Radiance (Riley Bloom Series #1)

Radiance (Riley Bloom Series #1)

by Alyson Noël

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Overview

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, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who's definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley's 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 all of that was before he met Riley . . .

Radiance is the first book in the Riley Bloom series from bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312629175
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Riley Bloom Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 226,209
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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.

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RADIANCE (Chapter 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.

RADIANCE. Copyright 2010 by Alyson Nol

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Radiance (Riley Bloom Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 516 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Radiance is a great book for ages 11-13. The whole series infact. It is a great book with suspenceful moments. I would suggest it to anyone. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Allyson Noel is a great author. She has many other books and series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book at the beginnig was a little boring but after a few chapters its really good. I had to read it for 7th grade junior high and i usually hate reading but i finished this book early because of it being so good. I hope my teacher doesnt make me read another because i usually dont finish at all or finish really late. So if you get bored at the beginning keep reading and i promise at the end you wil have loved it. Then read the next book shimmer which im also reading for school. Bye bye. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its about a girl who died so she is talking about how it is in heaven and how she misses home
Trebble More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun MG read. It is told completely from a first person POV. Even though she has no contact with Ever, it is Riley's own story learning her place and purpose in this after-life. She is spunky, a bit bratty, and finds herself in the end a bit wiser than she thought she could become. Buttercup is adorable and although Bodhi is a bit one dimensional (probably due to seeing him through only on POV) he is interesting enough to see where the story takes him. The beginning of the story is a big slow, but really picks up in the middle of the book. At the end, you are met with Riley's epiphanies and the book feels complete with only being 178 pages. You do get a teaser with the next book, but I warn you... you will be left wondering or demanding what happens next if you read the excerpt. I give this book 4 stars. Remember this is a MG read and those that are expecting YA would be disappointed.
Cariblogs More than 1 year ago
Radiance is such a touching story that it's bound to be a hit with new readers and long time fans of The Immortals. In Radiance we follow Ever's little sister Riley into the afterlife. For those not familiar with Riley at twelve she lost her life in a car crash that also killed her parents and dog. The Immortals tells the story of her sister Ever who is the sole survivor of the accident. From the moment I read about Riley in Evermore, book one of The Immortals, I knew she would be a favorite of mine. She drives Ever insane, but bottom line she loves her sister. Reading about Riley in The Immortals would make me cry and a character who can pull at your emotions is a winner. Ever eventually convinces Riley to crossover and Riley finds out that she has a job to do that will bring her back to earth. In the afterlife she is reunited with her dog buttercup who will be allowed to travel with her. She is also assigned a guide, Bodhi is few years older than her, but Riley doesn't make his job very easy. Riley is funny, sarcastic, and an overall lovable character! I can't wait for more books to come. Also don't let the death part fool you this is a lighthearted, sweet, and happy story.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This is a spin off from The Immortal Series and a great spin off it is. Riley is now in Here, a place where people are after death. Riley meets up with the council to be placed where she belongs. After meeting with the council Riley is placed as a Soul Catcher, one who travel to the earth plane to help bring soul who linger for too long. Riley is placed with Bodhi. A super geeky, with no fashion sense is Riley boss. From the very beginning they did not get along. Riley was always defying him always doing want she wanted. Her first task as a Soul Catcher was to help The Radiant Boy. A boy who has haunted a castle for years with no Soul Catcher able to ever bring him over. Will Riley be able to help The Radiant Boy? Alyson did a great job writing Radiance. It was what I expected and more. I loved that I finally got to see an insight into Riley's point of view. Now, this book is for a younger age group, but nonetheless, this book was awesome. Riley's is a great character and had me hooked. Her quick wittiness and sarcastic comebacks had me laughing. I also like that this book was written appropriately for the age group. There was no cursing, bad scene, etc. Just great teenage-drama without all the bad junk. Alyson Noel's transitioning from writing older teen books to this one, I think she did a great job. She was able to catch that young voice and portray is beautifully. Radiance is a great summer read. It had a great plot and was a short,easy to read book. I really wish there was a little more for me to read. If you love The Immortal Series, then you will like this book. I would suggest that you read The Immortal series first, at least the first one, Evermore, so you can fully understand what happens in the the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and its about this girl who died and is trying to settle in to her new after life and she becomes a soul catcher.this book was good because it was very detailed and interesting but whats bad about this is its very short and the story kind of went too fast like at one part she has to make a boy to go to the after life.she convinces him too go but it wasnt really convincing to me because she just talked to him and done he is going to the after life.so l give it 3 stars
