A Riley Bloom Book (Volume 1)

Alyson Noël; Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Young Listeners

Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s 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 all of that was before he met Riley.


Read an Excerpt

RADIANCE (Chapter 1)

Most people think that death is the end.

The end of life--of good times--the end of, well, pretty much everything.

But those people are wrong.

Dead wrong.

And I should know. I died almost a year ago.

RADIANCE. Copyright 2010 by Alyson Nol




  • Radiance by Alyson Noel - Book Trailer

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals series comes a new middle-grade series featuring Ever's younger sister, Riley. Watch the trailer!

  • Alyson Noël for Scholastic Book Fairs

    Alyson Noël talks about her new middle-grade series about Riley, younger sister of Ever from The Immortals series.

  • Radiance by Alyson Noël--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Alyson Noël's children's fantasy novel Radiance, the first book in the Riley Bloom series, a spin-off of the bestselling Immortals series. Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood.



Praise for Radiance

“…Noel uses a light hand and fills her story with humor and liveliness…the 4-hour audiobook is read by Kathleen McInerney in a youthful, endearing style that meshes well with the author’s words. This is a good choice for interested pre-teens and up.” – Parents’ Choice, winner of the Parents’ Choice Approved Award

“Kathleen McInerney takes on the job of portraying Riley beautifully. She has a young, inquisitive quality to her voice that truly brings Riley to life…Listening to Riley’s trials and errors is definitely a treat for the ears.” – TeensReadToo.com

“Narrator Kathleen McInerney is perfectly cast as Riley Bloom…A brief and enjoyable audio that will leave listeners wanting more of Riley.” – SoundCommentary.com

“Young listeners will surely enjoy exploring the afterlife through the eyes of Riley…This is a very promising first title in a new series.” – Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

“This audio version is excellent.” – 5MinutesForBooks.com

“Narrator Kathleen McInerney does a good job of depicting a wonderfully spunky, funny curious, sarcastic girl who thinks she knows it all…This exciting story includes a great mix of likeable characters, witty dialogue, humor, a developing boy-girl relationship, scary ghosts, danger, and a most satisfying conclusion.” – School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Alyson Noël; Read by Kathleen McInerney

  • Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the Riley Bloom series, including Dreamland and Shimmer, the Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the young adult books Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, and Cruel Summer. 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, California.
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A Riley Bloom Book

Alyson Noël; Read by Kathleen McInerney