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What - or who - is buried in Susannah's backyard? 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 What - or who - is buried in Susannah's backyard? 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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What - or who - is buried in Susannah's backyard? 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 What - or who - is buried in Susannah's backyard? 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?

30 review for Darkest Hour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

    Here's the thing about Mediators: We're hard to kill. I know it’s been a week since I posted my pre-review and I know I said I would be writing said review a long time ago. But, as it is, I’ve been tired and busy and just completely out of sorts. Sometimes, though, you love a book so much that you can’t stand the thought of not posting your thoughts about it. And, even more surprising, I loved this book so much more than I expected or ever thought I could this time around and just want Here's the thing about Mediators: We're hard to kill. I know it’s been a week since I posted my pre-review and I know I said I would be writing said review a long time ago. But, as it is, I’ve been tired and busy and just completely out of sorts. Sometimes, though, you love a book so much that you can’t stand the thought of not posting your thoughts about it. And, even more surprising, I loved this book so much more than I expected or ever thought I could this time around and just want to push it on people-that’s what I do. It’s no secret this series is-and always will be-a favorite. Each book I re-read cements my love more and makes it crystal clear that my obsession as a middle schooler wasn’t unfounded. There is truly something special about these books you can’t quite understand until you pick them up and experience them for yourself. Each character eeks their way into your heart in some special way and they don’t let go. I really have to start hiding my textbooks from him. The thing is, he reads them and actually manages to retain what they say, and then applies that to other things he finds to read around the house. Why he can't just watch TV, like a normal person, I do not know. Even her crazy brothers are hard to dislike. Suze is a character that you fall for quickly-she’s quirky, funny, and a total smart ass. Her inner ramblings are so relatable, it’s uncanny. From book one on, then and now, I find/found that her voice reminds me a lot of my own. When I was younger, she was a bit cooler than me, I have to admit (Hey, I’m not counting High School, only middle school), but now as I read them as an adult, all those jokes I didn’t understand-or missed before-are so witty and funny and I find myself relating to her more than I care to admit. I won't lie or anything and say I was embarrassed for a hottie like Paul to see me in my swimsuit. I look a lot better in the navy blue one-piece suit the hotel forces us to wear than I do in those heinous shorts. Plus my mascara is totally the waterproof kind. I mean, I'm not an idiot. In this installment-which I had completely forgotten about from years ago (the best kind of surprise)-we visit the darker and sadder side to Jesse’s past. But the best part is, it doesn’t come via flashbacks, memories, etc.-it comes in the form of his ex-fiance and her handy henchman. I don’t know why I loved this installment so much, but I did. We get more Jesse, we begin to see how he really might feel about Susannah (awwww as he calls her), and it introduces the one (har har-just one, my ass) person that makes Jesse a jelly green giant. Oh, and did I mention he becomes Suze’s arch nemesis? I'd have much rather talked about his sisters. For instance, had he found living with five girls as trying as I find living with three boys? I would imagine probably not, given the reverse toilet seat situation. Did they even have toilets back then? Or did they just go in those nasty outhouses, like on Little House on the Prairie? God, no wonder Maria was in such a bad mood. Well, that and the whole being dead thing. Yeah, so totally worth it, this one. It’s not enough that this story came as a total surprise to me, though that has to be my favorite thing about it. No, it’s that every emotion was expressed ten-fold and we finally get somewhere in the feelings and confessions department. We aren’t all the way there yet, but that is why book five is my (I think) favorite, right? ;) Oh, and let’s not forget the lengths to which Jesse would go to save Suze-we can never discount that. EEPS. "Stupid girl! I said to Diego that you were far too much of a fool to cause trouble for us, but I see now that I was wrong. You are everything I have heard about mediators-interfering, loathsome creature!" I was flattered. I truly was. No one had ever called me loathsome before. So why should you read this series I’ve been talking about over and over and over again? That’s simple: It’s fun. It’s cute and sexy. It’s swoony without being over the top. And, most importantly, IT HAS JESSE. Duh. What else in the world do you need? Well, okay, her arch nemesis, because that epic battle at the end of book 5 makes my bbf heart go pitter patter with glee, I won’t lie. I lubbs the jelly boys. Oops. So, you know, pick this up, or don’t pick this up-it makes no difference to me. It’s you who is losing out, in the end, so I guess it’s your loss, right? For more of my reviews, please visit: ******** Guys, I can't even begin to explain how big I smiled, how loud I laughed, and how giggly I became in this installment. Call me crazy, but I guess I just completely forgot what this book was about and who was introduced in this one. Like...the amount of happiness I found reading this book was absurd...and I already want to re-read it again. Favorite re-read yet! OR START THE NEXT ONE IMMEDIATELY because RTC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 4/27/17: Swooney swoon SWOON. I cannot over here. I'm a swooney mess. Have mercy