Ariana Freire More than 1 year ago
i have read this book over and over and as a kid who looooves to read i must reccommend it to ALL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a highly intriguing read, keeping me up past 3:00 A.M. to finish it. I just couldn't stop turning pages! Noel wrote this story like a spider weaving a web. It was stunning and interesting. She left many holes in the story to keep you on your toes, but in the end, it all came together beautifully. It's a marvelous blend of tragedy, confusion, joy, and comedy. This is a perfect book for all ages. I highly reccomend Radiance!
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Radiance to me is an amazing book; it has a lot of action, love, and a lot more things. I usually don’t read books but this got me reading. The author tells us how it is like to be a ghost right before you turns thirteen. The main character Riley Bloom died in a car crash at twelve almost thirteen. When she died she had to choose to go with her sister Ever or her mom, dad, and yellow lab Buttercup. After she crossed the bridge with her family and after they got settled in Riley had to go to ghost school. Then when she got to ghost school she was placed as a soul catcher by the council and her mentor was a nerdy guy named Bodhi. And after that they went on an amazing adventure together.I liked the book because it can relate to some people. In a way that they were the new kid and they had to find their way in. Then I also liked it because of its action and adventures. Riley would speak her mind if anything was bothering her and she was persistent to get what she wanted she didn’t give no for an answer. But the one thing I really liked about her that she was brave she stood up to her fears and never looked back. In conclusion I think if you read this book you will read the rest of the series. You will see what Riley Bloom has in store, because she will always surprise you. But in the end you will see that Bodhi will have his own little challenge he has to face on his own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book riley dies and doesnt now what to do her guide is a geek and she makes fun of him and they can read minds whats better than that ?????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read this book yet but it is awesome i read the first chapter and part of the second and i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm twelve and I love to read? Would this be a good choice? If not please throw so good titles out there. Any genre. Thanks!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read this book but i have heard great things about it and would like to know if i should add it to my wishlist.please let me know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got bored
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very beautiful
keyana mahallati More than 1 year ago
It was confusing at first i had to reread it but then i got it . But at the end it was soo weird 4 woever is reading this and has not readthe book and wants too u will be so suprized at the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series was great. This book was fine. I was expecting a better book after i read the evermore series. This book is good for a one day read.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Radiance is the first book in a new series. It is a spin off of Ms Noel's The Immortals. If you've read that series you'll be familiar with Riley, she is Ever's younger sister.I have yet to read the Immortals series, but I do have Evermore on my shelf. One of the things I learned and loved about this new book is that you don't need to read The Immortals books to enjoy it.This was my first time reading a book by Alyson Noel and I wasn't sure I'd like this one. But I was captivated by this cover and really wanted find out the girl's (Riley) story. It ended up being a very enjoyable read. Radiance is fun and engrossing. A vibrant read. An interesting take on the afterlife. Riley is a normal 12 year old girl, except she's dead. While she does have her bratty moments, she is charming character. One that you can't help but like.
xtastethesky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Title: RadianceAuthor: Alyson NoelPublisher: Macmillan :: SquarefishFormat: PaperbackLength: 192pgsRating: 4/5As a long time reader of Alyson Noel¿s novels (especially the Immortals series), when I found out she was doing a companion series based off of Ever¿s younger sister, Riley, I was excited.As much as I like the Immortal series, Radiance, was refreshing. Radiance follows Riley, Ever¿s younger sister. In the first novel of the Immortal series we met her as a ghost, or spirit, having passed away, but yet to have left the earth plane. When we meet her again in Radiance, she has finally crossed over and is trying to be at home in the Here and Now (the afterlife). Everyone in the Here and Now has a place, has a thing they must do, and it is time Riley found out what her¿s is.Overall I really enjoyed reading Radiance, in some aspects I liked it more than the Immortal series thus far. I think what I liked is that it diverged from what you see in a lot of currently popular paranormal fiction ¿ which is the vampire/werewolf/faeries/angels. There isn¿t a lot of ghost/spirit fiction out there (at least to my knowledge, if you know of any let me know). The afterlife fiction I have read all have different takes on what it¿s like after you cross over (or don¿t in some cases), which I believe is the other draw to this novel. Life after death is fascinating, and something many people think about.If I had anything negative about the novel was probably how annoying Riley could be. Now, remember, I really liked this novel. The annoyance I had with Riley was more of a double-edged sword situation. While I got annoyed with some of her inner monologues (and outer, really), I had to remember that she is only 12 years old; she hasn¿t had that much time to mature. While Riley gets annoying, her voice is very real at the same time, which I enjoyed. So while Riley grated on my nerves, she couldn¿t be any more than that, the annoying little sister, which I think to many is very