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Radiance (Riley Bloom #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  10,629 ratings  ·  1,108 reviews
Riley has crossed the bridge intothe afterlife—a place called Here, where time isalways 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 beforeThe Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’sbeen assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Square Fish (first published August 24th 2010)
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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...more
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.

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...more
Reading Vacation
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...more
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.
Liliana ♥s Mythology
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...more
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...more
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.
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 shot...more

“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...more
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...more
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....more
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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...more

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
Carolina Riojas
This was... Okay. I found Riley's behavior and perspective similar to Ever's.
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
Nikki Finn
Pevně doufám, že se mi do rukou nedostane už žádná kniha této spisovatelky. Horko těžko jsem knížku dočítala (a to neměla ani dvě stě stran), poslední stránky jsem de facto prolistovala a snažila se nepřijít o něco důležitého. Nepřišla, jelikož tam nic důležitého nebylo. Autorka se možná někomu bude zdát jako úžasná vypravěčka, jelikož v celé knize bylo užito minimum přímé řeči a tu já v knize musím mít, jelikož to pomáhá příběhu gradovat a získává na zajímavosti. Takže díky bohu za těch pár pas...more
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
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 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!
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
Ak by som mala 10, 11 rokov, tak by som bola nadšená. Bohužiaľ... už som vyrástla :)
Amy Louise
Loved this book =] Loved the characters! Can't wait to read the next.
Ellz Readz
My thoughts...This new series by Alyson Noel is a spinoff of the Evermore series geared toward middle grade readers. The heroine is Ever's deceased sister, Riley. Ever finds herself in a place called Here & Now and has to find her way and herself.

Riley is mature for her age. While she is only 12 years old, her character is very smart, brave, and full of intuition. She thinks fast on her feet and is not afraid to prove herself. That being said, Noel keeps the character very believable with s...more
Tawni (The Book Worms)
I have to admit I was disappointed in this quick novel. I was excited to pick it up being that it sounded like an adventure! It turned out boring at times and I found it hard to push through. It was a very easy read though, as it is targeting 'tweens'.

Riley is 12 years old and didn't quite make it to 13. She feels alive—actually quite alive at that—but there's just one problem. She's dead as dead can be. She now resides in the Here & Now. Riley was called into the council and stuck with the...more
Heather Pearson
Feb 08, 2011 Heather Pearson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Shelf Awareness
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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 th...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Riley Bloom, Ever's little sister from the Immortals series, has finally moved onto to the afterlife. She lives there with her parents and her trusty dog, Buttercup. All is well until The Council asks to speak to her concerning her new job. Yes, you must work even in the afterlife! They give her the job of Soul Catcher, which means she has to coax others, who are stuck on earth, to cross the bridge into the afterlife. Her first job is particularly hard. She must convince The Radiant Boy to cross...more
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