Friday, October 10, 2014

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: APOLONIA BY JAMIE McGUIRE


We would love for you to join us in celebrating the release of   APOLONIA by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie McGuire!


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

Blurb:
“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!


OUR REVIEW

I am very new to the Sci-Fi/romance and figured reading a Jamie McGuire version of this genre would be a fun introduction to what it was all about. I honestly didn't know what to expect so with hope and curiosity, I jumped right in. EEEP! Right! She is actually a long time author of this, and I had read the first of her Eden series before I read Beautiful Disaster so I was very excited as well! 

Interestingly, the very beginning of this book reads like many NA romances these days. Our protagonist Rory, with a mysterious and hurtful past, struggles to move forward and also protect herself from further hurts. She tries to inoculate herself from that by being sarcastic and prickly, but obviously that doesn't work: very early on we meet two potential love interests (Benji and Cy). As the romance builds slowly over the course of the book, the story and curiosity about the research she's doing as a lab assistant progresses the plot swiftly. Between wondering what how she was going to deal with the conflicted feelings she had for Benji and Cy and trying to figure out what the heck was going on with the research and the cryptic weirdness of Cy, I looked down and realized that I had quickly read 50% of the novel in a very short time. But, in addition to the threat of a love triangle...the way we meet our character after she has just cut off her beautiful, long dark hair...to only shave it to the top of her head and leave it long on top...I could tell she is so very bold. I just had to know...what exactly is this story going to be about! What is going to be going on with this girl? She's had lot of struggles (obviously, like Shel said) but...she seemed to already have gone a long way to establishing herself. I liked that a lot. But, sure. I was totally on board with two very different gentlemen battling for her affections as we figured out what was going to be happening with the sci-fi aspect of the book as well. 

At the mid-way through the book, several questions about Rory are answered and new questions about Cy and Benji + the rock and research are raised. The pacing of the book, at this point, is fairly rapid and it has an almost thriller-esque type feel--lots of intrigue and questioning what will happen next? (This is also where it begins to feel more Sci-Fi-y). And so with things happening and new information coming at me, I rapidly turned pages to see how the conflicts over the research and Rory's potential romance would end. Definitely. Which, I think in this type of book is a good thing. Dragging plot in a sci-fi world where you just have so many questions is never a good thing, and I don't think we had that here. Less is definitely more in our wordy-food, so bravo to that. I liked that she told us stuff straight, to the point, and gave us our information in such a way that we were desperate to find the answer. 

For anyone who doesn't read Sci-Fi this might be a great introduction to the genre as it feels like it's more romance than it is Sci-Fi; I think you'll like it and find it to be a very fast and pleasurable read. Yay! I love when there is a "blending" if you will of "genre" fiction, so that it is hard to define, and you get so much more out of the story. Hopefully, you are as intrigued as we were of what could possibly be coming next from one of our favorite authors, and will give this one a shot. Go forth, friends...and report back! 

Shelley: 4 stars
Courtney: 4 stars

GIVEAWAY:
3 Prints, 5 APOLONIA ebooks

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 TimesUSA 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!

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