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Review: The Almost Girl

almost girlThe Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of Strange Chemisty via NetGalley

A smashing cover and published by Angry Robot, I need no other excuse to pick this book up. The blurb and the promise of a kick-ass heroine actually kicking ass totally geared me up for a fabulous read.

The Almost Girl began with a strong action moment. It was such a promising beginning to the book and sets up Riven’s fighter quality fantastically. Yep, she’s a cold-hearted killer on a mission. Fast forward to the present time and Riven is trying hard to track down someone well hidden on earth, by infiltrating high schools… then, she found her target, accidentally, on the road…

Truthfully, there are a lot of potential for a mesmerising story with a strong heroine, alien world, and lots of fighting. It was an easy read; the action flowing from one moment to the next. The pace was pretty fast so time flew by very quickly. Overall, it was a pretty exciting read despite the messy feeling and hence, quite a number of questions I had. The copy I read is an eARC via NetGalley so perhaps the final copy will have been tidied up.

It wasn’t until a bit later than I connected the fact that Amalie Howard also penned Waterfell, which I’ve only just read a couple of months ago (you can check out my review, here). I like Riven a lot more than Nerissa whom I found really annoying to begin with. The setting / premise seems to be worlds apart however I’m wondering if anyone noticed that the ending of both books appear to be identical?

Despite some of the shortcomings of this novel (you’ll find both love & hate reviews out there), I do think you should give this novel a chance; you would, at least, enjoy all the fighting scenes.

Thanks to Strange Chemistry for copy of eARC via NetGalley

Challenge read for: ScatterShelves

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Review: Waterfell

waterfellWaterfell by Amalie Howard
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of Harlequin Teen via NetGalley

They live underwater, in the deepest part of the sea that is closest to the centre of the earth. They are referred to as ‘monsters’. Beautiful monsters but monsters nonetheless. They are Aquarathi. They have a very old history and have a deep interest in the wellbeing of earth and especially that of the sea. That is the reason why they will interfere in human business to ensure the survival of their race. There are differing thoughts on how much they should participate in the human world, however, and this led to turmoil within the kingdom.

What interest me most is the story behind the existence of the Aquarathi followed by their culture. Whilst the story itself was pretty basic, it provided enough background for this book. There wasn’t too much of the culture though I’m hoping there will be a lot more in the next instalment. Without spoiling it too much, I just think it was quite different from what’s out there and I wish that side of things were developed a little more.

A little unfortunate that I found Nerissa to be really annoying. Although she has pretty good reasons to be how she is, it doesn’t make it easy for me to swallow. She seems to be utterly self-centred but really, it was to hide a painful past which she refuses to face. Thankfully, she grew to be tolerable until right at the very end when again she became rather annoying but again with a somewhat acceptable reason… I just didn’t want to accept it.

It was the romance and the humour which drew me through the story. Interactions between Nerissa and Lo was just adorably cute!

“What are you doing here?”
“You’re here. So I’m here, too.” His words could incinerate ice, far less a girl with a definite non-icy heart. I’m hanging on by a thread not to be a puddle on the floor.
“Oh.” It’s the only word I can translate from my brain to my mouth. Everything else is gibberish. “But you don’t work today.”
“No, but you do.” And… puddle.

Thank you, Harlequin Teen for eARC via NetGalley

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