Book Review: The Mediator series by Meg Cabot

As I’m still waist-deep in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay I thought I would review another paranormal series I read a while ago: Meg Cabot’s The Mediator series (book one: Shadowland).

These books, like a lot of Meg Cabot’s books, are just plain fun. Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-esque, they are a mix of chicklit and paranormal romance. It seems like a long series, but all the books string together and they read fast, making the series what I call “popcorn books” (books you read quickly, like eating popcorn). The romance is sweet and funny. The characters come alive and make you laugh. The books’ plots are ridiculous but ensnaring. Some of the books in the middle of the series aren’t quite as good, but by the time she ended the series, Meg Cabot got her act together again, giving the series one of the most perfect, sweetest endings of any series EVER. Seriously, just rereading the last few pages can make me tear up. My sister and I agree it is worth reading all six books for the last twenty pages–that’s how good they are.

I read them about a year ago, but I remember how much I enjoyed reading them. They’re a nice, lighthearted break between the dark and dramatic books I read. Definitely worth checking out.

The series on Amazon:

Shadowland (book 1), Ninth Key (book 2), Reunion (book 3), Darkest Hour (book 4), Haunted (book 5), Twilight (book 6)

Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle is the fifth book by Rachel Hawkins I have read and I have to say–I love this author. This one is the beginning of a new series and I NEED THE NEXT BOOK. (Her other series are the Hex Hall series and their spin-off School Spirits. Read them, too.) All of her books are in the same vein: light-hearted sort-of-paranormal-romance with a healthy side of teenage, high school drama. Her command of voice is refreshing and comforting. All of her plots are fast-paced, a little ridiculous, and fun. When I saw this book was being released, I had to buy it.

Rebel Bell is a fun read. It’s quick (it took me two days, even with school) and an easy read, what I like to call a “popcorn” book (because you can burn through them quickly like you’re eating popcorn…I don’t know…I’m weird). The characters are alive and the conflicts between them are at once both hilarious and heart-wrenching. The plot is Buffy the Vampire Slayer if Buffy was a valedictorian. And Southern. The romance is awkward in a perfect way.

Read it. And the rest of Rachel Hawkins books. They are the perfect easy reads to enjoy between long, emotional, dark and depressing ones. Which is good, because I also like to read long-emotional-dark-depressing ones, and books like these keep me from losing my mind. 🙂