BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Apolonia by Jamie McGuire

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Title – Apolonia
Author – Jamie McGuire
Publication Date – October 6, 2014
Genre – Sci-Fi Romance

Synopsis

“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

Review

There are some authors who know what they are good at, stick to it, and continue producing excellent pieces of work. Then there are authors who push their comfort zones and ask that their readers take a chance and expand with them. Jamie McGuire is, quite successfully, the latter. A Sci-Fi romance is a genre that, had you asked me, I would tell you I have absolutely zero interest in reading. Heck, science was probably my worst subject in school so I tend to avoid it like the plague. However, Jamie is one of those profound authors who forces me to re-evaluate my standards. She’s one who reminds me to not judge a book by its cover, however cliche that may be. As hesitant as I was to dive into Apolonia, I’m truly happy that I did and was definitely left impressed!

“Judging from the extent of the scars she has, I would say she has survived many wars.”

Apolonia introduces us to Rory, a college student and lab assistant to a long-time family friend. With her entire family gone in a tragic event, Rory really sticks to herself. She doesn’t open up to people because of distrust issues and the thought that anyone she loves will eventually leave. That is until somehow these two men wiggle their way into her life. Cy is the new, quiet, isolated lab assistant. He is incredibly secretive, yet intuitive, and Rory instantly feels comfortable with him. On the other side of the token, Rory has a fellow classmate – Benji. Despite Cy’s warnings, she strives to see the best in him and develops an unexpected friendship. As the secrecy continues to raise flags, the urgency to discover answers in the lab does as well. Rory finds herself in the middle of multiple battle fronts, including with her own heart, and is left to figure out who – and what – to trust.

“Don’t listen to what you heard. Feel what you felt. Know what you knew.”

Rory was such a different heroine than those we have come across in previous Jamie McGuire novels. She was so much more broken and lost and it showed the true versatility of her writing. She was able to take this character to a darker, deeper place, but still make me as a reader sympathize with what she was going through. Rory exhibited such strength, even though she would never use that word to describe herself. I absolutely loved this aspect of her persona. She was so scared and guarded, yet so determined and loyal. Cy had many secrets that surrounded him, yet they never masked who he was. Though I was on constant pins and needles to figure out what we would discover, I felt very much the way that Rory did about him. He had this instant comfort factor in the way he was written and that protective nature just made you instantly take a liking to him. You never doubted his genuineness and his commitment was unwavering. As for Benji, he was my swoonworthy boy of the book! He was so persistent and never gave up on his hope that Rory would be his friend, and potentially more. He wore his feelings in plain sight and never once downplayed them – no matter what people may have thought.

“We were six people who had no business being in each other’s lives, much less caring about one another, but decisions were made years ago that shaped us like puzzle pieces, and now, we fit together.”

The dynamic between these three characters was quite special in my eyes, including the secondary ones. Apolonia was about love and friendship – and the different types of affection that we experience in our lives. It showed that no matter how lost someone may be, the right people and the right circumstances can be a beacon of hope. Circumstances don’t define us – and I think that is a really important message to convey.

“And more importantly, the girl who had something so awful happen to her that it changed her life, but she didn’t use it as an excuse to fail.”

Apolonia will suck you in and keep your eyes glued from page to page. You’ll strive to unravel the mysteries and figure out the twists, but you will also find yourself falling in love with these characters without even realizing it. Jamie McGuire is such a talented writer; I have said before that no matter what she writes, I will pick it up and read it because I have faith in her. This book proved to be the epitome of that statement because she took a genre I would normally never touch, and somehow, kept me interested from beginning to end. She has a beautiful mind and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Rating

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Author Bio

Jamie McGuire

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 http://www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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