Whisper: A Riley Bloom Book
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Whisper: A Riley Bloom Book

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by Alyson Noël
     
 

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In Alyson Noël's Whisper, Riley Bloom might really have bitten off more than she's ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina,

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In Alyson Noël's Whisper, Riley Bloom might really have bitten off more than she's ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world. To accomplish this, Messalina helps Riley through a dramatic, mystical makeover, transforming her into the beautiful and mature teen she's always wanted to be. Finally, Riley can experience her first boyfriend and her first kiss. With a dream this enchanting, will she ever want to leave?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429958431
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
Riley Bloom Series , #4
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
470,540
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
File size:
203 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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1
Most people think that death is the end.
The end of life—of good times—the end of, well, pretty much everything.
But those people are wrong.
Dead wrong.
And I should know. I died almost a year ago.
2
The weirdest part about dying is that nothing really changed.
I mean, you’d expect a big change, right? Because dying—well, let’s face it, it’s pretty dramatic stuff. They write songs about it, books and screenplays too. Heck, it’s even a major theme on Saturday morning cartoons. But the thing is, it’s nothing like you see on TV.
Nothing at all.
Take me for instance. I’m living, er, make that dead proof that it really isn’t so different. Or at least not at first. And at least not in a bad way like you probably think.
Because the truth is, the moment I died I actually felt more alive than ever. I could jump higher—run faster—I could even walk through walls if I wanted. And that’s pretty much what gave it away.
The walking-through-walls part.
Since it’s not like I could do that sort of thing before, so that’s how I knew something was up.
Something serious.
But up until then, it all just seemed like a really cool side trip. Like my dad just decided to take a sudden turn none of us were expecting.
One moment he was cruising down a curving highway, while I was singing along to my iPod with my dog Buttercup resting his head on my lap, doing my best to tune out my bossy older sister Ever who practically lived to torment me. And the next thing I knew, we were somewhere else entirely.
No longer on the highway, no longer in Oregon, we’d somehow landed smack dab in the middle of this beautiful shimmering field full of pulsating trees and flowers that shivered. And when my parents went one way and my sister went another, I just stood there, head swiveling like crazy, unsure who to follow.
Part of me urging, “Cross the bridge with Mom and Dad and Buttercup—they know what’s best!”
While the other part insisted, “Don’t be such a goody-good—if Ever sees something awesome and you miss out, you’ll regret it forever!”
And by the time I finally decided to go after my sister, I’d taken so long she was already gone.
Just—disappeared.
Straight into the shimmering mist.
Right back to the earth plane.
And that’s how I ended up stuck. Stuck between worlds.
Until I found my way Here.
That’s what they call it, “Here.”
And if you’re dumb enough to ask what time it is, they’ll say, “Now.”
Probably because there’s no time Here, which means everything happens, well, in the moment it happens, which is always just—Now.
So, I guess you could say I live in the Here & Now.
Which, strangely, isn’t so different from where I lived before back in Eugene, Oregon.
Aside from there being no time. And of course, that bit about being able to walk through walls and stuff.
But other than that, and the fact that I can manifest anything I want—stuff like houses and cars and clothes, even animals and beaches, simply by imagining it—it’s all pretty much the same.
My parents are Here. My grandparents too. Even my sweet yellow Lab Buttercup made it. And even though we can live anywhere we could ever conceivably want, in any kind of house we could ever truly desire, the funny thing is that my new neighborhood is pretty much an exact replica of my old neighborhood back in Oregon.
Everything identical, all the way down to the clothes that hang in my closet, the socks that are stuffed in my drawers, and the posters that are taped to my walls. The only thing that’s different, the only thing that kind of bugs me, is all the other houses around us are empty. Mostly due to the fact that all my old neighbors and friends are alive and well and back in the earth plane (well, for now anyway!). But still, other than that, it’s exactly like I remember it.
Exactly like I wished it.
I just wish I had some friends to enjoy it with.
3