  3. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    THIS BOOK JUST TOOK THIS SERIES TO A WHHOLE NEW LEVEL OMG

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This book has a slightly more serious tone than the previous books. A lot more tears from Suze and a lot more high-stakes situations. I still find Suze to be infinity relatable and hilarious. I like that we get to see her becoming more serious, but at the same time, I do miss the more fun, breezy times like from the 1st book. It is summer in this book, and Suze has a babysitting job. Not the most fun premise but I do like the normalcy of this. She is getting more comfortable around her stepfamily This book has a slightly more serious tone than the previous books. A lot more tears from Suze and a lot more high-stakes situations. I still find Suze to be infinity relatable and hilarious. I like that we get to see her becoming more serious, but at the same time, I do miss the more fun, breezy times like from the 1st book. It is summer in this book, and Suze has a babysitting job. Not the most fun premise but I do like the normalcy of this. She is getting more comfortable around her stepfamily, and I still find it funny that she’s the only one who has not realized that her stepbrothers are basically her brothers and her stepdad is basically her dad now because they treat her like true family. I hope we get to see more touching family moments in the future. Also, I miss having Doc in this book. It’s sweet that he would have come home for Suze even though he seemed to be enjoying camp. And even Sleepy has become increasingly brotherly in this book. And Andy is increasingly more like a dad. I hope we go back to school in the next book because I think I find that setting more fun to read. Anyway, finally, the romance is starting to really happen in this book. I seriously adore how much Father Dom has come to mean for Suze. It just makes my heart melt the friendship/mentorship thing they have going on. I’m giving this 3.5 stars (maybe 4). Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Generally happy, but still a cliffhanger, not the last book (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[Not really a love triangle. Suze is in love with Jesse and she’s not sure how he feels about her (they’re not together yet). She does go on a date with this one guy though. No cheating. Low angst. (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[More emotional than other books, but no tears (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When Suze reunites with Father Dom and she hugs him and sobs on him. When Jesse’s cat starts being nice to Suze because it misses Jesse. When Suze reunites with Jesse while trying to save him, and he finds out that she wasn’t the one who got him exorcised. The ending with Jesse and he kisses her for the 1st time. (hide spoiler)] What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Some cussing but everything is pretty PG. Any age really, but probably pre-teens and up. (hide spoiler)] ------------ I have been holding off on continuing this series because of school/finals/grad, and finally I'm back to my weekly Sunday reading of The Mediator. It's such a stress-reliever <3

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara (sarawithoutanH)

    This book took shit to the next level. The series had blurred together in my memory and I couldn’t remember when Paul made an appearance, but I’m so glad he finally did. I’m excited for the drama in the next book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Madlenka

    This is the best Mediator book so far! In the three previous books, it was always according to a model great times - ghost - a boy who wants to have a date with Suze (and is in some relation with that ghost) - ghost is beaten with some consequences to that boy. And of course there was Jesse, somewhere, usually telling Suze not to do something dangerous what she obviously does so he helps her. (And I mean every word of it in a good way, I enjoyed every single book.) But now, finally, Suze knows h This is the best Mediator book so far! In the three previous books, it was always according to a model great times - ghost - a boy who wants to have a date with Suze (and is in some relation with that ghost) - ghost is beaten with some consequences to that boy. And of course there was Jesse, somewhere, usually telling Suze not to do something dangerous what she obviously does so he helps her. (And I mean every word of it in a good way, I enjoyed every single book.) But now, finally, Suze knows how she feels about Jesse, even if she doesn't want to admit it to anybody, and everything is so much clearer. Darkest Hour was epic and I'm really crazy about The Mediator series! (Unfortunately I discovered it has just 6 books! Why does The Princess Diaries have like hundred and fifty books without any reason (because even in the 5th book, Mia's already totally annoying) and Mediator just 6?!)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Young Blood, the fourth book in the Mediator series by Meg Cabot is definitely my favourite so far! Suzie's first summer in California doesn't quite go to plan when her stepdad forces her to either get a job or go to summer school. She chooses to work and ends up at the Pebbel Beach Hotel and Golf Resort as a daytime child minder. She is assigned to look after a unsociable young man called Jack and it soon become evident that just like Suzie he can also see spirits. Throw in Jesse, Suzie's gorge Young Blood, the fourth book in the Mediator series by Meg Cabot is definitely my favourite so far! Suzie's first summer in California doesn't quite go to plan when her stepdad forces her to either get a job or go to summer school. She chooses to work and ends up at the Pebbel Beach Hotel and Golf Resort as a daytime child minder. She is assigned to look after a unsociable young man called Jack and it soon become evident that just like Suzie he can also see spirits. Throw in Jesse, Suzie's gorgeous yet dead roommate and his crazy ex girlfriend and all hell breaks lose! I loved the simplicity of this novel, there isn't a love interest who is weak and that Suzie isn't that fond of, there isn't any best friend or high school drama and there was much more likable characters. We are introduced to Jack an eight year old who is afraid of his ability. I feel like Jack's story won me over, he was such a lovable character and I really felt for him when he was being ignored by his family or when he made mistakes. Jesse and his back story served a much larger part in this book, we finally learn all about his life and I found it very interesting. Unlike the other books Jesse is a main 'feature' which was much better than him acting like a guardian angel of sorts and only turning up when something bad was happening to Suzie. Suzie did get a little annoying at times, like always! And she said a few things that I didn't like (see below in comments for little rant, haha!) but overall her relationships were a lot more interesting and her decision making flowed easier than previous books. Even if she was slightly rash at times I understood why she did certain things. When Suzie enters the inbetween I was suprised to actually enjoy the little details that we were given by Cabot, I have a lot of unanswered questions but I feel that any more description would have been overdone and not believable. The ending, oh Jesse my heart! So cute, can't wait for the next book now actually!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Syira

    read this in one sitting! i need more of jesseeee!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Harley

