A Novel

Book - 2010
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After crossing the bridge into the afterlife, a place called Here where the time is always Now, Riley's existence continues in much the same way as when she was alive until she is given the job of Soul Catcher and, together with her teacher Bodhi, returns to earth for her first assignment, a ghost called the Radiant Boy who has been haunting an English castle for centuries and resisted all previous attempts to get him across the bridge.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312629175
Branch Call Number: FICTION NOEL
Characteristics: 183 p.; 21 cm


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kirstd31 Aug 01, 2016

Riley is having a hard time adjusting. She misses living on Earth and her sister. She is given a position has a Soul Catcher. She helps ghosts leave Earth. This is a fun and fast read. I can't wait to read the next book.

Jan 31, 2015

They say never to judge a book by its cover, and Radiance by Alyson Noël is a prime example of that rule. What I first suspected was to be some generic coming of age, drama, and/or romance novel given the cover containing a teenage girl in a field of flowers, soon evolved into a short and sweet novel I could literally not put down.
It’s the land of the dead! Journey with Riley and her faithful canine companion, Buttercup into the realm of the recently departed as they undertake their first assignment of the position known as a “Soul Catcher.” Watch as she clashes with her extremely dorky yet strangely attractive mentor, and learns what it’s like to truly feel *not* alive!
This novel offers quite a unique insight into the artist’s depiction of the afterlife, and also teaches the target demographic that death is real. Most depictions of the afterlife feature either a heaven full of angels, harps, and clouds, or a hell filled with torture, screaming, and fire. This is a really nice novel that breaks the traditional mold. Through this novel we also experience along with Riley what it means to move on (quite literally), and to be live your own life… or not life.
Overall I’d say this would be an excellent book for ages 12-10 (both genders), who need a bit of easing into dealing with darker novels with darker topics such as death. It contains some grave humour, but don’t be so quick to give it a burial! I rate Soul Catcher seven and a half departed souls out of ten.

IJohn Jan 30, 2014

An AWESOME BOOK!! Very suspenseful and it has a different storyline than most authors. Book two is AWESOME too!! Book two is Shimmer and book three is Whisper....Such good names!

Jul 05, 2013


Jan 15, 2013

It's pretty interesting. But I think it's kind of boring too.

Aug 22, 2012

Interesting twist .... haven't read this author before. Will check out book 2.

Jul 16, 2012

Is this the first book in the series??

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 10, 2012

enjoyable to read!

Mauve_Cat_65 May 26, 2012

i liked this book, i liked the world that it was set in, and i would probably read it again. i am thirteen, though, and i read at a level high above my age. i felt that this book, even though it was interesting, was targeted at a younger audience, maybe fourth or fifth grade.

meks Jan 29, 2012

This book is pretty good. Theres one boring part but its GREAT! awesome for any girl:)

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martyanne Jul 17, 2012

Riley Bloom: Ever's little sister gets to be the star of her own series! Set after the Immortals/ Ever series, staring Ever Bloom.. (books set which are more for older YA, like Ever herself) NOW... These are books about Riley Bloom's life in eternity, set to middle-grade level, like Riley! 1. Radiance 2. Shimmer 3. Dreamland 4. Whisper

Sep 19, 2011

Riley bloom dies in a car crash at the age of 12 or 11 and she dosen't want to cross over to the other side at first.then she meet this dude with a wired name and she becomes a soulchather will it be harder then she thought?

Feb 21, 2011

Riley and her guide/teacher Bodhi do not get on very well causing a lot of friction between the two. Her first mission is to rid a castle in England of a ghost called The Radiant Boy who has been terrifying people who visit there for centuries while Riley and her attitude can't wait to go because this means she gets to go to the Earth plane again.


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