Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Shimmer by Alyson Noel
The novel Shimmer written by Alyson Noel is about a ghost girl named Riley, her dog Buttercup - also a ghost - and Bodhi, Riley's guide in the Here and Now realm. In Here and Now, Riley's job is to coax other lingering ghosts over the bridge into the Here and Now world where all ghosts go after their living body has died. After Riley coaxes over her first ghost she, Bodhi, and Buttercup are allowed a vacation by the council. It's on St. Johns Island where Riley meets a ghost girl named Rebecca and decides to cross her over to Here and Now, but Rebecca won't go without a fight. Rebecca died in a slave revolt back in 1733 and is so angered that she keeps all of the ghosts that died with her trapped and unable to move on to Here and Now. To get Rebecca to let go of the past Riley must team up with one of Rebecca's slaves, an African prince taken from his home. It takes a while but Riley is finally able to convince Rebecca to cross the bridge into Here and Now and to let all of the slaves go.
Alyson Noel's sequel to Radiance was a perfect follow up. Riley was an exciting character that knew what she wanted but did not know how to get it. Alyson Noel knew exactly what she was doing and knows how to make her readers want more.