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The Almost Girl

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  • Posted January 15, 2015

    My Thoughts: It's been awhile since I've been interested in a n

    My Thoughts:

    It's been awhile since I've been interested in a new dystopian YA novel. I don't even know what it was that attracted me to this one. Maybe it was in the synopsis, or the loveliness of the cover. Either way, it was a nice change of pace for me, and it reminded me of when I first started to love YA.

    Riven was my kind of girl: very strong, not just in action but also on the inside. While there was romance, which I'll get to in a second, there was a lot more when it comes to the world and the characters that kept the story together. The depth of the world was difficult for me to follow, but written well. It had me wanting to punch people, but that always happens in dystopias, right? But, let's talk about Caden. Sweet Caden. It's funny, I always have to have some sort of romantic element to keep me tied into books like this. Otherwise I get bored. I like feeling the romantic tension between the characters, and that was definitely there between Riven and Caden. Oh man... the kiss. THE KISS. Wow.

    The Almost Girl was a pretty good read. Riven is someone you want to be, and Caden is someone you want to love. Amalie Howard has written a very intriguing dystopian tale. It's nice to get back to my YA roots and I'm glad I picked this one up.

    My Rating: Pretty Good

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    The Almost Girl caught my attention with its beautiful cover, st

    The Almost Girl caught my attention with its beautiful cover, strong heroine and it’s unique story. I do enjoy science fiction so a story about parallel universes intrigued me.  I did like this story but I didn’t love it.

    Riven is a tough seventeen-year-old sent to Earth for an important mission. I really liked Riven because she was a strong female character that I think is especially important in young adult novels.  Coming from a parallel universe Riven has to struggle with adjusting to modern Earth and our carefree lifestyle.  But since Riven is tough and on a mission she deals with the changes as best as she can.  And instead of being inconspicuous she draws attention to herself.  I liked Riven but I was surprised with the bad choices she made during the story.  She was a General in Neospes but she made some careless mistakes that could have had deadly results.

    Caden is the long-lost brother of Prince Cale and is Riven’s target.  Caden is a typical, sarcastic high school athlete and I didn’t develop a connection with him. I wish there was more of a character development of Caden. He seemed to just go along for the ride, even though he was supposed to be a crucial character to the story.  Riven and Caden have an instant attraction (or lust) for each other, without even focusing on why.  Maybe this will be explained more in the next book, but for now I thought the romance of the story just wasn’t exciting.

    The story started slow, but there was a lot of action and twists to the story.  Some of the story became predictable but I was still entertained.  And one thing I did like about the authors writing is that I felt I was getting to know her as a person. I can tell Ms. Howard is an obvious science fiction fan (with her mention of one of my favorite movies, Dune) and also has a sense of humor (having references to Shrek).  This is something I enjoyed.

    Overall this was an okay read and I am not sure if I would read the next book.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

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    One part Hunger Games, one part Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and on

    One part Hunger Games, one part Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and one part Timecop. If you think that’s a strange combination you haven’t read Almost Girl by Amalie Howard. While the book definitely has these themes in common, for the most part this book is something you’ve probably never read anything like before. I did find the ending a bit predictable. But the rest of the book was excellent and I would definitely read a sequel if there is one. The other excellent thing about this book is that it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. The climax is the REAL climax and the plot has a satisfactory conclusion. There are no last minute twists, with a “Haha, you thought it was over! But you are wrong!”

    I was especially impressed how the author managed to populate the cast with such strong female characters. Especially the two sisters in the book. I loved both of their characters. While I did really enjoy the girl power aspect of the book; I thought couldn’t believe how one sided it was. If the character was female, she was good. If not, they are probably evil or at least untrustworthy. This wasn’t the so in EVERY case in the book, but enough that it was noticeable even when not really looking for it. But all in all, I would recommend Almost Girl; a great book for anyone who likes Science Fiction or Fantasy

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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        I connected with Riven, she wanted to do the right thing, an

        I connected with Riven, she wanted to do the right thing, and she had a protectiveness within her that I really admired. Though, the terminology and references almost turned me off. I got answers, but too slow, I didn't quite understand exactly what Riven was, and there was the mystery Cale. I loved reading her action scenes, learning about just how strong she is physically and mentally, but then watching her learn to depend on others when she finds herself weak or injured, and that sometimes strangers can be kind and worm their way into your heart. 
       But I liked her chemistry and interactions with Caden, and I def wanted to know what made her special. The world building was good, just slower than what I wanted. It seemed really well thought out and I liked the other planet and tech that they used. 
        The family aspect of this one took me by surprise in a good way. There is sibling rivalry and then a deeper relationship formed. There is also appearances and betrayal plot twists that were well written and captivating. 
       The action scenes were heart pounding. And Riven can certainly hold her own with a sword, and hand to hand. Living vicariously through characters like this is always great because I am pretty weak and not at all kick ass like this. 
       All of that said, I did skim through numerous parts of the book because it was slow. Yet I still wanted to know what happened, so I stuck with it. 
        I chose Almost Girl because I liked the cover and the synposis on netgalley. I would def recommend for friends who like science fiction with a strong female lead and a romance. 

    Bottom Line: Good science fiction with a strong main character but has slow parts. 

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    Posted March 13, 2014

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