Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Guest Review: The Almost Girl - Amalie Howard

AuthorAmalie Howard
PublisherStrange Chemistry
Release Date: Jan 7th 2014
Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Seventeen-year-old Riven comes from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, a parallel world to Earth.

A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes. 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 and in a race against time to bring Caden home, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows.

Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was destined to be?

My Thoughts

There were a lot of bumps in the road, but in the end, it was a good book. Not great, not bad, just good.

Very weird as it is, but this will be my first review of the year! (YAY FOR THAT!). It took me a long while to finish this book. I almost put in hold for a reason you will know later ;)

When I first started reading it… there was a lot of action already, to the point that it got me confused. After a few scenes, I got to see the “main character” which is  ugh… yeah Riven… Riven here is supposed to find this guy that her king and bestfriend is making her find. And she finally found him, but she never thought she would find feelings as well.

To be honest… I just feel a bit bored talking about this book. Its not bad actually, there was a relativity to it, it was something cool to think about, the fighting scenes were pretty well written, but it lacks consistency that I think is significant in a book.

The first part of the book (1-30%) was the most interesting in the story. Though there aren’t many things to know yet, it was fun to get to meet the characters of the book. But by the middle(31-50%) it was just a blur for me. In fact it took me three or four days to finally get to even the half of it. It was agonizing. It felt like the pacing was like a walking tortoise compared to the first part, and it felt forced ‘ya know? As if it was just written there as a part of a book, not part of the story.

Thankfully, after first half of the story. Things got better. Not really awesome per se, but it made the book much more easier to read.  The pacing went back to normal like in the first part and the secrets finally came out (which no, offense is actually obvious) and as sad as the ending is, I sorta liked it. Plot… okay… pacing… meh… characters… lovable? Not really.
I’ve never encountered a moment wherein I forgot the name of a character I just recently read. To be brutally blunt. The characters for me were a bit forgettable. I don’t hate anything about them really, but they didn’t really mark an emotion in me that made me want to remember them. 

Though its not all bad. I loved the world building here. Everything was articulately written. It made me see Neospes as if I was watching a HD movie. The fighting also reminded me of some action movies I’ve watched and I’m amazed that unlike other books with action. All the action here seemed invigorating, unlike others that felt like a blur and I was intrigued with the ending, and I can say truthfully, that I will be expecting the next book. And I hope it would be better than the first. Just a little ;)

My Rating

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So have YOU read The Almost Girl? Was the book as good as the gorgeous cover?


  1. I hate giving up on books, but sometimes I just have to.

    1. Ditto! Some books are just not meant for certain readers, I guess.

  2. I am a bit intrigued by the blurb and cover. I might give it a chance and hope that I like better than you did !

    - Gayatri @ Notorious Writer

    1. The cover is gorgeous, isn't it? Hope you enjoy the book better than Jules did, Gayatri! :)

  3. I've heard of a lot of people now say this one is just an average read. I tried to read one of the author's other books and that was an instant DNF. I'll probably skip this one but at least you got a teensy bit of enjoyment out of it :)

  4. That cover is really gorgeous, and I am definitely intrigued. I haven't read this author's books yet, but I really like books that have good world-building. I'll keep my eyes out for this. :D


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