Synopses & Reviews
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 shes summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isnt just an eternity of leisure. Shes been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy whos definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Rileys first assignment, a Radiant Boy whos 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 .
Riley who appeared in ghost form to her older sister Ever in Noël's bestselling Evermore takes center stage in this middle grade spinoff first in a planned series. Having recently crossed over into the afterworld Riley has reunited with her parents who were killed in the same accident but is having trouble adjusting. "I'd do anything to go back home" she admits. When she gets assigned to be a Soul Catcher persuading dead people to "cross the bridge and move on" she is thrilled to return to Earth in spirit form even if it means traveling with Bodhi a "dorky" teenage guide. As she and Bodhi help the deceased cross over (at one point they are sucked into the grieving soul of a mother wrongly executed for her children's murders) the assignments help her too. If Riley is bratty a fact she realizes after viewing video recaps of her brief life ("Are these like edited or maybe even um you know Photoshopped or something?") her wit attitude and maturation should have readers gladly following her into the second installment. Ages 9–12. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Riley, who appeared in ghost form to her older sister, Ever, in NoÃ«l's bestselling Evermore, takes center stage in this middle-grade spinoff, first in a planned series. Having recently crossed over into the afterworld, Riley has reunited with her parents, who were killed in the same accident, but is having trouble adjusting. 'I'd do anything to go back home,' she admits. When she gets assigned to be a Soul Catcher, persuading dead people to 'cross the bridge and move on,' she is thrilled to return to Earth in spirit form, even if it means traveling with Bodhi, a 'dorky' teenage guide. As she and Bodhi help the deceased cross over (at one point, they are sucked into the grieving soul of a mother wrongly executed for her children's murders), the assignments help her, too. If Riley is bratty--a fact she realizes after viewing video recaps of her brief life ('Are these like--edited--or maybe even, um, you know, Photoshopped, or something?')--her wit, attitude, and maturation should have readers gladly following her into the second installment. Ages 9 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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, 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
“…Noel uses a light hand and fills her story with humor and liveliness…the 4-hour audiobook is read by Kathleen McInerney in a youthful, endearing style that meshes well with the authors words. This is a good choice for interested pre-teens and up.” - Parents Choice, winner of the Parents Choice Approved Award
“Kathleen McInerney takes on the job of portraying Riley beautifully. She has a young, inquisitive quality to her voice that truly brings Riley to life…Listening to Rileys trials and errors is definitely a treat for the ears.” - TeensReadToo.com
“Narrator Kathleen McInerney is perfectly cast as Riley Bloom…A brief and enjoyable audio that will leave listeners wanting more of Riley.” - SoundCommentary.com
“Young listeners will surely enjoy exploring the afterlife through the eyes of Riley…This is a very promising first title in a new series.” - Through the Looking Glass Childrens Book Reviews
“This audio version is excellent.” - 5MinutesForBooks.com
“Narrator Kathleen McInerney does a good job of depicting a wonderfully spunky, funny curious, sarcastic girl who thinks she knows it all…This exciting story includes a great mix of likeable characters, witty dialogue, humor, a developing boy-girl relationship, scary ghosts, danger, and a most satisfying conclusion.” - School Library Journal
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals comes a new middle-grade series featuring Evers younger sister, Riley.
About the Author
Alyson Noël 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.