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Sunday, October 31, 2010

REVIEW: Radiance by Alyson Noel

Description

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 . . .

About the Author

ALYSON NOËL is the author of the Immortals series and seven previous novels for St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she is at work on the next book in the Immortals series. Visit her on the web at www.alysonnoel.com.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312629176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312629175
SOURCE:  Publisher

ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

I read this in just a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I guess this is a spin off of the Immortal Series, which I have on my shelf, but unread.  If this is any indication of the writing, I am going to pull them out and start them right away.  This is the debut of this series and it starts out wonderfully and I can't wait for the next one.

It is written in such an easy way that you can really believe this is a twelve year old girl and what she is thinking.  I love how she comes into her own and develops skills that make the most out of her personality.  This should get even the most reticent readers on board.  I am glad to add this to my recommended books for younger teens and older kids.  Nicely done!

WANT TO WIN THIS ARC?

Contest is open to anyone with reliable mail service (Worldwide and PO Boxes OK!)
Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 11.14.10
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by ME and one book is available.


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  1. You rock! All these giveaways are great.

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  4. Awesome, would love to get my hands on this.
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  5. Great review!! I want to read Riley's side of the story so badly!! Great giveaway!

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  6. You haven't read the Immortals series?? You must do so! The books are really good. I like Alyson Noel's writing b/c her books are a fast read. Evermore is my favorite out of the four so far. Dark Flame was really good too. I'm looking forward to reading Night Star when it comes out in two weeks! I have Radiance, but I haven't read it yet.

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  7. Rosa -- I know -- I am bad -- I have all of the Immortal books just sitting here.

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  8. +1 I really want to read this...love the Evermore series. But I am pretty fed up with Ever right now. lol so maybe Riley will be a nice change. :o)
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  10. Awesome. You have so many great giveaways!

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  11. I've been waiting to read more about Ever's sister for quite a while!

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  24. sounds like a great read!

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  46. Less than two weeks until Night Star is in stores! :)

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  76. I still need to read the Immortal series, too. Maybe this would finally get me started. Would love the chance to read it. :0)

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