Publisher's Note:  

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?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sky Pony Press

The Almost Girl (The Riven Chronicles)

by Amalie Howard

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Overall Review:  

The Almost Girl has an intricate plot with hidden surprises that increase in quantity as the story goes on. By the end of the book it seems that you have come to see the whole story by a completely different light. This is a good thing for a book. 

The negative aspects of the book would be that the writing is not 100% clear. Sometimes a sentence is not well edited and takes a re-read in order to understand what is going on. The romantic scenes are also a bit far-fetched and don't seem to be realistic conversations.

However, this is made up for by the intensely cool action scenes, complete with zombie-robot creatures. This book might appeal to male and female readers, if the male can get over the feminine title and cover. The universe the author builds is well thought-out, and interesting to read about, especially the large lizard-like things. Those were scary.

Overall, the book was entertaining, although a few more editing re-reads could have made it much better. The author definitely has promise.

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Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 19 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 3 anatomical terms; 2 F-word derivative.

Violence/Gore:  A character sustains a self-made bloody injury;  a teen attacks a soldier and kills him in a gory way; a teen gets in a motorcycle accident, but just gets bruises, not broken bones; a war and its affects are mentioned; a character breaks his leg; a teen boy drugs and gropes a teen girl without consent, but she is rescued soon after; a teen beats up another teen and breaks some bones; a character talks about killing people in the past; a gruesome lengthy fight between teenagers and monstrous zombie-drone creatures; a teen sees a bunch of corpses; an adult is killed in an explosion; characters discuss killing tactics; a teen fights a drone creature and beheads it; two characters fight and kill a drone creature in a long scene; a character gets a life-threatening and gruesome wound; there is a long violent scene where people die and are injured; an adult hits a teenager hard; a character injures herself while trying to escape bondage; a teen kills a drone creature; a character is implied to have died a violent death; a character has a disturbing and gruesome dream; a character kills a few dangerous creatures; teenagers get into a small scuffle and someone breaks a nose; a teenager violently knocks out a bunch of adults; characters discuss violence and an attempted murder; a teen recalls executing someone; a long fighting scene, ending in a gruesome and fatal way; a character threatens another character; a character is electrocuted to death; a teen boy talks about murdering his father; a teen boy discusses atrocities and murders; a long fighting scene, ending in a gruesome and fatal way; a character slaps another character.

Sex/Nudity:  A teen girl displays lots of public affection to a teen boy, in a territorial sort of way; a person changes clothes; two teens hug and then kiss passionately; a female teenager changes clothes in front of a male teenager, who turns away; two teenagers, male and female, are in the same room partially clothed, not for sexual reasons (but there is some sexual tension); a teen boy and a teen girl share a lengthy and passionate kiss; sexual innuendo; a teen boy and girl kiss passionately while half naked; a teen is disguised as a prostitute; an adult male leers at a teen girl; a teen girl watches a teen boy change clothes; a teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately; a teen boy drugs and gropes a teen girl without consent, but she is rescued soon after.

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Death of family members, death of friends, separation from family, experimentation (father experiments on his baby daughter), war, underage drinking, drugging and sexual assault.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A teen boy drugs a teen girl; teens drink alcohol a couple times.

Reviewed By Amber
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