What I liked and didn’t like about this story was very black and white for me. What I liked included things like world-building, political aspects, action, fighting scenes and a few parts to the plot. What I didn’t like included aspects such as most of how the plot was pulled off, the characters, the romance, the unrealistic points to this story and the predictability of it all.
Despite all that, this was still entertaining enough to keep me from wanting to DNF.
If there was ever a time where I seriously wanted to skim or just skip a few pages was with Riven. Riven gets to be so incredibly annoying she makes certain parts to the story ridiculous.
Riven is a Legion General. She’s the right hand of the Prince of Neospes and a tough, seasoned, smart fighter who doesn’t have time for emotions or any kind of foolishness.
That’s how she’s portrayed in the blurb, but in the story Riven is continually making stupid mistakes and doing everything but blending in. People who want to blend in don’t ride Ducatis, nor do they ride motorcycles. And keep in mind she’s still a teenager. They don’t get in trouble with the police, make a few friends but keep them at arm’s length and not be too friendly or especially not too mean to anyone.
Riven was sent to Earth to find the prince’s brother who is hidden away on Earth. Of course, she falls into instalove with Caden [Prince Cale’s brother] despite her every attempt to keep him away from her. Hmm. She cares so much about him and his life and staying away from him that he cheats on his girlfriend and she lets him. She doesn’t even think twice about his girlfriend. As a matter of fact, neither does he.
And Caden’s such a good guy.
I think the one relationship I enjoyed in THE ALMOST GIRL was the relationship between Riven and her long-lost sister, Shae. The only problem I had with this relationship was that when they’re both introduced, Shae and Riven appear to be wary and have a mutual hate of each other, which makes no sense because as they go through the book there’s no real revelation or big talk about the supposed thing Riven did to betray Shae, but they still grow closer together anyway. However, I did appreciate that they made up and understood each other and their intentions in the end, so I didn’t mind as much.
The world-building, action scenes and time spent in Nesospes was great though. I really enjoyed learning about the worlds, time skips and the distance between the parallel worlds. Howard does a great job of showing off her characters in fights, but I wished that she would stop saving Riven. Every single time Riven and company starts getting in real trouble, someone either saves them or Riven commands them to be still and they obey.
Overall, this is an enjoyable read if you can get past the predictability of it all and some annoying decisions the characters make. I would like to see the sequel to this story just to see what happens, but if you’re not usually into fantasy/sci-fi, I wouldn’t recommend this story for you. 2.5 stars.
pg count for the kindle edition: 410
Series: The Almost Girl