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Shimmer (Riley Bloom Series #2)

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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

A sweet, engaging read

In Alyson Noel's second charmer about 12 year old Riley Bloom, Shimmer, Riley's newly discovered talents are put to the test when she meets Rebecca, the ghost of a plantation owner's daughter. Rebecca's anger is trapping souls in their own angry, painful memories, and R...
In Alyson Noel's second charmer about 12 year old Riley Bloom, Shimmer, Riley's newly discovered talents are put to the test when she meets Rebecca, the ghost of a plantation owner's daughter. Rebecca's anger is trapping souls in their own angry, painful memories, and Riley and her friends, ghost guide Bhodi and golden retriever Buttercup, must find a way to free the trapped souls, and help Rebecca let go of a horrible event in her past, so she may move on to the Here & Now.

I adored Radiance, and Shimmer was just as good. I'm still amazed at Ms. Noel's ability to see through a 12 yr old's eyes and write about themes such as slavery, and the horrid things that happened during that unpleasant time in our history, while always keeping a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Shimmer was a wonderful read and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to reluctant readers. It ends with some unanswered questions that I'm sure will be resolved in the next Riley Bloom adventure, Dreamscape, coming this fall!

posted by StarSpun on February 28, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great book

Awessome book great setting!

posted by Anonymous on April 21, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Great book

    Awessome book great setting!

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    I got bored half way through and never ended up finishing. The w

    I got bored half way through and never ended up finishing. The writing is strong, but it's just not something that I'm interested in. If you like books that are adventurous, but to a point, then this is a good book for you. I highly recommend it to children between 8 and 11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Shimmer

    Riley is back in the second book of this series. She 'has'to send this beast back to the afterlife across the bridge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Leaders den

    Leaders den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

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    It was a goodbook it was kinda confusing. I had to look up many words. My favorite charector is Bohdi i think i spelled his name wrong but i think he's the best part of the book i just want to hug him. I also adore buttercup:) i think the first book was better. This book is good for ages 11+.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Better than the first, but still a little lackluster!

    Shimmer was so much better than Radiance. I was a bit skeptical coming into it because Radiance disappointed me so much. All in all though, it turned out to be a good read with underlying messages and lessons that younger readers can take with them.

    Fortunately, Shimmer was much more adventurous and I enjoyed that Riley was working on her judgmental attitude, but eventually figured it was going to be harder that she anticipated. I found that Riley was easier to relate to in this novel!

    Riley is still very spontaneous and when she comes across a mean and ginormous black dog, she decides she's going to get him to cross over the bridge into the Here & Now. Riley and Bodhi, along with her dog, Buttercup, are thrown into a dangerous situation and its up to Riley and her new appreciation for positive thinking to get everyone out of trouble.

    There were a couple new characters introduced to us in Shimmer. First we meet Rebecca who was mudered in 1733 during a slave revolt. As a result, she's extremely angry and has been dedicated to trapping souls of the slaves involved. We also meet Prince Kanta, who was brought to Rebecca's father's plantation. The prince has come from royalty to slavery and meets Riley, who is of course willing to help.

    Overall, I enjoyed this sequel. I think it is a fantastic read for the younger audiences and much more adventurous than the first!

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    i cant wait to read this book

    i have not read radiance or shimmer yet but i am soooooo exited im beggin my parents to buy them for me

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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