Title: Darkest Hour
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator
Previous Books in the Series:
2. Ninth Key
Original Date Started: April 17, 2013
Original Date Finished: April 18, 2013
Format: Paperback from my own shelf
After everything that Suze has been through during the six months that she’s moved from her home in New York to Carmel, California she wasn’t prepared for this. In her stepfather’s household you have two choices in how you spend your summer vacation: you can either have remedial tutoring or you can get yourself a job. There go Suze’s plans of laying out on the beach all summer. Instead, she gets herself a job working as a onsite babysitter at the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort. It’s not a bad gig. She gets paid ten bucks an hour and whatever she earns in tips, and the clientele that stay at the hotel are the elite. The big problem this week though, is that she is stuck with a kid named Jack Slater who no one on the staff likes because he’s afraid of everything. And Suze gets stuck with him for the second day in a row.
But she won’t let Jack’s phobias get her down. So she’ll forcibly removes him from his hotel room and takes him down to the pool, where all the trouble starts. On the way, they run into a gardener who just so happens to be dead. Jack runs screaming from him and when she asks him what’s wrong he tells her quite seriously that he can see dead people. Suze has got a little mediator on her hands. And when she’s not training him, she has to worry about what her stepfather is up to in the backyard. Because even though he’s trying to install a hot tub, where he’s digging there are a few ghosts who aren’t happy about it. A few ghosts who know Suze’s roommate Jesse really well…
Okay, so here’s something that I don’t think I’ve confessed in my other reviews for this series. Before I knew that these were a series, I read Haunted – book 5 – first and fell in love with Paul Slater. He was the ultimate bad boy and sure, I didn’t understand what Suze’s problems with him were because I hadn’t read this book, but man…I was really team Paul there for the longest. Now, as I’m rereading this series for the umpteenth time I realize how much of a jerk and crybaby he is, but man…I miss the good old days. lol.
Anyway. Although his is a huge jerk, Paul does add some serious fun into the mix for Suze. Because not only is he a semi-normal love interest for her, but he also has her abilities too. Not to mention it forces her to admit that she’s crushing hard on Jesse. Although, you knew something was going on because she isn’t just going to die for anyone. And I have to admit all the scenes – not that there were many – between Suze and Jesse were phenomenal. So much so that I did in fact squeal a little bit – internally – when the ending of this book happened. Can’t wait to read book 5…again.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Personally, I blame the boy trouble that Suze was having in this book on herself. Because she was wishing desperately to have two guys fight over her in the last book, and bam. It happens in this one. Be careful what you wish for Suze!
Bookshelf worthy? These omnibuses from UK are wonderful. I just wish I had the complete set.