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Palatine First (The Aurelian Archives #1)

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Welcome to The Aurelian Academy…

…also known as The Owl. A well-to-do institution where the bright and dapper youths of the Epimetheus galaxy study to become airship architects, deep space cartographers, or intragalactic politicians. Unless they’re like Reece Sheppard, who can’t seem to find the time to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an airship captain between solvi
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Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Courtney Grace Powers (first published May 4th 2012)
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Janine
Apr 04, 2014 Janine rated it it was amazing
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This is so far my favorite of the books I've read this year. It had compelling and realistic characters, a fast paced and engaging plot, and fantastic world building. While I thought at first the characters were going to be cliche I was surprised to discover how real and like able they were. It wasn't the kind of book that had me screaming, "No way!" But I didn't feel like the characters were slow in piecing things together. I liked being able to understand things along with Reece and everyone e ...more
Amber
Jan 06, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book and any complaints I have about it are so minor in comparison to the overall book that I'm not even going to mention them.

A lot of books today have the "strong female character" theme going so it's nice to see a book almost entirely from a male point of view. The female characters in it are diverse and well done, but still this was a nice change of pace.

All of the characters have depth to them even if they appear to fall into certain stereotypes at first. The world setti
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Sharayah Lucas
May 16, 2012 Sharayah Lucas rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. The characters are my favorite part, though it's hard to pick a favorite. They are unique and loveable. And a few are hateable, as they should be. The retrospace/steampunk theme is really fun, but isn't overused to the point that it detracts from the story. The plot is exciting the whole time, but with great human elements to keep it easy to relate to. I finished and immediately wanted to pick up the next one. And I may have read it more than once...
Abbey
Oct 02, 2015 Abbey rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Let’s just start there. The first time I read it, I enjoyed it. Then I was seized by an inexplicably reason to re-read it not even three weeks later. So I did. And then two months after that.

First and foremost, this story is about friendship and loyalty. We begin with three boys who are brought together by circumstance and a dash of luck, but stay together because of shared respect (though sometimes given grudgingly) and love. There is nothing that Reece, Hayden and Gideon woul
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Sarah
Jul 11, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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The Palatine First is an original, interesting, young-adult novel set in a space meets steam-punk alternate universe. It's about a group of friends (and some other individuals) who must work together to figure out a diabolical political plot that is deeply rooted in their society. From the moment they're thrust into the plot (which, by the way, was done in a believable way) they must fight to find answers and save themselves and their loved ones.

In the first chapter of this book, I got a distin
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Twyll
May 19, 2013 Twyll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was so much I loved about this novel. For the sake of length, I'll only list a few.
The characters, though at first appearing to be a stereotype (the rebel hero, the brain, the brawn,) they became so much more than that. Each had their own distinct personality and voice. Each were given a chance in the spotlight, not only to advance the story, but so that the reader would get to know them, understand them better. Each of them grew as the novel progressed, even though for some it may have be
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Bonnie
Apr 20, 2016 Bonnie rated it it was ok
I wish I could give this book a 2.5 stars. It was really hard to read through the first 80% of this book. I wouldn't have continued if I hadn't promised my friend that I would read this book. It was sluggish and the characters were very two dimensional (I get it, Gid is a bad-ass who likes guns, I don't need to be reminded every time he appears in a scene.) The characters are more caricatures and not in a good way. The last 20% was where it started to get relatively good, but only because the au ...more
Jesse C.
Apr 17, 2013 Jesse C. rated it it was amazing
This book is the beginning of one amazing, exhilarating adventure and I absolutely loved it. The setting is fascinating, and what I saw of the Epimetheus Galaxy in the book leaves me curious for more.

I think my favorite thing about this book is the characters. They're lovable, and even though at the beginning the main characters seemed to fall into some stereotypes, but as the story progresses I see that there is a lot more to them and love them all the more for it. The interaction between the
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Hope
May 02, 2014 Hope rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get into this story. The world-building was too slow and choppy. I feel this would be a good read for steampunk fans, and it is written well. It just wasn't for me. If a story doesn't grab you from the beginning, it's hard to build that momentum later.
Sana
Oct 29, 2013 Sana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So excited for this, such a great sci-fi blurb, saying that it has all my favorite things... politics, space opera... schools...
Somehow, gotta get a copy of it.
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Courtney Grace Powers has been cramming notebooks full of stories since she was six years old and determined to see her short stories about flying unicorns and vampire princes adapted to the big screen. Although she has since decided to leave the unicorns and vampires on the shelf, science-fiction and fantasy stories have retained a special place in her heart, along with theatre, chai tea, bomber ...more
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