I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
Published by Strange Chemistry on January 7, 2014
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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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?
This books was a let down for me. A lot of that had to do with the main character. Some was the predictability of the plot. I was hoping this was going to be an epic adventure, but it didn’t get there for me until the last 1/4 of the book.
River is frustrating. I understand that she has no emotions, but come on! There were so many times I wanted to knock her upside the head. The one characteristic that i liked about her was that she’s a total badass. She doesn’t need some guy to save her. She can kick butt all on her own. I actually liked Caden much more. He’s relatable, and takes things as they come. He also doesn’t feel the need to be the hero. He’s okay with Riven being a strong female.
The action in this book is what kept me reading. There is constantly a danger that needs to be escaped. I was able to figure out some of the major twists, but that’s okay because the butt kicking that led up to it was a lot of fun. I also wasn’t a fan of the insta-love. And actually, I think there was a decent amount of time spent to make not “insta,” but you don’t get a clear definition of how much time has elapsed.
While this wasn’t a great one for me, you may like it if you like sci-fi and parallel universes.