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This time, Riley might really have bitten off more than she’s ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is This time, Riley might really have bitten off more than she’s ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world. To accomplish this, Messalina helps Riley through a dramatic, mystical makeover, transforming her into the beautiful and mature teen she’s always wanted to be. Finally, Riley can experience her first boyfriend and her first kiss. With a dream this enchanting, will she ever want to leave?


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This time, Riley might really have bitten off more than she’s ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is This time, Riley might really have bitten off more than she’s ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world. To accomplish this, Messalina helps Riley through a dramatic, mystical makeover, transforming her into the beautiful and mature teen she’s always wanted to be. Finally, Riley can experience her first boyfriend and her first kiss. With a dream this enchanting, will she ever want to leave?

30 review for Whisper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shirlyn Chin

    Finally, some action going. I like what Alyson portrays in this book about the magic in whisper and silence... But I think the cover would've been better if it shows Riley as a grown-up in the mirror instead. I just KNNOOWW Bodhi might like Riley in the end, so it's really hilarious when a third person bumps in. You get what you deserve Bodhi, you've got the three-books-advantage (if you get what I mean) to realise how good Riley is but you didn't notice until Riley appears to be the beautiful ad Finally, some action going. I like what Alyson portrays in this book about the magic in whisper and silence... But I think the cover would've been better if it shows Riley as a grown-up in the mirror instead. I just KNNOOWW Bodhi might like Riley in the end, so it's really hilarious when a third person bumps in. You get what you deserve Bodhi, you've got the three-books-advantage (if you get what I mean) to realise how good Riley is but you didn't notice until Riley appears to be the beautiful adult she is inside. Go Riley! If you want to kick Bodhi's butt, you have my support.

  2. 4 out of 5

    hayden

    This is the first book I read on my new Nook. The Riley Bloom series is one of my favorites out there, because it's such a good escape. Riley is spunky and totally out-there, and it makes for a really fun reading experience. Whisper is the fourth in the series about Riley Bloom, a twelve-year-old girl who is constantly burdened by the not-quite-reaching of her teens. In Whisper, Riley is given a difficult Soul Catch: a Roman warrior named Theocoles. During her trip to try to cross Theocoles over, This is the first book I read on my new Nook. The Riley Bloom series is one of my favorites out there, because it's such a good escape. Riley is spunky and totally out-there, and it makes for a really fun reading experience. Whisper is the fourth in the series about Riley Bloom, a twelve-year-old girl who is constantly burdened by the not-quite-reaching of her teens. In Whisper, Riley is given a difficult Soul Catch: a Roman warrior named Theocoles. During her trip to try to cross Theocoles over, she's introduced to Messalina, a girl just like her, the only girl in the entire place. Riley and Messalina become instant friends, and Messalina decides to give Riley the ultimate makeover. Whisper deals with some concepts such as growing up, finding love, and staying true to your heart. Alyson does this really cool Author Trick where she very subtly puts warm messages into her books, but you don't realize it until after you're done. It makes the reading experience very touching, because you're not bombarded with messages that are delivered like frying pans to the face. Alyson has always been one of my favorite authors. Whisper is one of my favorite of her books, just because she writes Riley so well -- like she actually was a perpetually twelve-year-old girl once! -- and I can't wait for the next installment in Riley's series.

  3. 4 out of 5

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    This series covers are gorgeous. This series a really good series for children. I mean the girl, Riley is likable and she gets such interesting stories and adventures in the world of the dead. She is independent and very opinionated in a way that is appealing from a girl her age. In Whisper, Riley travels back in time to the Roman Empire to help a fighter un-stuck and move on to the light, so to speak. There she meets Theocolse's love, Messalina and the two struck a friendship cord. But there is m This series covers are gorgeous. This series a really good series for children. I mean the girl, Riley is likable and she gets such interesting stories and adventures in the world of the dead. She is independent and very opinionated in a way that is appealing from a girl her age. In Whisper, Riley travels back in time to the Roman Empire to help a fighter un-stuck and move on to the light, so to speak. There she meets Theocolse's love, Messalina and the two struck a friendship cord. But there is more to this Messalina than meets the eye especially when she drugs Riley and tries mess with her head and gives her a new name to keep her there for ever. The only thing I don't like was how it ended. I mean there were so many hints (view spoiler)[between Bodhi and Riley that they have feelings for each other especially when he told her in this book that she took his breath away only to make a 180 turn by making Riley end up with the new guy whom I didn't like. (hide spoiler)] Overall, this series is a light-read with good characters. I highly recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maddi

