Radiant by Ashley Bustamante // Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: Radiant

Author: Ashley Bustamante

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: May 9, 2023

Secrets Come in Every Shade

After the introduction of Yellow magic in a society accustomed to only Red and Blue magic, the world inside the barrier has become more complicated than anyone imagined. Ava, Elm, and the former students of Prism navigate life in hiding. They face discord, secrets, betrayal, and danger that looms ever closer as the Benefactors narrow in on their hideaway.

Ava is determined to keep everyone protected, even at the cost of her own safety. She explores dangerous aspects of her new Mentalist abilities—against Elm’s dire warnings.

Tensions escalate when a new visitor arrives claiming to know a way out of the barrier. While this may be the only way to escape the Benefactors, what awaits them on the outside? Will they gain allies or make an entirely new set of enemies?


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My Review:

In the aftermath of the previous book's events Ava, Elm and the other defectors from Prism find themselves trying to work out their next steps while staying out of reach of the benefactors. A mysterious friend from Elm's past promises a whole new world outside the barriers. 

An exciting addition to the series adding a new layer of tension and obstacles to face, as Elm and Ava find their growing relationship tested and explore magic they never imagined possible. I liked that this book explores new aspects of their gifts as well as goes in unexpected directions to keep me on my toes. we get a deeper look at some of the characters as well. 

There is plenty of tension between the characters, as well as action and revelations that made me even more excited for the sure to be amazing conclusion! A must read for people who read Vivid!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

About the Author

Ashley Bustamante has created stories from the moment she could scribble and staple sheets of paper together. She simply cannot recall a time when writing was not a force in her life. When not running through lines of dialogue in her mind, she enjoys taking photographs and spending time with her husband, three children, and any furry, feathered, or scaly creature she can find.


More from Ashley

When I originally wrote Vivid, book one in The Color Theory series, I wasn’t sure if the story would continue. But it had to, didn’t it? Without spoiling anything, Vivid ends in a place where things are really just beginning, and that’s where Radiant takes the stage. What does coming together really look like? What does it take for a group of diverse people to unite? Radiant explores the strength that grows from working together and overcoming differences. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and our characters have a lot to learn. I hope you’ll enjoy Radiant!

Blog Stops

Labor Not in Vain, May 31

Texas Book-aholic, June 1

Through the Fire Blogs, June 2 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 3

Blossoms and Blessings, June 4 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, June 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 5

Artistic Nobody, June 6 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 7

Stories By Gina, June 8 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, June 9

Simple Harvest Reads, June 10 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 11

Guild Master, June 12 (Author Interview)

Sheila’s Reading Corner, June 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 13


To celebrate her tour, Ashley is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Radiant, this sounds like a book and series that my teen-aged granddaughters and I will enjoy reading

  2. Thank You for the review.

  3. Thank you for mentioning the previous book in the series

  4. This sounds like one my son would enjoy!

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Radiant sounds like an epic read.

  6. Very excited to read this. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

  7. I love the cover art. The colors are beautiful.

  8. I am excited to read about the adventures of Ava- sounds like a magical journey!


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