Monday, October 25, 2010
Review- Radiance by Alyson Noel
When I grabbed this book from the library, I didn't know that it was a spin off from another series. I haven't read the other series, so I can't say how they compare, but I enjoyed this book despite lacking whatever background I missed.
Riley has died and is now learning about life in the Here & Now (author's idea of afterlife, kind of reminded me of how JK Rowling represents the afterlife). She is assigned to go back to earth to collect a soul that has refused to cross over.
This book features beautiful descriptions- not so much description that I got bored, but enough that it was easy to picture the setting in my mind. The story is good, but it could be better. I thought that the book was too short- maybe I have just read too many long books lately, but I like for there to be a well-developed storyline. This book seemed like a dream, where you get a blurred view of the whole picture. I'd love for there to be more exploration of the Here & Now. This book does have a sequel, which will come out in March of 2011.
I give this book 3 stars- I don't think that I will pick up the sequel, and I just don't think that it was in depth enough for me to really get into it. The cover is certainly beautiful, so if you are intrigued, give it a shot. The book is short and thought provoking about death and the afterlife.