The Almost Girl

17397481Title: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: The romance was a tiny bit frustrating, but the author’s skillful writing made it hard to put this book down.

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. [...] 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.[...]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. (Source)

From the description, I felt I was taking a risk with this book because the plot has the potential for a terribly annoying romance. Fortunately, the romance wasn’t as bad as I expected. There were a few times I couldn’t believe the characters were thinking about romance. There was one forceful kissing scene I may rant about later. But overall, Riven was extremely sensible. It was hilarious and gratifying to see her recognize high school drama as completely insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Even when Riven was in high school, the dramatic analogies and dark descriptions helped me share Riven’s focus on her mission.  In fact, the author did a great job setting the tone throughout, starting with the third-person prologue to add mystery. Than the transition to first-person for the rest helped draw me into the story.

The author’s writing impressed me a lot. The plot and the world building were fairly standard, but were also unique enough to be exciting. The constant action and slow reveal of information about Riven’s world kept me glued to the pages. In particular, I was impressed by that the slow information reveal didn’t get annoying or break up the story. Riven’s thoughts always felt natural. Flashbacks were short and triggered by related events. Her focus on particular facts always made sense. And even though I had questions, I never got that annoying feeling that the author was working too hard to keep me in the dark. Overall, this was one of the best written YA books I’ve read and also a ton of fun.




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10 Responses to The Almost Girl

  1. Wendy @ Wensend

    Seems like an okay right, but not really something absolutely special, am I right? I’m actually a bit afraid of reading more YA as a lot of books are the same within the genre, featuring a lot of unnecessary romance I think
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    • I did think it was a bit better than your average book that fits this stereotype, because the writing was very impressive. However, it is one of those books that fits a particular stereotype so I do think you’d probably have to be in the mood for it. In this case, the romance was at least essential to the plot. In fact, if I’d made it through with the characters never feeling the need to get it on in a dangerously inappropriate situation and if the guy didn’t feel sure he knew the girl wanted to kiss him when she said no, I’d have not been bothered by it at all. But those two things made me knock a star off my review and their may be a more general rant about those things in my future :)
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  2. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    I actually checked GR for a second opinion. Hahaha. Reading about Android wars would be quite an experience. But what you said about the romance is not really encouraging. I’ve been burned…I’ve been burned, Katie. Hahaha.

    Anyway, I added this to my GR shelf and see if I’ll be able to give it a try in the near future. xD

    Lovely review!
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    • The romance didn’t bother me as much as I was afraid I might and I would still recommend it for the great writing. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy the book too :)

  3. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I read Howard’s other book, Waterfell, and really didn’t enjoy it at all, but I’ve still wanted to read this one. It sounds like it’s not horribly cliche or annoying, so I’ll probably still give it a chance :)
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    • There were definitely story elements we’ve seen before, but there was enough of a unique twist that I really enjoyed. It’s definitely a book I’d recommend other people pick up. if you do, I hope you enjoy it more than her other book :)
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  4. Alice in Readerland

    This concept sounds cool, and I love how you said that it was one of the best written YA books you’ve read! I’ll have to check it out.
    Great review! :)
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    • It was quite well done. For the most part, I don’t notice writing a whole lot (unless it’s bad) but in this case, the quality of the writing really stood out to me :)

  5. Shay

    I don’t think i would have braved the book based on that summary, but I might be willing to give it a chance based on your recommendation.
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    • Honestly, when it came time to read this, I was surprised I’d requested it given the romance in the description. I did end up really enjoying it though, so I’m glad I gave it a try :)


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