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 Ast ...more
Post read-reaction: I didn't think I was ...more
Seriously, did I get the first draft from Amazon by accident?
I was surprised, because her other books have been fine. I think she may have got an intern to write this. I think also that intern had been on a five day bender before sitting down to the task.
So, there is this girl. She is fundamentally unlikeable, but has suffered a very New Adult full-horror situation, so you have to forgive her a ...more
OMG!!!!! A new Jamie McGuire book!!!!
"...a breathtaking new tale of love and survival."
“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 ma ...more
Katy Perry’s song - http://youtu.be/t5Sd5c4o9UM got Ms. McGuires gears turning on writing a sci-fi romance book.
Rory is a loner with no trust for others who happens to be a college student. Three years ago she watched her family be murdered as the killers left her for dead. Now, she’s working for Dr. Z, a college professor, on his top secret project. Rory sort of has a friendship with two fellow classmates but overall she doesn' ...more
*(Am I even allowed to do multiple asterisks or is that inaccurate?)*
*(Wait, sorry... review)*
*(I get easily distracted)*
*(P.S No spoilers)*
After careful consideration (Well... not THAT careful, just seemed like a good place to start) I officially declare this a 3.5 star-book.
Did I like it?
I don't know if I would have picked this up if it wasn't Jamie McGuire, because I prefer really classic Sci-Fi and I get all snobby because half the time when non-Sci-Fi wri ...more
APOLONIA, BY JAMIE MCGUIRE
According to Goodreads, this is one of the best sci-fi books of 2014, and that's why I bought it. Spoiler alert: it's not.
Synopsis: Rory, a beautiful and unique girl, is in college trying to get her life back together after the horrible torture, rape and murder of her parents, her best friend and herself. (Yes, "murder" of herself. She's very adamant about the fact that she was killed that day.) She meets Benji and Cy, two incredibly handsome and muscular men who are...more
Apolonia is a new action packed paranormal romance by Jamie McGuire. I was super excited when I received an arc copy of Apolonia that I had to start it right away. From page one I wasn’t able to put it down. At first I had to keep reading to figure out what the heck was going on because I felt so lost, but after a few chapters things started to click in my head and then I just had to keep reading to know what was going to happen next. There was nothing slow or boring about Apolonia, the story m ...more
Apolonia was inspired after Katy Perry's video E.T.
"APOLONIA is the story of a damaged girl who doesn't need anyone but finds that the entire world will need her to survive. A little bit Roswell, a little bit Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, APOLONIA is a dark, funny, romantic, action-packed whirlwind that will keep you glued to the pages while on the edge of your seat."
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*
“THEY’D KILLED ME, but I survived. While lying on the hotel floor, my long black hair saturated with blood, I’d thought my life was over, except it wasn’t.”
I've only read one other book by Jamie McGuire and its Happenstance, which is a Young-Adult, Contemporary Romance novella. From what I gathered her books are normally new adult/young-adult romance novels. So when I came ...more
I was obviously expecting too much!
Especialy from authtor of Beautifull disaster,which is my top favorite NY book of all time!
Maybe I'm just not in the mood for this kind of book,or I read too much of them,
but this one was too slow for my taste and I was missing that fling which I loved so much in Beautiful series.
Not bad book in global,but not so good either.
Try for yourself and see.
“It doesn't make you weak to forgive someone, you know" he said. "No, but it gives people another chance to hurt you.”
Unfortunately Apolonia just wasn't our thing. A lot of people liked it and we are HUGE Jamie McGuire fans, so don't rule it out based on just our review.
The story was basically about a young girl who need to learn to trus ...more
This book was so disappointing. I'm still in shock that a writer's whose work I have previously adored wrote this. There was no character depth in this book. The writing was choppy and the plot never once felt intense of had me emotionally connected to this story. There were lots of missing details and upon completion I was only left feeling frustrated that I wasted my time and money on this one. It was just a mess.from beginning to en ...more
Jamie can write anything and I will read it. She is the exception to my rules and has taken my book virginity quite a few times. First book to re-read. First book to be obsessed with. First book to buy a t-shirt over. First Horror. And the list can go on and on... She has my firsts, and I will gladly give her so much more because of what her writing has given me. She gave me Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox . P ...more
I haven't read a good sci fi book in a while, so I was ready for one when Apolonia came my way. But it's a sci fi book that doesn't show it's sci fi colors until over halfway through the book.
APOLONIA is the story of college junior Rory Riordan, who is living but not really. She doesn't have friends, putting up a wall to protect herself from any future hurt when they go away. She trusts no one. Not her family friend and mentor, Dr. Z, not Benji who's followed her around for two years an ...more
The rest was seriously a miss in my perspective. I didn't understand Rory or her motivations. I mean, she said she didn't want to get attached to anyone but she was already attached to Dr. Z, which was proven by the fact that she went to him every time she had an attack (and to top it off those attacks were kind of weird and didn't make sense).
Then there was the whole I'm-Trying-To-Do-A-Love-Triangle thing between Cyrus and Benji. It didn't work. I didn't feel pulled or torn ...more
There wasn't a lot of consistency in this plot. I felt like there wasn't enough backstory to the characters, and thus the progression suffered seriously for me. The one thing that bugged me most was where the heck did Majestic come from? I felt like the name popped out of nowhere but I was suppose to know all about it. And then the revelations with Rory's histo ...more
I will say there are a few lines that made me laugh out loud but it wasn't enough to save the book. I had a headache after reading this book because it felt redundant. I felt like chapters repeated themselves and nothing even remotely happened until I reached 60%. I spent the entire book confused and annoyed because I was confused.
This just doesn't seem like Jamie wrote it at all. I've read all her b ...more
This was tough to read. Rory is incredibly unlikable, and her interactions with the other characters are inconsistent and annoying. Cy and Benji are one dimensional, boring, and they are practically interchangeable. The inane girl hate with Ellie is grating, distracting, and serves no purpose. The plot is weak, choppy, and and all over the place ...more
Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Jou ...more