Synopses & Reviews
Rileys finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamers dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking its her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, whos been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.
Praise for RADIANCE
: “Riley, who appeared in ghost form to her older sister, Ever, in Noëls bestselling Evermore, takes center stage in this middle-grade spinoff, first in a planned series. . . . her wit, attitude, and maturation should have readers gladly following her into the second installment.”—Publishers Weekly
“I must admit there is not one thing I dont like about this book. I just listed it all the pros and there are no cons. I would rate it FIVE STARS if I was a critic. And I guess I am. Now I have something to look forward to, the second book coming out in Spring 2011.”—Hadley, at AllyKatzz.com
“I like Riley . . . Shes faced with challenges and loves to meet them head-on. Im very pleased with this book. . . . Rileys story is touching, moving, and uplifting.”—Biliophilic Book Blog
“Narrating in a contemporary voice with an honest and comfortable cadence, Riley is imperfect, but always likable as she sweeps readers to her faraway land where she makes herself and readers assess their behaviors and, quite possibly, make adjustments. In the midst of this wildly fanciful setting, Noël is able to capture with nail-on-the-head accuracy common worries and concerns of todays tweens.”—School Library Journal
“A tale for lovers of the genre . . . For those preteens who like a mild supernatural adventure with romantic overtones, you go, ghost.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Riley is such a great, refreshing character and I loved her voice. She has some great inner monologues that made me laugh out loud . . . I really enjoyed Radiance . . . Id definitely recommend YA fans of Alyson Noël to pick it up. Im looking forward to finding out what happens next with Riley and Bodhi.”—Mundie Moms
“Alyson did a great job writing Radiance. It was what I expected and more . . . She was able to catch that young voice and portray it beautifully. . . . Radiance is a great summer read. I give it 5 BITES!”—Books With Bite
“Another highly creative and well thought out series for Alyson Noël! . . . Noël creates another imaginative world that is so well described it sucked me in from the very beginning. She has a very poetic style of writing that will appeal to any age . . . I highly recommend.”—Bellas Novella
“Radiance is a sweet story, a perfect summer read . . . Like the Immortals series, Noëls world building is superb. Radiance was the perfect book to tide me over until the next Immortals book comes out. As far as middle-grade books go, its one of the best Ive read.”—Id So Rather Be Reading
“I think I found a great new series with tons of potential, and that series starts with Radiance . . . This book is so cute!”—Bloody Bookaholic
“I loved reading this book! . . . Its beauty and simplicity blend perfectly with romance and humor. Im sad that I must wait until next year for Shimmer, the sequel. I will definitely miss Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup! Also the cover is just beautiful!”—Novel Thoughts
“The author has a way of making the world she has created come off the pages and into your mind! A book that will keep you captivated from page one until Rileys flight of Radiance at the end!”—My Overstuffed Bookshelf
“…Kathleen McInenery was great. Although her voice didnt necessarily sound like that of a 12 year old, she nailed the intonation and emotion behind the words.” - YA LitWit Blog
“Although intended for young adults, Dreamland will appeal to listeners of all ages and is highly recommended for public library audiobook collections.” - The Midwest Book Review
“Kathleen McInerneys narration is just killer. In earlier books, I had mostly read riley as being spunky and sassy, but the narrator really brings out her girly side, and her awe at all the magical things that surround her.” - All Consuming Books
The bestselling story of Riley Bloom continues as she learns how dreams are made.
About the Author
is the #1 New York Times
bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer
, and The Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame
, and Night Star
, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance
. With over 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen
Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.
Kathleen McInerney has narrated numerous audiobooks by bestselling authors such as Emily Giffin, Danielle Steel, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Mary Kay Andrews, and Linda Castillo. Her narration of Just One Day by Gayle Forman won an AudioFile Earphones Award. In reviewing Mary Kay Andrews Ladies Night, AudioFile magazine said, “McInerney makes each of the characters distinct and recognizable and gives each the perfect voice, accent, and vocal mannerisms. Most enjoyable and well performed.”
She has appeared onstage in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-overs.