By: Alyson Noel
Released: March 15, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"Having solved the matter of the Radiant Boy, Riley, Buttercup, and Bodhi are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. When Riley comes across a young ghost named Rebecca, Riley soon learns Rebecca's not at all what she sees. The daughter of a former plantation owner, she is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt in 1733. Mired in her own anger, Rebecca is keeping the ghosts who died along with her trapped in their worst memories. Can Riley help Rebecca without losing herself to her own nightmarish memories?" (Summary from alysonnoel.com)
Alyson Noel's Shimmer picks up where Radiance left off, Riley has successfully completed her first mission and is enjoying a vacation on the earth plane with her dog Buttercup and her guide Bodhi. However, her vacation does not last long before she finds a hell hound and an angry and cruel spirit, Rebecca. Riley can't stop herself from getting involved, even when it means going against Bodhi's warning. Rebecca was killed during a slave revolt in 1773 and she is now feeding off the energy of the spirits she has trapped. While attempting to understand more about Rebecca's past, Riley learns the horrifying details of the torture the slaves experienced. Rebecca traps Bodhi and Buttercup and its up to Riley to save them before she becomes trapped in her own fears.
Shimmer is a great follow up to Radiance and I personally love the character of Riley ever since I first read about her in Evernight. Riley is a headstrong and sassy character who will go out of her way to help others and prove that she can do anything.
In Shimmer, Bodhi's past is revealed and what his life was like before he died. Riley grows a great deal emotionally over the course of the book, especially when she is forced to face down her fears. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I strongly recommend Radiance and Shimmer.