In Alyson Noël’s Whisper, Riley Bloom might really have bitten off more than she’s ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world. To accomplish this, Messalina helps Riley through a dramatic, mystical makeover, transforming her into the beautiful and mature teen she’s always wanted to be. Finally, Riley can experience her first boyfriend and her first kiss. With a dream this enchanting, will she ever want to leave?,
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Saving Zoë, Faking 19, Laguna Cove, Kiss & Blog, and Cruel Summer; the Immortals series and its spin-off Riley Bloom series; and the Soul Seekers series. Her books have won awards including the National Reader’s Choice Award and have appeared on Seventeen Magazine’s “Hot List” and Beach Book Club Pick.
Kathleen McInerney has narrated audiobooks by bestselling authors such as Emily Giffin, Danielle Steel, Mary Kay Andrews, and Linda Castillo. Her narration of Just One Day by Gayle Forman won an AudioFile Earphones Award.
“Riley, who appeared in ghost form to her older sister, Ever, in Noël’s bestselling Evermore, takes center stage in this middle-grade spinoff, first in a planned series. . . . her wit, attitude, and maturation should have readers gladly following her into the second installment.” —Publishers Weekly
“I must admit there is not one thing I don’t like about this book. I just listed it all the pros and there are no cons. I would rate it FIVE STARS if I was a critic. And I guess I am. Now I have something to look forward to, the second book coming out in Spring 2011.” —Hadley, at AllyKatzz.com
“I like Riley . . . She’s faced with challenges and loves to meet them head-on. I’m very pleased with this book. . . . Riley’s story is touching, moving, and uplifting.” —Biliophilic Book Blog
“Narrating in a contemporary voice with an honest and comfortable cadence, Riley is imperfect, but always likable as she sweeps readers to her faraway land where she makes herself and readers assess their behaviors and, quite possibly, make adjustments. In the midst of this wildly fanciful setting, Noël is able to capture with nail-on-the-head accuracy common worries and concerns of today’s tweens.” —School Library Journal
“A tale for lovers of the genre . . . For those preteens who like a mild supernatural adventure with romantic overtones, you go, ghost.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Riley is such a great, refreshing character and I loved her voice. She has some great inner monologues that made me laugh out loud . . . I really enjoyed Radiance . . . I’d definitely recommend YA fans of Alyson Noël to pick it up. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next with Riley and Bodhi.” —Mundie Moms
“Alyson did a great job writing Radiance. It was what I expected and more . . . She was able to catch that young voice and portray it beautifully. . . . Radiance is a great summer read. I give it 5 BITES!” —Books With Bite
“Another highly creative and well thought out series for Alyson Noël! . . . Noël creates another imaginative world that is so well described it sucked me in from the very beginning. She has a very poetic style of writing that will appeal to any age . . . I highly recommend.” —Bellas Novella
“Radiance is a sweet story, a perfect summer read . . . Like the Immortals series, Noël’s world building is superb. Radiance was the perfect book to tide me over until the next Immortals book comes out. As far as middle-grade books go, it’s one of the best I’ve read.” —I’d So Rather Be Reading
“I think I found a great new series with tons of potential, and that series starts with Radiance . . . This book is so cute!” —Bloody Bookaholic
“I loved reading this book! . . . Its beauty and simplicity blend perfectly with romance and humor. I’m sad that I must wait until next year for Shimmer, the sequel. I will definitely miss Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup! Also the cover is just beautiful!” —Novel Thoughts
“The author has a way of making the world she has created come off the pages and into your mind! A book that will keep you captivated from page one until Riley’s flight of Radiance at the end!” —My Overstuffed Bookshelf
“Kathleen McInerney’s pacing and inflection are perfect, and she imbues Riley with the right amount of sass, personality, and petulance.” —School Library Journal on Shimmer
Whisper was published on April 24, 2012.The intended audience for this book is 9 to 12 years old. The Whisper Audiobook is 666 hours and 40 minutes. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
Whisper includes the following subjects: Social Themes / Death, Grief, Bereavement. The BISAC Subject Code is Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy & Magic.
The author of Whisper is Alyson Noël.
The narrator for the Whisper Audiobook is Kathleen McInerney.