Radiance by Alyson Noel
# of Pages: 192
Age Range: 11+
Release Date: August 31st
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 she 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 earth 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 lucky enough to get an arc from BEA of Radiance and got to meet Alyson Noel in the process. Though I talked to her for about .5 seconds, she seemed really nice and is really pretty! She kind of reminds me of Diana Peterfruend look wise. Anyway, she signed a book and bookmark for me and I was on my way!
Radiance, for those of you familiar with the Evermore series is about Riley, Ever's sister, who is dead. This middle grade novel is about Riley's time in the afterlife and also explains in more depth what happened to Riley the day she died and what she does while she's dead. Radiance starts off however with Riley attending her first day of the afterlife school. Things don't go exactly as plans and Riley finds herself in a very new position entirely. Determined to succeed at her new calling in her afterlife, Riley must face her greatest fears, and in the process learns more than she ever could have imagined about herself, and also the (dead)people around her.
Although Radiance was for a slightly younger audience than I usually read it was a cute book and is a must read for Evermore fans.. Radiance is a great read for people transitioning into the YA genre, from MG. Despite the fact that the book was short Riley still managed make great character development even though I felt it was a bit rushed. The book flew for me so I didn't really feel I got to know the characters as well as I would have in a longer more drawn out novel. None the less, Noel's fun and witty writing is still present in Radiance which made for an enjoyable read.
If you like Radiance be sure to check out:
Immortal (Immortal (Qulaity))
Evermore: The Immortals
The Faerie Path
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Winner will recieve 1 signed arc of Radiance with a signed Radiance bookmark and also an Evermore series bookmark.
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