Shimmer (Riley Bloom Series #2) by Alyson Noel
Publisher: Square Fish (Macmillan)
Release Date: March 15th, 2011
Review copy generously provided by the publisher
In Alyson Noel’s second charmer about 12 year old Riley Bloom, Shimmer, Riley’s newly discovered talents are put to the test when she meets Rebecca, the ghost of a plantation owner’s daughter. Rebecca’s anger is trapping souls in their own angry, painful memories, and Riley and her friends, ghost guide Bhodi and golden retriever Buttercup, must find a way to free the trapped souls, and help Rebecca let go of a horrible event in her past, so she may move on to the Here & Now.
I adored Radiance, and Shimmer was just as good. I’m still amazed at Ms. Noel’s ability to see through a 12 yr old’s eyes and write about themes such as slavery, and the horrid things that happened during that unpleasant time in our history, while always keeping a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Shimmer was a wonderful read and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to reluctant readers. It ends with some unanswered questions that I’m sure will be resolved in the next Riley Bloom adventure, Dreamscape, coming this fall!