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Radiance (Riley Bloom #1)

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Riley Bloom died, aged 12, in a car crash with her parents and her beloved dog Buttercup. Her sister Ever survived - but that's another story. Riley must let go of Ever and all the things that tied her to life - and discover what she's meant to be in the afterlife.
Paperback, 183 pages
Published February 4th 2011 by Macmillan Childrens Books (first published August 24th 2010)
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Jan 18, 2013 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Damn, I don't know what is worse: This series or The Immortals.

Just a brief summary:
Riley is dead, but she cannot accept it. She wants to go back and live a proper teenager life. She does not like the Here she is living in now.
Neither does she like the fact that she has a job to do. A pretty "dangerous" and "hard" one.

Sounds okay, right? I thought: Well, the other series was nothing for me but maybe this one will be better.
It is not.

Riley is a spoiled, annoying girl who sometimes talks lik
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Having read a bit of Alyson Noel’s paranormal series The Immortals before, I started Radiance with expectations. The beautiful pastel blue cover and the rolling field of blue flowers were undoubtedly attracting factors. However, Radiance proved to be less gorgeous than its cover -- far less. After the first few pages, it became just another one of those mediocre what-life-is-like-after-you-die YA stories. For me, this type of plot is eithe
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I felt like I hit the jackpot when I read Radiance. It has a feisty girl as the main character, a lovably dorky boy, and a loyal dog. Add a plot with unexpected twists and a completely stunning ending and you’ve got one sweet novel.
One of my favorite parts about this book was the idea of Here and Now. An enchanted place where everything you wish for comes true. If you wish to live at the ocean, then you live at the ocean. Here and Now is only limited by your imagination.
I also loved the c
Dec 28, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea this would be geared toward a younger audience, so I bought it, read it, and can't say I hated it. It's a little anticlimactic and I was definitely expecting a bigger ending; BUT I also liked it for that reason: It's an easy read. The kind of book that you can just sit down and enjoy. The characters are so pure and honest.
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been curious about Alyson Noel's The Immortals series, but because of mediocre reviews haven't wanted to commit to such a long series. When I saw that Noel had released a short novel that was a spin-off of the series I thought it would be a great way to get a feel for her writing and see if I wanted to read more by her. This book was okay, but the character's were a bit flat and immature for me.

Riley is dead and is living in the Hear and Now. Her parents are there and her house is there.
I have to say, this was a very quick read. Very simple, yet entertaining.

So Radiance is about a 12-year-old girl Riley, who died in a car accident a year before. Now, in Here & Now (in a way I guess it could be Heaven) she is placed (since every one is destined to be placed somewhere) as a Soul Catcher. Meaning that she goes back to Earth and tries to convince earthbound spirits to cross the bridge (no, there is no light lol). So with the help of Bodhi, her guide/teacher/coach/boss (and the
Apr 19, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a car accident, Riley crosses the bridge into the after life. While there she is assigned the job of soul catcher, one who returns to the earthly plain to convince ghosts to move on. Together with her mentor Bodhi, and her dog Buttercup she travels to a haunted castle to complete her first mission.

Targeted to young adult female readers, Radiance is a gentle story told in a straightforward manner. I'm giving it 4 stars and plan on passing it onto my 12 year old niece so I can get her impre
Jul 01, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, series
I think radiance is a wonderful and delightful read.
It tells the story of a young girl whos life has just been yanked from underneath her feet. And who has to brave the challenges of her new world. For Riley, the here&now is a little bit like her life on the human plane. Except there is no one that she knows besides her family. There is also no time or date, its always here & now.
Join riley in the adventure of her next life. And maybe even earn a little bit radiance for yourself.
Jan 06, 2011 Annabell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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.’

Welcome to the Here & Now.

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
Jul 20, 2011 Kayleigh rated it it was ok
I will honestly say that I was quite disappointed with this book.
I had first read Evermore, which is the first book in Alyson Noel's more popular series The Immortals, Evermore happens to be the book where Riley the main character of Radiance, appears as Ever's younger sister, who is a ghost.
She was my favorite character in Evermore, which was the main thing which attracted me to reading this book. She seemed like a pretty awesome and funny character. But this did not follow through in Radiance,
In a Sentence: Radiance is a quick and fun middle grade read with characters that grow on you.

My Thoughts

A huge thanks goes out to the people at Macmillan for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

I have to admit: I didn't have high expectations going into Radiance. I had previously read Evermore, the first novel in Alyson Noel's companion series, and I really didn't care for it at all. However, I don't like to define an author by one book, so I wanted to give Noel another sho
Nov 07, 2010 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right after I finished Shadowland, I went looking for Dark Flame and discovered Radiance. Wow. It was fun. It was fun like the first two books in the Immortals series were fun. It was over too quick for me too. I am looking forward to the next installment coming out in the Spring 2011.

