By Alyson Noel
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…
This Blonde’s Review:
I really liked Riley. She’s in a perfect place but she’s young and it’s Not what she wants. She has her parents, her dog, but she doesn’t have her sister, Ever (of the Immortals series). She doesn’t have the chance to grow up, to have a first kiss, to go to prom, to have kids someday… She Hates that. She knows she’s supposed to love Here & Now, but she is young and has attitude. Her attitude is one of the things I enjoyed most about Riley. She is assigned the job of Soul Catcher. Bodhi is the boy assigned to teach her how to do her job. She isn’t entirely sure what his story is, since what she sees doesn’t always add up. Her first job is to go after the Radiant Boy. No one has been able to figure out how to get the Radiant Boy across the bridge to the Here & Now, and now it’s her turn to try. Except Riley has a different attitude than most people do. Riley’s strengths are her attitude and ability to still see things the way a person who is alive would.
I really enjoyed this book. I was glad to see this is going to be a new series, and I can’t wait to read the next one. I also discovered the Immortals series, with Riley’s sister Ever after I read Radiance. I am looking forward to reading about Ever as well. This book is a middle school age book, but still a great read for us adults who enjoy YA novels.