From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals comes a new middle-grade series featuring Ever's younger sister, Riley.
After the problems with her last mission, Riley practically begged the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch. She is determined to prove herself. But this time her challenge may be more than she can handle. Now she's been assigned to a real Roman gladiator. So fearsome he was named the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a scrawny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him?
When Riley stumbles upon Messalina, the beautiful girl who has been around for centuries, she may have found the answer. Messalina convinces Riley her only chance is to become a part of the gladiator world. To do this, Riley must go through a dramatic make-over and become the teenager she's always wanted to be. She's beautiful, she's mature, and she may even find her first boyfriend. But with a dream this enchanting, will Riley complete her mission and return to Bodhi and Buttercup, or will she stay in Messalina's world forever?
Square Fish (April 2012)
# ISBN-10: 0312641567
# ISBN-13: 9780312641566
"A sweet, well paced book for Tweens, WHISPER is perfectly written for young readers. Noël handles fundamentally heavy subjects with humor and grace, allowing her heroine to come of age in the afterlife. Riley struggles with crushes, forgiveness, body image, and romance, all while trying to rescue the long tormented ghost of a Roman gladiator. . . Noël's characters and mythology were accessible and charming. Even the sticky issue of a heroine coming of age in the afterlife was handled with aplomb, neither downplaying death nor harping on darkness . . . Whisper is note perfect for a young reader who is already trying to find their place in a teenage world."
—All Things Urban Fantasy
"Absolutely loved it . . .The word whisper plays an important role in this story, where Riley again outwits the souls she is entrusted to help cross over. The world of ancient Rome is seductively described by Noël and you really feel like you are in the Coliseum cheering on the gladiators. . .I so enjoy Riley's adventures. This is safe for the youngest of teens and is a series that even the most reluctant of readers will get into. I know since I have recommended this series to several kids who say they hate to read but ask me when the next book will be out!"
"I really adore this series . . . WHISPER is the fourth book in the series, and it is my favorite book yet . . . Riley's got a great voice that most kids and teens will relate to in one way or another. This series is also great for reluctant readers. Each book is short enough and paced so that the reader will not lose interest, and although the covers are pretty, boys and girls alike will enjoy these books."
—YA Litwit, 4.5 stars
"I found WHISPER to be a quick, fun, engaging read that I just know will be a hit with many of my older students. (For those that don't know, I'm an elementary school librarian, and my fourth and fifth grade girls absolutely LOVE the Riley Bloom books.) I also think teen and adult readers will enjoy this story. I did."
"WHISPER is such a cute novel. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Riley is such a likeable character and easy to relate to, and Alyson's writing style is engaging and easy to read . . .I would recommend this as a great read for upper MG, lower YA, or for anyone who enjoys reading MG/YA."
—Krazy Book Lady
"WHISPER is Alyson Noël's fourth ghostly adventure with Riley, and each one is a delightful and intriguing journey into human nature. Noel weaves in many important life lessons for people of all ages, and does so with a vividly descriptive voice. She enriches her tale with symbolism, limerick, foreshadowing and some well-placed alliteration. Of course, the star of theshow, the spunky and enthusiastic Riley, shines throughout the pages, bonding with the readers in both her failures and triumphs. Her boundless energy and quirky sense of humor make her the perfect traveling companion to explore the interesting and oftentimes violent aspects of the ancient gladiator world. Noël even includes some romance to sweeten the ride. And, like the three previous books, the pretty cover art continues to shine and entice."
—Chirs Shanley-Dillman, KidsReads.com
"WHISPER is an enjoyable book and a great installment in a series that is entertaining to adults and younger readers alike."