Thursday, 6 March 2014

Review: High Stakes

High Stakes (The Mediator #2) by Meg Cabot

Title: High Stakes
Series: The Mediator, #2
Author: Meg Cabot
Source: Borrowed from the library
 Description (from Goodreads):

 Suze's new life in California is pretty cool. There are the pool parties, the new friends, and the fact that "the" hottest ghost in history happens to live in her bedroom.

But when a screaming spirit appears at the end of her bed, Suze is thrown on to the trail of a murderer. All the clues lead to the freaky father of Tad Beaumont, the cutest boy in school . . . and the only guy who's ever asked Suze out. Not only is her potential beau's dad probably a killer, but he also seems be some kind of "vampire."

No one said that life as a mediator was going to be simple. But this is getting ridiculous. . .

My Thoughts:

 This was read as a part of Love You to Death & High Stakes.

I have to say that my appreciation of Meg Cabot is slowly increasing with every The Mediator book I read. There is a certain magic to her style that works perfectly for what these books are. Just like Sarah Dessen has that way for writing touching and best-selling contemporary novels and Rick Riordan has the gift for writing mythology-based fantasy, Meg Cabot has an incredible gift for writing fun, light-hearted chick-lits with feisty protagonists, book-boyfriend-worthy romantic interests and an addictive storyline.

Sure, these aren't much special and they are a pretty crappy excuse of "fantasy" but they are a lot of fun and easy to fly through. What more can you ask for really?
High Stakes wasn't quite up to the standard set in Love You to Death but it was still a great read. Suze's spunky and tell-it-as-it-is attitude coupled with her kick-ass ghost-busting skills make her one hell of a protagonist to read about. I love her! Sure she is a bit of idiot when she wants to be, well, that's more times then not but it makes for one funny ride.

What let me down in this wasn't the characters but the actual ghostly mystery. It started with a bang - or a scream, really! - but the conclusion was anticlimactic. It just didn't work me. The action was kick-ass and exciting but the ghost was shallow and thin. It didn't work for me.

To end positively, I am happy to have start this series and I am very eager to read
Mean Spirits & Young Blood next.

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