Noel, Alyson. Whisper. Macmillan/Square Fish 215p $7.99
978-0-312-64156-6 ms Good Supernatural
Riley Bloom, a soul catcher who, by the way, is dead, is sent to catch the soul of a Roman gladiator named the Pillar of Doom. Along the way she meets a young girl who works at cross purposes to Riley, for her own reasons. As a result, Riley could get caught in the other girl's world.
Riley Bloom is written in a manner that will capture the interest of middle-school girls with an interest in the supernatural. The dialogue reads as smoothly as a dialogue between friends. The image of a young girl pitting herself against a big, burly gladiator as well as a scheming young woman will pull readers into the story, even though much of it is told on a superficial level. The book is an easy read that would probably lend itself to female reluctant readers. The Immortals & Radiance series presents a world that middle-school girls with an interest in supernatural tales will find interesting. The series presents itself as a set of titles for female, reluctant readers. --Lynn Fisher