Book Review: Shimmer by Alyson Noel

Goodreads Summary: 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?

I really enjoy the Riley Bloom books, much more so than the Immortal series, and I like this one even more than Radiance.  I love Noel's take on the afterlife and love that these books send a good message.  Riley is fun, authentic and entertaining (if a bit whiney and bratty at times, but hey what 12 year old isn't?).

In this book Riley, Bohdi, and Buttercup free a bunch of souls from a spoiled southern belle who's keeping them bound to this dimension.  Riley makes some impulsive decisions, some that may have bad consequences but she does what she feels is right and manages to "get her glow on." 

This book packs a history lesson, moral, and entertaining story . . .  all in a small book.  I  recommend this book to midgraders and adults alike.  Very well done :)


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