Review: Apollo

  • Title:
    • Apollo
  • Author:
    • Carly Spade
  • Release:
    • Novemebr 18, 2021
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Elizabeth Chappel
  • Series:
    • Contemporary Mythos # 2

EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Oh em me, these two are adorable together. Laurel is always uppity and snooty with “Ace” and he always just grins and takes it. He cums off as the dashing, charming rogue type who can get any woman he wants, but he chooses the one that wants nothing to do with them. So every one of these scenes together is just slowly building up to when they finally started to have feelings for each other.

Laurel is much more likable as a protagonist than whatever her name was in the first book. She at least has some charm and personality and can hold her own against Apollo. There is one trope I despise, (I don’t know the name of any tropes, to be honest) where somebody tells Laurel bad things about Apollo and she just believes it without getting his story. I wish that trope would die in a fire already. She stays mad at him for a few minutes and then is suddenly over it. It’s lazy writing and offers nothing to the story.

Their romance blossoms nicely over the course of the story at a believable rate and I was totally invested. I enjoyed the ending and I was happy to see characters from the first book make cameo appearances and mentions. It leaves me excited for more books in this series.

I’m not sure if this is a writing issue or a narration issue. At one point, the incorrect phrase “could care less” came up. For all of the people who don’t know how English words, it’s “couldn’t care less.” I could care less about my cat, that tells you nothing. I couldn’t care less about politics, that tells you something. I have a disdain for politics.

The narrator does a fine job for the most part. There are several scenes where characters enunciate a line and the narrator doesn’t, opting to just read off what the book says. I find that incredibly lazy and lackluster. The point of an audiobook is to be a performance. If the narrators aren’t going to put the effort in, why even bother listening when you could read it that way yourself? She also says “farmiliar”, which isn’t a word, and can’t tell the difference between O and 0, both of which I find incredibly annoying.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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