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{January 27, 2012}   {Review} Shimmer by Alyson Noel (Riley Bloom #2)

From Goodreads: 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’m so glad that I decided to keep reading this series; I liked this novel a lot more that I liked Radiance.  I felt like this second novel in the series has much more substance, and while Riley is still an immature pain in the butt, she’s growing just a little bit, making better choices, and I was able to stomach her a lot more in this novel—and the same goes for Bodhi. 

I also really enjoyed the pretense of the novel a lot more.  The fact that events in this novel are loosely related to true events in the 1800s makes it that much more interesting.  There is a real moral to this story, especially as it deals with forgiveness while also showing the horrors of slavery, which most young people gloss over as it’s not the here and now (no reference to where Riley now lives).  I was much more pleased with this novel and hope that Noel continues down this path with the series.  Three and a half stars.


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