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{The Almost Girl: Amalie Howard}The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
Series: The Riven Chronicles
Published by Strange Chemistry on January 07, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Netgalley
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{Synopsis} –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} – Thia book is amazing. Riven is seventeen year-old girl from Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. She is an elite fighter, a guard of the army and her father’s most treasured creation. It appears that she was given every fighting advantage as a child when he father had experimented on her to make her more then she was meant to be. She became close friends with the Prince because they were always paired together when they were training. This book has a lot of twists and turns but the jist is she has to go to the Otherworld to get a boy named Caden and bring him back to Cale in order to ensure Cale won’t die from being sick with poor lungs. She does this with no question, she manages to complete her mission with many obstacles in the way and then once they are both back in Neospes they find that there are far more obstacles to overcome then there had been in the Otherworld.

This book is about standing up for what you believe in, falling in love even when every fiber of your being tells you it’s wrong, and it’s about learning to accept that not everything you have been told is truth. Riven had a rough childhood, she had a rough teenage years and she has an even harder time when she learns tha she isn’t the person that she was led to believe she was. Despite of of the bad in her life that she had had to face she discovers that there is good in the world and there are things to be happy about. If you want to learn about Riven and her mission to finding herself you should really read this book. It’s amazing.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.