Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Series: The Almost Girl #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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?
I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to write this review for a week. I’m not sure how to explain what I thought, how I felt about The Almost Girl and its story and character because I just feel ‘meh’ about it. It wasn’t fantastic, it wasn’t terrible. It was smack bang in the middle. Just… okay.
At the beginning the plot was choppy. It jumped from scene to scene and just did not flow well at all. I got confused, I couldn’t keep track of the timeline, it was all over the place. A little before halfway through the plot did smooth out. More action started happening, the plot actually started moving and was suspenseful, if predictable. The actions scenes were well written and they improved this book along with the creepy zombie/robot things. Those were interesting.
Riven, our main character, was another decent thing about The Almost Girl. She’s been trained since she was born as a child solider and is cold, calculating and very observant. She is kick ass and interesting to watch grow. The only issue I had with her really was that at the start she though about Cale too often. And then her feelings for Caden developed much too quickly. He wasn’t even a remotely interesting love interest. He was too perfect, too good. Their romance was annoying as well. It didn’t become an actual relationship for a while, but they still did stupid things in stupid places (like that time they made out in a place where their capture was VERY LIKELY. It was STUPID)
The Almost Girl was just an okay book. My feelings are summed up as ‘meh’. I like the world and the action, but the plot was a bit predictable and the romance really annoying. Fans of sci fi and kick ass heroines might enjoy this.