Wednesday, August 25, 2010

[ARC Review] - Radiance

Title: Radiance
Author: Alyson Noël
Series: Radiance
Genre: Young Adult (middle-grade)
Release Date: August 31, 2010

I received this book for review from Macmillian/Square Fish.

Summary: 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 No ...more 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.

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...

Thoughts: Radiance is the first book in a new series. It is a spin off of Ms Noël 's The Immortals. If you've read that series you'll be familiar with Riley, she is Ever's younger sister.

I have yet to read the Immortals series, but I do have Evermore on my shelf. One of the things I learned and loved about this new book is that you don't need to read The Immortals books to enjoy it.

This was my first time reading a book by Alyson Noel and I wasn't sure I'd like this one. But I was captivated by this cover and really wanted find out the girl's (Riley) story. It ended up being a very enjoyable read. Radiance is fun and engrossing. A vibrant read. An interesting take on the afterlife. Riley is a normal 12 year old girl, except she's dead. While she does have her bratty moments, she is charming character. One that you can't help but like.

Score: 3 Stars

Author Website:

Upcoming Releases:
Night Star- November 16, 2010
Shimmer- TBA

The Immortals series:
Blue Moon
Dark Flame
Night Star


  1. Once I got in the mind frame of a 12 year old, I really enjoyed this book. It just makes it hard reading a tween book when you are in your 30s! LOL

  2. or in your cough cough 50's.
    But It does sound like a nice read... I going by Anna's 3 mark....
    I too love the cover.

  3. Your post is tempting me to get hold of the book.

    We have started a new blog on books. Would you like to visit and give some tips?

  4. I have this one on my TBB list, I loved Evermore, and Riley is one of the reasons why. She's a real reality check for Ever, keeps her honest and, when Ever is missing her family and having trouble fitting in at a new high school, Riley helps Ever get through the day, sometimes she was the high point of Ever's day. Can't wait to take a peek!

    Dottie :)



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