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12-year-old Riley Bloom - ace Soul Catcher - faces her toughest challenge yet. She must travel to Ancient Rome and convince dead gladiator, Theocoles, to accept his fate and move on. Then she meets the charming Messalina, who gives Riley a dramatic makeover, transforming her into a beautiful teenager....

Title : Whisper
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ISBN : 9781447200475
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 194 Pages
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Whisper Reviews

  • Nikoleta
    2019-04-17 18:56

    Απλοϊκό και χαρούμενο όσο και τα υπόλοιπα της σειράς. Η σειρά νομίζω ότι είναι κατάλληλα για παιδιά… ούτε καν για εφήβους, αν και δεν με χάλασε που την διάβασα. Πέρασε ευχάριστα η ώρα μου.

  • Shirlyn Chin
    2019-04-12 22:55

    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.

  • Nadja
    2019-04-06 19:51

    Ja, ich bin nicht unfroh ist die Trilogie ehm Tetralogie nun zu Ende. Leider hat die Hauptcharakterin sicht nicht gross verändert, auch wenn sie nun endlich (view spoiler)[die geliebte 13 auf dem Buckel hat (hide spoiler)]. Von den bisherigen Seelenfängergeschichten war diese aber eindeutig der ausgewogenste und gelungenste Fall.

  • hayden
    2019-04-11 20:59

    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.

  • ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥
    2019-03-30 21:03

    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.

  • Elodie Diebolt Dion
    2019-03-22 22:55

    Une fois n’est pas coutume, la couverture de ce quatrième tome est absolument magnifique et j’apprécie énormément le travail que fait Michel Lafon pour nous livrer à chaque roman d’aussi belles couvertures. Après le dénouement du troisième tome, j’avais très hâte de retrouver Riley et Bodhi pour savoir comme ils allaient évoluer tout les deux et surtout pour voir si Riley allait tenir ses promesses!Nous retrouvons donc Riley, Caramel et Bodhi à Rome et plus précisément au Colisée. Forte de ses expériences passées, elle va devoir apprendre à s’assumer et à travailler seule sans son guide. Sa mission est d’apaiser Théocoles, le fantôme d’un gladiateur romain qui hante le Colisée et que personne n’a jamais réussi à déloger. A l’intérieur, elle va faire de nouvelles rencontre et va devoir apprendre à se méfier des apparences mais aussi de ses désirs et de ses fréquentations.J’ai été très heureuse de retrouver Riley dans ce nouveau tome qui, dès les premières pages, donne le ton de l’histoire. Je l’ai trouvé beaucoup plus mature et, même si elle a encore des complexes sur son physique, beaucoup plus sûre d’elle et moins égoïste. Ce tome est une véritable révélation autant pour elle que pour le lecteur puisqu’on voit vraiment de manière très nette son évolution depuis le début et son changement radical au cours de ce tome. Je me suis vraiment prise d’affection pour cette nouvelle Riley pleine de courage, de détermination et de compassion. Au lieu de se lamenter et de se préoccuper uniquement de sa petite personne, elle va enfin faire attention aux autres et prendre conscience de ce qui l’entoure et des personnes qui l’aiment.Bodhi quant à lui est beaucoup plus discret das ce tome mais ses courtes apparitions et une de ses parole en particulier m’a beaucoup intrigué! J’ai hâte de lire la suite de la saga pour en savoir plus! Le personnage de Théocoles m’a beaucoup touché puisque derrière une carrure des plus imposante, c’est quelqu’un de très doux, tendre et attentionné mais surtout, rempli d’amour. Son histoire est juste magnifique et passionnante. Autre personnage, Messalina, que j’ai d’abord détesté puis au fil des pages, j’ai éprouvé de la pitié et de la compassion pour elle. Je me suis rendue compte qu’elle avait des circonstances atténuantes et de vraies bonnes raison d’agir comme elle l’a fait. Au final, je l’ai beaucoup apprécié! Dacian, quand à lui, est un personnage des plus séduisant que j’ai trouvé sincère et authentique malgré ce qu’on aurait pu en penser.La narratrice est Riley, comme toujours et c’est un plaisir d’avoir sa version des faits et son ressenti tout au long du récit. Le vocabulaire est accessible à tous et très agréable à lire. La plume de l’auteur est comme toujours, fidèle à elle-même! A la fois fluide et fraîche mais dans ce tome elle m’a particulièrement captivé. L’univers de la Rome antique avec ses gladiateurs, ses réceptions et son atmosphère m’ont fait rêver et totalement transporté. L’histoire en plus de faire évoluer notre Riley et la faire devenir plus mature, est juste magnifique et passionnante entre retour dans le passé, combats sanglants, soie, bijoux, histoires d’amours et autre luxe romain qui nous fait vivre le récit avec les personnages. Les personnages sont très attachants et le dénouement, à la fois étonnant et parfait. Je suis ressortie de cette histoire avec des étoiles dans les yeux et j’ai hâte de retrouver Riley dans les prochains tome parce qu’elle me manque déjà!Pour conclure, c’est un coup de coeur pour ce quatrième tome à la hauteur de mes espérances et qui m’a donné très envie de lire les prochains tomes dès leurs sorties! Je vous recommande vraiment cette saga qui devient meilleure de tome en tome!

  • Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
    2019-03-21 19:52

    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.

  • Tara Calaby
    2019-03-23 15:46

    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!

  • Julia
    2019-04-15 18:53

    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.

  • Ally Bolin
    2019-03-25 18:53

    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.

  • Nisareen
    2019-03-28 22:03

    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?

  • Tiffany Heywood
    2019-04-20 23:59

    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.

  • Annabel ♥
    2019-03-26 19:40

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

  • Cat
    2019-04-07 17:50

    *2.5*

  • Maggie
    2019-04-06 18:59

    (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!

  • Timothy Skilton
    2019-04-19 22:36

    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.

  • Megan Kinderman
    2019-04-08 18:48

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

  • Jackie
    2019-03-31 23:53

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

  • Gabriela
    2019-04-10 15:59

    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.

  • dm21
    2019-04-11 18:54

    A nice little ending to the Riley Bloom series.

  • Keren Hughes
    2019-04-15 20:59

    As always, I love Alyson Noel's covers. This is no exception. I love the soft, pastel hues and the simplistic style. I have been a fan of Alyson Noel's books since I read EVERMORE (The Immortals Series) I like her style of writing and the ease with which I can sink into her stories. I think The Immortals Series was classified as for Older Teens, whereas the Riley Bloom series is YA. But either way, her stories are fast-paced, fun-packed, enjoyable reads.As I said in my review of DREAMLAND (Riley Bloom#3), Riley is a Soul Catcher - one who would do a whole hell of a lot better if she could act a bit less like the eternal 12 year old she is stuck as. If she could start realising that, maybe she could progress. I know you are probably thinking "She's dead, she died at 12, she can't age after death" and yes, I would agree. Yet Bodhi, her guide, has told her that it's not impossible for her to make thirteen. Which is the one thing Riley wants beyond all else.Well in WHISPER, she starts off the same old Riley. However, there is a lesson in store that may affect how she acts.After begging the Council to give her a "more challenging Soul Catch", Riley realises she may well have bitten off more than she can chew. This time, she is assigned to a Roman Gladiator by the name of Theocoles, nick-named the Pillar of Doom. *Upon learning this, I internally cringed for Riley - she's a 12 year old girl, he's a Gladiator, yeah - that should work out well*Bodhi takes her where she needs to go, but neither he nor Buttercup can be a part of this Soul Catch - this is something Riley must undertake alone. The worst part of which is, previous Soul Catchers have tried to help Theocoles into the afterlife - all of whom became trapped in his world instead. So can Riley, a skinny 12 year old without much life experience, help Theocoles or will she wind up stuck too?Upon entering Theocoles's world, Riley meets a girl by the name of Messalina. This girl is everything Riley aspires to be. She's tall, beautiful, has the more mature figure of a teenager. Whereas Riley sees herself as short, plain and feels sort of sad and pathetic about her none existent figure. Messalina convinces Riley that her only chance to get through to Theocoles, lies in becoming a part of his world. She tells her that to accomplish this, first she must look the part - giving her a magical make-over, the likes of which Riley has never seen before. She is transformed into the beautiful teenager she yearns to be.Made over and with Messalina by her side, Riley believes she stands a chance of doing what she came to do, help Theocoles into the afterlife that awaits him. However, her quest to help him is a little waylaid when Riley meets Dacian. A handsome, sophisticated boy. One who pays her the attention she has always dreamed about.There's something not right, but Riley cannot put her finger on it. Will she figure it out or is she doomed to become trapped and live in this world with Messalina, Theocoles and Dacian?I really liked this story and even think that it is the best Riley Bloom novel yet! I like the fact that this is her most challenging Soul Catch yet and from the beginning it promised to be entertaining. Whilst Riley's previous challenges have been something I could never hope to pull off myself, the challenge that lay in this book was the hardest yet. Riley really had to work her socks off to try and get this one right. I missed her funny, full on rows with Bodhi, as he took more of a backseat in this book. But it was good to see Riley have to learn to act more the age she wants to be than her usual argumentative, perhaps a little spoilt self. I love how Alyson Noel's books always make me smile. I've read a few book lately that have made me cry and it's good to take a break from that and be highly entertained and amused by Riley's antics. It's good to relax with a book that is guaranteed to perk me up. I sure hope the future holds as much entertainment as this did. I don't want it to be all doom and gloom for Riley, but it just wouldn't be the same if it was all sunshine and rainbows. I also hope she learns to let her guard down and make some real friends. I eagerly await the next installment in the series.Thanks to Macmillan and Net Galley for providing this ARC. As always, I am truly grateful for the books I get.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-04-11 23:56