    Riley wants to be thirteen but in order to do that she must complete the hardest task! This book was really good and it was a good ending for the last book of the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)

    The Soul Catching Riley Bloom, the young sister of Ever from the "Immortals" series, also from the same author, has been sent on a difficult mission. She hopes to get her 'glow on', as she does her good service in the afterlife, known as the Here and Now, and she is accompanied by her guide Bodhi. She must go to Ancient Rome and try to cross over her assignment, a Roman gladiator named Theocoles. She soon discovers Messalina, and falls under a spell of a dramatic makeover, allowing Riley her fon The Soul Catching Riley Bloom, the young sister of Ever from the "Immortals" series, also from the same author, has been sent on a difficult mission. She hopes to get her 'glow on', as she does her good service in the afterlife, known as the Here and Now, and she is accompanied by her guide Bodhi. She must go to Ancient Rome and try to cross over her assignment, a Roman gladiator named Theocoles. She soon discovers Messalina, and falls under a spell of a dramatic makeover, allowing Riley her fondest wish, to be a teen. She is completely enchanted by the gladiator world and ignores her assignment. She does manage to break free of her vanity, and swallows her pride and allows Messalina to convince prideful Theocoles to cross the Bridge. Riley learns that being a Soul Catcher, she doesn't always have to be the one to do the crossing over for it to be successful. This is a valuable lesson. At her surprise birthday party she finds out something amazing; she is able to choose how much older she wants to be, and she chooses 13 1/2, and she also discovers that she has helped recover trapped enchanted Soul Catchers, and one of them really was a boy named Dacian, and he really was interested in her. Woot! She may even start dating soon...! Who knows, as this was the final novel in the series. A cute set to read, fast, and pleasantly surprised by the drastically differing and interesting stories. Good enough to read in one sitting if that's what you do...! I liked 'em.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Book Girl

    Review to come I told myself I wasn’t going to finish this series but for some reason, I decided to. Even worse than the previous 3 books in the series. 1/5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tara Calaby

    The first Riley Bloom book, Radiance was enjoyable but, as is often the case for the first book in a series, the amount of setting-up that was needed detracted a little from the book-specific plot. With Whisper there is no such issue, which meant that it could dive straight into the book's storyline. It's a fun plot, too, with Riley heading to ancient Rome to catch the soul of a gladiator caught in an endless repetition of his own downfall and learning a lot about herself in the process. It's Ril The first Riley Bloom book, Radiance was enjoyable but, as is often the case for the first book in a series, the amount of setting-up that was needed detracted a little from the book-specific plot. With Whisper there is no such issue, which meant that it could dive straight into the book's storyline. It's a fun plot, too, with Riley heading to ancient Rome to catch the soul of a gladiator caught in an endless repetition of his own downfall and learning a lot about herself in the process. It's Riley's character development in Whisper that forms the strongest part of the novel. Alyson Nöel does a great job of making her protagonist realistic, and Riley has all of the angst and frustration that you'd expect of a young girl who died before she could achieve any of her goals in life – even the seemingly simple goal of turning thirteen! Here, however, Riley really starts to grow up a little. She begins to look beyond her own feelings and to make the first steps towards overcoming some of her flaws and, in doing so, becomes a much more rounded character. I'm always a little wary of fiction set in ancient Rome, because I often struggle to disengage my classicist mind and can end up spending my reading time picking out historical inaccuracies instead of enjoying the plot. I didn't find this to be much of an issue with Whisper, largely because Nöel seems to have (cleverly) avoided placing the story too firmly in its historical context and also because I had read the note at the end where she admits that she's used literary license where the history of the novel is concerned. I'm a lot less picky when a book doesn't claim to be historically accurate! I will say, however, that the number of times that the Romans were referred to as barbarians was a little irritating. I wasn't sure about Bodhi in the first Riley Bloom book, but I liked him a lot here, even if he wasn't around much! It seems like he has also undergone some character development between the first and fourth books, so I shall be interested in reading the other two to see what caused it. As for the plot itself, I enjoyed the idea of ghosts being endlessly caught up in the repetition of a brief part of their lives, and I thought the insight given into Riley's character through the dream world that Messalina creates for her was very cleverly done. Whisper is an enjoyable book and a great instalment in a series that is entertaining to adults and younger readers alike. And now I have to go back and read Shimmer and Dreamland!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    A sweet, well paced book for Tweens, WHISPER is perfectly written for young readers. Noel handles fundamentally heavy subjects with humor and grace, allowing her heroine to come of age in the afterlife. Riley struggles with crushes, forgiveness, body image, and romance, all while trying to rescue the long tormented ghost of a Roman gladiator. Though I appreciated the morality tales woven into Riley’s story, it was only the parts regarding forgiveness and lost love that resonated more than intell A sweet, well paced book for Tweens, WHISPER is perfectly written for young readers. Noel handles fundamentally heavy subjects with humor and grace, allowing her heroine to come of age in the afterlife. Riley struggles with crushes, forgiveness, body image, and romance, all while trying to rescue the long tormented ghost of a Roman gladiator. Though I appreciated the morality tales woven into Riley’s story, it was only the parts regarding forgiveness and lost love that resonated more than intellectually. Perhaps because these themes are as pertinent to adults as they would be for young readers. And though Riley’s crush was sweet and age appropriate, Noel puts a new spin on the genre trope. As a new reader (WHISPER was my first book in the Riley Bloom series), this was a compelling change that made the story all the more readable. Depending on how heavily Noel build up expectations in prior books, returning readers may not be as thrilled with this novel twist. Despite this being my first book in the series, Noel’s characters and mythology were accessible and charming. Even the sticky issue of a heroine coming of age in the afterlife was handled with aplomb, neither downplaying death nor harping on darkness. While the story tone was a bit too young for my tastes, WHISPER is note perfect for a young reader who is already trying to find their place in a teenage world. Sexual Content: Kissing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ally Bolin

