ARC Review: The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

January 21, 2014 Review 32 ★★½

ARC Review: The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
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Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Source: Netgalley
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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.6

32 Responses to “ARC Review: The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard”

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I find this a bit odd because Strange Chemistry titles are always different and great, so this is an even bigger, unexpected disappointment. I am curious about the zombie/robot things and how that works.
    Great review!

    • Bec

      I haven’t read too many Strange Chemistry yet, but they have great diversity and interesting sounding topics…


  2. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    Aw. This is the second review I’ve read about this book and all two were negative-ish. If I am right, Amalie Howard is also the author of Waterfell which also garnered a lot of negative reviews from bloggers. Seems like this author needs more practicing.

    I am sorry that a lot of things didn’t work for you, Bec.
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    • Bec

      I haven’t read Waterfell but I’ve seen the negative responses… This wasn’t bad just meh. I don’t know if I like her writing style yet. It was a shame cause I wanted to enjoy this one :/

    • Bec

      IT WAS SO RIDICULOUS!! I love romance when it’s a subplot, not interfering but still developing nicely :)

    • Bec

      I’m glad you enjoyed it then! Yeah, I like that aspect of it too. Other things just annoyed me.


  3. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I usually like Strange Chemistry titles, which was why I was going to give this one a chance after the awful experience with Waterfell (from a different publisher). It sounds so good, but I keep reading reviews where the consensus is “meh.” Maybe on a day when I’m feeling really gutsy? Probably!
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    • Bec

      I don’t think I’ve had the best luck with them so far, but I think I just keep finding the wrong books. You never know, you might enjoy this!

  4. Brooke

    So funny when you see all the reviews for books. I really loved this book. It certainly had some flaws, but I found it to be a great read. I loved Riven’s character and I really like Howard’s writing. Sorry you didn’t like it as much as I did.

    • Bec

      It is pretty interesting! She was a great character and the writing wasn’t too bad. I just wish the other elements didn’t annoy me so much :(

  5. Pam@YA Escape from Reality

    I actually really liked this book. I liked the action and the political intrigue. I enjoyed Riven, how she grows from emotionless soldier girl to a girl who feels things deeply. The romance was a bit fast, but it was sweet and It was a refreshing change that the boy was being protected by the girl (she was the tough one while he was more emotional), and she knew what was going on while he didn’t. Too bad you didn’t enjoy it!

    • Bec

      It seems more people than I thought have enjoyed it! I liked the action too and wanted more political stuff.

  6. Mari @ TheSirenicCodex

    Too bad this one disappointed you. It reminds me of my feelings on Reboot by Amy Tintera. I absolutely cannot take it when the “cold and calculating” protagonist turns into a mush the next second. That’s too bad. Thanks for your review :)

    • Bec

      I haven’t read Reboot. The change in Riven did actually take place over the course of the novel and didn’t happen too fast, I just had issues with the romance feelings/thoughts starting too soon.

      No worries :)

  7. Nova @ Out of Time

    I’m not very invested in this cover, only because it seems a little cheesy for me. I don’t know what to think about this because I’ve read from other people that they loved it. I don’t know if I’ll like it because I’m very iffy with sci-fi. It has to blow me away or I’ll hate it. (Loved These Broken Stars. Hated Across the Universe.)

    Great review, even though you didn’t like it so much.
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    • Bec

      Ah, really? I like it :) It is a book people have mixed feelings on. I can’t tell you how it stands compared to other sci fi because I haven’t read a lot (yet)


    • Bec

      It is a shame when a book you’re highly anticipating isn’t received as well as you hoped… I hope you love it!

  8. Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads

    Hmm. I hate it when I just feel “okay” about books. It makes it super hard to really summon up any thoughts. Also, I dislike super choppy plots – it’s very hard for me to read them, and it just makes me want to scream! I’m glad that it kind of evened out near the middle, though. Riven sounds interesting, but yeah… WE’RE ABOUT TO BE CAUGHT. LET’S MAKE OUT. Geez. Talk about no! Great review, girly! I hope your next read is better. ;)
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    • Bec

      It does. It took me a week or so to write this >< Once the plot smoothed out, this wasn't that bad (besides the whole making out thing :P ) Thanks!

  9. Delaney

    Meh books are the worst! Gosh having the predictable emotional mushy part where the kiss and make up part always when they are most likely to get captured is such a cliche thing that they DON’T get captured. Please people, there is no time for time! You ain’t got time for that!

    I hope your next read will be much much better. ^^
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    • Bec

      If they got captured it would have made things more interesting. They deserve to be caught.

      So far, the books I’ve read after this have been pretty good :)

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