    Ο καιρός πέρασε και το τέταρτο βιβλίο της σειράς των περιπετειών της "Ράιλι Μπλουμ", βρίσκεται στα ράφια των βιβλιοπωλείων και πραγματικά, κάνει την έκπληξη. Γιατί όπως έχω αναφέρει ήδη τρεις φορές στο παρελθόν, σχολιάζοντας αντίστοιχα τα τρία προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς, ως ενήλικη αναγνώστρια, δεν μπόρεσα σε καμία των περιπτώσεων να ικανοποιηθώ, ένα αίσθημα που δε νομίζω να ήταν και πολύ διαφορετικό, αν κι εφόσον διάβαζα την εν λόγω σειρά βιβλίων ως παιδί. Στο "Ψίθυροι", λοιπόν, η Noel φαίνεται να αλλάζει προσανατολισμό, τουλάχιστον σε ένα βαθμό, δίνοντάς μας ακριβώς αυτό που έλειπε από τα προηγούμενα βιβλία της. Μια πιο ώριμη ματιά στα γεγονότα και μια πλοκή, σαφώς πιο ενδιαφέρουσα και σωστά δομημένη.Η Ράιλι, μετά την τελευταία της δοκιμασία η οποία δεν εξελίχθηκε έτσι όπως περίμενε, πρέπει να αποδείξει στο Συμβούλιο πως αξίζει την δεύτερη ευκαιρία που αποφάσισε να της δώσει. Έτσι, βρίσκεται στη Ρώμη με αποστολή, να πείσει έναν αρχαίο Ρωμαίο μονομάχο, να εγκαταλείψει το γήινο πεδίο και να περάσει στο επόμενο μεταθανάτιο στάδιο. Υπάρχει όμως μία μεγάλη δυσκολία. Όχι μόνο κανένας από τους προκατόχους της, δεν κατάφερε να φέρει εις πέρας την συγκεκριμένη αποστολή, αλλά αντίθετα, κατέληξαν να μείνουν και οι ίδιοι εκεί, χωρίς ποτέ κανείς να μάθει ξανά νέα τους. Και για την Ράιλι, δεν θα αποδειχτεί πιο εύκολο το να φύγει αφού, γνωρίζοντας τη Μεσσαλίνα, θα διαπιστώσει πως με κάποιον τρόπο, μπορεί να γίνει η ώριμη εκείνη κοπέλα που πάντα ονειρευόταν και που όμως, εξαιτίας του πρόωρου θανάτου της, δεν τα κατάφερε.Πιστεύω πως σε αντίθεση με τα προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς, οι "Ψίθυροι", λειτουργούν περισσότερο ψυχογραφικά. Η ιστορία, δεν έχει να κάνει μόνο με την αμετανόητη ψυχή που αρνείται να προχωρήσει παρακάτω, αλλά και με την ίδια τη Ράιλι και τις βαθύτερες επιθυμίες της. Μπορεί ήδη να μας ήταν γνωστό πως το μόνο που επιθυμούσε, ήταν να γίνει έφηβη, να προχωρήσει ένα βήμα παραπέρα όσον αφορά την ωρίμανσή της, ωστόσο, αυτό είναι κάτι που στο τέταρτο βιβλίο φαίνεται πιο ξεκάθαρα από ποτέ, επιτρέποντάς μας την ίδια στιγμή, ίσως για πρώτη φορά, να ταυτιστούμε μαζί της, να βάλουμε τον εαυτό μας στη θέση της και να θυμηθούμε πως ήμασταν εμείς στην ηλικία της, πόσο πολύ επιθυμούσαμε να μεγαλώσουμε γρήγορα, να αποδείξουμε πως μπορούμε να είμαστε όμορφοι, δυναμικοί και ανεξάρτητοι, λες και η ηλικία αποτελούσε ένα σημαντικό αντίβαρο που θα επέτρεπε στους γύρω μας να αναγνωρίσουν την ύπαρξη αλλά και την αξία μας.