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Shimmer (Riley Bloom #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  6,644 Ratings  ·  406 Reviews
Having solved the matter of the Radiant Boy, Riley, Buttercup, and Bodhi are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. When Riley comes across a vicious black dog, against Bodhi’s advice, she decides to cross him over. While following the dog, she runs into a young ghost named Rebecca. Despite Rebecca’s sweet appearance, Riley soon learns she’s not at all what she seems. As the d ...more
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Published March 15th 2011 by Square Fish (first published January 1st 2011)
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Amy Jacobs
Apr 09, 2011 Amy Jacobs added it
Shelves: books-i-own
After reading and enjoying the first book in this series titled Radiance, I couldn't wait to see what the author would come up next for Riley! I think these books are perfect for the younger teens, but as an adult, I enjoyed the series so far as well.

This time around, Riley finds herself trying to help an angry ghost named Rebecca. Rebecca is angry about being murdered and is taking it out on other ghosts. Riley needs to convince her that she needs to forgive and let go.

While this was a cute and
Nov 02, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Shimmer is about a girl named Riley who died when she was twelve.After she died she crossed the "bridge" to "heaven".The heaven council gave her the job of trying to get other ghosts who haven't crossed the bridge to cross.Now, while she's on vacation a hell hound attacked her and against her guardians wishes, she chases after it and meets a girl named Rebecca.Rebecca, who lives on anger and fear, traps people in a bubble of their worst moments.She traps Rileys' guardian in her bubble and now it ...more
Elphaba J
É reconfortante saber que quando tudo termina não é o fim aquilo nos espera mas sim um novo começo, o começo de algo superior, onde a aprendizagem continua e a morte, para quem a experiência na primeira pessoa, nada mais é do que um início que se prevê melhor.
Ou pelo menos assim espera a pequena e doce Riley que, por enquanto, goza apenas de de um breve descanso na sua aborrecida nova vida como Apanhadora de Almas perdidas para um caminho de luz.

Com personagens inocentes mas repletas de conhecim
Aug 30, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
Such a great Middle Grade series

This is the second installment of the Riley Bloom series a companion series to The Immortals therefore this review may contain spoilers for the first book Radiance. You have been warned.

I have to say that Riley's character has really developed after the events at the end of Radiance, although she still has her bratish moments she does learn from them. She has developed a keen self analysis that helps her deal with some tricky situations. However, she is very impet
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
It's hard not to fall in love with Riley and think of her as kid sister. She's defiant, strong willed and is on a mission to help those who are in need of assistance in crossing over. With Bodhi and Buttercup by her side, Riley finds herself in her toughest mission yet, though it's not really mission since she's on vacation when she stumbles upon Rebecca.

Despite Bodhi's warning, Riley soon finds herself face to face with Rebecca, an evil spirit who takes delight in trapping the spirits of those
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 15, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
Riley Bloom is at it again! I can't help but love this girl. She is so much like her sister. She ignores the rules and gets in a lot of trouble. But of course there is always a guy just waiting to bail her out.

What I like most about this book is the forgiveness sought out. Riley knew Rebecca was caught up in her own anger. You can't move own if you can't forgive. I love how Riley uses her own experiences to help Rebecca move on. She spoke to her carefully and lovingly.

Bodhi, I felt, did not gi
Nadja A.
Oct 06, 2014 Nadja A. rated it did not like it
Hmm..fand ich eines langweiliger als Teil 1. Riley, die Hauptcharakterin wird je länger je unsymphatischer. Zu lange (view spoiler) wird nur an einem "Fall" gearbeitet, dabei wäre die Welt von Here & Now doch viel spannender als diese Wutbubble...
Catarina (TravelerBetweenWorlds)
I found myself very disappointed with this book, mainly because it didn't add anything in particular for me it was more of the same from what I have read on the first book.
Aug 03, 2014 Carolina rated it really liked it
Shelves: series

Hum... I don't know what to say.
Rachelle  {Da Princess of Music}
I must read the next book!!!!!
Feb 16, 2011 Nely rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Against Bodhi's wishes, Riley decides that she will help the big, mean old dog she finds on the beach cross-over. In search for the dog though, she meets the it's owner, a sweet, young girl named Rebecca. But looks can be deceiving, for Rebecca harbors so much anger that Riley, Bodhi & even Buttercup get up in the world full anger and desperation that Rebecca has created. While coming to terms that she is trapped in this world, Riley meets a young Prince who explains why Rebecca is so angry ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
It's hard not to fall in love with Riley and think of her as kid sister. She's defiant, strong willed and is on a mission to help those who are in need of assistance in crossing over. With Bodhi and Buttercup by her side, Riley finds herself in her toughest mission yet, though it's not really mission since she's on vacation when she stumbles upon Rebecca.

Despite Bodhi's warning, Riley soon finds herself face to face with Rebecca, an evil spirit who takes delight in trapping the spirits of those
Arjun Thakrar (Excellent Reads)
I remember the first in this series very well, and I enjoyed the first in the series a lot. Now, first books, in most cases, are generally the best, and the following are not as good, but I can tell you for a fact, this Book is even better than Radiance, and that's saying something.

