Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase

The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase
Release Date: August 6, 2013

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.  - Goodreads.com

I really, really liked this story.  It was so much different than similar stories I've read before.  It wasn't set in space, at least not yet anyway, but was set at an academy on Earth where young people prepare for lives as astronauts.  I loved the fact that Aurora is one of the first females to train as a pilot at the academy.  And the fact that she's her father's daughter presents even more unique problems for her.

I loved Aurora as a character.  She is determined, not just to prove herself as a pilot at the academy and to actually become a pilot, but also to rise above the stigma of being the heiress to Titon Technologies.  This is a stigma, because people think she bought her way into the academy, and so they don't take her or her talent seriously.  She's determined to overcome that and to show her own worth.  I loved all the flying that takes place in the story, and her dedication to becoming a great pilot.

As far as the two guys are concerned, I definitely have a special place in my heart for one over the other, but I have a feeling I know which one she'll end up with and it's not the one I would pick.  It's not that I dislike the other one... I just happen to find one more interesting and sexy than the other, and I think he's got ever so many more sparks with Aurora.

I loved Zane because of what he's had to overcome, and his determination to continue to go even further.  Then I also love Sky because he's got that cocky, sexy, badass pilot thing going for him.  Maybe it's because he's older and her teacher also, but I loved him.

The only negative for me was that the bad guy(s) were a little obvious to me.  I didn't really have to wonder very much about this at all.  But the story was still exciting, action-packed, and interesting.  I am really looking forward to the second installment!


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