Radiants

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Pub Date 15 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 24 May 2022
BelleBooks, Inc., Bell Bridge Books

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"Reads like a cross between Stranger Things and Sense 8. Unique plot and engaging cast of characters. Radiants is a fun ride that grabbed me and didn't let go. Looking forward to the next book!" --Patricia Briggs, #1 NYT best selling author of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books

DeDe Mercer is a Radiant who can control other people's thoughts, make them do what she wants. For years she's controlled her power, keeping her secret, never using it on anyone--until the day she had no choice. 

Now the government is after her, after her brother, too, because he'll come into his power before long. The Department of Energy, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Homeland Security--they all want her, and they're willing to do anything, hurt anyone, kill if necessary, to make her their weapon.

“[RADIANTS is] controversial, nail-biting, edge-of-my-seat excitement.”—Faith Hunter, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series

"Reads like a cross between Stranger Things and Sense 8. Unique plot and engaging cast of characters. Radiants is a fun ride that grabbed me and didn't let go. Looking forward to the next book!"...


Advance Praise

"Reads like a cross between Stranger Things and Sense 8. Unique plot and engaging cast of characters. Radiants is a fun ride that grabbed me and didn't let go. Looking forward to the next book!" — Patricia Briggs, #1 NYT best selling author of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books

“[RADIANTS is] controversial, nail-biting, edge-of-my-seat excitement.”—Faith Hunter, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series 

"As gripping as its ideas about selfhood, identity and privacy are urgent, RADIANTS is a psychological thrill-ride through dangers physical and conceptual. Serious fun. ”— AJ Hartley, NY Times bestselling author of IMPERVIOUS and STEEPLEJACK

"Reads like a cross between Stranger Things and Sense 8. Unique plot and engaging cast of characters. Radiants is a fun ride that grabbed me and didn't let go. Looking forward to the next book!" —...


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I had a lot of fun reading this book, it had a fun scifi story, and was really well written. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed getting to know them and their powers.

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This is a great book! Dede can control peoples thoughts, and one day she has to use her power, which sets off this thrill ride. It was a bit reminiscent of fire starter for me. There are various agencies that want to capture her and her brother. I was totally on Dede’s side the whole time! The story flows well, and the characters draw you in.

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Dede has a secret that she’s been keeping her whole life. After a traumatizing event, she’s successfully pushed down the part of her that makes her unique, that is, until now. See, Dede can force her own consciousness out of her body and into others, essentially turning them into a puppet. And she’s going to be learning to use it a lot, apparently.

After using her power at school to protect and get revenge for her her friend Kyle from bullies, she comes home and tells her mom. Little does she know that her family will change forever, from that day on. Hunted down by the government, Dede and her little brother Miles are eventually separated from their mother and forced to work alone to save everyone involved, including themselves. They’re on the run, because if they stop, they’re facing incredible tests from the government to essentially map out every aspect of their unique abilities. At whatever the cost.

A good book, ,they story was more about finding yourself and staying strong in tough situations. From sticking up for your friends, to being blamed for murder and finding out your little brother’s powers, you have to do what you know what’s right, even if it’s scary and hard to achieve.

I enjoyed the book, but it’s not my new favourite. That being said, I would read more from the author in the future. It was written very smoothly, and suitable for readers fourteen an up, due to violence. Check it out if you think it would be something you’d like!

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This book was a nice surprise! It felt a little bit like the X-men cartoons I used to watch on Saturday morning where I saw Jubilee, a teenager who suddenly came into her powers. Here it's Dede who can jump into people's minds and control them, ofcourse this makes her an interesting case for lots of different goverment agencies who want to get their hands on her. She goes on the run with her mom and younger brother, hoping she will still be able to live a life she wants to.
The book immediately starts interesting and turns out to be a fast paced story with many different players, yet the author does a good job of making them distinct enough to not get lost in the plot. The ending is, luckily, setting up a sequel and I am very happy about that! Hopefully in the second book we can also dive into DeDe and her brother more as well since character wise it didn't go very deep, but that was not an issue as it fit the happenings. Oh, and a non binary love interest, the fact that I almost forgot to mention it is a testament to the natural way this was written in the story. I liked how it was handled.

***Thank you Netgalley for the chance to review this book***

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Received as a review copy from NetGalley, this is an honest review. This is a brilliant story in how the author crafts the ability of just how different the characters are and celebrates it. DeDe never asked to have the ability to control people thoughts but she can and taps into her gift after witnessing school violence against her friend Kyle and the indifference of the school to care. Once her secret gets exposed, DeDe finds herself at a crossroads of who she can trust when it seems everyone around her only wants to exploit her ability. A harrowing, realistic journey of embracing what it means to an individual. Highly recommended.

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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review.

I liked it, not usually something that I would read but I enjoyed it.

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