    Whisper is the fourth and final book in the Riley Bloom series. This book is where Riley goes to Rome to try to get the undefeated gladiator Theocoles to cross over and come to Here and Now. The theme was good versus evil. "Theocoles was the champion gladiator back in his day. Feared by all - defeated by none." (Noel, 5) One of the themes is beauty. "Gazing into the full-length mirror she'd propped up before me , I gasped in delight at a vision of me that looked a lot like my beautiful, older si Whisper is the fourth and final book in the Riley Bloom series. This book is where Riley goes to Rome to try to get the undefeated gladiator Theocoles to cross over and come to Here and Now. The theme was good versus evil. "Theocoles was the champion gladiator back in his day. Feared by all - defeated by none." (Noel, 5) One of the themes is beauty. "Gazing into the full-length mirror she'd propped up before me , I gasped in delight at a vision of me that looked a lot like my beautiful, older sister Ever." (Noel, 51) Riley is the main character and she is very confident in her self. " I mean, yes, I was the one who practically begged the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch..." (Noel, 2) She also likes to get credit for the things she does. "A discovery that would surely make it in the Soul Catcher Hall of Fame - if there were such a thing - a discovery that Soul Catchers would talk about for years in awe." (Noel, 176) The purpose of this book is to explain that you can give up the fame of doing something if it makes someone else happy. Overall she successfully got the point across. This book is definitely worth reading if you have read the other three books first.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nisareen

    This time, Riley might really have bitten off more than she’s ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world. To accomplish this, Messalina helps Riley through a dramatic, mystical makeover, transforming her This time, Riley might really have bitten off more than she’s ready for. After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world. To accomplish this, Messalina helps Riley through a dramatic, mystical makeover, transforming her into the beautiful and mature teen she’s always wanted to be. Finally, Riley can experience her first boyfriend and her first kiss. With a dream this enchanting, will she ever want to leave?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Heywood

    I really enjoyed this book it was a good conclusion to end the series. I really liked how Riley gave up her quest and gave it to her new friend. It showed true friendship. I also like how bohdi and buttercup were able to get Riley out of the world and back to reality!! I wished she ended up with bohdi but I do like the relationship she ended up in though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annabel ♥

    Just came out! I'm excited to read it! Just came out! I'm excited to read it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Connolly

    This series wasn't nearly as good as Evermore. Dragged on way too long. This series wasn't nearly as good as Evermore. Dragged on way too long.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shivani

