The Almost Girl

AlmostGirl_coverTHE ALMOST GIRL

March 1, 2016, Sky Pony Press

ISBN: 9781510701717

17 year-old Riven comes from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, a parallel world to Earth. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes. 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 and in a race against time to bring Caden home, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. 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?

“A high-octane thriller. SF and dystopia fans will be right at home with this book and its fierce, capable heroine.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“In The Almost Girl, Howard never lets the plot or her characters settle into a rut.  Something is always pulling the narrative forward with urgency, whether an action scene when Riven is battling the zombie-cyborg Vectors, or if she examining her feelings about Caden.  The parallel worlds, zombie-soldiers, genetic manipulation gave a great science fictional feel to the world of Neopses.” SFFWorld 

Praise for The Almost Girl

PRAISE FOR THE ALMOST GIRL

“In The Almost Girl, Howard never lets the plot or her characters settle into a rut.  Something is always pulling the narrative forward with urgency, whether an action scene when Riven is battling the zombie-cyborg Vectors, or if she examining her feelings about Caden.  The parallel worlds, zombie-soldiers, genetic manipulation gave a great science fictional feel to the world of Neopses.”

SFFWorld 

“THE ALMOST GIRL is one of the best books I have read in a while. I’m newish to science fiction so I haven’t had a lot of experience in that genre but THE ALMOST GIRL was amazing and kept me guessing the entire time. THE ALMOST GIRL was the perfect balance of sci-fi, action, adventure, and a little dose of an awesome romance mixed together.”

Fresh Fiction

“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.”

~ Eve Silver, author of Rush

“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!”

~ Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked

“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard¹s writing is sharp and smart. I¹m definitely craving the next installment!”

~ Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful & The Cursed

“Do you like a good sci-fi story with tons of awesome bad guys and cool tech and science? Do you want the possibility of some great ideas to throw into a spin off for that RPG you are running?  I totally recommend the book to anyone who loves a fast paced, hard impacting, social statement without it being preachy, with really cool characters who are well rounded.”

Cabin Goddess

“Right away, the prologue pulled me into the story and refused to let go. Amalie Howard does an amazing job of jumping right into the plot, keeping a fast-pace from start to finish.”

Pandora’s Books

“This is a brilliantly crafted story with wonderful characters. The world building is awesome and in true nerd girl fashion I loved all the sci-fi elements.”

Readers Live 1000 Lives

“There’s science, there’s intrigue, there are battles, betrayals and unexpected allies. It seems that this book as a bit of everything mixed in a way that it works brilliantly.”

In Love With Handmade

“The Almost Girl uses an impending inter-dimensional war – and the need to keep ahead of a dimension-shifting cadre of conscienceless fast-zombies in supersuits (but no, says the narrator, there’s no such thing as zombies) – to raise the stakes on a plausible-feeling teen suffering otherwise ordinary-looking stresses involving boy/girl interactions and siblings and parents and classes and teachers.  There’s lots of action, to be sure. But the best gem in The Almost Girl is the work we all have in life, to find a place for ourselves however crazy it gets.  Amelie Howard’s world is just painted a little crazier than yours.  It’s worth a visit.”

The Jaded Consumer

 

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