Monday, 21 February 2011

12+: A Riley Bloom Novel 1: Radiance - Alyson Noel

Release Date: 04/02/11


Riley Bloom died, aged twelve, in a car crash with her parents and her beloved dog Buttercup. Her sister Ever survived - but that's another story. Riley must let go of Ever and all the things that tied her to life and discover what she's meant to be in the afterlife. Riley is a soul catcher. That means helping the unhappy lost souls who stick around in the human realm to move on - and find their own place, over the bridge, in the great hereafter. With her spirit guide, Bodhi, and Buttercup by her side, Riley embarks on an adventure that will take her around the world - sending ghosts back where they belong, until she can finally make it there herself.


Alyson’s first novel and one that was aimed at a younger audience than her Immortals series which is a great way to get into her writing. This first book sets the scene nicely and gives the reader a principle character that they can associate with as she looks to carrying on in her new “life” to help others reach their destinations. It’s symbolic, it has great thought behind it and it’s a book that really stood out as one of the best of the otherworldly titles for young readers. Back that up with an overall arc that will set the series up as something unique and on par with Ghost Girl and you know that it’s a book that will do well.

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