Book Review: Radiance by: Alyson Noel


Square Fish

Publish Date:
August 31, 2010

From Publisher for Review

Trade Paperback

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Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife— a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she's summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can't quite figure out.

Review: Riley's a typical 12 year old. She loves her dog and her friends - and tries to be just like her big sister, Ever. Until she and her parents (plus Buttercup) are taken from the earth plane and end up in the Here and Now, leaving her sister behind. takes Riley a little while to get to the Here and Now, because she can't let go of her life on the earth plane. Once she's there, she meets her guide and finds out what her new job is...a Soul Catcher.

Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who's been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he's never met Riley...

I like Riley - she's a snarky, sarcastic, and sad almost-teenager. She's not happy that she didn't get to grow-up and now has to help others cross over. Perhaps she may be good at it? She's faced with challenges and loves to meet them head-on.

I'm very pleased with this book and I'll have to pick up Evermore - which is Ever's life after her sister and parents move on to the Here and Now. This was a very quick read and yet wonderfully written and complex. Haven't we all either been or had the obnoxious little sibling who wanted to please and only admired our big brother/sister? Riley's story is touching, moving, and uplifting.

Riley Bloom Series: Radiance (1), Shimmer (2), Dreamland (3), Whisper (4)


  1. I never thought it will be another series from Alyson Noel. I'm so into Evermore but I hope this one is better.


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