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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase

Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Series: The Apollo Academy #1
New Adult
Pages: 340
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction


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.

The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packed
story of love, discovery, and survival.

*Digital copy was provided by the author for participation in the blog tour and an honest review*

Out of this world, honestly. The Apollo Academy took my expectations and shot them into space. Getting into New Adult novels is still of a drastic change for me, but a sci-fi NA novel is more my speed. Kimberly P. Chase created a fantastic world with characters that are handcrafted and brimming with realistic qualities. The sparks fly as well as Aurora Tition when the Apollo Academy starts to become a little more dangerous than usual.

World-building: absolutely phenomenal. I don't want to get carried away with all of these "out of this world" puns, so I'm going to keep them sparse in this review. Though, I have to say, it is extremely difficult to do so since they are really fun to just throw in. To be quite clear though, Chase does a magnificent job in creating a world that is not only filled with flaws and ambitions towards a better future, but this powerful grip on technology that encompasses the story around the characters. I enjoyed it very much.

The story of The Apollo Academy revolves around the narratives of Aurora Titon, heiress to Titian Technologies who just wants to fly to the stars and be a normal girl; Zane Paxton, the unknown with an anomaly whose entire life was spent remaining off the grid until it was time for him to better himself and join the Academy; and Sky, the Academy's hard ass star astronaut. Each character has their own background history that is there to haunt them through the novel, but what they really lack are little flaws that could make them a whole lot more sound as characters. Its not a huge lacking area, just something that I would like to see more as the rest of the series develops. Of course Chase's characters should grow dramatically as the series builds up, but in my opinion, I feel as though the characters should exhibit more fears and memories and quirks that break them from the mold of the typical character to more of a unforgettable character.

I hate to be that person, but the ending to the novel, for me, was very predictable. Maybe its because I read so much, but I feel like I have a keen eye for picking out the baddie of the bunch. That, and when a love triangle is in the midst of forming. The signs are large and in charge here in The Apollo Academy. It's not detrimental to my opinion of the book, I found The Apollo Academy to be a fantastic read. It just happens to be something that I find to be a huge subplot point in many books nowadays. Like there has to be two competing forces for the heart of the heroine. 

The novel does take up most of its time in progressing the relationships all the while balancing training and flight simulations and oxygen deprivation  simulations. But when Aurora is flying high, those were my favorite parts of the entire novel. I mean, they have to be, the author has a degree in aeronautical science! What use would it be if I was not meant to love the thrill of the flight. Okay, I know that's not all the degree is for, but I just had to put it out there haha.

Final Summation: THE APOLLO ACADEMY happened to remind me of this manga I started to read way back when called ST&RS where these high school students enter this prestigious school to become astronauts. The premise is pretty much the same while the characters and the world-building differ immensely. That's what I happen to love about novels. The outer coating of books may revolve around the same subject, but the core content is what completely differs one book from the next. While THE APOLLO ACADEMY did have many plot devices that I would consider cliche, the novel did keep my interest enough to pursue the rest of the series all the while wondering how Chase's characters will not only further on in their studies, but grow from the difficulties that are headed their way.

First Line: There was only one place Aurora Titon every felt free and in control--the cockpit.
Story: A
Cover: XS 






About the author:

Kimberly P. Chase 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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Monday, August 5, 2013

Blog Tour Excerpt + Giveaway: Canary by Rachele Alpine

Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Medallion Press
Stand alone novel
Young Adult
Pages: 400
Genre: Contemporary

 
Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.


Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.


But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.


EXCERPT

My face heated up when I realized who it was.
Jack Blane.
“So we meet again,” he said, drawing the words out.
My stomach flipped. The one person I’d wished to see had seemingly appeared out of thin air.
Why was he on the driveway? He didn’t seem like the type to hang out alone at a party. He should be surrounded by girls. Pretty girls who wore tiny swishy skirts and tight tops. Girls who painted their toenails bubble gum pink and had long glossy hair. Girls who screeched as boys chased them through the hallways trying to tickle them.
Girls who weren’t like me.
Girls I had no idea how to be like.
I tried to figure out what to say. “I meant there are a lot of cars here, parked all over. The neighbors must notice what’s going on.”
He laughed and touched my arm.
“I don’t think most of the people here will care if the neighbors notice. Joe might, when his parents come home, but as for us”- He grinned. -“we’ll be long gone. You don’t have to worry.”
I must have looked as if I didn’t believe him because he stood right in front of me, so close I could see the small freckles across the top of his nose.
“Don’t worry,” he said. “I was joking. You don’t have to be so serious,” he said. “I wondered when you’d show up.”
“You were looking for me?” The words tumbled out before I could stop them. Way to go, Kate. Nothing like sounding calm, cool, and collected.
“Of course I was. Why do you think I mentioned the party?  After all, we have some history. We spent the night together.” He raised his eyes and ran his hand through his hair.


About the Author
Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.


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