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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033052691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330526913
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riley, who appeared in ghost form to her older sister, Ever, in Noel'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."--"Publishers Weekly""I must admit there is not one thing I don't like about this book. I just listed it all the pros and there are no cons. I would rate it FIVE STARS if I was a critic. And I guess I am. Now I have something to look forward to, the second book coming out in Spring 2011."--Hadley, at "AllyKatzz.com""I like Riley . . . She's faced with challenges and loves to meet them head-on. I'm very pleased with this book. . . . Riley's story is touching, moving, and uplifting."--"Biliophilic Book Blog""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, Noel is able to capture with nail-on-the-head accuracy common worries and concerns of today's tweens."--"School Library Journal""A tale for lovers of the genre . . . For those preteens who like a mild supernatural adventure with romantic overtones, you go, ghost."--"Kirkus Reviews""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 . . . I'd definitely recommend YA fans of Alyson Noel to pick it up. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next with Riley and Bodhi."--"Mundie Moms""Alyson did a great job writing Radiance. It was what I expected and more . . . She was able to catch that young voice and portray it beautifully. . . . Radiance is a great summer read. I give it 5 BITES!"--"Books With Bite""Another highly creative and well thought out series

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From the author of the bestselling EVERMORE – a brilliant, moving and uplifting new series about one girl’s adventures in the afterlife.

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Format: Paperback
I really like The Immortals series so was especially curious to see how the spin-off would work.

As you can probably guess it is written in first person narrative from Riley's perspective. We already know quite a bit about Riley's personality from The Immortals Series. However, her narrative voice is sometimes conflicting sounding far more grown-up than the twelve year old she is supposed to be. At times it was hard to reconcile the tone with the picture I had in my imagination.

Riley can be intensely annoying at times, the word brat definitely came to mind. Although Riley is very self-absorbed there is a sense of innocence and goodness about her despite her occasional 'bitchy' and judgemental attitude.

I really liked the storyline which was enthralling and intriguing. Absolutely suited to the Middle Grade category. The concepts were lovely to imagine; the afterlife, helping troubled souls cross over. In addition to the parallel presented with the place name and time (Here and Now) with the notion of living in the moment. The use of the name Bodhi and ensuing plot brought to mind images of Point Break and surfers.

On the whole, a quick and easy read with a nice storyline. I will certainly be reading the next book in the series.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Sept. 2010
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All I can say is, "It's about time Riley got her own story." I was overjoyed to receive the audio book of RADIANCE in the mail unexpectedly last week. I love to get an audio book prior to its release. And as I had to travel to a meeting for work, that gave me enough time to listen to this in its entirety, in one day.

Macmillan Young Listeners was smart and used a different narrator for the character of Riley than that of her sister, Ever. Riley's character in THE IMMORTALS series has grown into her own unique personality. Kathleen McInerney takes on the job of portraying Riley beautifully. She has a young, inquisitive quality to her voice that truly brings Riley to life.

RADIANCE picks up at the point where Riley finally takes the journey to cross the bridge that her parents and dog crossed after the car accident. Once on the other side, Riley is reunited with the rest of her family. The new world she enters is called Here. She soon learns that life after death isn't all leisure. She has to go to school, and after facing the Council, she learns she will also have to work.

Riley is assigned the job of Soul Catcher. Soul Catchers have the responsibility of coaxing souls that remain behind to cross the bridge. She is assigned a teacher, Bodhi, who decides to give Riley a difficult first case. Radiant Boy has rejected many attempts over the last century to cross over.

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 palpable as the story is read and unfolds. Listening to Riley's trials and errors is definitely a treat for the ears. The most amazing character portrayed by Ms. McInerney, at least in my opinion, was that of Aura, a Council member.
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The beginning of The Immortals series shows Riley as a dead girl after the accident she was in with the rest of her family. As a 12 year old girl, she always felt cheated out of the life she should have had and this really shows in the first book of her own series. Riley has a very confident and outspoken personality and I loved this about her. She wasn't at all afraid to say exactly what was on her mind even in a room full of people she didn't know and had only just met. What I loved most about her personality was the fact that it made it clear to understand just how upset and angry Riley was about dying at such a young age. At the same time though, she does come off as a little bit of a brat at times and expects things to go her way all of the time but I think that this is quite typical for a 12 year old girl.

The story begins quite quickly, not wasting any time in getting Riley on the right path. She soon learns that her purpose in the afterlife is to be a Soul Catcher. Riley must convince souls to take the leap and finally cross over after hanging around for far too long. I really liked the fact that by giving Riley a job, we get to see herself growing in different ways. Not only does her personality develop but we also get to see her strength and determination grow. Her first mission as a Soul Catcher is to convince a boy living in a castle in England to cross over even though he is seemingly terrifying and people have been trying for years to complete this task. I really enjoyed the fact that Riley wasn't eased in to her new role but instead, thrown fully in to the deep end and had to live up to expectations pretty quickly.

There aren't too many new characters introduced in this book but I don't think that was a bad thing at all.
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I aporlutealy loved this book. Radiance is an inspiring tile and instantly pulled me in. when I found out it was rialy bloom I was over joyed I loved every word bar - her discription of the English contry side witch I did find rather in acreate. And since i am from england my self and live there I can say that apart from the over snowy montins it was a good up lifting discription. I would re-comend this book to everyone who can see and also would recomend any in the Imortals *Evermore *Blue moon *Shadowland *Dark flame *Everlasting*
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I am truely sorry for my spelling , I am Dyslexic .
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