The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
The Almost Girl is overall a good YA novel, however I did have some problems with it. Let me first start off with what I loved about this book. The characters for one;I love that Riven' personality is practically robotic but you start to see it crack slowly throughout the novel. Also who doesn't love bad ass chicks who end up saving the male version of the damsel in distress? However I'm going to go a little negative on the character. I feel as if Caden could have been so much more. He' kinda wimpy and there could have been more character development for him. He just kind of floated in the book like "Hey I'm right here! I'm a person too!". He was more background noise and he felt like a filler to build Riven's character more. Which yes i good but only when the character used is well defined already.Also I feel as if Cale was never really elaborated on. Every so often you get a snippet about who he was but then you're left hanging like "How does he fit in?! There has to be more between him and Riven! what is going on?!" It was like I was reading the book to find out the full background and would get frustrated when I became empty handed over and over. Which saddened me because both characters had so much potential. Is it bad to say that the main character of the book, the one that the whole thing is about, received too much attention? Alright enough with the characters... Another good thing about the novel was the plot. Rather than just regular dystopian or fantasy it had a twit. Imagine a world that was just like ours but ended up advancing so much that they became violent and ran out of their natural resources. Now imagine if these people figured out how to enter your world. Now that they have imagine what they would eventually want or need seeing as how they practically destroyed their world? It sounds like an action packed thriller right? Yeah the plot is that good.This world which was essentially destroyed sounds amazing and I for one would have liked to see more of it. Hopefully in the next book that will happen. Because honestly? Who really wants to read something that is almost fully based in our world when we know there's this place hidden just around the corner that the characters can actually go to. That is just my opinion though, and many of you may disagree with me.
I will be honest, I liked this book and I want to see where this series will lead. I do recommend this book to people who are into this kind of genre and I ask that you try to stay open to the possibilities of where this book may go; despite how frustrating it can be.