Release Date: August 31, 2010
Age Group: Middle Grade
Received From: Publisher
My Rating: 3 Stars
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 when she’s summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can’t quite figure out.
Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he’s never met Riley…
I was honestly a little hesitate to read Radiance by Alyson Noel because I’m not a huge fan of the Immortals series, but I was pleasantly surprised. Radiance is the story of Riley Bloom, Ever Bloom’s little sister. Riley died in the accident that also killed her mother and father. Now she’s in Here, where she can manifest anything that she could possibly ever want. But everyone has a job in Here. Riley’s will turn out to be a little scarier than she was expecting.
This was a very quick read and I enjoyed it. Riley is very bratty, but she is 12! I guess that just comes with the territory. While she is bratty and childish, I didn’t find it annoying. She’s actually pretty funny. I wish we could have gotten to know the side character’s a bit more. Especially Bohdi, but that’s what sequels are for!
Overall, Radiance was an enjoyable start to a new series. Middle Graders will fall head over heels for the new world that Alyson Noel is opening up for them!