Friday, August 20, 2010

MG review: Radiance

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... (summary from goodreads)

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 several childish behaviors and flaws. For example, she is quick to form opinions of others, she is a bit vain, and self-centered, but she is likable. Her character evolves nicely as the story progresses.

Another interesting character is Bodhi, her guide. He looks like your typical geek: big glasses, slicked-back hair, but is he? I instantly liked this character and I hope to learn more about his past as the series progresses.

Radiance is geared toward ages 9-12, however, I think it will appeal to older readers and fans of the Immortals Series. The writing is very vivid. Noel did a great job of capturing the emotion and beauty of the surroundings. There were not a large number of major events, but it is a solid start to the series. The ending did not leave you hanging, but left you wondering what other sort of adventures Riley is in for. I look forward to book two in the series, coming in Spring 2011.

For more information about Alyson Noel and her books, visit her website. Radiance will be available in September (2010), follow this link to purchase your copy. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer.


Kel said...

Great review! I was just swinging by to invite you to our Spotlight Saturday Blog Hop tomorrow and to let you know about a free blog makeover from Wacky Jacqui's Designs. Hope to see you on Between the Lines. :)


Alexander Bennett said...

I'll have to read this books... after the Immortals books, of course!

the epic rat said...

Hello, Elie! :) Yes, I'm back - slowly but surely - and just in time for some ZOMBIES :)

I haven't read Evermore - but this spinoff series sounds interesting, particularly the characters :) I'll have to check it out.


Misty said...

I've had Evermore for quite some time and have yet to read it. When I finally get around to it, though, I think I'll have to work this one in. Great review, thanks for linking it! :)

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