Guest Post: A Return to Old Haunting Grounds: Shaili Reviews ‘Remembrance: A Mediator Novel’ by Meg Cabot

Remembrance Meg Cabot CoverRemembrance: A Mediator Novel by Meg Cabot
: DRC provided by HarperCollins through Edelweiss
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Fiction, romance, paranormal, supernatural
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Back Cover Summary: All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

It’s a strange moment right now where pop culturally-speaking, we’re revisiting a lot of fan favorite series from the 90s to early 2000s that were cancelled or ended prematurely. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot has long been a fan favorite, both in the U.S. and internationally, and in my opinion, is Meg Cabot’s best series. The original series, for those who don’t know, is about a teenage girl who is a Mediator, a person with the ability to see ghosts and help them cross over to the afterlife/other side. Because it was written in the early 2000s, we’ve seen many more ass-kicking heroines come our way, both on our TV screens and in YA fiction. (As another reviewer pointed out, Suze is indeed Buffy’s ghost-busting twin!) But as Meg Cabot has said, it’s been the repeated interest from fans about another installment of the series that’s really behind the inspiration for this new book.

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Guest Post: Cover to Cover: The Artwork of the “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” Trilogy By Ian Doescher

starwarsverily-cover2It was January 2013—about six months before the publication of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, that I got the first sketch of the book’s cover. My jaw dropped, and I showed the image to just about anybody who would look. But that was nothing compared to the moment when I saw the finished product—a beautiful scratchboard drawing of Darth Vader in all his Shakespearean regalia. Absolutely stunning.

Since William Shakespeare’s Star Wars was published, a few people have asked me if I created the illustrations in the book. Every time I’m asked that, I laugh on the inside (and give a very polite “no” to the asker). Anyone who has seen me draw knows why Pictionary is my least favorite board game. So, who was this man who created such stunning artwork? His name is Nicolas Delort, a Canadian illustrator who lives in Paris.

Here’s the thing: a good cover is invaluable. A cover for a book is like a car’s exterior. It’s the smooth lines of a bright new Porsche that make you want to drive it, before you know anything about what’s under the hood. When people see Nicolas’ cover in a bookstore, they are drawn to the amazing picture of Darth Vader—and Yoda and Jabba the Hutt in the sequels—before they even know what the book is (or, I should add, whether or not the writing is any good). In other words, the cover sells the book, or at least puts people in a buying mood.

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