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Riley, who appeared in ghost form to her older sister, Ever, in Noël's bestselling Evermore, takes center stage in this middle-grade spinoff, first in a planned series. . . . her wit, attitude, and maturation should have readers gladly following her into the second installment. (Publishers Weekly)

I must admit there is not one thing I don't like about this book. I just listed it all the pros and there are no cons. I would rate it FIVE STARS if I was a critic. And I guess I am. Now I have something to look forward to, the second book coming out in Spring 2011. (Hadley, at AllyKatzz.com)

I like Riley . . . She's faced with challenges and loves to meet them head-on. I'm very pleased with this book. . . . Riley's story is touching, moving, and uplifting. (Biliophilic Book Blog)

Narrating in a contemporary voice with an honest and comfortable cadence, Riley is imperfect, but always likable as she sweeps readers to her faraway land where she makes herself and readers assess their behaviors and, quite possibly, make adjustments. In the midst of this wildly fanciful setting, Noël is able to capture with nail-on-the-head accuracy common worries and concerns of today's tweens. (School Library Journal)

A tale for lovers of the genre . . . For those preteens who like a mild supernatural adventure with romantic overtones, you go, ghost. (Kirkus Reviews)

Riley is such a great, refreshing character and I loved her voice. She has some great inner monologues that made me laugh out loud . . . I really enjoyed Radiance . . . I'd definitely recommend YA fans of Alyson Noël to pick it up. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next with Riley and Bodhi. (Mundie Moms)

Alyson did a great job writing Radiance. It was what I expected and more . . . She was able to catch that young voice and portray it beautifully. . . . Radiance is a great summer read. I give it 5 BITES! (Books With Bite)

Another highly creative and well thought out series for Alyson Noël! . . . Noël creates another imaginative world that is so well described it sucked me in from the very beginning. She has a very poetic style of writing that will appeal to any age . . . I highly recommend. (Bellas Novella)

Radiance is a sweet story, a perfect summer read . . . Like the Immortals series, Noël's world building is superb. Radiance was the perfect book to tide me over until the next Immortals book comes out. As far as middle-grade books go, it's one of the best I've read. (I'd So Rather Be Reading)

I think I found a great new series with tons of potential, and that series starts with Radiance . . . This book is so cute! (Bloody Bookaholic)

I loved reading this book! . . . Its beauty and simplicity blend perfectly with romance and humor. I'm sad that I must wait until next year for Shimmer, the sequel. I will definitely miss Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup! Also the cover is just beautiful! (Novel Thoughts)

The author has a way of making the world she has created come off the pages and into your mind! A book that will keep you captivated from page one until Riley's flight of Radiance at the end! (My Overstuffed Bookshelf)

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Riley Bloom Book (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Original edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312563752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312563752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOË, CRUEL SUMMER, FOREVER SUMMER (a LAGUNA COVE/CRUEL SUMMER 2-in1), KEEPING SECRETS (FAKING 19/SAVING ZOE 2-in-1), THE IMMORTALS series including: EVERMORE, BLUE MOON, SHADOWLAND, DARK FLAME, NIGHT STAR, & EVERLASTING, THE IMMORTALS spin-off, RILEY BLOOM series including RADIANCE, SHIMMER, DREAMLAND & WHISPER), with short stories apearing in the anthologies: FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), KISSES FROM HELL, & DEAR BULLY. She is currently working on a new series for teens, THE SOUL SEEKERS: including FATED & ECHO- in stores now-, MYSTIC (05.07.13), & HORIZON (11.12.13).

With over 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 7 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages, sold in over 50 countries, and have made the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NCIBA, Walmart, and numerous international bestsellers lists. And have won numerous awards such as: the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, appeared on the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick.

The dramatic rights for all 4 books in THE SOUL SEEKERS series were optioned for film by Cheyenne Enterprises--and her adult novel, FLY ME TO THE MOON, was optioned by Ridley Scott's, Scott Free Productions, with Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary) set to write and direct.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she's lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California where she's working on her next book.

Photo by Nancy Villere.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grandpa on December 5, 2011
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I bought this book for my 12 year old grandaughter at her urging. After she completed reading it and telling me all about it she gave me a big hug and, then, asked me to always give her books to read as gifts. Her gift of thanks to me will keep me always looking for more reading opportunities for her with Amazon. By the way, she received an A+ for the book report she wrote in her literature class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily on June 8, 2013
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If u have a daughter near or my age they'll LOVE these books I read the last one in less than a day no breaks because it was just that good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gothic Angel Book Reviews on April 9, 2012
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I haven't reviewed the other books in this series, but as I have WHISPER from Macmillan to review, I thought I would also write one for DREAMLAND.