When I woke up this morning—oh, that’s another thing—you probably thought I didn’t need to sleep, right? Well, at first, that’s what I thought too. But as my parents explained it to me, we are, in a sense, more alive than ever, made up of energy in its purest form. And after a long day of creating and manifesting and, well, what ever else people choose to do Here, the energy requires a little downtime, a little shut-eye, in order to rest, recuperate, and regenerate—which, again, is no different from life on the earth plane.
So anyway, when I woke up this morning with Buttercup wagging his tail and licking my face, despite the fact that it’s a pretty nice way to wake, that didn’t stop me from pushing him away, pulling the blanket over my head, and rolling over so that my back was facing him. My eyelids squinched together as tightly as they would go, and I tried to find my way back to my dream as Buttercup continued to whimper and whine and paw at me.
And just as I was about to push him away yet again, that’s when I remembered:
Buttercup was excited for me.
Everyone was excited for me.
From the moment I got Here, I’d pretty much kept myself busy with getting adjusted to my new life, getting reacquainted with my family, and basically trying to learn how things are done in this place. And now that I was settled, it was time for my first day of school (yes, we have school Here—it’s not all cloud lounging and harp playing, you know), and since everyone was acting so excited about it, it became my job to act excited too.
Excited enough to get out of bed, get myself ready, and take the time to manifest something cool to wear, so I could, well, according to my parents anyway, head off to a place where I’d:
“Meet some new friends, learn some new things, and in no time at all find myself picking up right smack where I left off back home!”
And no matter how much I doubted that, no matter how much I was willing to bet just about anything that there was no way that would turn out to be even remotely true, I just smiled and went along with it. Wanting them to think I was as eager for the moment as they clearly were.
Not wanting them to know just how much I missed my old life back home. Missed it so much it was like a constant ache in my middle. And how I was pretty dang sure that this school, no matter how cool they claimed it to be, could never compete with the one I’d left behind.
So after enjoying a little breakfast with my mom and dad (and no, we don’t really need to eat anymore, but would you give up the taste of Lucky Charms if you didn’t have to?), I set off. At first dressed in a typical private-school uniform of white blouse, plaid skirt, blue blazer, white socks, and cool shoes, since I always wanted to go to a school that required that, but then halfway there I changed my mind and swapped it for some skinny jeans, ballet flats, and a soft, fuzzy blue cardigan I wore over a white tank top featuring the logo of my favorite band.
Seriously, manifesting is really that easy—or at least it is Here. You just think of anything you want, anything at all, picture it really clearly in your head—et voilà—just like that, it’s yours!
So anyway, I kept going like that, switching back and forth, forth and back, between the two looks. Taking two steps forward as a private-school girl, and another two dressed as an extremely stylish twelve-year-old girl. Figuring I’d stick with what ever ensemble I was wearing by the time I reached campus, knowing I could always change it in an instant if it turned out to be the wrong choice.
But then, somewhere along the way, I saw it.
The Viewing Room.
The place my parents had warned me about.
Insisting it would lead to no good. That I would only become obsessed yet again just when I needed to focus my energies on moving on, settling in, and accepting the fact that, like it or not, I am now an official resident of the Here & Now. Claiming it was high time I turn my back on my old life and concentrate on embracing my afterlife.
“You lingered on the earth plane long enough,” my dad said, giving me his usual compassionate yet concerned look.
While my mom looked on, eyes narrowed, arms crossed, not fooled by my claims of mere mild curiosity for a second. “Your sister has her own lessons to learn, her own destiny to fulfill, and it’s not your place to interfere,” she’d said, refusing to budge or even try to see my side of things.
But even though their intentions were good, the thing is, they didn’t know my sister nearly as well as I did. Didn’t realize she needed me in a way they could never even begin to comprehend. Besides, if it’s true that there’s no time, then it’s not like I could be late for school, right? So really, what’s the worst that could happen?
With my mind fully made up, I took a little detour and ducked inside, snatching a ticket from the dispenser on the wall before taking my place in a very long line. Surrounded by a whole gang of gray hairs gushing on and on about the grandkids they couldn’t wait to look in on, until my number finally flashed on the overhead screen and I marched straight into the recently vacated cubicle, closed the curtain behind me, settled onto the hard, metal stool, and punched in my desired location, carefully scanning the screen until I found her.
 