Ουσιαστικά, η πρόκληση της Ράιλι αυτή τη φορά, λειτουργεί διπολικά. Από τη μία, πρέπει να πείσει μια από τις πιο αρχαίες ψυχές να προχωρήσει, πράγμα από μόνο του, εξαιρετικά δύσκολο. Από την άλλη, πρέπει να πείσει τον ίδιο της τον εαυτό να φύγει, χάνοντας ίσως την μοναδική δυνατότητα που έχει, να ζήσει τη ζωή της έτσι όπως την ονειρευόταν, έστω και νεκρή. Όμως, τελικά, όταν όλα αυτά δεν είναι παρά μια καλά οργανωμένη ψευδαίσθηση, έχει πραγματική αξία; Αυτό είναι και το μεγάλο ερώτημα του βιβλίου, το οποίο σχετίζεται και με τις δύο παράλληλα εξελισσόμενες ιστορίες. Γιατί, παρά την διαφορετικότητά τους, τόσο ο Ρωμαίος μονομάχος, όσο και η Ράιλι, είναι κολλημένη στην φανταστική ιδέα αυτού που θα ήθελαν να ζήσουν και όμως, ίσως να μην μπορούν, όχι τουλάχιστον με τον τρόπο εκείνο που για κάποιον λόγο, είναι καρφωμένος στο μυαλό τους. Γιατί η ευτυχία και η ολοκλήρωση, μπορεί να έρθει με ποικίλους τρόπους και κάποιους από αυτούς, ίσως να μην τους έχουμε καν φανταστεί.Απόλαυσα εξαιρετικά αυτή την περιπέτεια της Ράιλι, όχι μόνο γιατί κατάφερα να την δω μέσα από ένα διαφορετικό πρίσμα και σε έναν βαθμό, ταυτίστηκα μαζί της νιώθοντας τον πόνο, την απελπισία και την βαθύτερα κρυμμένη αγανάκτησή της, αλλά γιατί, πέραν αυτού, η ίδια η ιστορία, είχε μια διαφορετικότητα που την καθιστά ξεχωριστή και πολύ πιο ενδιαφέρουσα απ' ότι έχουμε διαβάσει μέχρι σήμερα. Το κείμενο πιο μεστό, πιο συγκροτημένο, λιγότερο παιδικό αλλά χωρίς να είναι δύσκολο, ενισχυμένο με ιστορικές δόσεις και τοποθετημένο σε ένα αλλοτινό περιβάλλον που από μόνο του ασκεί μια ιδιαίτερη γοητεία, καταφέρνει να κρατήσει το ενδιαφέρον μας αμείωτο από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος, επιτρέποντάς μας να γίνουμε μάρτυρες της πραγματικής ωρίμανσης της Ράιλι, ή τουλάχιστον, την αρχή ώστε να γίνει αυτό. Νομίζω, πως όχι μόνο οι νεότεροι, αλλά και οι μεγαλύτεροι ηλικιακά αναγνώστες, μπορούν να απολαύσουν την συγκεκριμένη ιστορία που κρύβει πολλά, ουσιαστικά μηνύματα.

