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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1908844795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844798
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,092,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard' s writing is sharp and smart." Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

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Seventeen Magazine Summer Club author Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. Twenty-two countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn't entirely convinced which takes more guts. She received a bachelor's degree from Colby College in Maine in International Studies and French, and a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Travelling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children.

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Amalie Howard's dazzling book is a scintillating story of breathtaking imaginative vision, scope and substance that doesn't disappoint. The striking, eye-catching cover pulls you into a magnetic tale wrought with remarkable concepts and fresh vivacity. With a gutsy, spunky female protagonist and cast of colourful characters the confidently assured narrative exudes authenticity that's designed to captivate the target readership. Enthused teens will be clamouring to pluck this exciting story from the bookshelf; compulsively drawn to the storyline of great premise. Fabulously fun, action-paced and fast-paced I was taken on an intense rollercoaster ride and into a sweeping saga of depth and ingenuity.

By blending together an eclectic mix of genre {from futuristic to Dystopia} `The Almost Girl' is an explosive fusion of diversity that appeals to a wide readership. Equally fans of Divergent and Enders Game will be enamoured by the intricately woven plot and sublime storytelling, that's beguiling and utterly addictive. Amid the chilling tension and suspense is heartrending romance and profoundly evocative family drama, which touches you with truism and sincerity. 17 year old Riven has to be one of my favourite YA heroines; she is instantly likable and her fierce determination is inspiring to behold! Within the brilliantly crafted world is a smart, clever tale of out-of-this-world magnificence.

The first instalment in what I confidently predict to be an outstanding series, takes you on an adventure into a parallel universe full of deadly danger, magic and mystery. Neospes is a well-crafted and brilliantly realised world, founded on strength and a will to dominate over all.
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The cover for Amalie Howard's The Almost Girl really caught my attention when it was launched and when I read the blurb I looked forward to the chance of reading this. When I started the book I was a bit disconcerted to get a huge Terminator vibe from the book. Not that the specifics of the two are very similar, apart from Riven being sent from a parallel world that felt very futuristic and where there had been an AI war, but it did remind me of it. However, this vibe quickly faded and then I was just sucked into the story and didn't emerge, or should I say evert, until I finished the book.

Told from Riven's first-person viewpoint, she's the story's beating heart. I thought she was a wonderful character and one that goes through and interesting transformation. She starts out as an angry, mission-driven, and lonely individual and she ends this book in a completely different place. She's still a professional soldier, but she's let down her walls and let in her emotions and I really liked how Howard effected this change. Riven has a wonderful chemistry with Caden and I spent the book rooting for them to get together, but it's not Caden that changes Riven, or at least he only is one of the reasons she grows and not even the most important one. While the romantic element of the story was lovely, it's also about more than Riven and the boys. It's about Riven and Riven, because she finally learns the truth about herself and her family. She learns to understand and trust herself fully, not just the rational part of her, but her emotional side as well. And she finally understands the true nature of Neospes society thanks to her time in our world.

Neospes and its tech are fascinating and politically it's also an interesting place.
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Riven is from Neospes, a world ravaged after an android war. She is a General of The Vector army and one of the best fighters there. When Prince Cale tells her that unless she finds his brother he will die, she knows she has to do all it will take. She leaves her world against her fathers wishes and goes to modern day Earth to find the brother.

3 years later and countless moves she finally finds Caden by accident. She realises that he has been kept hidden because her sister has been guarding him. She needs to get closer to him to get him to trust her but she finds that he isn't who she thought he was and she finds herself drawn to him. The feelings she has are new to her because in her world Feelings are a weakness.

When I saw this on Netgalley I knew I had to read it. It sounded awesome and something Id like. Well I really really liked it.

I really liked Riven. She is strong, smart and Kick Ass!!! While she could be harsh it was only because she didn't know any better. She leads basically an undead army, which her father created. She doesn't have emotions like we do. She is drilled that they are bad and unnecessary! Her mother died when she was young, which she witnessed, and her sister left. Her father is extreme to say the least and the only person she has any attachment to is Prince Cale. He has been there for Riven and he is her best friend and she would do anything for him.

Then there's Caden. He is the opposite of Cale. He is funny, nice, kind and an all round decent guy. When Riven finds Caden, he is ignorant to his heritage. He knows nothing of Neospes nor the fact that he is a prince. He soon gets a rude awakening when the Vectors show up!!!

The Vectors are just plain freaky.
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