Review Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Apolonia by Jamie McGuire

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Title: Apolonia
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Age: NA
Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC (October 6, 2014)
Cover Design: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen


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“They killed me, but I survived.”

Three years after Rory Riordan foiled her own murder, she still trusts no one. Not Dr. Z, the eccentric college professor who has taken her under his wing, not Benji, the endearing, attractive classmate who insists on following her around, and certainly not Cy, the beautifully dark and mysterious boy who sits on the first row in Dr. Z’s Astrobiology class and asks far too many questions.

When Rory witnesses Cy being abducted by soldiers in the middle of the night, she finds herself submersed in a world that holds even more secrets than she could imagine–even darker secrets than her own.

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire, experience the perfect combination of her bestselling books Providence & Beautiful Disaster. This New Adult Sci-Fi Romance is an action-packed, whiplash-inducing roller coaster ride. Page after page, this unpredictable, dark and sexy nail biter will keep readers guessing until the very end!

Grace Review
I’m not going to lie, I went into this book with low expectations.  Why did I request the book in the first place?  Good question.  The answer is that I was actually curious how the author would handle this genre.  Sure, she has written paranormal (which I haven’t read), but she is most well known as Travis’ creator, with the Beautiful Disaster franchise.

After finishing the book, I was torn, and a bit surprised.  Yes, my 3 star rating would suggest the book is just average.  But I actually didn’t regret the time spent reading the book.  Overall, it’s an entertaining story and had me intrigued, particularly in the second half of the book.

What I struggled with most, is that I have no idea who to recommend this book to, meaning the book seemed like two different stories for two different audiences.  The first half of the book would appeal most to fans of the author’s Beautiful series.  Although the main female character Rory is not your typical heroine, with her shaved head and abrasive personality, she still manages to capture the attention of more than one man.  Their intentions are very vague and had you guessing as to whether they were good or bad for her.

As I was reading the first half, I kept checking the book genre.  Sci-fi?  Why?  There is really no hint of a Sci-Fi element in the first half of the book, other than that Rory and Cyrus (Cy) are studying a rock.  So fans of the Sci-Fi genre might be bored.  But around 50%, everything changes and the book, I believe, becomes a different target audience.  We’re talking alien life, host seeking parasites, etc.  This is the part of the book that intrigued me the most.  The story behind this mysterious rock wasn’t fleshed out enough in my opinion, but I liked the author’s venture into this storyline.  It reminds me of the type of books I loved previously, before I got into the Romance genre.  As my bio mentions, I’m a huge fan of Michael Crichton.  Books like Andromedia Strain, Micro and Sphere sucked me in.  So the idea behind this parasite was appealing to me, but might not work for everyone.  I guess it depends on if that is something that interests you.

Overall, I think I would have liked the book even more if the author didn’t wait so long to get into the Sci-Fi part of the story.  I realize she was probably trying to build a relationship between Rory and Benji/Cyrus.  There isn’t a love triangle in this story, per se.  But there are definite conflicting emotions between these three main characters.

Side note: I’m curious as to why the author selected this book title.  Sure, Apolonia is an important part of the story, but this is Rory’s book.  If I was her, I’d be pissed about not getting the top billing.  ; )
– Grace
*An ARC was received for an honest review.



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 apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, 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.

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