Review 34. Alyson Noel - Radiance & Shimmer.

Radiance (Riley Bloom, #1)Title: Radiance.
Author: Alyson Noel.
Pages: 183.
Published: August 31st 2010 by Square Fish.
Sort: Part one of 'Riley Bloom.'
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.

Funny, short story about a girl named Riley. She died in a car accident and she's now in 'Here & Now'. She feels trapped and she longs to live on the earth again. Instead of that, she gets a new role in Heaven. A job. She must catch souls that are trapped on earth, because they refuse to go over the bridge to Heaven. Her assistant is 'a dorky guy' who is actually pretty cute when she looks closer.

I like how she get's mad. She really throws everything she feels out of her body. It was clear that this book was meant as a Young Adult book. The writing style is a bit simple and we look through the eyes of a twelve year old girl. Don't expect her to be very mature, although she is really good with words. She has spunk.

Shimmer (Riley Bloom, #2)Title: Shimmer.
Author: Alyson Noel.
Pages: 196.
Published: March 15th 2011 by Square Fish.
Sort: Part two of 'Riley Bloom.'
Riley Bloom is back. She is on a vacation with Buttercup - her dog - and Bodhi. That is until she is run over by a vicious black dog and she decides that she must cross him over. When she follows the dog, she meets the young ghost Rebecca. Despite her sweet appearece, Rileyn soon learns that there is more. The girl is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt. Her father was a plantation owner. Rebecca is still lashing out by keeping the ghosts who died long ago, trapped in their worst memories. Hunting them with their mistakes and forcing them to re-live the moments.

When Bodhi is trapped by Rebecca, Riley must find a way to get inside the bubble. She meets a prince and he speaks in mysterious ways. Still, they manage to find a way and Riley is capable to rescue Bodhi from his worst memory. Together they must find a way to release Rebecca and the haunted ghosts. But are they clever enough to find a way for this angry, haunted girl, filled with hatred? And what are the consequences of Riley's own planned mission? Will the council accept such a behavior?

I thought it was a nice, quick read. Riley is a funny girl. She knows how to annoy Bodhi - they are so sweet together! - and she is still very stubborn. I also pity her. She longs to become thirtheen years and I always hate it when people die very young. It seems so unfair to take their future away.. But the fact that Bodhi tells her it might be possible to become thirtheen in Here & Now made me smile!



  1. I wasn't planning on reading these books because Alyson Noel's writing and I don't have the best relationship, but these books actually sound really sweet! :) I love spunky characters so Riley sounds like my kind of girl, and even though these aren't blow-you-away perfect, they sound like the perfect quick books to read in the sun in the summertime. And I feel awful that Riley doesn't get to grow up too!

    Beautiful mini-reviews, Mel! :) <3

  2. @Mimi, I think that these books are perfect for a fluffy summer read! Not the best books I've ever read, but they are nice :) I can't wait to read the next one: finding out if Riley can become older :D

  3. I've seen this series around a bit, but never really got to read them. They do sound sweet, but I'm afraid they're aimed to younger readers and I wouldn't enjoy it much :(

    Nice review, Mel! I'll have this one as a candidate for my summer reads :)


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