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Apolonia by [McGuire, Jamie]
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About the Author

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography. Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written #1 New York Times Bestseller Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers books, apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, novellas titled A Beautiful Wedding and The Happenstance Novella Series, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy. Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat. Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4736 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1501022083
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC (October 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JXOCYQW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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These 5 star reviews are blowing my mind. This book is awful, and definitely not worth your time.

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.
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Jamie...I love ya, girl, but what on God's green earth was that? Look, I'm a fan. Even with all its faults, I loved Beautiful Disaster. The Happenstance series is sweet. I think we're kind of trying to milk the Maddox brothers for all they're worth, but hey, that is not going to stop me from eating up the post-Travis 'Disaster' books. I even mildly enjoyed Red Hill. But Apolonia was a heaping pile of WTF.

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?
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I'm kind of torn on how to rate this book. Although it is billed as sci-fi romance, the entire first half really reads like a contemporary romance with almost no sci-fi elements at all. And even for a contemporary, I still had a hard time getting into the first half of the book. The second half though, the whole sci-fi part becomes glaringly obvious. That's also when the action really begins, and where I started to become more attached to the story.

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.
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Mrs.Jamie McGuire...I'm so disappointed in this book. I adore all of her other novels but this one was just an absolute stinker. I had so much trouble finishing it but I was determined to find a redeeming quality. I found none. zilch. Apolonia just wasn't good. the end.
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5 Out of this world stars!

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.
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