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Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. But 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?

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11/11/2013
This high-octane thriller from Howard (Waterfell) centers on Riven, a 17-year-old Legion General from Neospes, an alternate Earth that was nearly destroyed by warfare centuries earlier. She has come to Earth to find Caden—the handsome, long-exiled twin brother of Prince Cale, who is fighting for his life against a usurper. After months of searching, masquerading as an American teen, Riven enrolls in Caden’s high school just in time to prevent him from being captured by the usurper’s monstrous dead warriors, the Vectors. In the process, Riven discovers that Caden, who doesn’t know who he truly is, has had other defenders, including Riven’s estranged older sister. Soon they’re all on the run with the Vectors in pursuit. The action never stops, and though the language is occasionally over-the-top (“Everything inside of me feels like it’s on fire. My ribs are splintering with alternating bands of hot and cold surging like rotating tides inside me”), SF and dystopia fans will be right at home with this book and its fierce, capable heroine. Ages 14–up. Agent: Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency. (Jan.)
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“A high-octane thriller. SF and dystopia fans will be right at home with this book and its fierce, capable heroine.”
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“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard's writing is sharp and smart.”
- Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.”
- Eve Silver, author of Rush

“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!”
- Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908844804
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 416
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Seventeen Magazine Summer Club author Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.
 
She received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine in International Studies and French, and a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children.
 
She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com or on Twitter (@AmalieHoward).

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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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