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Radiance (Riley Bloom #1)

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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, ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Square Fish (first published August 24th 2010)
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Thalia if you can search it up.... other wise, just buy the book. the author wants to be paid for her work. not like anyone works for free.

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Liz
Jan 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Cindy
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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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Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Megan
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Karissa
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
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Liliana
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
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Ian
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Elizabeth
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Nadja
Wirklich viel ist bis jetzt noch nicht passiert, aber ein guter Einstieg, der (noch) zum Weiterleisen animiert.
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA paranormal fantasy
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: author
This is a cute sister series, literally! Riley Bloom is Ever's sister from the 'Immortals' series by Alyson Noel. Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She died in an auto accident and is accompanied by the family's dog, Buttercup. She has been appointed a role of Soul Catcher, and is sent back to the earth plane with her guide/mentor Bohdi for her first assignment in a castle in England haunted by the Radiant Boy. She helps him to the Bri ...more
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