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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,317 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alyson Noël, Alyson Noël Narrator: Kathlen McInerney, Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Riley Bloom Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781427212511
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Having solved the matter of the Radiant Boy, Riley, Buttercup, and Bodhi are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. When Riley comes across a vicious black dog, against Bodhi's advice, she decides to cross him over. While following the dog, she runs into a young ghost named Rebecca. Despite Rebecca's sweet appearance, Riley soon learns she's not at all what she seems. As the daughter of a former plantation owner, she is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt in 1733. Mired in her own anger, Rebecca is lashing out by keeping the ghosts who died along with her trapped in their worst memories. Can Riley help Rebecca forgive and forget without losing herself to her own nightmarish memories?

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  • “Bestselling author Alyson Noël gives fans the second book in her fascinating series about Riley Bloom and her life after death. The character of Riley brings a lot of energy to the story, and her clumsy but heartfelt attempts to do what's right are endearing and contagious. KidsReads.com

  • Understanding and enjoying this book does not hinge on having read Radiance (Square Fish, 2010), but readers will be quickly drawn to Riley and want to learn more about this spunky character and her previous experiences. The author's sharp contemporary wit in concert with her fascinating fantasy setting and important historical connections will draw readers through this enjoyable novel and have them begging for Riley's third adventure. School Library Journal
  • Noël ably captures the cadence of tweenspeak in this lively, action-packed adventure. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doodle Bug | 2/7/2014

    " Riley Bloom does it again. I know I didn't write much about the first book but I had already completed the second and it was way more worth writing about. The first book was great, don't get me wrong and with the second she took it to a whole new level. I never expected a story quite like the one Alyson tells through Riley. After death Riley arrives at the Here and Now. She becomes a Soul Catcher where she goes to the earth plane to help souls "cross the bridge". Her Character grows so much as she learns about people and getting them to cross. The story even incorporates historical events. The story is heart wrenching and delightful. The only downside to Alyson's writing is she repeats herself a lot. I know it is written for young adults and that could be a strong reason why she reiterates facts through the book but it gets a little tedious being reminded every chapter that she's dead or that old habits are hard to break. I really enjoyed the story and the progress of the writing is impressive. I can't wait to read the next installation in Riley's Story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ༺ Sydney ༻ | 1/22/2014

    " This book was a fast and fun read. The characters were well written and while I still don't like the main character Riley I love her dog and her friend Budhi. The adventures are cool and i can't wait for dreamland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayla Eklund | 1/5/2014

    " Shimmer was an okay sequel to Radiance. I think I liked Radiance better though. Shimmer started off kind of slow and boring. It took about fifty pages before I really got into it(for page counters that's a third of the book). Riley has matured a bit more than the first book. We get more of a glimpse into her life when she was still alive. I was also excited to be able to learn Bahdi's story. The book finally gave a lot of information about him. There were a few plot holes and spelling errors. When I read the book, I had a hard time liking any of the characters. Even though Riley matured, she still has whiny, bratty tendencies which make her annoying at times. I couldn't stand Rebecca, one of the new characters. She was a spoiled brat and a horrible person. Riley took pity on her after hearing all of her story, but I couldn't. The prince seemed weird and freaky at first. However, towards the end, I felt bad for him. After hearing Bodhi's story, I felt sad. For someone to have to go through that guilt and suffering is horrible. He was so caught up in his own grief that he didn't realize it wasn't his fault. I wasn't very impressed with this book, but I will continue this series because it is a short read. I recommend this book for people who have read Radiance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faith | 12/29/2013

    " It's readable but rather boring. Noel also kepps using the same dead puns. (Pun intended) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anny XD smiles forever!!!! | 12/28/2013

    " AWESOME!!!!!I can't wait for the thrid book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoyed reading book 2 in the Riley Bloom series. Definitely a book reading for the tweener, my daughter is enjoying the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Angelina | 12/27/2013

    " So much better than the former series of 'Immortal'. But still, too short. Try not to write in such a rush, Al. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TARDIS | 12/11/2013

    " eh, couldve had a better ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swapan | 12/2/2013

    " This was the most awesome book ever. To be honest, the book affected me deeply. I learnt how to let go of things and not let yourself trap in memories you would rather forget. It taught me to forgive and forget and move on! So thank you Alyson Noel :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiana Lemons | 11/8/2013

    " Honestly, I REALLY LOVED IT! The characters are strong and have a great personality...can't wait to get the next book in my school library so I can read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 10/15/2013

    " This book made you think!! Well, better than last time, I guess... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catrin | 10/13/2013

    " This book was stupid; I didn't get it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcie | 6/9/2013

    " I listened to this on audio and it was engaging. I love books that have some basis of a true story - which this one explains it does at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Allen Mitchem | 5/16/2013

    " In this book, Riley meet an evil little girl with some much anger she has created her own world. It was a good book. Cant wait to see what punishment she gets for crossing over ghosts she wasnt assigned to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsey | 11/3/2012

    " It was really good but it got a bit boring and it was a bit confusing. But i totally recomend the first book Radiance. It was amazing it was based on a girl that died and she explains her point of view and what its like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 10/19/2012

    " See radiance for review, it's the same for this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/23/2012

    " I liked the first one, Radiance, better. It seems a little didactic and here's what heaven is like...thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 4/1/2012

    " So sad! Made want to cry! This is a good book if you got kids with anger problems or if you want learn about slavery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meli | 2/12/2012

    " Can't wait to read the next book. Although Riley repeating what she just said in 4 different ways in the same paragraph is starting to get rather annoying lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcie | 6/25/2011

    " I listened to this on audio and it was engaging. I love books that have some basis of a true story - which this one explains it does at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryam | 6/22/2011

    " I expected there to be a thing for Riley and Bodhi after Riley had helped him get back to himself after what he had seen. I don't get the end of the book because Bodhi wanted to Riley see get hurt? I can't wait till Dreamland comes out! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 6/11/2011

    " Radiance was way better then this adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/11/2011

    " Great book! I love Riley's character she's so spunky and outgoing. I can't wait to read the next book :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/29/2011

    " wow i wouldn't let a young reader read this one, it's a bit scary for a little kid. but good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/29/2011

    " I wish there would be a romantic relationship between Bodhi and Riley. This book was pointless. It was just another one of Riley's SHORT adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney | 5/28/2011

    " This book was a fast and fun read. The characters were well written and while I still don't like the main character Riley I love her dog and her friend Budhi. The adventures are cool and i can't wait for dreamland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tannis | 5/23/2011

    " This book was also a quick read. Did not have much leading up to the plot, it did however leave me hanging a bit. Not enough to run out and buy the next one or sit on the edge of my seat waiting for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anny | 5/1/2011

    " AWESOME!!!!!I can't wait for the thrid book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/1/2011

    " LOVED IT!!!! It had some pretty disturbing moments but extremely well written. I wouldn't market it towards children definitely towards older teenager because of the content and the description of how some of the slaves died. The young girl recalling her death could frighten some!!! Great book!!! "

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About the Author

Alyson Noël is the award-winning author of numerous books, incluidng Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and the Immortals series, including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over two million copies in print in the US alone, her books have won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer’s Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show’s “Give the Gift of Reading” segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine’s “Hot List” and Beach Book Club Pick.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.