Thursday, February 2, 2012

Radiance by Alyson Noel Review

Radiance by Alyson Noel
Riley Bloom #1
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Published by: Square Fish
Format: Paperback, 183 pages
Summary: 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 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 eath 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...


•I was really excited to read this book because I always loved reading people going on missions and trying to solve things.
•The environment and surroundings was described vividly. I felt like I was right there with Riley.
•I didn't really like Riley's personality because she was really stuck up and cocky. I sometimes wanted to slap her and remind her that the world didn't revolve around her.
Some minor things... in a way... it was a little hard to believe that you were reading into Riley's thoughts because of the use of big vocabulary. Honestly, you're not gonna find an eleven year old using words used by teachers.
I was a little disappointed that their mission was resolved so quickly because of a long introduction to the book. The conclusion to Riley's mission was very rushed and hard to believe. There were gaps in between that weren't filled because the story had to conclude.
•Really interested to read the second book of the Riley Bloom series. I wonder what's going to happen next... Perhaps Riley changes into a more likable character...
• This book had fewer pages from the books I normally read, but I liked that I could finish this quickly. Sometimes it's good to read a short book when you're often reading books with 30+ chapters.
• I recommend checking this book out from the library first before you make a decision to purchase it.

Rating: 3.5/5
Cover: 8/10
First Sentence: Most people think that death is the end.
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1 comment:

  1. I read the first book in the other series by Alyson Noel and wasn't that excited about it. I think I won't continue it, but I could give this series a try:)


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