    This is like a fangirling mess, so read at your own caution Jesse made the move! My heart! The second half of this series is probably my favorite, I mean I love them all but at this point we are getting a main antagonist in Paul, we're finally getting into Jesse's past, and my OTP took the plunge! This is like the turning point for the series, we're getting down to business! (view spoiler)[Paul...what can I say about Paul. Somehow, somehow I fell in love with Paul back in the 9th grade. The height This is like a fangirling mess, so read at your own caution Jesse made the move! My heart! The second half of this series is probably my favorite, I mean I love them all but at this point we are getting a main antagonist in Paul, we're finally getting into Jesse's past, and my OTP took the plunge! This is like the turning point for the series, we're getting down to business! (view spoiler)[Paul...what can I say about Paul. Somehow, somehow I fell in love with Paul back in the 9th grade. The height of my Mediator obsession phase, I was in deep guys. Rereading the series like four times a year, hopping on fanfiction.net just so I could get more of these characters, and then writing fanfiction of my own. My friend and I wrote so many stories about this series and then we kinda branched off and took Paul along for the ride. That was the beginning of the end for me. Reading the books I'm just like Paul is such a jerkwad, GTFO. But I really enjoy his character and what he brings and realized...he's my type. I have my problems with him, don't get me wrong, which I'll talk about now... Suze has to get a summer job and ends up being a babysitter at this hotel resort. And surprise! The kid she's babysitting, Jack, he's a mediator! Jack is terrified about the fact that he can see the dead and so has spent most of his time indoors until Suze informs him what he is and that she can also see the dead. Knowing that he's not crazy and alone he lightens up a lot after Suze talks to him and begins acting like the eight year old he is. And how does Paul tie into this, he's Jack's brother. Paul, I love you, but HOW WHY would you just leave your little brother hanging like that for all this time! Poor kid was scared of his own shadow, you couldn't have given him a little pep talk or something. It seems like they get along, Jack was so excited when Paul spent the day with him and Suze but at the end of the book when Suze is talking to him about Paul being a mediator too he's all "I don't want to talk about it". Why? I wanna know! And off to my OTP. They had so many cute moments! Jesse kissed the top of Suze's head and he promised her he wasn't going anywhere and I was just like FEELS! And then at the end they finally kiss!!! And Jesse was the one who kissed her!! And just asdfghjkl!!!!!! (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    At A Glance Genre: Young Adult; Ghost Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no Cliff Hanger: no Rating: 4.5 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 8 Plot: 8 Characters: 9 World Building: 8 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: 9 Writing: 7 Ending: 8 Total: 8 In Dept Best Part: Jack :D Worst Part: Nah! Thoughts Had: Oh no; yayyyyyy; hurry up!!!!!!! Conclusion Continuing the Series: yes Recommending: yes Short Review: Probably my favorite so far in this series. It had everything and i have zero major issues with it. Other than Paul At A Glance Genre: Young Adult; Ghost Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no Cliff Hanger: no Rating: 4.5 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 8 Plot: 8 Characters: 9 World Building: 8 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: 9 Writing: 7 Ending: 8 Total: 8 In Dept Best Part: Jack :D Worst Part: Nah! Thoughts Had: Oh no; yayyyyyy; hurry up!!!!!!! Conclusion Continuing the Series: yes Recommending: yes Short Review: Probably my favorite so far in this series. It had everything and i have zero major issues with it. Other than Paul, who is evil, and i kinda want to see if he shows up in the next book so we can see what he has to offer. The new character Jack is a riot thou, i love him. I'm angry that Suze made him cry, but i saw where she was coming from. Maria was a nice addiction to the story as well. The ending had me worried! i was yelling at them to hurry the heck up!!! I'm excited to get into book 5! Review in GIF Form:

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Source: I own a bind up of books 3 and 4 in this series. Cost: Free gift Title: Darkest Hour/Young Blood Series: Mediator #4 Author: Meg Cabot Overall Rating: 3.7 stars This one I liked slightly less than the past one, it didn't hold me as much but that may be because of the whole...lack of Jesse thing. Jesse is definitely one of my favourite characters. The best thing about Meg Cabot's books though have to be that her main characters sort of take things into their own hands rather than depe Source: I own a bind up of books 3 and 4 in this series. Cost: Free gift Title: Darkest Hour/Young Blood Series: Mediator #4 Author: Meg Cabot Overall Rating: 3.7 stars This one I liked slightly less than the past one, it didn't hold me as much but that may be because of the whole...lack of Jesse thing. Jesse is definitely one of my favourite characters. The best thing about Meg Cabot's books though have to be that her main characters sort of take things into their own hands rather than depending than some random boy to fix their issues. Susannah takes matters into her own hands.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yue

