BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY! The Almost Girl – Amalie Howard



Continuing a tradition of strong female characters, “The Almost Girl” (January 7, 2014, Strange Chemistry) introduces readers to a tough, independent soldier from a parallel universe who is thrown into an earthly mission that has her second guessing life as she knows it. “The Almost Girl” is first in a two-book series.

Having always imagined that I have a warrior’s spirit, (don’t laugh, it’s true) I was understandably intrigued by the unique premise of this fascinating book and immediately signed up to participate in the blog tour with this fantastic giveaway.

  • Almost-Girl-finalTitle: The Almost Girl
  • Author: Amalie Howard
  • ISBN: 9781908844804
  • Series: First of a two book series
  • Published: January 7th 2014 by Strange Chemistry (first published December 29th 2013)
  • Format: eBook
  • Genre/s: YA
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Source: Netgalley
  • Rating: B+


Every time I think of The Almost Girlone word comes to mind – cool.

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 was a refreshing change of pace for me. It has been awhile since I’ve read any sci-fi, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Thankfully Riven’s character quickly brought to mind happy memories of Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Alien and Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Can anyone forget her pull-ups on that bed frame?) I have been reading so many books as of late, YA especially, with weak, whiny female protagonists who are sad all of the time. Even worse, I have come across a few bad-assed characters with self-esteem and body issues! Thankfully this isn’t the case in The Almost Girl. Riven doesn’t have time to worry about her breast-size – although she’s momentarily uncomfortable with her scars, which is also cool – she’s busy saving the world for Pete’s sake. Heck make that two worlds! Her sister’s character was much the same – although her constant beatings did remind me a little of the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Some reviewers have taken issue with the insertion of mean girl stereotype Sadie into the plot, and the painfully unrealistic make-out scene in her father’s house, but I found that those issues really didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. The plot concept is – you guessed it – cool. The characters (maybe Caden excluded) are also cool. And the monsters? Well, they’re super-cool.
And then I can’t think as I’m running into the reptile runner head on, ninjatas in both hands. I have thirty seconds before the others close the space between them and the runner. It’s smaller than the ones I’ve seen before, about horse-sized, but I know it’s no less lethal with its heavily muscled and metaled body. Its eyes glow white as its pointy snout gapes open, full of sharp, cracked teeth. Angled plates curve down its back and tail into some kind of pike.
We are seconds from head-on impact, and in full sprint I roll head over heels, slashing out with my blades at the same time, snapping through the intertwined wires and tissue at the base of its hooves. I don’t stop. Momentum keeps me going, and I’m on my feet and running back toward Caden, but I hear the thump and screech of agony as it bowls forward onto its face. A grim triumphant smile graces my face for a second…It won’t be running for a while, that one.
In fact, the only issue that popped up for me was the rather lengthy sentences in the fight scenes. Howard does a wonderful job describing combat, but at times I felt a little like Austin Powers trying to make that three-point turn in the hallway. I wanted to go, but the sentence length slowed me down. Still, this didn’t kill my enjoyment either. I won’t try to claim that The Almost Girl is a perfect book, but I can promise you that next time I step on a treadmill I’m going to blast Rob Zombie’s More Human Than Human and channel Riven running across an alien desert.
My grade = B+ hard on the tail of an A.
Guest reviewer – Auralee Wallace




Amalie-Howard-200x250A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers. Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two years. Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.




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