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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,786 ratings  ·  365 reviews
“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 Ast
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Published October 6th 2014 by Jamie McGuire LLC (first published June 10th 2014)
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Natalie Why indeed. Seems to be gaining popularity as a literary trend. Some writers think that in order to make their female protagonists stand out, they hav…moreWhy indeed. Seems to be gaining popularity as a literary trend. Some writers think that in order to make their female protagonists stand out, they have to bash other women. Yet in their efforts to proclaim that their heroines are #NotLikeOtherGirls, they end up making their characters exactly like every other heroine, with amplified internal misogyny.(less)
Natalie Barely. It's mostly a New Adult romance/love triangle with some tidbits about a space rock. Said space rock doesn't actually become important until th…moreBarely. It's mostly a New Adult romance/love triangle with some tidbits about a space rock. Said space rock doesn't actually become important until the third act, and even the associated sci-fi rules are very convoluted.(less)

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Pre-read reaction: Something tells me I'm going to regret this, but I seriously want to figure out how McGuire handles sci-fi. I didn't try "Red Hill" because I love zombie novels too much and with the issues her past paranormal series have had with worldbuilding (i.e. Providence) plus with awkward or non-existent character motivations (Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster, etc.), I didn't think I'd find anything in that worth writing home about.

We'll see.

Post read-reaction: I didn't think I was
Can't sleep
This book really, really sucked. I mean suck, suck, suckety suck suck. Suckeroooony suckerton McSuck.

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
Aestas Book Blog
Jan 09, 2014 marked it as to-read

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
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Upon hearing that a song inspired APOLONIA my interest was piqued.
Katy Perry’s song - 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'
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

*Clears throat*

*Adjusts glasses*


*(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
Oct 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommending
Jamie McGuire is one of my "go-to authors". I can usually pick up one of her books and be quite entertained. When teasers for Apolonia started to hit the webs, I knew I had to one-click it. I mean, look at that gorgeous cover! Anticipation was high leading up to the release day and that pretty little e-book would grace my Kindle. I was only a few pages in when I realized this was not McGuire's usual writing. Oh no. A few pages in and I didn't want to continue. How I got through this novel still ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


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 ar

Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I tried reading the first two chapters and I just couldn't get into this book. I had to force myself to go further to hope that it improved . I was bored and thought the character conversations and happenings so far were boring. I know the story is being set up, but I felt that the book should have grabbed my attention within the first few pages. Maybe I didn't give it a chance, but I couldn't read any further. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jamie's march news letter said this is walking disaster meets providence.... pardon my french... but F@#K ME!!! BRING IT ON! that's a book orgasm waiting to happen! ...more
Kelli Spear
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A new book by Jamie McGuire is always at the top of my TBR list, and I have been waiting on this book forever. What I love about Jamie is the fact that she’s not afraid to take risks with her writing, and in the case of Apolonia, she takes a big one and succeeds. I have loved the New Adult genre since it’s conception a few years ago, and ironically, that love started with another McGuire book – Beautiful Disaster. However, after years of the same romance stories being written, I definitely felt ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really do admire when authors step out of their comfort zones. When they take a leap of faith into a territory they are strangers in. I applaud McGuire once again for writing a book that stands out from her typical contemporary romance genre. Last year McGuire did this similar move with the book Red Hill, which I loved immensely. No romance, just survival and hope against the zombies. Well McGuire did it again with Apolonia. Now this time, she did incorporate some romance but it was not the fo ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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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 stor
Jan 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
According to the author's website:

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."


Hmmm...interesting! ;)
Oct 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Don't think I'll finish this :/ ...more
Valentina "TinchyB"
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

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.
Avid Reader
I was so excited about a new Jamie McGuire and I loved the way the blurb read! It really sounded intriguing regardless of the fact that I rarely read sci-fi.

“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 my thing. A lot of people liked it and I am a HUGE Jamie McGuire fans, so don't rule it out based on just my review.

The story was basically about a young girl who need to learn t
I have loved McGuires previous work but this book just sucked

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
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars. I wish I had my money and my time back. worst book I've read this year ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Good but not great.... This story about aliens didn't really work for me... 2 generous stars because is McGuire we talk about and I've loved every other book she wrote so far.... ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ibooks
**Originally posted on Bookish Wanderlove.**

4.5 Stars

*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*

Opening Lines
“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
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aliens
It was exhausting read let me tell ya.
The idea is nice, but execution was so poor I seriously considered leaving it be. After torturing myself and the book for over two months I am finally done and can honestly say that I didn't like it. So hard to beleive that it was the same author who wrote Beautiful Disaster. :-/

Oct 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't think there could be a more slut-shameful book... and then Apolonia walks into the room. Holy fuuu-- does Rory like anyone with a vagina? Why is it so popular for these YA/NA authors to write such abrasive characters who hate the same sex? Has our gender fallen so far? ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love a good science fiction read; one that lures readers in with the idea of other worldly realms and what that could mean for humans and the world they live in, and I feel like Jamie McGuire delivered that in the second half of Apolonia, but until about the 50% mark, it’s difficult to see the sci fi aspect of the story because it remains hidden behind what appears to be a typical new adult romance story - one with a love triangle between the heroine, Rory, and two mysterious college students, ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial thought: Another book by Jamie McGuire? Hells yeah! But its paranormal? Doesn't matter.

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
Cocktails and Books
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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
Dina Given
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apolonia is Jamie McGuire's recent foray into the sci fi/PNR genre, and I for one am glad she went out on a limb to try something different. This wasn't your typical sci fi/fantasy book where you are immediately immersed in a world of magic and mayhem - at least not in the beginning. For more than half of the book, you would never know you were reading PNR if you hadn't taken a look at the book description. It reads like a straight New Adult Romance novel, completely centered on the budding rela ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the ending….
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
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I truly did not get this book. I normally am all for all aspects that are involved in this story, but it just didn't make any sense here.

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
Blaire Maddox
Oct 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Okay, let me just say I AM SO SORRY JAMIE! I am a huge fan and this review is just not good. :(

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
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who hate themselves
I've never heard of Jamie McGuire before reading this book, and after reading it I probably won't be seeking out any of her other writing any time soon.

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
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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended 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 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

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