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Radiance Paperback – August 31, 2010
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With Bodhi and her dog Buttercup, she is given her assignment the Radiant Boy - who has been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many have tried before her but have failed... will Riley have the courage to help the Radiant Boy or will she also fail?
I loved this book! For those of you who have not read any of Ms. Noel's The Immortals series, Riley is Ever's (the main character from The Immoratals) sister. She died in the accident that killed Ever's parents. This is the spin-off series. Geared more towards 9-12 year old tweens. But oh so fun for adults like me. You also don't need to read any of The Immortals books to truly grasp this new series - although you should because that series is oh so good too.Read more ›
"The book `Radiance' by Alyson Noel is a hilarious yet touching book about how to cope in the Afterlife.
"12-year-old Riley Bloom died a year ago. You'd think that that would mean she'd go into Heaven, get sparkly pink wings, and sing opera all day. Instead, Riley is in Here & Now - which you could also call the Afterlife. And in Here & Now, everyone has a calling. Riley's, apparently, is Soul Catching. So, with her dog Buttercup (who I LOVE) and her guide / teacher / annoying pain in the butt, Bodhi, Riley must convince the Radiant Boy to cross over to Here & Now. The only problem is, *no one* has ever done it before. Can Riley do it? Or will she fail her first task?
"My favorite character was definitely Riley. She was really funny and stubborn and acted a lot like me - the good parts and the bad. :-) I also liked how she was able to face the not-so-good parts of her life without, like, breaking down too much.Read more ›
Macmillan Young Listeners was smart and used a different narrator for the character of Riley than that of her sister, Ever. Riley's character in THE IMMORTALS series has grown into her own unique personality. Kathleen McInerney takes on the job of portraying Riley beautifully. She has a young, inquisitive quality to her voice that truly brings Riley to life.
RADIANCE picks up at the point where Riley finally takes the journey to cross the bridge that her parents and dog crossed after the car accident. Once on the other side, Riley is reunited with the rest of her family. The new world she enters is called Here. She soon learns that life after death isn't all leisure. She has to go to school, and after facing the Council, she learns she will also have to work.
Riley is assigned the job of Soul Catcher. Soul Catchers have the responsibility of coaxing souls that remain behind to cross the bridge. She is assigned a teacher, Bodhi, who decides to give Riley a difficult first case. Radiant Boy has rejected many attempts over the last century to cross over.
Listening to Ms. McInerney tell the tale led to many humorous moments and I found myself giggling out loud. The tension between Bodhi and Riley is palpable as the story is read and unfolds. Listening to Riley's trials and errors is definitely a treat for the ears. The most amazing character portrayed by Ms. McInerney, at least in my opinion, was that of Aura, a Council member.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A 12 year old girl named Riley Bloom went on a road trip with her family. After her father took a wrong turn, they all ended up dead. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. Dining
Radiance is a book full of courage, hope, and sacrifice at a very young age. The best part of this book is how the main character, Riley Bloom pushes through her challenges with... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Avery Kaye
It's a very interesting I can't wait to read even more of the Riley bloom seriesPublished 19 months ago by Vuyo Khumalo
This was a cute, short read. It is better suited for younger readers and does not hold much interest with the older audience of The Immortals series. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Selena#1
1 of 5 stars. This review will probably be very "rantish" or "ramblyish". It's going to be hard writing this. I'm having trouble gathering all of my thoughts. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Grace Z
RADIANCE by Alyson Noel
Riley and her parents were killed in a car accident. Riley had crossed over to the bridge of a place called Here. Read more