    CHOICE BOOK #2 QUARTER 2 SPOILERS TITLE, AUTHOR, GENRE Whisper was written by Alyson Noël and is a fantasy novel. SETTING Whisper takes place in Ancient Greece (now known as Rome, Italy). CHARACTERS RILEY BLOOM: Riley Bloom, the protagonist of the Riley bloom series, and is what you could call a wannabe. She strives to be like her sister, Ever, who knows what it's like to be 13. Riley knows not to make up her assignment and is an experienced soul catcher as what the council thinks, but when given a CHOICE BOOK #2 QUARTER 2 SPOILERS TITLE, AUTHOR, GENRE Whisper was written by Alyson Noël and is a fantasy novel. SETTING Whisper takes place in Ancient Greece (now known as Rome, Italy). CHARACTERS RILEY BLOOM: Riley Bloom, the protagonist of the Riley bloom series, and is what you could call a wannabe. She strives to be like her sister, Ever, who knows what it's like to be 13. Riley knows not to make up her assignment and is an experienced soul catcher as what the council thinks, but when given a task to get a Gladiator to move on seems like a long shot from Riley's usual (not assigned) tasks. She wants to get this over with but know that she looks pretty, is finally 15, and got her first kiss, does she ever want to leave? It's only up to her to find her way out of Messalina's world. I think Riley is a dynamic character because at the beginning of the book Riley always thought more about herself than others, but in the end, she realizes to cancel out all the thoughts and listen closely to what is often ignored. Theocole's: In the period he lived, he was known greatly for being one of the best gladiators of the time and being a slave. He fell deeply in love with the owner's niece, Messalina. Theocole's favorite part about being on the track was getting to crowds attention and them yelling him to KILL the opponent. But when he dies he still vows to the crowds cheering, and so immersed in his old life, doesn't know he's dead.He is guided to the people's chants instead of Messalina. I think Theocole is a Dynamic character because throughout the start of the book he was in the trance of his old life. Near the end, after all the persuading that Messalina and Riley tried of Theocoles, he realizes that he's dead and that the crowd had moved on after his death. It takes him a while to accept, but soon he finds his journey to Here. MAIN PROBLEM/CONFLICT Riley Bloom doesn't want to leave Messalina's new world. It's a magical dream of everything she's wanted - being beautiful, a boy loves her, and she doesn't need to remember her past. But she soon forgets all about the assignment and getting Theocoles to cross over the bridge. So immersed in her new world, when she is cast out of Messalina's spell she doesn't listen to Bodhi to go back. It might be too late to get the old Riley back. I think the problem is Person vs. Person because Riley will have to beat Mesalina's spell to get to Theocoles. The biggest problem in Riley's way is Messalina, who will not allow her to get to Theocoles. THEME STATEMENT Listen to the whisper of your heart and you'll always find what you were looking for. 1. At the end, when Bodhi and Riley are looking for Theocoles, they realize that they have to go away from the sound to get to him. Riley listens to the whisper instead of the loud noise they are pulled to. 2. Riley tells Mesalina to whisper to Theocoles instead of yelling, and that it was the only way to get to him. It works. 3. Riley goes with the crowd in the colosseum and is sucked into Mesalina's world, but finds her way out by listening to the whisper of her heart. OPINION & ANALYSIS I enjoyed this book very much because it involved so many twists and turns, and showed the unexpected sides of certain characters. I fell in love with the plot, and it was a nice dose of history. My most favorite part of the book is at the end when Riley figures out that Dacian is also a soul catcher that got stuck in Messalina's world (which seems like the stars aligned for them to be together) and that Messalina finally got to try a birthday cupcake (Think about what she was missing out on!). This book might have had the most complete cliff-hanger-less ending of all the books I've read. It summarized Messalina and Theocoles, as well as when Bodhi and Riley getting along. This book tied with the other books in the series, but also reminded me of the Kiranmala and the Kingdom of beyond series because both characters learn to listen to their hearts. I wouldn't have done anything differently other than a few minor word changes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Bo

