Radiance: A Riley Bloom Book by Alyson NoëlRadiance: A Riley Bloom Book by Alyson Noël

Radiance: A Riley Bloom Book

byAlyson Noël

Paperback | August 31, 2010

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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 . . .

Radiance is the first book in the Riley Bloom series from bestselling author Alyson Noël.

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 R...
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Title:Radiance: A Riley Bloom BookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.28 × 5.44 × 0.52 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312629176

ISBN - 13:9780312629175

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Customer Reviews of Radiance: A Riley Bloom Book


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Nice Intro into The Riley Bloom Series It's a nicely done spin off from the Immortal Series. I like how the focus is on Riley Bloom. There's adventure and suspense. A well written book!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I didn't like it as much as her other series... but it was interesting to see what happened with Riley.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! This book was great. For the most part, it was really interesting and kept you reading. I finished it in only a couple of days.I like Alyson Noel alot now, and not only because of her amazing Immortal series.. :)
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life after Life Kids aren't supposed to die before they get a chance to live their lives, to become teenagers. It's just not fair. All Riley Bloom wanted to do was become a teenager and be just like her older sister Ever. Unfortunately she died at the age of twelve and now has to finish growing up in the 'Here and Now'. She doesn't like it one bit and her dorky guide, Bodhi, is given the challenge of helping her learn her new job as soul catcher as well attempting to integrate her into her new 'life'. I read this YA book through in almost one sitting. I couldn't put it down. Riley was just so sad in the first part of the book, that I felt that if I put the book down, I'd be leaving her all alone in her grief and I couldn't do that. I felt that my reading her story would help guide her on her way. (I guess that's the mother in me). With Bodhi's help, Riley needs to learn to let go of her old life in order to embrace her new one. Even as a young person, she has talents that can help others in even less unfortunate situations. She learns a lot about herself in a very short time. You might not get what you want, but that if you open yourself to new possibilities, you very well might end up with even more than you ever considered possible. Author Alyson Noel has spun a captivating tale of loss and self realization. She shows the reader that even a pre-teen can have strength and power that can be most helpful to others. Radiance is the first book in a new series that is a spin off from her successful Immortals series. The next book Shimmer is due out March 15,2011.
Date published: 2011-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful Reason for Reading: I enjoy reading fictional stories that involve death and imagine what the afterlife is like. I have my own unwavering religious beliefs but I can still enjoy the whimsy of what an author creates. I have not read any other books by Alyson Noel. This new series concerns Riley, who was killed with rest of her family, except her older sister, in a car accident. Riley has just made it over the bridge, is settling into life in Here & Now and is given her job. She is to be trained as a Soul Catcher, someone who brings reluctant ghosts over the bridge into the Here & Now where they belong. There is plenty of information given that Riley was one such ghost herself for some time and references are made of that time and her sister Ever, which one presumes is covered in the beginning of The Immortals series, from which this is a spin-off. Riley and her guide/teacher Bodhi do not get on very well causing a lot of friction between the two. Her first mission is to rid a castle in England of a ghost called The Radiant Boy who has been terrifying people who visit there for centuries while Riley and her attitude can't wait to go because this means she gets to go to the Earth plane again. A delightful story. A quick, easy read with fun characters and fun hauntings. Not scary at all but a bit intense and there is some time taken to be serious when discussing how people died, giving them dignity. Altogether a cute, but humorous story sure to please the middle grades with not much of a wait now till the second book comes out in March, 2011
Date published: 2010-11-05

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RADIANCE (Chapter 1)

Most people think that death is the end.

The end of life--of good times--the end of, well, pretty much everything.

But those people are wrong.

Dead wrong.

And I should know. I died almost a year ago.

RADIANCE. Copyright 2010 by Alyson Nol

Editorial Reviews

"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. . . . 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 don't 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 . . . She's faced with challenges and loves to meet them head-on. I'm very pleased with this book. . . . Riley's 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 today's 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 . . . I'd definitely recommend YA fans of Alyson Noël to pick it up. I'm 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, Noël's 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, it's one of the best I've read." -I'd 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. I'm 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 Riley's flight of Radiance at the end!" -My Overstuffed Bookshelf