    Meg Cabot, to end the book like this! Oh, God, Oh, God... I have to rush and read the next one. Jesse querido... I have Buffy in mind sometimes when I read this. Suze is such a kick-ass in that black clothes. And Jesse is Angel

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Original rating: 4 stars 7/2020 reread: 4.5 stars -- I was flattered. I truly was. No one had ever called me loathsome before. In the fourth book of The Mediator series, readers finally learn the full details surrounding Jesse De Silva's death. Considering that Jesse is both one of the series' main characters and Suze's main love interest, not to mention an all-around cool dude you hate to imagine being murdered at twenty, the buildup to the events in this novel can be considered, um, "extreme." Original rating: 4 stars 7/2020 reread: 4.5 stars -- I was flattered. I truly was. No one had ever called me loathsome before. In the fourth book of The Mediator series, readers finally learn the full details surrounding Jesse De Silva's death. Considering that Jesse is both one of the series' main characters and Suze's main love interest, not to mention an all-around cool dude you hate to imagine being murdered at twenty, the buildup to the events in this novel can be considered, um, "extreme." To say the least. And extreme buildup necessitates extreme catharsis--or at least, a tense and emotional revelation. So the question becomes, did the book deliver? Hoo. Well. Let's see. The book opens with Suze working away her summer at a resort for rich tourists. She's a particular favorite of the Slaters because their agoraphobic youngest son, Jack, seems to prefer her above the other sitters. The root of this agoraphobia is, as we immediately discover, that Jack is a mediator. Terrified of the specters that he alone can see, and traumatized by years of therapy forced on him by his unbelieving family, Jack opts to stay inside as often as possible to avoid run-ins with ghouls of any persuasion. Suze soon takes this young boy (reluctantly) under her wing, which immediately and inadvertently places her in the sights of Paul Slater, arguably the series antagonist. While Suze is getting her mentor on, her stepfather and stepbrother tackle a long-planned household project mentioned in previous books: the digging of a hole for the eventual installation of a hot tub in their backyard. Why is the hot tub hole storyline pertinent? Well because, as the recently-disturbed ghost of 1850s belle Maria De Silva soon informs Suze via knife-to-the-throat, there's somebody buried outside who she would very much prefer remained unearthed. There's never any doubt who is buried, of course, and the narrative doesn't pretend for an instant that there is. Suze realizes right away that the soon-to-be-discovered body belongs to Jesse. Maybe he's busy. I mean, that was his skeleton down there. Maybe he's following it to wherever they're taking it. To the morgue or whatever. It's probably very traumatic, watching people dig up your body. Jesse didn't know anything about Hinduism and karma. At least, that I knew of. To him, his body had probably been a lot more than just a vessel for his soul. That's where he was. The morgue. Watching what they did with his remains. Like, what the fuck?? Not only does Suze witness the exhumation of one of her best friends' (and love's) skeleton, but Brad accidentally spears his shovel through Jesse's skull while it's happening. I truly believe Meg Cabot exhausted every drop of savagery on this plotline because let me tell you that there has been nothing in her work since then that has even come close to this level of wild ass emotional horror. Adding insult to injury is the secondary plot, in which Suze realizes that Jesse's disappearance at the time of the body's exhumation isn't the result of his spirit passing on naturally but a fucking exorcism orchestrated by Maria De Silva, Paul Slater, and Jack Slater. That's right, folks: Not only was Jesse murdered in cold blood for daring to break off a marriage with Maria, but this bitch comes back from the grave to rip him from his life again. And Jesse, not knowing of Jack's existence, thinks Suze did it. The scene between them in the shadowlands, where Suze seeks to pull Jesse's soul back to the realm of the living before he is forced to cross over, was really well done. There's so much respect in their relationship, so much love. I mean Suze really exorcizes herself just to give him the option of coming back, if he wants to. While insisting, multiple times and with great sincerity, that he should take the opportunity to end his purgatorial existence on Earth if he believes that will bring him peace. Now, as for execution: I thought it was a slight step backward from book three. The pacing of the book is rushed, kind of reminiscent of the first installment--I believe due to the heightened emotions Suze displays--and the dialogue was a bit flat in the first half, though this improves dramatically once the "save Jesse" plot commences. My biggest beef with book four is Paul Slater, to be honest. Again, I started with Haunted, so I knew Paul's character going into Darkest Hour. I remember that even the first time I read the series sequentially, I was disappointed by his first appearance. It's just kind of anticlimactic? His lines are mostly cringey or else blatantly manipulative, and the reveal that he's a mediator and can walk freely between the realm of the living and the dead comes out of left field, but not in a good way. Not in a "a-ha, nice foreshadowing" way but a "sorry, did I miss something?" way. Reading Haunted again, now, I can recognize that Paul's character in general has never been as strong as I once believed it to be, nor the interactions between he and Suze as riddled with tension as they presumably should and could have been, given that he is the first person her own age who shares her gift (and then some). Anyway, moving on! I'm getting so close to reading new Mediator content!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    What happens to our hero (who is a ghost) when his murder is solved? Will he pass over? Our heroine is reluctant to discover his corpse because she wants to keep him around, also his murderer (his ex-fiancee) wants his body to stay buried, too. I really like this series! A teenage girl who fights ghosts. Maybe thats what all the shadow boxers and karate kickers are doing. They aren’t punching the air, they are fighting ghosts! That makes so much more sense! 🤔👻