    Choice book #4 Quarter 2 Whisper by Alyson Noel is a fantasy book that takes place in ancient Rome. The main character in the book is Riley Bloom and she is determined to persuade Theocoles, a roman gladiator who's so fearsome that he is called The Pillar of Doom. Riley is a soul catcher which means she persuades lost ghosts across to Here and Now, a place where you can go when you die. Riley never gives up as she go's through all of Messalina's fake world. Messalina is also a lost soul who love Choice book #4 Quarter 2 Whisper by Alyson Noel is a fantasy book that takes place in ancient Rome. The main character in the book is Riley Bloom and she is determined to persuade Theocoles, a roman gladiator who's so fearsome that he is called The Pillar of Doom. Riley is a soul catcher which means she persuades lost ghosts across to Here and Now, a place where you can go when you die. Riley never gives up as she go's through all of Messalina's fake world. Messalina is also a lost soul who loves Theocoles. She meets a cute boy and even tricks him just to see where Theocoles is and convince him to cross over. Riley used to be selfish and towards the end of the book, becomes less selfish and lets Messalina whisper to Theocoles to cross the bridge. The problem of the book was that Theocoles could never snap out of his death as a gladiator. He has done it or hundreds of years and never plans to snap out of it. Even when other soul catchers try, Theocoles will never listen and keep on going through the old routine, Theocoles fight, Theocoles die. He never stops and doesn't plan to stop. It is also very hard for Riley to convince Theocoles because he can block out things he doesn't want to hear like telling him to move on. But Riley finally finds out how to do it when trying to find Theocoles in the end. In the book Whisper, Riley try's to find Theocoles to persuade him to cross the bridge to Here and Now. On the way she learns that she needs to understand his world first. But the world is so tempting and Riley questions herself if she wants to stay or go out of it. I liked this book way more than the first book for many reasons. All the sadness is kind of sad where Messalina can never make Theocoles love her in the real world. I also loved this book because Riley finally got older and not care about her glow anymore. Riley finally gets a boyfriend and Bodhi, Riley's guide, finally doesn't fight with her anymore. Overall, I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. This book is by far the best Riley Bloom book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    (My real rating is 3.5 stars!) By now, you've joined Riley Bloom on three other adventures and you've finally reached the last narrative of her afterlife. To be quite honest, the first three books weren't exactly my favorite- however, this was my second time reading them, and when I read them the first time (when I was, I'd say, 11?) I really really enjoyed them! I don't know whether it's that I've read more books now and have more of a preference, or that I myself have matured, but perhaps your (My real rating is 3.5 stars!) By now, you've joined Riley Bloom on three other adventures and you've finally reached the last narrative of her afterlife. To be quite honest, the first three books weren't exactly my favorite- however, this was my second time reading them, and when I read them the first time (when I was, I'd say, 11?) I really really enjoyed them! I don't know whether it's that I've read more books now and have more of a preference, or that I myself have matured, but perhaps your opinion will differ if you are younger (and these books are meant for a younger audience so lucky you :) !) I'm not going to list all of the problems I had with the first three books or else I would've made reviews for them individually. To get to my actual review: even though the setting/Soul Catch story that occurred in this book wasn't my favorite of all of them, this book still ended up being the most enjoyable of the series for me! One of my main problems with the other books in the series is Riley herself- I found her character to be quite immature, annoying, and bratty- which, one may argue, is to be expected of a 12 year old, but to be honest? I sure hope I didn't act that whiny at 12 years old. That being said, in this book Riley's altered age for a majority of the story fixes that problem quite well! She acts mature, and handles her problems with more savoir faire. This helped create a more pleasant read for me, and allowed me to be hooked by the story (this was also because I feel Noël delved deeper into the characters and plot in this book)- towards the end I couldn't put it down! On a side note, it was really refreshing for a little romance to occur in this novel. Personally, I'm not a fan of romance novels at all- if the relationship is the main part of the plot, I'm definitely not interested. However, after three books that were fairly dry in that aspect, I really enjoyed the romance Noël included in this novel, and I feel she intertwined it with the story well :) All in all, I think this is definitely a great book for young teens in particular, and despite the annoyances I found within the series, perhaps you will be able to overlook them (as my younger self did). Happy reading!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Parnialalani

