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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? Find out in Shimmer, the second book in the Riley Bloom series from bestselling author Alyson more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312648251
  • 9780312648251
  • 67,282

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"Bestselling author Alyson Noel 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." "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 "Noel ably captures the cadence of tweenspeak in this lively, action-packed adventure." --Booklistshow more

About Alyson Noel

Alyson Noel is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoe, 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 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won 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. She lives in Laguna Beach, more

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6,890 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (2,000)
3 28% (1,910)
2 10% (659)
1 3% (173)

Our customer reviews

Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Riley and her guide, Bodhi, are enjoying a vacation after their first mission of leading a soul home in book 1. While playing with her own dog, Buttercup, she comes across a Hellhound and is determined to find it and send it home but what she finds is much more than she expected. She meets the ghost Rebecca, who is very angry for having been murdered during a slave revolt in the early 1700's. She has created a bubble in which she has captured all the other souls who died after her where each one relives there most frightening moment during life over and over. Against Bodhi's wishes, Riley uses her own free will to take on this monumental mission of sending home all the ghosts trapped here by Rebecca, but can she do it without becoming trapped herself? I think I enjoyed this second book in the series even more than the first! A very quick page-turning afternoon's read for me. I really like both Riley and Bodhi as main characters and even though they are at odds much of the time in their teacher/student relationship I find myself agreeing with each one's point of view. When not paying attention to their official relationship they have managed in this book to become somewhat closer to each other as people, not exactly friends yet, but they've seen a side of each other they hadn't known about before and now they must get over there own stubbornness. The story did get a bit gruesome with some of the depictions of the treatment of slaves and there was one source of torture that the author seems to have fixated on and repeatedly mentions; when just the once was plenty barbaric enough to lay uncomfortably in the reader's mind. It is a good ghost story; Rebecca is an evil ghost who is also caught in her own trap without realising it. When we learn the full story of her death it is supposed to redeem her in the reader's eyes but I wasn't going to let her off quite so easily! Lots of fun! Readers of the first book will enjoy this second adventure. My only real complaint is the cliffhanger ending where the characters literally walk through a door. The End. I prefer my books to end with a satisfactory conclusion even when they are parts of a more
by Nicola Mansfield
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