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nasty Lady MJ

    Reread 2020: This may be my favorite out of the series. I like that the ghost mystery is personally connected to the characters. And Jesse's character development is really added too. Also the mediator mythos is explored some. Also, God, Paul. Probably my favorite Cabot secondary love interest even though I don't actually root for him and Suze to be together in cannon. To see review with gif click here. What I Remember: I remember really being surprised by this one and kind of shocked about how ev Reread 2020: This may be my favorite out of the series. I like that the ghost mystery is personally connected to the characters. And Jesse's character development is really added too. Also the mediator mythos is explored some. Also, God, Paul. Probably my favorite Cabot secondary love interest even though I don't actually root for him and Suze to be together in cannon. To see review with gif click here. What I Remember: I remember really being surprised by this one and kind of shocked about how evil Paul was in this one. Because remember, I read Haunted first. If you just read Haunted, Paul just seems like a sightly sleazy boy who makes some dubious choices. But in Darkest Evil you know that he would have no problem fighting Voldemort and probably winning (he’d probably exorcise all seven pieces of Voldy’s soul and laugh about it). Reread If Suze Simon isn’t a BAMF character before, she is now. Honestly, in a lot of ways, Darkest Hour is my favorite book in the series. The last one might hit some emotional strings for me, but this book does too and has Suze fight probably the most scariest baddies in the series. We also get more backstory on Jesse which is a good thing, because really up until this point the character Jesse needed some (okay, a lot fleshing out). I think this book is what seals the deal for the Juze ship. My OTP. Okay, to be honest I do like Paul/Suze in fanfiction better. Only because I think in fannon it allows more story, but in cannon I <3 Suze and Jesse forever. You can really feel how much these two characters have grown to love each other in this book-though Suze is too stupid to realize Jesse has feelings for her. I also like how the two of them interact around Maria and Diego. I thought having Suze having to deal with Jesse’s past was a pretty smart idea on Cabot’s part. The dude has baggage due to the way he died, and I’m glad she didn’t ignore that. Maria and Diego make more formable foils than Heather or the RLS Angels, that’ s for sure. It doesn’t take Suze almost 200 pages to be in peril only till like chapter 2 or 3. And she’s actually scared. And Jesse doesn’t really come to her rescue in this book. She does a bit of saving herself. Really as far as action goes, I’d say this is probably the most action filled Mediator book. As I said in the first part of this review, this is the first book that Paul comes into play. After reading the series as a whole, it is the same Paul but you do see a different side of him here. I think I read somewhere that Meg always was a little shocked with Paul’s popularity because he is a sleaze. To be honest, he is sleazy in this book but the Paul character evolves as the series comes to play. I really wonder if I would be so team Cannon Juze had the series been allowed to extend to the seven or eight book she initially wanted to do. Overall Darkest Hour was probably one of the best if not the best books in the Mediator series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Noella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Suze's stepfather and stepbrothers make a discovery in the backyard putting Suze in danger as she gets an unexpected visit from Maria de Silva. This book had an interesting storyline but I didn't really enjoy the execution; way too much verbal diarrhea being one reason. Suze was again making crazy decisions and overestimating her ability. I guess Suze chasing after Jesse in the in-between world and bringing him back was meant to be romantic but instead I got the message that Suze was giving her Suze's stepfather and stepbrothers make a discovery in the backyard putting Suze in danger as she gets an unexpected visit from Maria de Silva. This book had an interesting storyline but I didn't really enjoy the execution; way too much verbal diarrhea being one reason. Suze was again making crazy decisions and overestimating her ability. I guess Suze chasing after Jesse in the in-between world and bringing him back was meant to be romantic but instead I got the message that Suze was giving her life away to save a guy who was already 'dead' and it was kind of stupid because what did she expect? They can't have a future together! There were some twists which was nice, after the lack in Book 3. I'm interested in finding out more about Paul in the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    In this installment we finally met Paul Slater. He was all sorts of charming and every bit as cocky as I remember. I can't wait to see more of him in the next couple books because I know I really liked him but I couldn't remember why in Darkest Hour. Here's to finding out why in the future! Jake (aka Sleepy) is my favorite of the brothers. I don't really know why but I have just been adoring him lately. Jesse and Suze are fabulous together as always. I love them too much. BUT THAT ENDING. I can't In this installment we finally met Paul Slater. He was all sorts of charming and every bit as cocky as I remember. I can't wait to see more of him in the next couple books because I know I really liked him but I couldn't remember why in Darkest Hour. Here's to finding out why in the future! Jake (aka Sleepy) is my favorite of the brothers. I don't really know why but I have just been adoring him lately. Jesse and Suze are fabulous together as always. I love them too much. BUT THAT ENDING. I can't handle. Need book 5 like yesterday.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    One of the best of the series. Reasons include: * Paul is an interesting complication to the Jesse/Suze relationship. * Great finally getting more information on Jesse's background and the reason for his death. * Love the romantic element, Suze leaving her body to bring Jesse back to earth. * More butt kicking and supernatural action. Ticks the boxes for me. :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thenia

