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  • Series: The Apollo Academy
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Titon (July 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989479609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989479608
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kimberly P. Chase writes young adult and new adult science fiction. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and--let's not forget--kissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Carter on August 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Apollo Academy is a fast-paced NA that's both sexy and smart. I couldn't stop reading the story of Aurora Titon, heiress to a "tech candy" corporation and pilot-in-training.
Set in a not-so-distant future where we have to travel to space to harvest natural resources because Earth is dead, Aurora Titon wants nothing more than to leave the ground behind and be a pilot. She trains with the best of the best, The Apollo Academy, where the day to day of (thrilling) classes is intermixed with romance and mystery.
I was in love with the story from page one. First, the geek in me loved all the pilot/astronaut references. And the nerd in me LOVED LOVED LOVED the world-building. Tech candy that shows you beauty so you can escape the ugly in front of you...sneakers that flash....self-driving hover cars! What Chase did so brilliantly is create a world that feels like it's just a week away from where we are now (Google cars, anyone?) but that also feels like a world all its own. She wove the details of Aurora's world into the story so seamlessly that it's easy to forget you've never actually seen blinking luggage tags and the like.
The romantic in me adored the hot-then-cold running relationship between Aurora and Zane, who, like Aurora, wants nothing more than to leave his old life behind - but for much different reasons. Throw in a tough, alpha-male type flight instructor who seems determined to make Aurora's training hell on earth, and oh, goodness, the steaminess! I especially appreciated that Aurora was not a "damsel" type. She's a kick butt girl who trains hard and works hard - in cute shoes. Chase's portrayal of a young woman on her own for the first time felt very real. Aurora is both girly and adult, strong and soft.
The Agatha Christie in me loved the mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on August 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Meet Aurora Titan: heiress to mega-corporation Titan industries and a favorite target of the paparazzi. But no worries, Aurora isn't a Paris Hilton. This girl is smart, a bit nerdy (love that), independent, and beautiful. She is so much more than her namesake. In fact, she works harder than anyone else to prove her name isn't what got her into the Apollo Academy in the first place. Did I mention she is also the first female cadet pilot? I so want to be Aurora.

Meet Zane: He's hot, sexy, a total tech-geek and an unknown. What's an unknown you ask? Well in the future, it's someone with no record. They basically don't exist. For the complete opposite reason than Aurora, Zane also had to work ten times harder than anyone to gain acceptance in to the Apollo Academy. Graduation means he will finally "exist" again.

There is a great list of supporting characters including sexy instructor Sky, hilarious BFF to Aurora--Kaylana, shotgun to Zane--Akemi, and mega mean girl--Hailen. It's like the grown-up version of Space Camp (awesome 80s movie...I think that's the right decade).

The book opens with Aurora and Kaylana enjoying a last night out before the Academy at a hot night club. Aurora lets loose a bit and finds herself in the arms of a sexy guy. She's ready to lock lips with him, but he disappears before she gets the chance. Imagine her surprise when the next time she sees him is at orientation. Awkward, but really cute.

The two have great chemistry. Zane tries to stay away, after all he's an unknown and she's an heiress, but he's won over by Aurora. So when Aurora keeps finding herself in live-threatening situations, Zane is determined to get to the truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DL on August 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not usually a fan of Sci-fi books, but I do love all things space and astronauts. As soon as I heard the concept of The Apollo Academy, I had to read it. And I was not disappointed.

The characters are so well written and I found myself very passionately cheering for Aurora to get together with Zane throughout the book. The author also did a great job making me feel strongly about the other characters as well- the ones you know are up to something. I couldn't wait to turn each page and find out what would happen to them next.

And on top of the well-done characters, the story stood out so brilliantly. A training academy for young astronauts? Who doesn't want to find out about that?! I was very impressed with the way info about flying was woven throughout the story too. It was all so interesting, but never detracted from what was going on in the story.

Definitely one worth reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Lane on August 4, 2013
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This book is incredible! It features a heroine who's determined to reach the stars, a hero with secrets, a sexy flight instructor, and danger at every turn. This is one NA Sci-Fi that you should definitely check out!

The world building in this book is outstanding. From the first page, I was fully immersed in the futuristic world that Chase created. The technology, the society itself, I loved it all! I felt Aurora's determination to break out from her wealthy father's shadow and achieve her dreams on her own. I rooted for Zane as he struggled to fit in at The Academy and uncover the secrets about is own past. And the chemistry between the two of them is off the charts!

The Apollo Academy is a must read for lovers of science fiction, New Adult, or just plain romance. I zipped through this book in no time, and I sincerely hope the sequel will be available soon!
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