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I was a big fan of the Beautiful Disaster books, so I was really excited to read Apolonia. This has all the terrible writing of Beautiful Disaster but none of the hot characters or fun romance. Benji and Cy are both one-dimensional, boring characters who always happen to be at the right spot at the right time, the plot is poorly explained, and when the big "twist" happens, everyone just immediately accepts it even though it's ridiculous. I feel like the author was trying to write a bad sci-fi movie instead of a book -- there were lots of descriptions of scenes that would potentially look cool in a movie, but just came off as incredibly poorly developed in the book. It reaches for emotional moments that have not been developed at all, and the love story is flat and boring.
SPOILER ALERT: Rory is a brattier version of Lisbeth Salander with literally no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But does that stop her best friend Benji (who is given a dog's name for your convenience in case you couldn't fully grasp how pathetic his following Rory around like a big, dumb puppy is) from inexplicably loving everything about her? Of course not. But, eh, we're used to that in the world of YA and NA . We are also used to love triangles. Cue Cyrus. He's a British-sounding Egyptian alien. Yeah. Can't really explain that one. No one knows he's an alien until halfway through the book, but when it's revealed everyone seems to just accept it and skip about their merry ways. Like oh, yeah, so Cy is an alien? Totally chill. No big, always knew Aliens were a thing. LOL K. The plot is convoluted and drags. I honestly can't really even explain it clearly to myself. Blah, blah, something about rocks and a spaceship, blah, blah. In the midst of this nonsense, we find out that GASP...Cyrus has a fiance named Apolonia. And she's a vengeful Xena-wannabe. End love triangle...kind of. Yeah, I can't explain that one either. A bunch of other boring crap happens and then Rory ultimately ends up with Benji...HER BIG, DUMB PUPPY FRIEND FOR WHOM SHE HAD NO FEELINGS FOR APPROXIMATELY HALF THE BOOK. Has the world turned upside down?Read more ›
The characters were good, and Benji was far and away my favorite. Even with his own secret, I still adored him (sweet, sexy, and later on just WOW) and almost cursed the author near the end of the book after a particular tense and emotional scene.
If you are a hardcore sci-fi fan, you probably won't be able to get into the first half of the book like I couldn't, but just hold on until that part passes and you'll get to the meat of the story. Then the second half will have you quickly flipping the pages to see what comes next, and enjoying the action and suspense you'll find.
One thing I didn't quite understand is why the book is named after a character that you only see for the last part of the book. The story doesn't really center on her, it really concentrates more on Rory, our female lead, her interactions with Benji and Cy, and how they all get through all the craziness.
Since I was torn between the two halves of the book, but also taking into account the exciting second half (and the "no no no no" moment the author threw out there toward the end), I give this 3.5 stars, and would recommend for 18+ due to language and some adult situations.
Wow! Just Wow! This is such an amazing story. Jamie McGuire is a truly talented writer! She can write love stories, drama stories, and paranormal love stories. Apolonia has everything. It has love, drama, intrigue, and mystery! I could have just kept reading forever! I was truly immersed in this world.
Rory Riorden has died, but yet she lives. Sole survivor of a serious tragedy. If what she is doing is classified as surviving. She has had an admirer for two years. Benji has been patient and has been willing to take Rory anyway he can. He is persistent and resilient. He is undeterred by her sarcasm and coldness. Cy is a mystery. New to campus, and a new research assistant. He is aloof and mysterious but strangely Rory is drawn to him. Studying hours on end as an assistant, cataloging data on a meteorite found in Antartica. Things are about to go haywire for this trio. No one is who they seem, except for Rory. It is like an episode of X-Files.
I loved this book, it left me on the edge of my seat and gasping with tears at the end. Such a great paranormal romantic read. Who will you root for? Cy or Benji? It will leave you believing their really is more out there and sometimes it is never what we expect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holy freaking wow! So I spent a majority of this book confused, and in emotional turmoil as I struggled between loving the right guy for her and trying to figure out where the... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Danielle1821
This book hooked me from the beginning. It was fun, entertaining, and very intriguing. I couldn't figure out what was going to happen and I love that. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Devin McCain
It's hard to trust after you see things you should never have to see in your life. That is what Rory has to do. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie G
different but I still enjoyed it. Not my favorite but I'll read anything by Jamie McGuire.Published 3 months ago by Tina Piper Francis
There is just something about Sci-fi that calls out to me and seeing one of my favorite authors wrote a sci-fi book I had to check it out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by southern book nerd
This book was amazing and frustrating (in a great way) on so many levels! I don't do paranormal but having read the providence series by Jamie's and loving the Maddox brothers I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ambes
I'm not a huge sic-fi person but I trusted Jamie to deliver a story that I would enjoy, and she did. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kasey M
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