    Suze's boring summer of working as a babysitter for customers of an expensive hotel in the area, gets more exciting than she'd ever wished, with the appearance of (view spoiler)[a young boy who is also a mediator and scared to death of his ability to see ghosts, and Maria, Jesse's murderous ex-fiance, who is determined to cause trouble if Suze doesn't do as she is told (hide spoiler)] . Suze is certain she can deal with everything, but does not expect (view spoiler)[the young new mediator to be tr Suze's boring summer of working as a babysitter for customers of an expensive hotel in the area, gets more exciting than she'd ever wished, with the appearance of (view spoiler)[a young boy who is also a mediator and scared to death of his ability to see ghosts, and Maria, Jesse's murderous ex-fiance, who is determined to cause trouble if Suze doesn't do as she is told (hide spoiler)] . Suze is certain she can deal with everything, but does not expect (view spoiler)[the young new mediator to be tricked into exorcising Jesse (hide spoiler)] . Depressed and unwilling to just accept it, she does everything she can to make things right, even if that means risking her life. In the process, she meets yet another mediator who seems to know a lot more than she does about their abilities and manages to (view spoiler)[bring Jesse back (hide spoiler)] . Engaging story that was a lot darker than the previous installations of the series and opens up a lot of possibilities for the next books. Suze and Jesse's story continues in Haunted next. Previous book reviews: ✦ Every Girl's Dream (The Mediator, #3.5) ✦ Reunion (The Mediator, #3)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Collins

    Loved Jack and the ending was everything. This was my fave so far finally some Jesse loved it!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica-Robyn

    I don't know what it is about this series. I liked this book, but I didn't really like it. It's sort of par for the course when it comes to my response to the series, but I was really hoping that this book would break the trend. Darkest Hour brings everything back to Jesse's death when his ex-fiancée decides that the backyard reno is digging a little too deep for her liking. You know with this sort of plot that the focus will undoubtedly be all about the Jesse/Suze relationship. This is the firs I don't know what it is about this series. I liked this book, but I didn't really like it. It's sort of par for the course when it comes to my response to the series, but I was really hoping that this book would break the trend. Darkest Hour brings everything back to Jesse's death when his ex-fiancée decides that the backyard reno is digging a little too deep for her liking. You know with this sort of plot that the focus will undoubtedly be all about the Jesse/Suze relationship. This is the first time where their connection really worked for me. In the last couple books, Cabot never gave me a strong enough feeling that these two actually have conversations, actually have things in common, actually have something going on between them beyond Suze thinking he's dreamy. It makes a lot of difference when Jesse is the focus of the story and isn't just appearing to help out and give vague warnings. I liked seeing more of him. As for the plot itself. It went in some pretty unexpected directions and has opened up the door to question what it really means to be a mediator for Suze. Cabot writes books that are easy to read, I was able to finish this within a couple hours of when I started. But I think that might also be part of why I find it so difficult to give these books anything higher then a three. I like the characters and the stories, but so much is left undeveloped and unexplored. So many of the characters just get rotated out of the story. Any new character that is introduced is generally written away by the end chapter. They've moved, they were on vacation, they have some other reason to skedaddle. It's all too neat for me. It's like nothing has any sort of lasting repercussions and the story is so condensed that it misses out on opportunities to do more. For example, where is Suze's dad? When the series started up Suze made a point of saying he pops up in her life a lot, but we haven't really seen much of him since. I would have thought he'd play a bigger role. Having a dead parent who hasn't passed on seems like it should be a bigger deal. I just don't know what it is I'm not getting from the story, but it's all too put together and the more I read the more formulaic it's starting to become. Now is when Suze will not tell anyone what's going on to try and do things on her own; now is when she'll decided she needs to kick some ass and go off on her own; well what do you know that didn't go well; now it's time for a new plan which works, but only sort of; now she's in trouble; final battle; emotional conclusion; new characters written out of story; normalcy restored; the end. It's still enjoyable to read, but it's not hitting that level of enjoyment that I've been waiting for.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Em-em

