Books by Alyson Noël

THE BONE THIEF by Alyson Noël
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"There's no magic in them bones. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Can Grimsly save his hometown from a vengeance-seeking madman? Read full book review >
BLACKLIST by Alyson Noël
Released: April 4, 2017

"Chick lit to the max for those who want it. (Chick lit. 14-18)"
The Beautiful Idols saga continues as the competitive Hollywood teens deal with the consequences of Madison's murder. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An amusing Christmas story for preteens. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Almost 13-year-old Nick thinks that the only way he can get his dream girl is by becoming famous. Read full book review >
UNRIVALED by Alyson Noël
Released: May 10, 2016

"Chick-lit gold. (Chick lit. 12-18)"
Three fame-hungry teens vie for a prize they can win by running nightclubs for an unprincipled mogul, while a young A-list star tries to avoid them. Read full book review >
ECHO by Alyson Noël
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"An intriguing story, but for confirmed romance fans only. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Far more romance than paranormal, this second installment of the Soul Seekers series finds its supernaturally endowed young couple struggling to gain enough strength to defeat their demonic foe. Read full book review >
SHIMMER by Alyson Noël
Released: March 15, 2011

More serious in tone than Radiance (2010), this supernatural adventure story finds perpetually 12-year-old Riley and her 14-year-old guide, Bodhi, first battling then helping Rebecca, an angry ghost child who initially seems to be evil personified. After the death of her mother, Rebecca, the daughter of an unloving plantation owner in the 1700s, was ignored by her father and reared by her family's uncaring household slaves, leaving her bereft and psychologically damaged. The slaves on the plantation were cruelly and barbarically treated, and they eventually rebelled, killing Rebecca and her father. Rebecca is holding the ghosts of some of these slaves in what could be called memory hell, a place where they must constantly relive their most nightmarish remembrances. Riley, who is dead and existing in the "Here & Now," is compelled to go where angels fear to tread when Rebecca captures Bodhi and Riley's faithful dog Buttercup. In the rather tedious adventure that follows, Riley frees her friends, then, with their help, tries to bring forgiveness and peace to the slaves and Rebecca, so they can all cross the bridge to the happiness that awaits on the other side. The backdrop of the story, a slave revolt in the West Indies, adds some historical weight, but the situation remains abstract and the characters only marginally interesting, leaving readers ultimately unengaged. (Ghost story. 9-12)Read full book review >
RADIANCE by Alyson Noël
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Twelve-year-old Riley is dead, and she isn't particularly happy about it. It took her quite a while to finally accept her fate and cross the bridge to the other side, and she still misses her earthly life, particularly her adored older sister (Ever, of Noël's Immortals series for teens). In the afterlife, Riley is given the job of Soul Catcher and assigned a guide to help her. She immediately clashes with her 14-year-old guide, Bodhi, who dresses badly and hides his handsome face behind oversized glasses. As first Riley and then Bodhi set out to complete their less-than-suspenseful assignments, they gain confidence and skill as well as an appreciation of each other. The overall tone is humorous, though the conclusion—Riley's realization that the dead are soon forgotten by the living yet can still go on to heights of glory in another plane—is bittersweet. This is a tale for lovers of the genre only; it doesn't generate enough reality to sustain an outsider's interest. But for those preteens who like a mild supernatural adventure with romantic overtones, you go, ghost. (Paranormal. 9-12)Read full book review >
EVERMORE by Alyson Noël
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Shallow stock characters barely mar the breathless allure of this formulaic supernatural romance, the first in the Immortals series, though feeble explanations wreck the ending. Ever (her very name a clue to immortality) lives the life of the wealthy in Orange County. Sister Riley visits daily in ghost form, having died with their parents in an accident that Ever perplexingly survived. Deluged by everyone's thoughts and auras, Ever wears hoodies and iPod earbuds as shelter from psychic clamor, until mysterious hottie Damen silences it. This genre's core ingredients are all present: a new school, paranormal events the heroine doesn't understand and a deadly enemy fought by an irresistible, possibly-dangerous boy. Ever's vernacular voice (description via negation: "it's not like I haven't had my hand touched before") and amorous fixation will gratify romance fans. However, Noël's metaphysics makes no sense. Manifestations are "simple quantum physics," Ever is murdered lifetime after lifetime but escapes this time due to the serial murderer's "lack of love" and the narrative never explains the prime ontological poser of how Ever reincarnates with a new body and consciousness yet remains herself. (aura color chart) (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
FLY ME TO THE MOON by Alyson Noël
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"As predictable as an onboard safety video."
A flight attendant's love life is prone to turbulence. Read full book review >