Riley Bloom #1 Sjælefanger
Series: Riley Bloom #1
Author: Alyson Noël
Published in English: 2010
Dansk titel: Sjælefanger
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2011
Finished Reading: November 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley . . .
I’d recommend reading the series The Immortals by Alyson before reading this series. We get to know Riley a big in the first book, Evermore and continues to show up occasionally during the series containing six books. My first opinion of her is that I like how she’s teasing her sister Ever, in the original series but her personality in this book is frankly, pretty bratty and annoying.
The book feels like an endless introduction of Riley and her new “life” Every time Riley had a sentence I became more and more impatient with her. I don’t really see a development in her throughout the book. Even at the end, she still awoke some negative feelings in me. I think it’s because the overall age requirement is lower for this series then the original. The communication between the few characters seem dull and childish, it lacks personality and charm.
If you’re one of the people whom liked the Immortals, series I’d say give this a go for sure. It’s a different take on the same sort of universe as Ever used to travel around in. It’s an easy and short read so give it a go and see if your take on Riley is different from mine. It doesn’t have the same feel as I’m used to from the original series but has a more relaxed feel.