Jan 9, 2014
Title: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.
Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.
Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?
The wonderful thing about The Almost Girl is that it was different. There was something about Riven that drew me in. It wasn’t because I hadn’t heard similar plots, or that her story was exceptionally different. It was the whole picture, every single part of it was just a little different. A little weird and unusual from the normal in science fiction.
I really enjoyed Riven, and there were times where her inner coldness got to me. However, her emotions were always there being tamped down with ruthless efficiency. I won’t say that I understood her or that I was always agreed with her decision, but there was always a thread of emotion that I could identify with.
This book started slowly, and especially at the beginning seemed a little repetitive. However, as the book progressed it became more obvious that some of the repetition had a point. A single isolated incident would not have been enough to jog my memory in major plot developments in the second half of the book.
All of the characters were very well developed, and some of the secondary characters really brought the story to life. Cade was probably the biggest, and he was also one of the best parts of the book. He was so absolutely Riven’s opposite that it was intriguing to read about them interacting together.
There were some parts of the book that were written awkwardly, and the beginning did drag a bit. However, Amalie Howard did a fantastic job creating the characters and world that it was something that was easily overlooked. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because of that. It also seems like there will be a sequel and I definitely can’t wait for that!
4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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