New York Times Bestseller!
USA Today Bestseller!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals comes a new middle-grade series featuring Ever's younger sister, Riley.
Welcome to the Here & Now
Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlifea place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she's summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secretthe afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can't quite figure out.
Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her 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 he's never met Riley...
Square Fish (August 31, 2010)
# ISBN-10: 0312629176
# ISBN-13: 978-0312629175
"A tale for lovers of the genre . . . For those preteens who like a mild supernatural adventure with romantic overtones, you go, ghost."
"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."
"This new series is by the author of The Immortals where readers first meet Ever and Riley. 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
"...fast paced and witty . . .an entertaining start to a strong series."
4 stars, RT magazine
"Alyson did a great job writing Radiance. It was what I expected and more. I loved that I finally got to see an insight into Riley's point of view. Now, this book is for a younger age group, but nonetheless, this book was awesome. Riley's is a great character and had me hooked. Her quick wittiness and sarcastic comebacks had me laughing. . . She was able to catch that young voice and portray it beautifully. . Radiance is a great summer read. . . If you love The Immortal Series, then you will like this book. I give it 5 BITES!"
Books With Bite
"Another highly creative and well thought out series for Alyson Noël! Radiance is targeted towards the middle school set and focuses on Riley, Ever's little sister from The Immortals series. 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. The book deals with issues that any middle schooler would relate to (be it alive, or in the afterlife). Riley struggles with not fitting in with her peers, not always understanding what she is supposed to be doing or who she is supposed to answer to. She has a sharp tongue that gets her in trouble sometimes, but she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to fight for what she feels is right. An exciting and inventive story that will appeal to any middle schooler, and may even teach them a thing or two. I highly recommend."
"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!"
"I loved reading this book! Not only the fact that it was short and could be finished quickly, but also the idea of life after death and how those who have died may handle things. This read is perfect for any ages especially younger teens! It's 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!"
"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. While it's a spin off from Alyson's Immortal series, you don't need to read Evermore to understand what is happening. It's the first in a middle grade series, but 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."
"I loved this book! . . .Ms. Noël's writing is fluid and flawless. She truly captures the thoughts of a 12 year old girlI loved her inner monologuesthey 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. Noël will acquire in young tweens, but I can guarantee it will be an instant hit with her YA and adult fan base. Loved it."
"Radiance is the first book in a spin-off of the immortals series. Although I enjoy the Immortals series, I have to admit that I was a little skeptical starting out with this book, as I thought Riley's voice would be too young for me. Boy, was I sure proved wrong by little miss Riley! I absolutely loved her voice and her inner monologue. . .
Overall, this was a light, fun read and I would recommend it to any tweens and young teens that love paranormal books! I am eagerly anticipating the next Riley book and I hope it will be just as good as Radiance."
5 Stars, IB Book Blogging
"Riley is a unique character. She is sassy, feisty, and funny. . . If you are a fan of the Immortals, and always wanted to know what happened to Riley after she leaves Ever, you will want to read this book! If you have not read the books, this is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to the wonderful writing of the author."
Mrs. Yusko, Evergreen Junior High Library
"I'm very pleased with this book . . . This was a very quick read and yet wonderfully written and complex . . .Riley's story is touching, moving, and uplifting."
5 Stars, Bibliophilic Book Blog
"I felt like I hit the jackpot when I read Radiance. It has a feisty girl as the main character, a lovably dorky boy, and a loyal dog. Add a plot with unexpected twists and a completely stunning ending and you've got one sweet novel. . . It was one of the most unique endings I have ever read. SWEETNESS!"
5 Stars, Reading Vacation
"I really loved this book. It was just really cute but had some wonderful depth to it. ...Riley is a great character and I loved her sense of humor. The interactions between her and Bodhi were probably my favorite parts of the whole book. I really liked the world building too that Noël did for Here and how everything works there; it was just very cool. Riley's first assignment with the Radiant Boy was really interesting to read too, and I'm looking forward to reading about her future assignments."
"All I can say is, "It's about time Riley got her own story." 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 papable as the story is read and unfolds. Listening to Riley's trials and errors is definitely a treat for the ears. Overall, Radiance is a wonderful story and the audio book uses just the right tone for Riley's voice. The book is appropriate for anyone from middle school up."
5 Stars, TeensReadToo (for the audio book)
"I must admit there is not one thing I don't like about this book. I just listed all the pros and there are no cons. I would rate it FIVE STARS."
"Alyson Noël's Radiance is a promising start to a new and fun series for middle grades. . .Noël has outdone herself with this one. . . it's humorous, it's heartwarming, and it's extremely entertaining. . .All in all, Radiance is a series that middle grade girls will love. There's a feisty protagonist, a swoon-worthy pal, an adorable yellow lab, and an incredible setting. What more could middle schoolers want?!?"
Confessions of a Book Addict
"Radiance has a fast-moving storyline with lots going on, urged on by a natural curiosity and fascination for the afterlife. Riley is a wonderful companion for the story, full of energy and curiosity, with a streak of arrogance battling with a bit of insecurity. Noël has an amazing talent for words, creating a rollercoaster of emotions with tickling curiosity, delicious spookiness, overwhelming sorrow and sparkling hope. This new series has an awesome beginning, and there's plenty of potential for more riveting storylines. Fans will be looking forward to the second installment, which is due out in the spring of 2011."
Chris Shanley-Dillman, Kidsread.com