative thinness of my windbreaker-be so ...

(Continues...)



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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

Hometown:
New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
Education:
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
Website:
http://www.megcabot.com

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Twilight (Mediator Series #6) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 357 reviews.
missygdiva More than 1 year ago
i was kind of disappointed that the series ended, but i luved it. it really captured my attention and held it. this is one of those books that you literally can't put down. like when i was supposed to be asleep, i'd still be reading. meg cabot has a lot of awesome books out. but this is the kind of series that you have to read the books in order. you can't like start the fourth before any of the others. and jesse is an awesome character. he is really cool, sweet, cute, and a gentleman.
HeatherM More than 1 year ago
I really loved this series! I had read some reviews on it a while back and finally bought the books a couple weeks ago! I couldn't put them down and went through them really fast....I was sad my Mediator journey was over!! Suze Simon has got to be one of the best female characters written! She's a no non-sense/kickbutt diva with style and a side of romance! I recommend this series to anyone interested in a good, quick read! It will leave you smiling and wishing you could move to sunny CA! :)
BookWorm1033 More than 1 year ago
Tis book is abosuletly charming and awesome. Jesse and Suze are the perfect match, I love 'em both. This book will not let you down. I coudn't even put it down because it's so... idk... AWESOME! The best! I would totally recommend this book to everybody! BEST SERIES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read any of the books in the series then...READ THEM FIRST! This is the last book you will not understand it if you don't read the others first. All of them rock though and you will want to reread them after you get through. These books do not dissapoint. You'll love them.
Also Recommend: mediator series, twilight saga,harry potter,speak,house of night series,night world,impulse,true colors series,wicked.And Lotssss more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is Meg Cabot planning on making a 7th book? I think she should. I really enjoyed all 6 books and was sad to see the series end, just like I am for the twilight series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Mediator series in the beginning for me was kind of confusing, but after the first book, I was addicted. This book made me laugh and cry in all the right places and is highly recomended for anyone who wants a good read, or like me, was excruciatingly bored and just needed a book that would knock the socks off me. I wasn't disappointed and neither will you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this series if you havent read it from the begining, you should to understand it all. I really loved this as i just said it made me love books, this is the reason why i read as much as i do because this series captivated me and i was hooked on reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
i couldn't put the book down. it was so good. i love the ending. i could seem some of it coming. but it wasn't one of those books where u knew how it ended as soon as you started it. it wasn't like a fairy tale ending either. it had both sides. it didn't seem like one of those fake stories. if you start this book, you have to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
twilight was by far the best mediator book in the series.with its first person perspective the reader really feels what susannah feels.especially toward the ending with jesse .this book was so hard to put down i read the fifth one moved on to the sixth and stayed up until 3a.m. to read it. i would recommend this book to anyone i love it.it was so touching and the ending so surprising i was crying while reading it i love the book and hope you will too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. It is a fabulous, magical, moving, funny, romantic and a great book. You really should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twilight is one of the best books I have ever read! This book in the mediator series really kept my attention and also made me cry it was so happy in the end! I could easily understand the characters point of view. Just like Suze 'the main character, the mediator', I hated Paul, I hated him even more each time he did something to threaten to get rid of Jesse and prevent his murder and ever meeting Suze. I recommend this book for everyone, preferably ages 10-14. I loved all of the mediator books, and I hope you will too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
that was the best book series ever.i coudnt put the book down whenever i got a new one.i love how she made Suze-tough,outgoing,and just the plain bad#ss girl who always can pack a punch.i was really disappointed when the series was over.I think i even wanted to cry when the series was done! I would totaly recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series this probably one of the best ever. My friend started to read number 1 and I took it and bought the rest of them for us to share.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore these books especially jesse. Now everytime a boy comes up to me, i'll be comparing him to jesse! I just wish there was a 7th book. Maybe if enough people write to the author, she'll write another one? Haha, i don't think that can happen. :(! but the books were amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The series 'The Mediator' is a great series of books that Meg Cabot has written. When i read them i feel as if I'm the main character (Suze) in that series. ROCK ON! I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was hooked on these books!! im so very dispointed that there will not be a 7th one though....but I am in luv with these books! i luv the romance, comendy, THE ROMANCE, the action, and the supernatural power in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked by the very first sentence when I first started the first book. I definetly recomend it to anyone who likes action, romance and mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the entire Mediator series and enjoyed it, but I was really impressed with Book 6. It was very suspensful, and I read it all in nearly one sitting! The ending was surprising, but awesome! Usually, I can guess the ending of the book, but was blown away by this one! I loved the twist! I also am a big fan of Jesse and would personally leave him 5 stars if I could!!!! I highly recommed this book! (But be sure to read the other books in the series first!) PS-Don't skip to the ending. I usually do this, but am glad I didn't. I promise it's worth the wait!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was really good. I think it is interesting to read a book about things that could never happen in this world. It's a great way to expand your imagination. I really like how the author describes the details in the story, to me it feels like your really there. I think that the part I liked the most was the ending. I'm all for a happy ending and the way she ended it was a suprise to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in the Mediator series and wanted to know how it will end. Its about Susannah and her ghost lover and a choice that has yet to be decided. This is a good series and Suze is not your ordinary and cliche ish type of character but has a wit and attitude of her own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this series was great i loved it soo mad when it ended i wish she could have just written one more
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best series I ever read! You should definately give it a try. I hope you'll love just like I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole mediator series, hands down, are the best books I have ever read. They have a lot of mistery, action, romance, and comedy in them. After the first one, you just keep wanting to know what happens. As you read the series, each book gets better and better, if that's possible. The main character is funny and sarcastic. The best part is that no one can relate to her so it's something very new and interesting to everyone. The hopefully yet to be couple Suze and Jesse, is something that all readers cheer for. I advise anyone to read these books, they are absoloutley amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read alot of books but this so far in a long shot is my favorite book ever!!!! I think if you are into romance this is the book for you!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so awesome. It actually made me cry. And the ending was so great too. You have to read it. It ROCKED!(: