Sunday, May 22

Radiance by Alyson Noel

Radiance (A Riley Bloom Novel) by Alyson Noel
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: SquareFish
Age Group: Ages 9-12
Pages: 192

Summary: Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s 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 all of that was before he met Riley . . .

My Thoughts:  I have only read the first book in the Evermore series so I'm not too familiar with Riley or her family yet. But I went ahead and read Radiance anyways. This novel is about a girl named Riley. She lives in Here now. She does what she usually does. Lives with her parents, goes to school, walks her dog, etc.

She is called upon to be a Soul Catcher. Everyone in Here eventually gets placed and gets a job, or task. Riley's is to catch souls. She gets a mentor named Bodhi. She goes on a mission to get the Radiant boy to cross over. It isn't an easy task, as he's been around for ages scaring others away from the task. 

Does she complete the task? What happens to Riley next?  This was a really short and fast read. It didn't take me long to finish at all. I also can't give away too much details or I will have summarized the whole book. Has anyone else read this book, how did you feel about it?

Overall: Honestly, I thought I would love this one. It sounded like such a cute book, and a spin-off at that. I was left feeling unsatisfied. It didn't quite live up to my expectations. It was just okay. Maybe it would be better if I read the whole Evermore series first? I guess I might have to try that, before reading Shimmer. 

Cover: I love the cover. Its stunning. I even like the dog sitting next to her. 

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