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Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don't talk much. But when Mary's in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary's feeling the full weight of survivor's guilt. However, Carter's back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Alth...more
Published February 12th 2013 by Christina Daley
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This is just an absolutely adorable read! It’s a great YA and MG novel, one you could read with your children, or recommend to them, knowing it’s clean, well written, and all around entertaining. I really enjoyed it, especially as I learned what is possessing Carter, and why. I just found the whole premise of the novel to be ingenious and fun, a lighthearted read that I didn’t want to end. This is a warm and funny tale that you don’t...more
Shelly Hammond
The easiest, fastest, and best way to sum up this book is that it's brilliant and you should just read it now. That's if you want to just get the quick summary done right away and skip all the rest that follows here. I really enjoyed reading this book and think that many others will as well.

Now for the little bit longer reason for why it's so good. The author has a wonderful writing style that flows easily and gracefully from one word to the next. She keeps the story going without any bumps and...more
Radiant is a beautiful story that gripped my very soul. It is about what it means to truly be human. Not just on the surface, but deep down. Radiant was a story of substance that touched on the human capacity for love and experiencing the vast emotions of excitement, sorrow, hurt, humor, affection, and fear.

The story is told from Mary's point of view. One day, she is running late to school, and as she's running through the cross walk, and not paying attention to what she's doing, she get's hit b...more
Jen Ryland
I received an e-copy of this book from the author for possible review.

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about Radiant. Mary is a main character I hadn't seen before. Her mother's family is Vietnamese, and both Mary's mother and grandmother are a huge part of her life. I really enjoyed learning about these three generations of her family. Mary is also an artist with an interest in astronomy, and loves to look at the sky through a telescope on the roof of her building. She's seventeen, but her...more
Ornella (Nyx)
Technically this was more of a 3 star read but I just had so much fun reading it I'm bumping to 4. This was such a cute, adorable and ridiculous at times read. It had a little of everything.

Both Mary and Phos had this child-like innocence which is what made it so much fun to read. Seeing the world through their eyes was a nice treat. I got a bit frustrated at times with Mary with her attitude towards some people, but I understood why she thought it even if I didn't quite agree with it. The beaut...more
This book made for a quick read. It was a romance with a bit of mystery and sci-fi involved.

The writing is simple and easy to read and understand. The characters are well etched and you can identify with them.

The story is not just about romance, there’s a bit of mystery involved that sparks interest and questions until it is revealed. And even after the revelation, one waits for what will happen next.

The book does make you think on a couple of important issues that get sidelined by our daily bus...more
Radiant is cute and fluffy, an enjoyable if ultimately forgettable read. I'm a bit surprised by the high rating on this, but to each their own and Daley isn't a bad writer, just one I won't remember much past writing this review. The story overflows with cliches and is fairly predictable, but if you're looking for a light beach read, this is a good bet.
Whitney Lowe
I got this amazing book in the mail about a week ago. I started reading it as soon as I got it. At first I didn't think I was going to like it, but by the end of the book I was absolutely in love. For me the book played out like a movie in my head, I loved the story line and characters. Phos character was phenomenal, I loved the way he was so polite, sweet, and funny. I just wanted to hug him. By the time I read the last page I didn't want the story to end. I also loved the idea of translating a...more
I received a copy for review in return for giving my honest opinion/review! :)

At first, I was bored and thought this was another one of those typical teenage romance novels.
Girl gets in trouble -> boy saves the day -> they fall in love -> the end.

But Honestly, this book was NOT like this. Okay, the characters may have fallen in love, but it's an extraordinary relationship. All the way to the moment where Mary realized what's going on, I've been guessing with her as too what's going on w...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Really enjoyed this...although it kinda made me sad. But still a great read, full review soon (:
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I give it 3 stars but it's just only ok but to good to deserve only 2..

Age 13+ and well yes that shows but not necessarily in a bad way, it's a bit cute and sweet but I feel like the characters should have been 15 instead of 17 they felt a lot! younger then what they are supposed to be.

It started out cute but then it got a bit weird with the sci fi stuff and then it went down hill..this is not a HEA book just so you know, it's not a depressing end but still not a happy one..

I actually thought on...more
Apr 10, 2013 Deborah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Radiant was an absolute pleasure to read. I quickly became captivated by Mary’s voice, a second generation Vietnamese-American girl, quiet, unassuming with a penchant for painting. Although the incident that drives the story at the beginning was a bit too pat—I would have appreciated a lengthier introduction—it’s quickly forgotten as you become drawn into the story of Mary’s life, her relationships with her family, her mostly solitary existence and the intrusion of the formerly rude, egotistical...more
If I could give half stars on goodreads I would give Radiant a 3 and a half star because I really liked and enjoyed Radiant it was a super sweet fun and unique read for me and I never read an alien book quite like this one before I love the name that Mary gave the alien's but there was a few scene's that I had trouble getting into but other than that I really enjoyed and liked Radiant!
Angelica Stringfellow
This book is sooo interesting and original. The relationships displayed in the story really touch your heart. And the love story is fresh,innocent, and pure. Not filled with deceit and betrayal like most of todays love stories.
This book was very awesome. I like the paranormal and the romance part of the story the most.
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Christina Daley made her first book with neighborhood friends when she was four years old. They "wrote" out some semblance of lettering with crayons, cut up a cardboard box for the cover, and bound it all together with clear adhesive tape. It was brilliant.

Quite a few years later, Christina is trying her hand at writing "real" books. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with a pet plant named Herb.
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“But this was just metal and glass once," [Carter] said. "Raw materials. No form. No purpose. But Ben saw something in his mind. And the chemicals in his brain arranged to tell his hands to craft these uninteresting materials. This [sculpture] is the result. We are looking at what he saw before he made the work. I am...speechless.” 0 likes
“Art shows what's inside. And that's scary. Showing my paintings would be like...like cutting my arm open in front of a crowd and showing them what color I bleed.” 0 likes
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