Radiance by Alyson Noel

Riley Bloom has left her sister Ever (Evermore) in the world of the living and has finally crossed the bridge into a place that she calls the Here and Now. She doesn't really know where she is, thus she calls it Here and if she is to ask the date, time, etc., she is told it is Now. The Here and Now is everything she wants it to be. Her parents, grandparents and even her dog Buttercup are there. She lives in the same house, the same neighborhood (minus the neighbors, they're still living), even sleeps in her same bed. She is just beginning to settle into a nice, relaxed death when she is called before The Council. After seeing most of her life flash before her, she is told that she, along with everyone else in the afterlife, has a purpose and hers is to become a Soul Catcher. They pair her up with a guide/leader Bodhi and is told that she must return to the land of the living where she can help restless spirits cross over that bridge - better said then done.

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. :)

Riley was so much fun in Evermore and I can honestly say that she continues being funny, witty, clever and a very endearing heroine. I love the push and pull between her and Bodhi. She sees him as an ever-nagging, nerdy, fashion senseless boy. Their chemistry was great. He wants to teach her a lesson in respect and thus The Radiant Boy comes into play... no one has ever succeeded in crossing him over, so he gives her the toughest job he can. 

Ms. Noel's writing is fluid and flawless. She truly captures the thoughts of a 12 year old girl - I loved her inner monologues - they brought a smile to my face more than once.

This series is going to be a treat not only for the new fans I'm sure Ms. Noel will acquire in young tweens, but I can guarantee it will be an instant hit with her YA and adult fan base. Loved it.

This book was provided for review by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

GIVEAWAY: I have 5 copies up for grabs - thanks to the lovely folks over at Macmillan.

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Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents. Winners will be drawn Sunday, August 22.


christina said...

I really could not get into her first novel. I'm glad others enjoy her though.

Autumn said...

I haven't read this yet, I'd like to though!

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elaing8 said...

great review.I can't wait to read this one.


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Anonymous said...

I love ALL of the Alyson Noel books, and Radiance looks awsome! I always loved Riley and would love to see her point of view!

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Myra C said...

Great review, I would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Cackleberry Homestead said...

I want this one so bad. I actually just finished Evermore and loved it and loved Riley in it. I have Blue Moon on the way at the moment and can't wait to get back to that series, but I want more of Riley.

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Jessi E. said...

I definitely want to see what Riley's world is like!

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Jess said...

Sounds like a cute read :)

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Mayara Arend said...

I really wish I could read it ... So, I'm crossing fingers and toes :)

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Sabina said...

i would lovelovelove to win one!
i absolutely loove the immortals series and am currently reading dark flame. [amazing]
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Toni said...

I'd love to read this book so I can know more about Riley!

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Anonymous said...

oooh, I want it!!

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Anonymous said...

I can not wait to read this book! I love Alyso Noel's work!
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Victoria said...

I've loved Ever's story and can't wait to read Riley's.

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I would like an entry please!

Robyn said...

I really love the Immortals series, and I cannot wait to read Radiance and the rest of the Riley series. It sounds SO good! :)


Valia Lind said...

I love Alyson! She's a sweetie and her books are amazing!!! :)
I would love a chance to win this book! :)


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Tales of Whimsy said...

O sounds good! Please count me in :)


Chrystal said...

I would love to read this. I have your button on my blog, I am a follower and I just added you to facebook. :)

live42day43 said...

My daughter and I love the Evermore series and can't wait for this. Gonna see Alyson in Cincy for Smart Chick tour.

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Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance.

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Unknown said...

I would love to enter! It sounds like a great book. I'm a follower.


Cynthia said...

Would love a chance to win this book. Can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

I would like to win this one!


Tiff P said...

Mm. Fascinating.


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This book has really been catching my eye...please enter me.
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Justine said...

YAY Alyson Noel! I love her! I can't wait to read this :D The cover is gorgeous too! Ooh and count me in ;)

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donnas said...

I really like her other books. Looking forward to this one.

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I'm a follower. :)

Hope I win! Great contest!


Chrystal said...

I saw a quote from your review on Alyson's blog. :) I recognized your name "bookwormygirl" right away. Congrats on having your review posted on her site.

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Sounds interesting. Please enter me, thanks.


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I would love to be entered to win this book!

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debbie said...

I would like to read this.

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I would love to be entered!

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holdenj said...

Please count me in, I've been waiting for Riley's story! Thanks!

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I am a GFC follower.

Pokadots1121 said...

I've read the excerpt from Radiance, and I thought it was beautiful. It was well written, and just so Riley. I totally want to explore more of this book.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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I'd love to enter!

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Joanna said...

I'm a follower ;)

Wow I really want to read this!


Alyce said...

I would love to win a copy!

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Audrey said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway. Looking forward to reading this book.

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