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Radiance by Alyson Noël

This was the first ARC I got before the actual publishing date.  I received it about two weeks before it was released on Aug. 31.  I was so excited.

I have already read all of The Immortals, Alyson Noël’s first series.  You can see my review of Dark Flame, the latest in the series, here.

Anyway, I got really excited when I heard that there was going to be a series about Riley, Ever’s younger sister.

Here’s the synopsis from Alyson Noël’s website:

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…

Riley is a great character, especially considering the fact that she’s dead.  When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that Alyson Noël can get you to like a dead girl so much.

Radiance is aimed for a younger audience than The Immortals.  After all, the protagonist is only 12 (although she seems older, most of the time).  Anyway, it’s geared towards middle-schoolers, and is totally appropriate for that age.  It’s interesting, but doesn’t delve into topics that aren’t age-appropriate (such as sex, drinking, drugs, etc.).  And it’s relatively short; less than 200 pages.

While it’s not necessary to have read The Immortals to enjoy Radiance, I would definitely say that it made it a little better for me.  Mostly because I already knew and liked Riley.  But I liked her a lot more after reading this book.

It was really fun to read a book that hadn’t come out yet.  I felt so “in the know.”  It was interesting though, because they make sure you know that the book’s not in its final state and there might be some grammatical errors and blah blah blah.  Well, I noticed a big one right off the bat!

They spelled the author’s name wrong in the page header!  Every single page was like that.  I mean, sheesh, the author’s name is probably the WORST thing for an editor to have missed, don’t you think?  I haven’t seen the final version that’s in stores, but I’m sure it got fixed.


If you’re a fan of The Immortals, or even just a fan of Riley’s (I like her better than her sister, Ever), you’ll like this book.

Four stars for taking a character I already liked and making me like her even more.

  1. September 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I’m glad to see such a thorough and positive review of this book. I’ve wanted to read it since I first saw the cover, but I read one review that said it was too young and she didn’t like it. I will read the Immortals first and then read this, but I have now my second dog that looks like Buttercup. Warn me if something bad happens to him. If he’s dead already, is there anything worse? I can’t read about dogs dying, hits way too close to home.

    • Ashley
      September 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Ha. Don’t worry, Heather, Buttercup is safe.

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