Saturday, 30 November 2013

The Almost Girl Review

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

The Almost GirlSeventeen-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?

Claires Review 3 out of 5 Stars

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Strange Chemistry for providing me with a copy of The Almost Girl, in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I started it and it was actually quite different from my expectations. Not being the biggest fan of sci fi didn't help but the synopsis drew me into wanting to read it. Unfortunately I found it very predictable and felt I knew lots of times what was going to happen. I also felt Riven was not the heroine she was portrayed as in the synopsis and at the beginning of the book, and I felt quite disappointed that her actions didn't quite make her reputation believable. I was also disappointed in the school setting, this felt like an easy option to chose and added to the predictability. 

I cannot say this was a bad read, the story line was good baring the predictability, and there was enough to keep you reading. I would recommend that you give this a try yourself to make your own mind up.

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