Radiance by Alyson Noel
Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she's summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can't quite figure out.
Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her 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 he's never met Riley...
I really enjoyed this book. It was the quick easy read that I needed. But it was a really easy read. So easy in fact that there is one thing that kinda bothered me. In the middle of the book, she randomly throws in this word "discombobulated". Actually I am not even sure it is a word. But it stands out so much because I feel like it doesn't fit the rest of the novel.
Once I got over that fact, it's a great quick read. Good story that keeps your attention. I really enjoyed Riley as a character. Even though she is only 12, I could understand things from her perspective. I could see why she would be upset. Her good deed was very interesting and her train of thought interesting. I think the reason she succeed is because of her age.
At the age of 12 you are told you can do anything and everything. That nothing can hold you back. It's once you hit high school you start getting told that things don't happen magically. I am looking forward to the next book in this new series. Even though I am slightly annoyed I am starting another series, the book didn't end horribly. Actually it was a great ending and I am surprised there is a second book coming.
Oh, and how do you pronounce Bodhi?? Such a neat name, but how would you say it??