Book Review: Shimmer by: Alyson Noel



Publish Date:
March 15, 2011


Trade Paperback

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Having solved the matter of the Radiant Boy, Riley, Buttercup, and Bodhi are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. When Riley comes across a vicious black dog, against Bodhi’s advice, she decides to cross him over. While following the dog, she runs into a young ghost named Rebecca. Despite Rebecca’s sweet appearance, Riley soon learns she’s not at all what she seems. As the daughter of a former plantation owner, she is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt in 1733. Mired in her own anger, Rebecca is lashing out by keeping the ghosts who died along with her trapped in their worst memories. Can Riley help Rebecca forgive and forget without losing herself to her own nightmarish memories? 

Review: On a well-deserved 'vacation', Riley runs into a vicious black dog and she is convinced that she should help the dog cross over. However, she herself crosses over - into a place controlled by the whims of another ghost. Rebecca seems sweet, but she lives off of fear, hatred, and other strong 'negative' emotions. Now Riley's got to figure out how to bring Rebecca to the soul bridge without losing herself, Bodhi, and Buttercup - as well as the many ghosts already trapped by Rebecca - along the way.

I enjoy Riley's openness and honesty about her feelings. She's fun-loving, sassy, spunky, headstrong, and charges ahead without always thinking things through. Like a typical almost-teenager! The adventure Riley's gotten herself into this time takes her to the dark side of her emotions - which I think is a good topic for middle-school kids or even younger or older to read about. The journey that Riley takes to try to work through the emotions and help the others who are trapped is powerful and touching. Riley's really grown on me!

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


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