I became a fan of Alyson Noel when I first came across The Immortals Series. I was hooked on them from Evermore and was really sad when I got to the end of Everlasting, knowing that this was the end for the series.

When I first heard of her intention to write a spin-off series, I knew I would have to read those books. I was so happy when Radiance (Riley Bloom #1) was released. I had been dying to know more about Riley in her own right, not just as Ever's little sister.

Riley is spunky, full of fun and would make for an adorable younger sister. In her afterlife, she finds herself working as a Soul Catcher - helping souls cross from the Earth plane, where they may be stuck due to what we might term 'unfinished business'. Either that or they just like haunting people. It's up to Riley to find the reason why they are hanging around and help them to put whatever it might be behind them.

Now all this sounds like a huge responsibility, but that doesn't mean that Riley is as mature as perhaps she could be. In part, you could put that down to her being eternally stuck as a 12 year old girl. She died before she could reach her 13th birthday. But you could also put it down to the fact that Riley just does not listen.

Bodhi, her guide, tries to help her see that she could do so much more with her afterlife, she could maybe one day achieve her dream of being a teenager. But not while she is so reluctant to act grown up. Riley doesn't see this and continues to throw tantrums and act like the eternal child.

In DREAMLAND, Riley is no different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2014
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Okay , for people who have to read a book in the order that it is made, I'm guilty. I always skip to the end of a book and read the last chapter. But I always go back and read all of it. This book was amazing. I wouldn't give it 5 *'s because I save that for the last book. Weird,I know. But this was hands-down awesome. It ended on a cliffhanger,though. I HATE those. Read it!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassie Chandler on August 6, 2013
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I loved this book I read it in under 2 hours I couldn't put it down it was amazing goodbye
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loving this book on May 2, 2013
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I love all the Riley Bloom booms they show a very interesting version of how Alyson sees the afterlife. Although if you wanted to read this you have read the others first.
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Alyson Noel really hits the right notes in this story. She has the voice of a twelve-year-old, albeit one with a pretty impressive vocabulary, locked in. Riley really shows all the characteristics of the kids I work with - enthusiastic, volatile, dramatic, and more than slightly obsessive. Riley's obsession is with being a teenager. She really wants to be thirteen. Having been there, I don't really get her desire. I wouldn't be thirteen again for all the money in the world. But for Riley that age is a magical one. She really admired her older sister Ever and saw how she changed at thirteen. Riley wants that for herself.

When the story starts, she is meeting with the Council because, while she was very successful at her last mission, it wasn't the success the council sent her for. When she is congratulated, she thinks she will soon be thirteen. But when the Council decides to give her a break, she realizes that she doesn't have anything but her soul catching work. She hasn't any other interests or hobbies. She also feels that the break will stop her progress to being a teenage.

Riley decides to visit Dreamland. She wants to visit with her sister Ever and get some advice about being a teenager. Naturally, being twelve, Riley wants instant success. When her practice doesn't lead to that by the time Dreamland closes, she decides to sneak back in and finish up her dream. She meets Satchel who is stuck in Dreamland and who is creating nightmares. He subjects Riley to a number of her fears until she decides to see if she can get him to progress. She learns his sad story and tries to make a connection with him. She thinks she is making progress when the director returns and stops her.

Riley is disappointed not to have succeeded with Satchel.
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Everyone seems to be getting on with their afterlives except Riley Bloom. She's lonely. And now that the Council has asked her to take some time off from Soul Catching, she doesn't quite know what to do with herself.

So when she learns that there's a way she can visit her sister, Ever, in dreams, she jumps at the chance, literally. But when dream jumping doesn't prove immediately successful, she is frustrated.

Not being one who is too easily discouraged, when she meets a boy who hints that dream jumping isn't the only way, she is quick to make a deal with him. But his way has a hidden cost. And Riley may learn that sometimes it's better to wait for the things you want.

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Dreamland is a sweet, fun and absolutely delightful adventure in author Alyson Noel's middle grade series about Riley Bloom.

In Dreamland, the third book in the series, Riley is asked to take a break from Soul Catching. But instead of relaxing as the Council has suggested, she embarks on a new adventure on her own, without Bodhi to guide her... or hold her back as Riley would like to believe.

In an attempt to contact her sister, she meets a boy who is clearly in need of help, but in her haste to impress the Council and to find a way to grow up, she overlooks some of life's most valuable lessons.

In this third installment, Riley will learn that impatience does have a price and that she isn't always right.

Riley is an adorable and charming young girl, who is also impetuous and overly enthusiastic, especially when it comes to what she believes to be right. She is single-minded in her focus, stubborn and overly self-confident, but she isn't above learning from her mistakes.
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