Excerpted from Radiance by Alyson Noël.
Copyright © 2010 by Alyson Noël.
Published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin.
All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

Meet the Author

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss&Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and the Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss&Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and the Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a Nook Color, and it lets me highlight anything in the book, so while I read the book I highlighted all of the proof I could find that Bodhi and Riley have chemistry. You can tell the author is trying to hint a budding romance between Riley and Bodhi, and he is totally jealous of Dacian, her new boyfriend! He even told Riley she was beautiful! Does anyone know if there is going to be a following book to this one, what it will be called, and when it will be out? Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is just as great as the Immortals series (: !!! (but shorter ): ) It was better than I expected from reading the summary. Alyson Noel did an amazing job describing the ludus. I can't wait to read more about !Dacian! and !Riley! in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is her boyfriend the Roman boy, or Bohdi? ... TEAM BOHDI!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! Im zo happy about dacian
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why can't this come out sooner? I can't wait to read it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know if there will be another book to the series? I don't want the series to end!
Tokyo More than 1 year ago
I started this at 9 last night and finished it all of five hours (spaced out between sleeping and my college class) i love Alyson Noels books. starting with the Immortal Series, Riley Bloom Series, and continuing with the Soul Seekers Series. Love her books!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
she cant just leave us hanging like that! She should make one last book or like two more so it shows her life till shes fifteen or if something tragic happens and her sister joins here and now! And i think tht would be a goood fourth book is tht she tries to free a ghost and it turns out to be a family member or one of Rileys close friends from earth. And the last one should end with Ever coming to Here & Now but ever would be like 30 or 20
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS AUTHOR! She is great, l'm only 12 and have read almost all her books. This book i have to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished it.....love how riley turns out to be in rome! Hope to find more books like this one! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there will be another book. I know its dumb to hope there will be but i just love the books so much i just want to keep hearing more amd more about how riley will grow up. Plus they are wonderful books i love reading them. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cool! It is totally a must read book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is THE BOOK i've been looking for in the series. I wish I had the same ending she had, I mean forget being12 and half when I can just skip to 13 and half and get my self a cute Soul Catcher from my fantasy that a girl supposedly that was my friend like sister trapped me in just she could have the glorly of awakening Theocoles. Hmph, if she thinks she can get away with everything cause shes got the looks then justin beiber can get away with drag racing cause he can he can sing.(which isnt true: both the fact he can sing and he can get away with it.)Anyways, off topic this book shows Riley finally understanding that she needs to not rush life or its message and to stop reaching towards the fantasy of her goal but the reality. The odds are ever in her favor (I indeed am a Hunger Games fan) if she continues on the path she goes and she'll have her unreachable fantasy in a short three Here&Now years. Then she'll dump Dacian for Bodhi and they can live happily ever after.Oh and Bodhi will dump Jasmine, Jasmine and Dacian will be together that's what I call a happy ending.Excuse me for being so fast to turn on Dacian but she needs to see that, that Green-eyed brown-haired, Justin beiber tatic using Bodhi is the one. So read this adventure like,now!!! Start with Radiance though. Thanks for reading!!!!!!
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Hey if you guys like it so much you should read the series where the book came from, the immortal series. Its about rileys older sister Ever and her adventures and yes i read the series and i loved it... actually it made me want to read this series
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Tell me all about the book if u have read it above thanx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book I couldn't put it down read it in two days absolutly worth reading this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell me is there more books in serie???tell me must know Only read sample tell me about this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When is the next one!?!?!?!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is sooooooooooooo good! Is one of my fav books