    It is Suze's first summer in California but instead of lounging and hanging out with friends she finds herself working at a hotel as an in house baby-sitter. But it seems like having a good summer is the least of her problems when the ghost of Maria de Silva Jesse's ex fiance woke her up in the middle of the night with a knife threatening her to stop the construction in their backyard or else it would cost her her life. Suze has a pretty good idea of what is buried there - the body of Jesse; the It is Suze's first summer in California but instead of lounging and hanging out with friends she finds herself working at a hotel as an in house baby-sitter. But it seems like having a good summer is the least of her problems when the ghost of Maria de Silva Jesse's ex fiance woke her up in the middle of the night with a knife threatening her to stop the construction in their backyard or else it would cost her her life. Suze has a pretty good idea of what is buried there - the body of Jesse; the guy that she is in love with. While the idea of finally finding Jesse's body and putting him to rest appeals to her, the idea of losing him cripples her more. Furthermore she just discovered that the boy that she is currently baby sitting is also a mediator just like her. torn between her duty and her love will she be able to do the right thing in the end? Darkest Hour is really the dark one for Suze. There are so many things that which I can justify this statement but right now I am busy organizing my thoughts they are so jumbled. Okay I will make an attempt to try to organize them and put them into words. First of all, it is her darkest hour because the ghost of Maria paid her a visit and it wasn't because of some unfinished business but to threaten her to stop her step father from digging that hole in their backyard mainly because they would discover Jesse's body there. The fact that she was visited with a threat and a knife is not the thing that made it her darkest hour but it is the fact that she was Jesse's ex fiance. Jesse! the man that she is falling in love with. It isn't the jealousy emotion that I am talking about here but it is the murderous attempt that it is written all over her face. Second of all, the discovery of the body might be cause Jesse to disappear permanently. She is in love with the guy and even when Jesse is there accessible to her it was pretty clear that she can't be with the guy under normal circumstances now she has to consider the reality of not having him at all. That is indeed a heartbreaking thought for a girl who is in love. Lastly, and probably my best reason for saying that the Darkest hour is indeed a dark one for Suze is that she was forced to live in the moment of not having Jesse there with her. She was really devastated for now she has no way of being with him and seeing him. I have to admit I was sad for her. It would seem the things in her life are starting to fall apart. Nothing seems to be going her way. It seems like the books in this series has this way of keeping me glued to its pages. I am telling you once I started reading it I can't stop not until I finish the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aylee

    You can also read this review on my blog. This review applies to the entire Mediator Series. The Mediator Series was my first series read of the year and let me tell you, it was a fantastically FUN way to start off my reading year. The series follows Suze Simon who has the ability to see, to talk to, and to beat up - whatever the occasion warrants - ghosts in order to send them on their way to the afterworld. The series was completed after six books in 2005, with an added novella and seventh novel You can also read this review on my blog. This review applies to the entire Mediator Series. The Mediator Series was my first series read of the year and let me tell you, it was a fantastically FUN way to start off my reading year. The series follows Suze Simon who has the ability to see, to talk to, and to beat up - whatever the occasion warrants - ghosts in order to send them on their way to the afterworld. The series was completed after six books in 2005, with an added novella and seventh novel set a decade later in 2016. Suze Simon is definitely the best part of the series for me. I would want to be BFFs with her if not for the fact that I am convinced that she is WAY too cool for me. This girl has more personality in her pinkie finger than most protagonists have developed over the course of an entire book. Suze's singular sass, nerve, and fashion sense put her right up there with The Greats Buffy Summers and Veronica Mars, in my mind. In fact, the Mediator Series reads a lot like those teen serialized TV shows set in small town California that follow a new story each episode, in addition to being easy entertainment to take in. This is my first Meg Cabot read - can you believe it? And if all of her protagonists are as fun as Suze Simon, then I am looking forward to reading more from her. I'm curious, which are the Meg Cabot books that I absolutely must read next? I would love recommendations!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claire Chibi

    Rating 3.5 Lmao yikes. Well, they can't all be winners. I find it interesting that even though I tend to prefer female authors for older YA/adult fiction, when it comes to books for younger teens I consistently prefer stuff by male authors. (Anthony Horowitz, Lemony Snicket, Rick Riordan, Darren Shan, etc.) I think it must be because books aimed towards 12 year old boys tend to focus on the magic and adventure side of things, whereas books aimed towards 12 year old girls tends to focus on the (cri Rating 3.5 Lmao yikes. Well, they can't all be winners. I find it interesting that even though I tend to prefer female authors for older YA/adult fiction, when it comes to books for younger teens I consistently prefer stuff by male authors. (Anthony Horowitz, Lemony Snicket, Rick Riordan, Darren Shan, etc.) I think it must be because books aimed towards 12 year old boys tend to focus on the magic and adventure side of things, whereas books aimed towards 12 year old girls tends to focus on the (cringy) romance, which I no longer have patience for. Don't get me wrong, I still had fun reading this book, I finished it in just one evening, but wow did I cringe a lot. Absolutely no shade if you're my age or older and love this sort of stuff, but I'm not even much of a fan of adult paranormal romance, so a paranormal romance for girls half my age was not probably a great choice, this is on me. Suze didn't feel as much of a mary-sue as she did in the earlier books, but this is mostly due to the fact that this book takes place over summer vacation so she's not at school, constantly being worshipped by literally everyone except the designated villains. She is still pretty universally loved by just about everyone though, so eh. The plot was pretty ok here, a good setup, progression, and even some surprises, although the villains are maybe a bit unreasonably careless at times which makes things resolve a little too easily, but this is for younger readers so I guess things can't get too messy. (Try telling that to Darren Shan though!) Major gripes aside, this was still a fun read. I'll probably continue with my reread of this series whenever I want something nice and short, but it's not a priority.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Oda Renate

