Monday, January 6, 2014

Book Review: The Almost Girl (The Riven Chronicles #1) by: Amalie Howard

Release Date: January 7, 2014
from Strange Chemistry
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"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?"

My Thoughts:

This is a book that it is very hard for me to write a review for because I really loved it and I’m not quite sure how to put that love into words. This is a brilliantly crafted story with wonderful characters. The world building is awesome and in true nerd girl fashion I loved all the sci-fi elements.

Riven is an awesome awesome heroine! She is so strong and tough and determined. When we first meet her she is very cold and closed off. She is driven by her mission and that is it; no questions asked. It takes a lot to get through to her. However, over the course of the book she changes and she grows. I loved watching Riven grow into a strong heroine; one determined to do what is right and not just what she is told. Also, it’s nice to see a book where the heroine does most of the saving: KA POW!

Our other main character is Caden and guys I loved Caden! He pushes Riven to become the person he knows she truly is and he is patient and kind. He is very very easy to fall in love with. He is strong and tough, but still kind and sweet. He says the sweetest things and really has a way with words. I love how well he adapted to everything changing around him and that he didn’t let anything hold him back. 

The world building in The Almost Girl is wonderful. We start off on Earth or the Otherworld as they call it, but we also get to see Neospes. Neospes is a scary place and Amalie depicts it well. She created a completely new world and I had no trouble visualizing it. The creatures that inhabit Neospes will give you shudders. It is so imaginative and just cool, to put it simply. 

My favorite thing about the story though was all the twists and turns. There are so many twists along the way and I swear I didn’t see any of them coming. The book really keeps you on your toes. You never know who to trust because the second you trust someone, they stick a knife in your back. It’s crazy how many times I was left staring at the pages shocked.

The Almost Girl is a crazy ride and is the perfect read for sci-fi fans. The ending has me dying for more to the story! This is easily one of my favorite sci-fi reads and I highly recommend it.


  1. I wasn't sure how this one would be, but I am SO glad you enjoyed it! Character development is so huge for me, and I like how you said Riven develops into a character who does what she feels is right versus doing what she's told. Caden sounds great too! I love when the guy pushes the girl, but in a way that will make her better! I will definitely be checking this one out now!

  2. I am discovering that I am not a huge sci-fi fan. They are really hit and miss with me. BUT, I think that cover is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  3. I liked riven and the twists as well

  4. This does sound like a very cool story. Your feelings and thoughts really shine in your review, Teresa.
    Great job!

  5. I love a book that has great twits and turns! One that kind of keeps you guessing and enthralled! I think I've seen this one around, and until now, I haven't been too sure about it. BUT I loved your review! I loved how much you loved it! And I do love a good Sci-fi book :D

    Great review my friend!! *MUGGLE HUGGLES*

  6. Good job putting this one into words. Sounds like a good one.

  7. This seems like it'd be a little out of my comfort zone, Teresa BUT I love a story with twists and turns, and that keeps me guessing. And I learned from reading J.A. Huss' Junco books, that sometimes stepping out of my comfort zone is a very good thing. :) You did a fantastic job of relaying why you loved this book and I'm gonna add it to my TBR. :)

    1. I really hope you love it, even though it is outside your comfort zone, it really is such a fun and different read

  8. Great review girl! I know what you mean, sometimes you just love a book so much you can't adequately express your feelings. I love that there are a lot of twists and turns in this one. Always makes it more fun. I will need to check it out!

    1. Yeah, I just wanted to say READ IT NOW... but I didnt think that was enough for a review lol


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