What I really liked was that I could really feel the voice of a 12-year-old telling the story. She says "bum" instead of "butt" or "ass", for example. She expresses discontent that she is still "flat-chested" and
Jun 01, 2012 Trisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
I could not get over how frustrating Riley was. She was rude and ungrateful to everyone she bumped in to in the Here and Now, even if she thought they were God or angels. I would hope anyone able to be in the presence of beauty and goodness would, in turn, be good or at least nice.
Feb 14, 2015 Tally rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
it was really anticlimactic
the main character was rude and annoying as hell
i was expecting more from this

and the teacher/mentor person's name is Bodhi so....
Sep 30, 2012 Srihitha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutly love this book. It is amazing. The author really captured the spirit of Riley. It is also told by a character tht I can really relate to
Jan 02, 2015 Amelie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Zur Aufmachung

Zum GLÜCK kannte ich das amerikanische Cover nocht nicht, als ich angefangen habe das Buch zu lesen. Sonst wären meine Erwartungen ja noch größer gewesen und dann wäre ich noch mehr enttäuscht worden. Was ich auch nicht wusste, als ich anfing zu lesen, war, dass Riley die Riley aus Evermore ist. Hätte ich das geahnt, dann hätte ich mir das alles bestimmt nicht angetan. Aber da es so ist, finde ich, dass das deutsche Cover sehr viel besser zum Buch passt. Genauso wie auch der Titel
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A CK2S K2 Recommended Read!

I loved Riley Bloom in Alyson Noel’s The Immortals series so I was quite excited to see Riley was getting a series of her own. Now, in Radiance, we finally get to learn more about this delightful character.

Riley was killed in a car accident at the age of twelve, but rather than crossing over, she decided to stay for a while with her surviving sister, Ever. Finally, Riley has crossed, with her beloved dog, into a new world only known as “Here” where th
Aug 23, 2010 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read for the 'tween crowd.

Riley Bloom is not a new character to anyone who has read Alyson Noel's YA series, The Immortals, which starts with the book, Evermore (link to review). Allow me to give a little background. Riley is Ever's sister. Ever is the only survivor of a car crash that killed the rest of her family, which makes Riley...well...dead. In Evermore, Riley did a bit of haunting, and didn't want to leave her sister, but she eventually crossed over - and I shed a tear when the sis
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1 of 5 stars. This review will probably be very "rantish" or "ramblyish". It's going to be hard writing this. I'm having trouble gathering all of my thoughts. I'm going to straight up say that I really disliked the main character. Riley was immature, selfish, and overly nostalgic. I don't like to be that negative, but I feel like it needs to be said. I wanted to read this book, because I thought it would be a fas
There were some things about this book that I found to be refreshingly original. Riley is a typical 12 year old girl in many ways. She loves her family, her dog Buttercup, clothes, music, celebrities, cute boys...and she absolutely looks up to her sister, Ever. Too bad for Riley that her life is cut short when a fatal car accident kills her, her dog, and her mom and dad. Her sister, Ever, is the only one who survives the accident. When Riley finally decides which way to go- with her parents or w ...more
May 13, 2011 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, ghosts
I actually read this book because my 11 year old daughter bought it at her school's book fair. To my delight, I realized the author, Alyson Noel, who wrote the YA series, The Immortals, (which I had already read), branched off and wrote this story about The Immortals heroine's deceased sister, "Riley."

I enjoyed Riley's adventures as a ghost who's been assigned a job, as a "Soul Catcher." Her teacher, Bodhi, a cute, seemingly nerdy boy who also seems to be hiding something, explains Riley's new
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Sep 13, 2016 Sara Jesus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, anjos
O primeiro livro da saga Riley Bloom apresenta-nos o Aqui&Agora. O lugar em almas se transportam quando a sua vida acaba na Terra. Riley é uma menina de 12 anos que morreu recentemente num acidente, em que a única sobrevivente foi a sua irmã mais velha Ever. Ela não quer acreditar que morreu, e por dias vive na negação. Ela sempre foi uma criança rebelde que vivia na sombra da sua irmã. Para ela Ever era um exemplo a seguir: bonita, popular e inteligente.
Quando morre o seu mundo perde o sig
Nov 11, 2013 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book and the next in the series should have a warning label on it, especially since it will show up in elementary school book fairs across the country. It should say warning! This book raises issues about death and the afterlife - parents read first to see if 1) your child is mature enough to handle 2) the crap in it is not a huge conflict with your religious teachings. 3) your kid is able to handle very violent historic images and not get nightmares (shimmer contains images of slave abuse ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Darcy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, ya
I thought this one was so bad and boring. I was excited to read this as the books with Ever have proceeded to get worse with each one and I had hoped this would take the story in a different way. It did, but the story was so very predictable and Riley annoying. I wonder if the reason why I didn't care for this book is because it seems aimed at a younger pre-teen/tween market. About the only good thing that I have to say for this one is that with only 170 some odd pages with big margins and big l ...more
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This was my reaction throughout...

What a load of shit! This book went NOWHERE whatsoever! Riley was a strong character throughout, but the story was far too rushed and it felt like the author couldn't wait to get it over with! That's really all I've got to say, the picture says it all!
Mar 23, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good and the title explains it all! Witch means the title mean bright light so a ghost girl with light she is very bright and smart so you kinda have a taste of the book.I really liked the book I really would want y'all to check it out!
Loved this book =] Loved the characters! Can't wait to read the next.
May 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, aug-2010
Adorable - I loved Riley in Ever - and this book proved just why...adorable story, interesting "heaven" - looking forward to see whats next.

Full review to come
Nadja A.
Wirklich viel ist bis jetzt noch nicht passiert, aber ein guter Einstieg, der (noch) zum Weiterleisen animiert.
Pas mal, sans plus. Un tome introductif pour moi. J'attends de voir les autres, je leur laisserai une chance.
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