[Novella Review] Radiant by Cynthia Hand

Posted on 02/18/2013 in Book Review / 4 Comments

[Novella Review] Radiant by Cynthia HandRadiant by Cynthia Hand
Published by Harper Teen on 12/4/2012
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 94
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

\r\nFor as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.\r\n\r\nAlternating between Angela and Clara's perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.


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I figured I needed to read Radiant before I get to Boundless, because you know these authors love to include little tidbits in their novellas.  I didn’t want to feel left behind!

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Radiant is told in alternating first-person, between Angela and Clara.  They’ve taken off for Rome for the summer after their graduation, to stay with Angela’s Italian family.  Angela manages to deftly avoid questions about the Italian boy she’s been seeing during her summers there; meanwhile, Clara continues to miss Tucker and have visions, going into catatonic-like states – sometimes right in front of the Zerbinos, who then talk about her in Italian, not knowing she understands every word they say.

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She’s much nicer than I am.

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Angela acts like a best friend should, however, and is her shield during their stay.  But things change between the girls when Angela sees her ex for the first time in a  year, and begins acting all kinds of Shady Suzy.

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Radiant is a great teaser, and while I still haven’t gotten to read Boundless, it makes me that much more excited for it.  It delivers juicy tidbits about the angels, and Angela in particular, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.  Because, dude, Angela has been keeping secrets.  Secrets about boys, about her past, about everything!  Her boyfriend – or whatever he is – Phen is someone I haven’t quite figured out yet.  I’m leaning one particular way, based on his caginess, but he could surprise me in Boundless (if he’s in it).  If there is one thing I think I learned from Radiant, it’s that I trust Clara’s judgement.

\r\nSo, in short, I need Boundless.  Like, yesterday.

four-stars
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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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4 responses to “[Novella Review] Radiant by Cynthia Hand

  1. EEEEEEEEP! Jenn, this sounds GOOD.\nI still haven’t read Unearthly, but… I’ll FIX IT, OK?! I can’t get Radiant in Australia. This makes me sad :(*

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