haunted bookMove over Harry Potter! I recently finished reading a thriller and it's a gold mine for young adults and adults alike. “Haunted” is the fifth book in the Mediator series written by Meg Cabot and was released earlier this year.

The Mediator series is about the connection Sue, a high school student, has with the living world and the dead. She is a mediator between the dead world and the living world, which is where the series gets its name. In book four, Sue goes to the place between the living and dead world and learns what to expect from her powers, how to use them, and what she can do. The Father at her school helps Sue out a lot with questions she can’t answer about being a mediator.

Sue can see and talk to dead people (spirits and ghosts), but with this amazing gift comes a huge price. She met someone that has the same powers she has, and he tried to kill her in the last book. Now he is back in book five with surprises. In "Haunted," Sue also falls in love with a ghost named Jesse who died in the early 1800s. From then on the plot becomes more twisted, and a bit scary.

Sue is trying to find out what being a mediator means, which causes her to do research about the past. Finding out that the first mediators were from Egypt, Sue reads up on the country and has vivid dreams. “Haunted” brings to life the Egyptian tombs with such beautiful and lavish colors, that I felt like I was walking through the tombs and could see the drawings on the wall. I fell in love with a place I have never seen. Meg Cabot's story is completely fictional with some real elements such as the clothes they wore in the 1800s, how they treated women, and the Egyptian tombs. The way she incorporates these aspects into the story is pretty amazing to me.

I absolutely loved “Haunted.” It is packed with laughs, fun, and excitement. I had a hard time putting it down. I read half the book in one night, and the next night I stayed up all night to finish it. If you are looking for love, laughs, drama, and friends that stick by you, then this is the book for you.

“Haunted” is worth every penny! For $16.89 (check you local book stores) it’s a good holiday buy that the whole family will love. It’s one to read over and over again! Number Six in the series is due out in March and I can’t wait!

Jennifer Johnson Adeyemi is a staff writer at WireTap.

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