  • Kelsea
    2019-04-08 19:49

    Read first two books in Immortals Series - Lost Interest

  • Rebeca
    2019-04-16 18:38

    "As vezes tudo o que você precisa saber está contido em um pequeno espaço silencioso"Último volume da tetralogia das aventuras de Riley Bloom como fantasminha camarada e Apanhadora de Almas. Nesse último volume, após a vergonha de perder boa parte de seu brilho ao desobedecer diversas regras e agir segundo sua própria vontade e desejo, Riley agora está mais murcha, sem muita energia ou sua alegria habitual. E isso só piora pelo fato de Bodhi ter evoluído mais um nível e estar mais velho. Como tentativa de não só restaurar seu brilho mas também de recompensar suas falhas e finalmente ter um pedido atendido pelo conselho, Riley agora vai pra uma missão muito avançada e sozinha. A missão já sugou diversos Apanhadores de Alma que não conseguem voltar. Do jeito mega difícil que Riley pediu ao conselho para ser. A missão é: salvar a alma de um antigo gladiador romano que era o melhor. Seu nome é Theocoles, conhecido como Pilar da Destruição(por que será?). Riley começa a missão tentando ser confiante, porém, após ver que Theocoles não consegue ouvir nada fora do mundo de lembranças em que está mergulhado, ela desanima muito. Então aparece para ela uma moça, um pouco mais velha e incrivelmente bela que se chama Messalina. Messalina promete ajudar Riley, e essa só pede a condição de não ser presa ou aterrorizada como foi por fantasmas nas outras vezes. Ao concordar, Messalina leva Riley até seu quarto e a ajuda a ficar "mais velha" (pra mim foi ajudar a ficar mais atraente, mas....). Com isso Riley é levada as memórias de Messalina e descobri que exite muito mais tramas e acontecimentos por trás da vida passada de Theocoles, e muitos estão conectados diretamente a Messalina. Cabe a Riley tentar solucionar essa nova existência e tentar salvar a ambas as almas. Mais uma vez Alyson Noël ensina em uma linguagem simples e prática várias ideologias espiritas e até budistas. Com frases de Gandhi, pensamentos cheios de amor, compreensão e profundidade, Alyson fecha a série. Contudo, ela ainda deixa muitas questões em aberto sobre a própria trama da personagem( vcs sabem que ela gostava do Bodhi tanto quanto eu u.u), não dando um final claro, talvez porque Riley tem uma eternidade de possibilidades do que pode acontecer, afinal, agora ela é infinita( nossa isso soou igual a "As vantagens de ser invisível" kkk). Eu gostei dos livros, continuo gostando da Riley e tento por em prática o que Alyson tentou ensinar aos seus leitores desde "Os Imortais", mas que talvez eu fosse muito nova para entender. Vale a pena dar esses livro para leitores mirins e adultos, mesmo quem diz não acredita em vida pós-morte e coisas do tipo, os assuntos dos livros são tão mundanos que, para mim, era muito mais sobre histórias de vivos do que de mortos. E quem sabe você possa tirar algum ensinamento disso tudo? "Um esforço total é uma vitória completa." -Gandhi

  • Joti
    2019-04-03 21:02

    OMG!!! it was so great!!! So Riley had a new soul-catching mission - to get the ancient Roman gladiator, Theocules, to cross over - but the only problem is, all the other soul-catchers have gotten stuck and never made it out. So, Riley meets Messalina, the girl in love with Theocules and undergoes a transformation - Messaline enchants Riley and makes her change her name to Aurelia, makes her pretty and gives her the body she's always wanted - and makes her live out her fantasy life of a day over and over again - where she introduces Riley to Daykien (idk if i'm spelling his name right - i listened to the audiobook), an incredibly cute guy, who likes Riley and she experiences her first kiss with him :D which was so cute!! But everytime Riley started remembering her job and what she was supposed to do - Messalina would touch her forehead and she'd forget it all - her job, her life, the private conversations she'd heard between Theocules and Messalina, everything. Until Bodhi and Buttercup came back and Bodhi was awestruck by her transformation but he told her who she really was - that she was Riley Bloom, and she'd died and none of what was happening was real - she broke out of the same day to day fantasy and figured out how to cross Theocules over - Theocules, the Pillar Of Doom, was so used to the crowd of the game's admiration and shouting and cheering, that he didn't hear his own heart - so, Riley gave her soul-catch to Messalina and told her to whisper the truth to Riley - that Rome had fallen, that none of it was real and that his brother had lived a happy life, that they could move on if he chose to - and he did - Riley made the portal and he went after seeing a bit of he new Rome - I felt bad for Messalina, she did everything out of love even when it wasn't right, like enchanting Riley but i understood her character much better by the end :) and Riley got her birthday party, where she got to choose her age!!! she chose 13.5 :D not 14 or 15 even, because it was too old and she'd always wanted to be 13 but her experiences made her choose 13.5 - and she actually got a bit of a chest :P LOL and Daykien was actually real - he was at her party and after crossing Messalina over, she approached him and he told her he was soul-catcher and he'd broken out because of her :D omg, i hope they'll get together or something in the next book - and Bodhi asked her if she was truly happy and Riley said she was :Dloved this book! Great adventure, and a bit historical and it had romance too!!!can't wait for more! :D