    Choice book #1 Quarter 3 Whisper written by Alyson Noel is a fantasy book which takes place in Ancient Rome. The book Whisper follows twelve year old Riley Bloom as she goes to Ancient Rome to fight a gladigator named Theocoles, and meet new people along the way. The main characters are Riley, Bodhi, Darren, Theocoles, Mellisa, and her dog, Buttercup.Riley is determined and brave, Bodi is kind but is like a coward, Theocoles is strong and tough, Mellisa is bossy and nags a lot, Darren is selfish Choice book #1 Quarter 3 Whisper written by Alyson Noel is a fantasy book which takes place in Ancient Rome. The book Whisper follows twelve year old Riley Bloom as she goes to Ancient Rome to fight a gladigator named Theocoles, and meet new people along the way. The main characters are Riley, Bodhi, Darren, Theocoles, Mellisa, and her dog, Buttercup.Riley is determined and brave, Bodi is kind but is like a coward, Theocoles is strong and tough, Mellisa is bossy and nags a lot, Darren is selfish and handsome, and Buttercup is energetic and is curious. The problem is that Riley needs to go to the Colusseum to teach Theocoles a lesson to not be tough and fight normally. The author believes that if even the problem is too hard for you, you need to ask your friends for help, not other strangers. Text Evidence 1. Riley asked help from Melisa not Bodhi 2. She left Bodhi and Buttercup behind 3. She followed Melisa's way of solving the conflict and not Bodhi's way I liked the book, because it shows that Riley made a new friend and made Bodhi and Buttercup sad by leaving them behind. My favorite part was that when Riley came back to Bodhi and Buttercup and they were happy to be together. This book made me sad, because Riley left Bodhi and Buttercup behind, following Melisa behind her.

  18. 4 out of 5

    old account (rl)

    Note: contains spoilers. I generally enjoy this book. Its "soul catch" was far more intriguing and, not to be rude, but in my opinion, far better plotted and thought out than the other books of the Riley Bloom series. I did find that Riley seemed to snap out of Messalina's enchantment kind of randomly and that it needed to have been written more clearly. I loved how much Riley's character evolved during this entire series and it was highlighted well in this book. I enjoyed the ending, how Dacian Note: contains spoilers. I generally enjoy this book. Its "soul catch" was far more intriguing and, not to be rude, but in my opinion, far better plotted and thought out than the other books of the Riley Bloom series. I did find that Riley seemed to snap out of Messalina's enchantment kind of randomly and that it needed to have been written more clearly. I loved how much Riley's character evolved during this entire series and it was highlighted well in this book. I enjoyed the ending, how Dacian was real and that he and Riley got together. The ending with the birthday party was a definite win and overall I will sorely miss Riley's, Bodhi's and their trusty sidekick, Buttercup's, adventures.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Lee

    This , and the first book , are my favorite ones in the series ! I’ll miss reading about this determined, stubborn dead girl ! She gave me some good laughs As far as this book goes, I liked it because it has an element of fantasy in it . It included enchantment and a world that changed according to the enchanter set on Ancient Rome ! I loved the spiritual lessons this last installment had to offer ! Listen to your heart 💜

  20. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Skilton

    I read this out of order, and was pleased to see that the spoilers are kept to a minimum. The book is aimed at the younger part of the YA crowd (I'd say Middle school) and hits that target well. It continues Riley's adventures as a soul catcher very nicely. It's well written, well edited and makes a pleasant read. I read this out of order, and was pleased to see that the spoilers are kept to a minimum. The book is aimed at the younger part of the YA crowd (I'd say Middle school) and hits that target well. It continues Riley's adventures as a soul catcher very nicely. It's well written, well edited and makes a pleasant read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dayna Smith

    The final installment in the Riley Bloom series. Riley is given her most challenging Soul Catch. She must travel to the Coliseum in Rome to lead an ancient gladiator over the bridge to the Here and Now. Other Soul Catchers have tried and have never returned; can Riley succeed or will this be her final mission? A charming ending to this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Not quite as good as the other three in the series but I still enjoyed this cute quick read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michie

    A nice little ending to the Riley Bloom series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan Kinderman

    Very fun reading the series. Alyson Noël is an awesome writer.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gabz

    I think this was a bit under my expectations because I Riley deserved a bit more in terms of an ending, but overall the book was okay and in line with what you'd expect from a middle grade series. I think this was a bit under my expectations because I Riley deserved a bit more in terms of an ending, but overall the book was okay and in line with what you'd expect from a middle grade series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Not a bad series but reads to me like for younger readers, but not bad for the concept after death.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Forsgren

    An exemplary series for young adults. Enjoyed each book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mrs

    This one was great too!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 ⭐️. This entire series had a great plot but not so great execution.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This one was the most interesting of the series to me. Figures it would be the last one 😂

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