The books picks up with Bodhi and Riley on Vacation, like they said they would be at the end of Radiance. The beginning is actually exactly how a book should be started, fast and instantly grips you. I enjoyed this al
Riley is 12 (eternally) she died in a car crash with her parents and after hanging around the earth plane for a while with Ever, she moved on. Now in the 'here and now' she has a job. She is a 'Soul-catcher'. Her job is to persuade other ghosts and spirits to move on.
In book 1 she tackled a group of ghosts that no one else could handle. Now she is basking in her glow (literally - ghosts glow when they complete a goal - do something good). Sent for a short vacation with her spirit guide Bodhi the
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
May 14, 2012 Mel (Daily Prophecy) rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
2.5 stars. Will be posted on

Riley Bloom is back. She is on a vacation with Buttercup - her dog - and Bodhi. That is until she is run over by a vicious black dog and she decides that she must cross him over. When she follows the dog, she meets the young ghost Rebecca. Despite her sweet appearece, Rileyn soon learns that there is more. The girl is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt. Her father was a plantation owner. Rebecca is still lashing out
Samantha Arnold
Nov 23, 2012 Samantha Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh gosh! I loved Shimmer! It was so cool! I had no idea, how the problem would've been solved! I never would have though of that! That girl is insane! I mean, can't she be a bit more open minded?! Well I get that she's mad but really?! Did she have to be so mean to all of those people?! It's insane! They were trapped and had to live their greatest nightmares over and over for who knows how many years?! It just really angers me.
Riley is super cool. And she overcame the situation again. However, s
Kayla Eklund
Jul 19, 2012 Kayla Eklund rated it it was ok
Shimmer was an okay sequel to Radiance. I think I liked Radiance better though. Shimmer started off kind of slow and boring. It took about fifty pages before I really got into it(for page counters that's a third of the book). Riley has matured a bit more than the first book. We get more of a glimpse into her life when she was still alive. I was also excited to be able to learn Bahdi's story. The book finally gave a lot of information about him. There were a few plot holes and spelling errors. Wh ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Lilly rated it it was amazing
The book "Shimmer" is about a girl named Riley Bloom that is a soul catcher. She is also a ghost. In this book, she is trying to capture the soul if Nicole, a girl whom had a rough life. She accomplishes it and sends her to a better life.
Riley is a sweet, right to the point 12 year old that likes everything her way. She has a golden retriever named Buttercup, which goes with her everywhere.
Bodhi is Riley's guard, and he helps her on her missions, and he is a soul catcher too. He has a green st
Liza Wiemer
This is the second book in the Riley Bloom series and boy oh boy does Riley know how to get herself into trouble. But this spunky twelve-year-old soul doesn't mind breaking the rules in order to bring a miserable angry ghost who is holding numerous souls in a hell she created to the Here and Now. Rebecca tortures souls, forcing them to replay over and over again the worst moments of their lives - as slaves on a plantation in St. James back in 1722 when they revolted and killed her and her father ...more
A Book Vacation
Dec 29, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I’m so glad that I decided to keep reading this series; I liked this novel a lot more that I liked Radiance. I felt like this second novel in the series has much more substance, and while Riley is still an immature pain in the butt, she’s growing just a little bit, making better choices, and I was able to stomach her a lot more in this novel—and the same goes for Bodhi.

I also really enjoyed the pretense of the novel a lot more. The fact that events in this novel are loosely related to
Sara Fiorenzo
Jan 13, 2011 Sara Fiorenzo rated it liked it
This entire series is so interesting. It is the complete opposite of The Immortal Series and that is not a bad thing. Riley was younger and more innocent so it is nice to see her side of things. This book is just the next step in Riley trying to find her way through the Here and Now. She seems to have a knack for convincing spirits to move along. Perhaps she is finding the strength in the afterlife that she didn't realize that she had in her life. After all, she was portrayed as the typical litt ...more
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This must be my least favorite book in the series. I just could not care for Rebecca's character that much until later in the end (view spoiler) Her past and suffering on the hands of her father was really heart-breaking. No one should suffer like this.

I think Riley learned a lot in this book and how she can forgive herself and that it is not her fault what happened. Also forgiveness was related to how Bodhi ended up whe
Da Hee
Dec 05, 2014 Da Hee rated it liked it
Shimmer is a book about a young girl called Riley in her adventure in the afterlife. Riley is energetic and determined to accomplish all the work she needs to do. I don't like that she is disrespectful to his advisor/teacher/guide, and Riley even knows that she is rude to him. Riley doesn't even try to get more kind and understanding to people. I like that she is open-hearted with the people she meets during the adventure and she tries to help them by crossing the bridge to afterlife.
Aug 12, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
So if you're a fan of Noel's previous Immortals series or have read the first book Radiance, then be sure to check out this book. However, it might not be for everyone. Unless of course you enjoy a quick and fun-paced light adventure!

Full review: http://talesoftheinnerbookfanatic.blo...
Jul 16, 2013 Cherie rated it liked it
Another cute book about Riley Bloom (Ever's little sister) learning to cope with her afterlife.

In this book she learns what happens when you are angry and stubborn, and the good and bad of using you "free will".

A nice quick read.
Aug 25, 2015 Tanya rated it it was ok
The Riley books are super easy to read but I find them confusing. Riley 's 11 no wait 12, but speaks like she's either 5 or 50. I also ft a little preached to with this book. History lesson be damned. :p
Marissa Daily
Felt it was more for middle schools or elementary was bored . Maybe I'm becoming a book snob , I do like this series though.
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
I loved Radiance and had high hopes for this book but it came up short. It was immensely boring, i had to force myself to read the whole thing. Probably won't read the rest of the series.
<3 this series. Can't wait for the next!
Anny XD smiles forever!!!!
Jul 27, 2011 Anny XD smiles forever!!!! rated it it was amazing
Shelves: riley-bloom
AWESOME!!!!!I can't wait for the thrid book!!!
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