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Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC (October 6, 2014)
Cover Design: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen
Amazon Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/o36jgvn
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!
So going into reading Apolonia I knew that it was supposed to be paranormal. I had seen some graphics for the book showing a black haired girl that looked very edgy and I assumed she represented the leading female character. I was correct in that but wrong in assuming the lead female character's name would be Apolonia or that maybe Apolonia was an alien planet or something. Guess I should've read the synopsis first.
Anyway, the lead female character is actually named Rory. She is very edgy with a foul mouth at times (which I loved) and super smart. She tries to keep to herself and go unnoticed after her parents and her best friend are murdered in front of her and she was left for dead. But she hasn't gone unnoticed. Her classmate Benji is like a new puppy following her around. He's cute and playful and doesn't take the hint that she doesn't want him around. Yet the more persistent he is in pursuing her, the more she realizes that she kinda likes him.
For the first half of the story I really couldn't tell it was paranormal. A relationship begins to grow between Rory and Benji but then there's a fly in the ointment by the name of Cy. Initially Rory is a little threatened by Cy and his new position along side her as the professor's lab assistant. At this point I didn't care that he was tall, dark, and handsome and had an accent, I had placed my bets on Benji to be the winner of Rory's affection. Rory can't seem to classify what she's feeling about either of these guys at first due to her need to avoid any kind of relationship. And honestly it was hard to say she ever fully figured it out. She had feelings for both of them but the situation pretty much decided for her. I remained a little confused about how to feel for this character Cy but I think I would have to lean toward not liking him. I know I really loved Benji's character regardless of his less than stellar history of being totally honest with Rory. I also tried not to hold against him that his family turns out to be related to the devil I think.
Once the paranormal aspects of the story began to be revealed I felt like I detached a little from story. The hope of a happily ever after for Rory and Benji was what kept me reading. I was disappointed or maybe just a little confused as to why the title of the book was the name of a character that wasn't pivotal to the story or at least wasn't in my opinion. I really liked Rory's character and was invested in reading the whole story in hopes of her finding happiness. Overall I would say that those that enjoy reading contemporary or paranormal romance will enjoy Apolonia.
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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 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.
Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!