Radiance (book review)
Radiance was written by Alyson Noel. It is the first book in the Riley Bloom Series.
When I saw this book pop up in my suggested reading I was really excited to see another series by Alyson Noel. I read The Immortals series early in the year and really loved it. I was even MORE excited when I saw it was a series where Riley Bloom was the main character. If you pop over to my review of the The Immortals first book, Evermore, you'll actually see that Riley was my favorite character in that series.
Description from Alyson Noel's website:
Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a 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 secret—the 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...
Again... love Riley Bloom. The book did not disappoint on making me love her even more.
I want to point out that this series is a "middle grade series". Riley Bloom is "12" (or... "stuck" at 12 since it's when she died). While I definitely found it to be a quick, easy, fun read... it had no trouble keeping my interest. I really enjoyed the whole concept of having to "work" in the afterlife. Riley being assigned the job of Soul Catcher made total sense for her character... and I loved Bodhi. I'm trying to figure him out right along with Riley.