Title: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Publication Date: January 2, 2014
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. But 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?
Why?: The first time I read this synopsis, I knew that I would have to get my hands on this book on way or another. It sounds like something that is right up my alley, and I knew I couldn't pass it up. Mostly sci-fi, with a little bit of romance, adventure, mystery, and maybe even a little fantasy thrown in? Yes please. I want to know more about Neospes, and how it's different from Earth. I'm excited to see how Riven reacts to a world that's like her own and yet so different. I just can't wait to dive right into this book!
Expectations: Although I've never read anything by Amalie, I have very high expectations for this book because I have high expectations for all of Strange Chemistry's books. I have not been disappointed by them yet, and I really hope that that trends continues! This book sounds incredible, and I really hope it lives up to the hype and the synopsis and everything else.
Judging a book by its cover: I think this cover is absolutely stunning. The girl, who I expect is Riven, looks intense, and I have a feeling that this whole book will be pretty intense. I love the way her blue eyes look like they're staring right through you. I would most definitely pick this up if I saw it on a shelf somewhere. I'm so glad that I have this book on my bookshelf right now!