relatable (in being one and having to live with one ¿ I say that with a smile, love you Sky!).If anyone is interested in a quick read, I recommend this novel ¿ as of right now you can read it even if you haven¿t read the Immortals series (I'm not sure if this will change in the future with later books). It briefly mentions some background information about her sister, Ever, and her family at the beginning, but it can easily be read without the other series. Any fans of Alyson Noel¿s novels should definitely take the time to read this, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I enjoy reading fictional stories that involve death and imagine what the afterlife is like. I have my own unwavering religious beliefs but I can still enjoy the whimsy of what an author creates.I have not read any other books by Alyson Noel. This new series concerns Riley, who was killed with rest of her family, except her older sister, in a car accident. Riley has just made it over the bridge, is settling into life in Here & Now and is given her job. She is to be trained as a Soul Catcher, someone who brings reluctant ghosts over the bridge into the Here & Now where they belong. There is plenty of information given that Riley was one such ghost herself for some time and references are made of that time and her sister Ever, which one presumes is covered in the beginning of The Immortals series, from which this is a spin-off.Riley and her guide/teacher Bodhi do not get on very well causing a lot of friction between the two. Her first mission is to rid a castle in England of a ghost called The Radiant Boy who has been terrifying people who visit there for centuries while Riley and her attitude can't wait to go because this means she gets to go to the Earth plane again.A delightful story. A quick, easy read with fun characters and fun hauntings. Not scary at all but a bit intense and there is some time taken to be serious when discussing how people died, giving them dignity. Altogether a cute, but humorous story sure to please the middle grades with not much of a wait now till the second book comes out in March, 2011
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many of you have probably read Alyson¿s Immortals series with Ever and Damon, this book is a spin off in that world. Riley has crossed the bridge and is trying to get used to life after death. Which is easier said then done because she is still clinging to life and misses her sister Ever desperately. Riley is trying to keep up appearances in the afterlife and put on a brave face, but she is just looking for a chance to escape. Unfortunately her plans are spoiled when she is quickly assigned to the job of Soul Catcher, which I think is perfect for her. Riley, to me, has always been a very perceptive person and is able to read people very well. That is why this job suits her, you see a Soul Catchers job is to convince the souls lingering on Earth to cross over to the afterlife. To be able to do this, you have to figure out why they are lingering and help them see the benefits of crossing over. Riley turns out to rock at this.She is not alone though, her faithful dog Buttercup is at her side and her mentor Bodhi, who seems to be determined to give Riley a hard time is also with her. It is actually good that he is there though, Riley needs someone to help her stay grounded and teach her a thing or two about Soul Catching and Bodhi has been doing this for a while so they are a good fit.I have always liked Riley when she would pop up in the Immortals books, so it is nice to get a spin off book that just focuses on what she has been up too. She is still quick to speak her mind and does not always have a filter, which I love. Plus, she is funny and talks just like a 12 year old would today which makes her totally relate-able because this book is geared toward middle grade children. An example of her fun language¿ ¿Looking pretty much like any other gang of ten-year-old boys as they stood there before me. Well, except for the truly dreadful, completely unbelievable, wish-you-could¿ve-seen-it-for-yourself, awful matching white short suits with the matching white kneesocks and shiny, black shoes.¿I really enjoyed this book. It makes you think about death a little differently. It is not necessarily the end, there could be more out there for you to do. Riley takes you with her to explore those possibilities to see what life is like after death. If you have read the Immortals and enjoy them, give Radiance a try. But don¿t worry, if you have not read those before you do not have to in order to read Radiance. This book is Riley¿s adventure so you can just pick up the book and follow along with her.
khager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series, which is sort of a companion series to her Immortals series. (But more appropriate for younger readers. So if you have a teenager who's reading about Ever, this would be completely appropriate for her younger sister.)As readers of the Immortal series know, it pretty much opens with a car crash. Ever, her parents and younger sister Riley and their dog, Buttercup, die in a car accident. For much of the first book, Riley "haunts" Ever but then crosses on.In this book, we learn what happens to Riley after she stops visiting Ever.At first, Riley's afterlife is pretty sweet. She lives with her parents and dog in a house and neighborhood that's identical to where they lived when they were alive. She can manifest whatever she wants and do whatever she likes.Unfortunately, she soon has to get a job because the afterlife isn't just hanging around, doing nothing. She's assigned the job of "Soul Catcher," which means she gets to return to Earth and help ghosts cross over. Her first assignment is a boy who's been haunting a castle for hundreds of years. I really enjoyed this book--not sure what that says about me, since it's so clearly written for elementary and middle school kids. ;) But it's very fun and while there are scary ghosts, I don't think it would be too scary for little kids. (And there's also a little lesson in there about facing your fears, so that would probably help, too.)I also think Riley is very relatable for kids. She's smart and sarcastic, but she's also scared and overwhelmed a not-small amount of time in the book. But, since she always overcomes it, she would probably also be a good role model.