  • usagi ☆ミ
    2019-04-16 20:48

    3.5/5 stars.Even though this apparently isn't the end of Riley's adventures, it really kind of felt like it. "Whisper" is one of the more Riley-intensive books out of her series so far - we don't see much of Bodhi (thankfully, he kind of annoys me in a '60s hipster kind of way), and we see Riley developing as a main character in a very satisfying character arc within this installment of the series. However, I feel like Noel really could have knocked it out of the park with this one and ended the quartet as it is now, and I was disappointed that she didn't because by the end of this book, I was wondering where else Riley has to go/what things left she has to do. While the idea of Messalina sucking Riley into this past of everything she could have had on Earth had she lived a little longer, or allowed herself to stay within Messalina's and Theocole's past was really interesting, I felt that it was very underplayed in a lot of areas. Noel could have gone totally over the top and made Messalina a very powerful/possibly evil (yet understandable and tragic) antagonist, and I'm still puzzled as to why she didn't. If anything, I wanted Messalina to be more powerful than she was, instead of the repeated Groundhog Day of Riley waking up within this past where she gets everything she wants over and over again. A boyfriend, a teenage body instead of a tween body, beauty, riches, everything is in Riley's grasp as Messalina's "sister" within this past, and yet it wasn't fully taken advantage of. While Noel does a good job with going for all of Riley's unresolved needs as a ghost/Soul Catcher through Messalina's spell, I felt like she just didn't dig quite deeply enough.However, what I got was satisfying enough to keep me reading until the end. I liked how Riley was awoken from Messalina's spell, and the tragedy that was Messalina and Theocole's romance was sadly delicious to behold (though I wish those scenes between those two had been longer, as well). This is a surprisingly quick read, and I think that Noel fans that enjoyed the "Immortals" series and the "Riley Bloom" series thus far will really enjoy this installment. I just wish that Noel had pulled out all the stops, MG audience or not. Short review, but this book is pretty short as it is. "Whisper" will be out April 24th 2012 from Square Fish/Macmillan in North America. Fans of the "Immortals"/"Riley Bloom" series definitely can't miss this installment of the series, so be sure to check it out then.(posted to goodreads, shelfari, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)

  • Ingrid Hansen
    2019-04-05 22:02

    Det første jeg lagde mærke til var dedikationen fra Alyson Noël: Til dig. Ja, DIG. Dig som sidder med denne bog. Tak for at tage rejsen sammen med Riley og mig.Jeg kan kun sige det har været en fornøjelse at følge Riley Bloom og hendes mange kvaler for at få lov til at fylde 13 og blive teenager. Hun har godt nok været ganske irriterende, men det retter sig faktisk her i bog 4 og gud ske tak og lov for det. Ellers havde jeg nok ikke blevet ved med at læse Rileys historie. Denne her bog er den sidste og jeg var en kende spændt på hvordan Riley ville forlade os der var blevet fans af hende og forfatteren gør faktisk et helt godt stykke arbejde. Jeg kedede mig ikke på noget tidspunkt og Riley har besluttet sig at følge rådets beslutning om kun at holde sig til sin opgave, den mega kendte gladiator Theocoles med kælenavnet Dødens Søjle som i sin allersidste kamp bliver besejret og ikke har tænkt sig at forlade Colosseum og som adskillige Sjælefangere ikke har kunnet få til at krydse broen til Her og Nu. Ind på scenen kommer den smukke Melissa der ikke har i sinde at få Riley til at overtale Theocoles til at krydse over. Hun vil være den som får ham til det og derfor hvirvles Riley ind i Melissas gennemgang af hvad der sker i den sidste og afgørende kamp og Melissa bruger tarvelige tricks ved at give Riley det hun så meget brænder efter. Men Riley er jo en smart pige og hun indser med lidt hjælp fra Bodhi (han er på standby til at hjælpe hende uden for Colosseum) hvordan tingene hænger sammen og langsomt bryder hun den fortryllelse som hun er befinder sig under og begynder sit arbejde. I enden så få Riley sin fødselsdagsfest og muligheden for selv at vælge hvor gammel hun skal være efter at hun har vist at hun er moden nok til at blive lidt ældre. Plus hun får en sød fyr oven i hatten. Alt i alt en god slutning på et god serie.

