Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Pub. Date: March 15, 2016
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Source: Print ARC from Publisher
Rating: 3 Stars
Seventeen-year-old Riven comes from a world parallel to Earth, a world that has been ravaged by a devastating android war. As a Legion General, she is the right hand of Prince Cale, the young Prince of Neospes. In her world, she's had everything: rank, responsibility, and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to rescue his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.
Armed with the mindset of a soldier and racing against time to bring Caden home, Riven must learn how to blend in as a girl in a realm that is the opposite of all she's ever known. Will she be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?
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Upon reading The Almost Girl, one thing I noticed about the book was that it was achingly slow. It took me a couple of chapters to even get into the story. I don't mind world building or developing characters - they help me understand the book better. But I don't feel like I got that here. There was some info dumping that probably could have worked out a little bit better and the characters at times seemed flat and uninteresting.
Did I like Riven? For the most part, yes. She's only ever known one thing - fight; after all, she is a general. I thought the concept was cool for involving parallel universes. Riven has come to our world to find her target - Caden, the brother of the King of Riven's world. Well, she finds him alright. But instead of just taking him and running, Riven is met with many obstacles along the way.
This is a classic tale just told in reverse. Instead of the broody guy who wants to take the girl to her impending death and doesn't "want" the girl but secretly does, we get the broody girl. I thought that was great, Riven is a bad ass. But she's also emotionless at times...but that's not her fault. Caden was an okay character. I didn't love him and I didn't hate him. He was just...okay.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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