Overall rating and opinion of "Apollo's Raven"

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melissy370 wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 18:06
jcoad wrote:
03 Sep 2018, 21:05
I had a hard time making it through the free sample. Seemed like a "Harlequin Romance" meets Hercules kind of thing. I couldn't take it serious. Is it a truly historical fiction or just a corny story that leads to erotic scenes?
I agree with you wholeheartedly. The romance overshadowed any of the historical features. It was all about them hooking up. Unfortunately, I read more than the sample to give it a chance and I wished I hadn't read more. It got worse.
Another reviewer here with the same opinion! I also read more than the sample and I regret it. I had selected this book to read based on the historical component. Unfortunately it seemed like the history was only a front for the deplorable romance. I am rather appalled that so many reviewers would recommend this to teens. Way too graphic for that age.

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Wow, such a good book! This was such an interesting combination of genres but it worked so well together. The Roman and Celtic people were fascinating & Catrin's mythical powers are an interesting twist. I give it a 4 out of 4 star rating & would highly recommend this to people who like books such as Harry Potter

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I would absolutely recommend it- especially to someone that enjoys reading about romance, magic, mystery and adventure. I read this book to review and loved the characters and the plot. There were many twists that I did not foresee. It was a great read! :D

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Unfortunately, I didn't think that the characters were very believable and had a hard time connecting with this novel. I think the author needed to decide if this was a young adult fantasy novel or one aimed at a larger audience.

I agree with you... That the characters are far much removed from reality and are hard to believe.

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I gave the book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. The story is surprisingly good the the main character of catrin is well developed. However, the characterization of other characters like Rhan and Marcellus is weak and puts you off the book at times.

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I give the book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. The elements of magic, shapeshifting added to the charm of the book. But, some of the characters like Marcellus, Rhan could have been better developed.

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Was told by another member that I might enjoy this book because it is Stephen Kingish. Is this correct?

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This book seems like a well-rounded mix of history, fantasy, and romance. I'm not always a fan of just one of these genres on their own, but it sounds like a nice combination. I like a realistic romance, however, and I don't know how much this book illustrates that.
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Apollo’s Raven packs a powerful punch with healthy doses of romance, political intrigue, sorcery, mythology, betrayal and sacrifice. The characters are fully developed and relatable. I recommend it to readers who are looking for a sweeping fantasy. Pretty decent book.

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My overall opinion of Apollo's Raven is that it had potential that it didn't live up to. The main characters were well written, but there were so many problems throughout the book with secondary characters, that it affected it as a whole.
I won't recommend it to others to read.

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Post by winecellarlibrary »

I just reviewed this book. I rated it 3 out of 4 stars, mostly because I found the scenes in which Catrin melded her mind with her raven to be confusing. I also was bothered that the chapter names were complete spoilers. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book and I plan to read the whole series (which is confirmed up to 5 total books now).
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Whoa! Honestly this book was amazing. The mythical gods, the characters, the themes of love and betrayal. The accuracy of past events. I rate this book 4 out 4 stars.
But the path I’ve chosen has always been the right one, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. :)

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I loved this book! I thought all the characters were well thought out and I loved how easy it was to get wrapped up in the story. Tanner expertly twisted romance, mythology, and political strategy together to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience that I really enjoyed!
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Post by Julie-p »

Apollo's Raven was a nice book. It has the potential to become a great series, I am really looking forward to reading the next books. I would rate it a 4 out of 5.

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