    hmm??Hnnn Havent reviwed this earlier either, hey another great aspect with rereading the oportunity to review books I only rated before. Also for some reason the british versions have different names than the american ones, interesting. But I assume the content is the same. The british titles are Love you to death, High stakes, Mean spirits, Young blood, Grave doubts and Heaven sent. Both sets of titles are good and both work, just curios on why the brits changed them. I hate(minor spoiler Paul. gr hmm??Hnnn Havent reviwed this earlier either, hey another great aspect with rereading the oportunity to review books I only rated before. Also for some reason the british versions have different names than the american ones, interesting. But I assume the content is the same. The british titles are Love you to death, High stakes, Mean spirits, Young blood, Grave doubts and Heaven sent. Both sets of titles are good and both work, just curios on why the brits changed them. I hate(minor spoiler Paul. grrr. Jack is so precious. The summer job setting was fun. All in all one of the better books of the series, yes book 2 and 3 are good, but this one well it provides more backstory and that ending scene!! :D:D:D:D

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    this book has got to be the best one so far in this series. its so cute with the little mediator and how sue saves Jesse form being forced to move on. but that Paul guy needs to get some manners.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**

    Once again, another amazing book by Cabot. This is the point the series gets seriously good. I'm having so much fun with these rereads.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Haraiah Eve

    Gina and Doc, my favorites, are unfortunately MIA. But at least there's Jack, who is such a sweet kid. And can I just say, FINALLY?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kamila

    4.5 I just love the Suze and Father Dom dynamic. And of course that ending. Beautiful (Spike got what he wanted! XD)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    '"A certain someone pointed out to me, however, that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.”      At the time, all I felt was a little miffed at being called a fly. It didn’t even occur to me to wonder who that ‘certain someone’ might have been.          It wasn’t long before I found out, however.’ How on earth did I forget about the events of ‘Young Blood’? OMG! Seriously, how? This is easily my favourite re-read so far (I think I say that every time?) and I honestly don’t know '"A certain someone pointed out to me, however, that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.”      At the time, all I felt was a little miffed at being called a fly. It didn’t even occur to me to wonder who that ‘certain someone’ might have been.          It wasn’t long before I found out, however.’ How on earth did I forget about the events of ‘Young Blood’? OMG! Seriously, how? This is easily my favourite re-read so far (I think I say that every time?) and I honestly don’t know how I didn’t remember more of the plot points in advance. Basically all I remembered, before going into this book, was that Suze possibly got a babysitting job at some point and, of course, that eventually Paul Slater was going to make an appearance in the series because, let’s face it, he was pretty much unforgettable. I have no idea how I didn’t remember some of the other plot points though because this is such an intense and vital addition to the series. Firstly I guess I should just say that this is probably the book that a lot of people were waiting for. Finally you get some pretty major answers about Jesse’s past and start getting to fill in some of the blanks as to exactly what happened to him back when he was alive. That was what everybody wanted, right? To learn more about the swoonworthy ghost that Suze happens to share her bedroom with? So yes, in this book we got answers, and I was happy with them, but OMG the plot! I don’t really feel like I can say too much about it to be truthful as it’s best to uncover everything for yourself. What I will say though is that it’s gripping, intense and pretty much unputdownable. The danger and threat level seem to have been vamped up to sky-high levels and one particular line definitely gave me chills – and, if you haven’t read this series before or like me have forgotten parts of it, will probably also manage to sucker punch you. Character wise I also don’t want to say too much but there are a couple of things that I feel I can safely say. Firstly I loved Father Dominic in this one again! I guess I’ve always loved him, truthfully, but you really get to see him in increasingly stressful situations in this book. I also thought the new ghosts introduced within this one were really well written too. Jack is an interesting addition to the series and then, of course, there’s his brother Paul. I don’t want to say too much about him but let’s just say that he’s exactly the sort of character that gets under my skin and completely reels me in. So yes ‘Young Blood’ is definitely my favourite re-read of the series so far and it definitely comes with one hell of an intense story and a lot of emotional depth too. I seriously recommend this book and could quite happily pick it up and re-read it again right now. Instead, though, I’m going to get on with book five as I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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