Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review: Shimmer - Alyson Noël

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 3 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Riley's hair looks sort of stiff and weird in this picture, I love the colors though,)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 15, 2011
Publisher: SquareFish
Page Count: 187 p.
Sequel to Radiance

Riley is enjoying a nice vacation with her dog, Buttercup and her guide, Bodhi. Enjoying that is until a big black dog comes barreling straight at Riley. Despite Bodhi's demands that she stay put, she follows after the dog deciding that she needs to help him cross the bridge, even though she's not supposed to. When she trips over a gravestone, she notice a flash of light which happens to be a girl named Rebecca. Rebecca is angry though and tries to trap Riley and her friends in their own living hell. The only way she can help her friends escape is if she can get them, and everyone else trapped by Rebecca, to forgive their anger from their living lives. It won't be easy, especially when she is struggling with some anger of her own.

I think I liked Riley less in this one than in the first one. She seemed a lot more whiny and stubborn in this one. It also seemed like she repeated herself and awful lot in this story. Like: "...same direction the beast had run, I should've been headed the way he'd come. The same direction I'd originally been headed. The same direction Buttercup..." This happened many times especially in the first few chapters. While this is sometimes a good tool to used to emphasize a point. The times it was used just seemed excessive and clunky. The story was interesting enough though. A former slave owner's daughter trapped by her own anger at being killed. I wish this novel didn't end like it did though; I want to know what happens next! I feel like more could have happened in this book too. The only thing they did is deal with this Rebecca girl. In the first book, Riley goes through her whole death thing and coping and deals with Radiant Boy. I was just disappointed that the only thing they did is work on Rebecca. I did appreciate the fact that Rebecca's story was based on the St. John's Island slave revolt of 1733. It's a sad bit of history, but I loved that it was sprinkled into this story. I wasn't really expecting to find any history in these novels, it was a nice touch. It was great finding out a bit more about Bodhi's former life. He seems like such a quiet character, and would never really open up too willingly. This was a good follow up to the first novel and I eagerly await September for the next installment, Dreamland. This is especially so, because I can guess at what the subject will be just by the title and am very excited.
Can I also just mention that the whole time I read this series the song stuck in my head is Hell by Squirrel Nut Zippers. ;)

First Line:
"If you think you know what it's like to be dead—if you think it's just an eternity of harp music and cloud lounging—well, think again."

Favorite Line:
"A bell—a girl—a boy—a body—
A quick snippet of each flashing over and over again."

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