  • Krazybooklady
    2019-04-13 16:36

    Riley Bloom is a soul catcher, and her latest assignment is her most challenging one. How is 12 year old Riley supposed to be any match for Theocoles, who is a Roman gladiator referred to as the Pillar of Doom. Many soul catchers have went before her and not found their way out. Riley soon meets Messalina, who says that she is going to help Riley find a way to get Theocoles. But is Messalina really helping? She does make Riley's innermost wishes come true. Riley gets to experience what it would be like to be a teenager and have a boyfriend. Riley is soon caught up in their world and is so happy living her dreams.Whisper is such a sweet novel. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. This is the first Riley Bloom novel that I have read even though it is the 4th one in the series. I did have some questions about things which may be explained more in the previous books in the series, but I do not think they are necessary to read to enjoy Whisper. Riley is such a likeable character and easy to relate to, and Alyson's writing style is engaging and easy to read. I have only read one other novel by Alyson Noel (I really didn't read much YA or MG before starting the blog), and I must say that it was not my favorite (but that's just me). Whisper has restored my faith in Alyson Noel, so to speak, and I will not have to think twice about picking up another novel by her. In fact, I would love to read the rest of the Riley Bloom series. Some parts were a little heavy on the blood and gore (this is gladiators, after all), so that may be something to think about for younger readers. However, I would recommend this as a great read for upper MG, lower YA, or for anyone who enjoys reading MG/YA.

  • Kristi-The Book Faery
    2019-03-28 22:49

    THE FAERYS VIEWI’ve been following Riley Bloom and her journeys since the start of the series. Poor Riley has missed out on so many ‘Firsts’ since dying right before becoming a teen; there’s one thing she wants and that is to turn 13. Her mentor, Bodhi tells her that it isn’t impossible for her to turn 13 in the Never that she has to change her way of thinking.One thing I like about the Riley Bloom series is that it’s always upbeat with a somewhat happily ever after but it’s sad, too. Riley doesn’t have anyone besides Bodhi and Buttercup and she needs a friend her own age and some happiness and that’s what I like about Whisper! Riley finds a friend and a love interest.Her new found friend gives her a makeover that makes a big difference in how Riley feels and looks and then, her assignment takes her across the path of a boy who actually pays attention to her. But… all is not always as it seems. Will her assignment that so may have failed at trap her in the world of a gladiator or will she succeed and finally find some happiness and get a few dream wishes while she’s at it?Alyson Noel is a skillful writer and I’ve read everything she’s written and never been disappointed. She has an uncanny knack of drawing the reader in using spectacular world building and magnificent characters. It’s hard to put down one of Ms. Noel’s books because they can really draw you in. In the case of Riley bloom, I find it to be easy enjoyable reading that always leaves me with a smile on my face. Its more tween – early teen reading but anyone can enjoy this series.THE FAERY SAYS THAT WHISPER BY ALYSON NOEL MADE MY WINGS A’FLUTTER!

  • Mary (BookHounds)
    2019-04-05 20:56

    OMGOSH -- so good -- Ground hog day for Riley!MY THOUGHTSABSOLUTELY LOVED ITRiley Bloom is still in the Here and Now and on a new journey to help a soul move on. In this latest installment, Riley's inner most desire almost comes true. After she dies at age twelve, she thinks she will never, ever become a teenager and reach the magical age of thirteen. After Bodhi, leads her to her next challenge, he leaves her and tells her this will be her most challenging case yet. She travels back to ancient Rome in order to help a gladiator named Theocoles move over the bridge. When she is befriended by Messalina, whose uncle owns the gladiator school where Theocoles trains, she finds her innermost wishes suddenly being fulfilled. She now looks like a teenager and actually has her first kiss! There the story takes a strange turn and Messalina forces her to relive the day that Theocoles is killed again and again. It is a wonder that Riley can escape the madness that Messalina has created. The word whisper plays an important role in this story, where Riley again outwits the souls she is entrusted to help cross over. The world of ancient Rome is seductively described by Noel and you really feel like you are in the Coliseum cheering on the gladiators. I am so glad I just read that this series will continue for another book. I so enjoy Riley's adventures. This is safe for the youngest of teens and is a series that even the most reluctant of readers will get into. I know since I have recommend this series to several kids who say they hate to read but ask me when the next book will be out!