Review: Whisper

Apr •  10 •  2012

Title: Whisper
Series: Riley Bloom # 4
Genre: Middle Grade-Paranormal/Supernatural
Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher:  Square Fish
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Book: Netgalley

“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?”

This is another series that I have been following since the beginning. I really each new adventure that Riley goes on. This times she flashes way back to the time of the coliseum.
What I loved most about this book is Riley’s own self-discovery. For the past few books. Riley has dealt with issues within herself. I really enjoyed that Riley got  honest with herself and came into who she is meant to be. 
I like her new adventure into the past. Ms. Noel captured the coliseum times well. I enjoyed the descriptions, the people, even the fights. I enjoyed the Riley growth in her own character as she tries to save another soul.
The love interest isn’t where I wanted it to be but I am hoping that Riley will have her day. Riley has changed so much since the fist book and I am crossing my fingers a certain someone sees it.

Whisper is an enchanting story that captures the reader right away. Filled with adventure that blast you into the past, the coliseum times rock. Whisper is an great story!
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Alison Can Read
    Apr 10, 2012

    Do you think this series is better than the Immortals series? I loved the first book of the Immortals because of Riley but couldn’t get through the rest.

    • Savannah Valdez
      Apr 11, 2012

      I think The Immortals series is better. But I feel for a middle grade series, Riley is great for a young audience.

  2. aleksandra
    Apr 10, 2012

    And I’m one of those people who read the first book of the Immortals series and really really didn’t like it. “/ Same story with P.C.Cast’s House of Night. I might have to try again. 😛

    Aleksandra @ Divine Secrets of a Little Bookworm

    • Savannah Valdez
      Apr 11, 2012

      I love HON at first but it got so repetitive, so I don’t read it anymore either.

  3. I’ve read the first book and really enjoyed it. I need to catch up. So glad that she has grown so much. I think this is such a good MG series.

  4. Books_and_movies_fan
    Apr 12, 2012

    I love Riley Bloom and The Immortals series. I am so excited for this book. Is this the last book in the series?