Monday, April 29, 2013

Project Five Fifteen Blog Tour with Samantha Summers: Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Project Five Fifteen Blog Tour featuring First Light and As You Were by Samantha Summers.  The tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Today's stop features an interview with Samantha, a giveaway, which you can enter below, and review of book two, As You Were.  

As You Were
Samantha Summers
Series: Project Five Fifteen #2
Publication: December 14th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller

For every choice, there is a consequence. Ronnie and Kalen are finally together, living their life in secret under the radar of the people who want Kalen dead. But when a visit from an old friend sends Kalen away on a rescue mission, Ronnie finds herself plunged back into the world of Project Five Fifteen quicker than she ever thought possible. It’s fast becoming clear The Agency will never give up their hunt for the boys, and a betrayal closer to home starts a chain reaction that will change everything. Now, caught in a deadly web of lies and deceit, Ronnie is forced to question who she can trust; even the person she once trusted most. As enemies close in, Kalen’s past threatens to destroy the happiness they sacrificed so much for, and it’s only a matter of time before the ultimate choice must be made.....
My Thoughts:  I loved the first book in the Project Five Fifteen series and I was really excited to get started on the second book, As You Were, and I liked this book even better than the first.  The story centers around a group of badass young assassins and a girl name Ronnie Rose.  Kalen, Ace, Nash, Denver, and Laith were part of a government run program that raised up and taught young boys, beginning at age 5 until age 16, how to be assassins.  When Kalen, the leader of the group, realized that the boys who were turning 16 began to disappear, he knew it was time to escape if they wanted to live.  They have been on the run ever since, always alert, always cautious, moving from place to place, each possessing abilities and skills that make them some of the most dangerous people on the planet.  In book one, the thing they never thought would or could never happen did......Kalen fell in love with Ronnie Rose.   Now the two are together, on the run, and having the time of their lives until everything begins to crash in on them, testing their love, their loyalty, and their trust in each other, and in those closest to them. 

As You Were is told from Ronnie's point of view.  I really liked Ronnie's character.  She is sweet, yet tough, and she loves Kalen fiercely.  Ronnie is willing to do whatever it takes to protect Kalen, and her new family.  Kalen is sexy, hot, a total badass, and at 20 years old has the weight of the world on his shoulders.  He loves Ronnie with everything he has in him, and wants to protect her at any cost.  He is new to relationships, so he makes a few mistakes, but always redeems himself.  I loved the relationship between Ronnie and Kalen, and I really enjoyed watching them grow individually and as a couple in this book.  I also loved the other guys in the story, especially Ace, the youngest of the bunch, who is only 15.  He and Ronnie have become best friends and share a special bond.  Nash and Denver are great to.  They both have killer good looks, and Denver is quite the charmer and ladies man.  Nash is probably the most mature in the group, second to Kalen.  

I absolutely loved the plot and story line in this series.  I would compare it to the Jason Bourne movies.  The story has similar elements, though it is quite unique and different in its on right, which I really loved.  It is definitely an intense thriller, but also has plenty of romance, combined with danger, betrayal, and of course the Jason Bourne style kickass action.  Samantha Summers has done an excellent job in enabling you to identify not only with the main characters, but the secondary characters as well, so that you feel enveloped in their world with them.   If you are a romance fan, especially one with thriller aspects, then the Project Five Fifteen series is something you should definitely check out, and if you are looking for something unique and different, then this series is one that definitely fits that bill also.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book and most certainly would recommend it.   

with Author Samantha Summers

Hi Samantha.  Thank you so much for being here today. 
Thanks for having me! :)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
 Hmmm… 32, a bit of a nerd. I grew up with my grandmother in a small seaside town not far from London called Clacton-On-Sea. Right now I live in Sydney, Australia where I spend most of my time finding awesome little cafes and nooks to read and write in… when I’m not busy working of course.

Where did you get your idea for the Project Five Fifteen series and how many books are planned in the series? 
I always wanted to write about a tight knit group of boys and the idea grew when I was watching some Parkour on YouTube. On top of that, I’m always torn between a love of all things action and thriller, with a hopeless romantic heart so I thought it would be fun to combine the two.

Can you tell us a little bit about Ronnie and Kalen?
Ronnie is a young girl with a lot of responsibility, she’s always taken care of her family and after her father dies she’s left very lost and alone, but she is always hopeful about what the future holds. She’s very kind and optimistic. Kalen is the opposite of Ronnie in many ways, while he too has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, due to his upbringing he is far more pragmatic than Ronnie! They both help each other become stronger in different ways. 

What is your favorite scene or quote from First Light?
I don’t have a specific favourite, but I always enjoy the scene where Kalen takes Ronnie skydiving; it’s the first time Kalen really lets himself go.
What is your favorite scene or quote from As You Were?
There’s a scene where Nash asks Ronnie to get into the trunk of the car. It always makes me smile when I think of it. I enjoyed writing Nash in this novel.

Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?
I’ve loved writing Kalen and Laith as they are pivotal to one another’s fate and have a relationship only the two of them really understand. Ronnie is probably the most challenging because she changes the most and I’m always conscious of helping her grow, yet staying true to who she is.

Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
1) I’m terrified of spiders
2) I don’t understand people who aren’t terrified of spiders
3) I love bats. They are so cute.
Hmmm, maybe I should rethink these ;)

If you had to sum up The Project Five Fifteen Series in a tweet, what would it say?
Kick-ass teenage assassins on the run & the girl who falls in love with one of them.

This or That:

E-books or print copies? Print

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter

Coffee, tea, or Coke? Tea

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Dark

Theater or DVD? Theater!

Beach or Mountains? Ah tough one… beach! 

About:  Born in London, an only child with an overactive imagination, Sam spent much of her childhood telling ghost stories to her younger cousins and dreaming about far away places. She graduated university with a BA in marketing, but it wasn't long before her passion for storytelling and travel got the better of her. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where you'll probably find her hidden away in the corner of a park somewhere - writing, reading, dreaming or watching movies on her iPad. She loves everything spy and assassin and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, mainly Darth Vader.

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First Light
Samantha Summers
Series: Project Five Fifteen #1
Publication: May 12th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller
A government experiment. Sixteen teenage boys on the run. An innocent young girl caught in the middle. When Ronnie Rose meets the handsome and alluring Kalen Smith, she can tell there's something he's hiding - something dangerous. But in trying to uncover his secret, Ronnie is plunged into a terrifying world she isn't prepared for... and the consequences could be deadly. Can we choose who we fall in love with?
You can see my review here.  

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  1. Great review and interview ladies! The romance in this series sounds great and actually realistic which is refreshing! I also kind of love the name Ronnie for a girl!

    LOL--I don't get how people can not be afraid of spiders either I think they're the devil incarnate!!

  2. Romantic thriller wow. sounds great.:D

  3. I just realized I have the first book in this series and have yet to read it! It sounds like this is a really good series that you have enjoyed so far.

  4. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Thanks for the heads up on a great read for my teen! Going to purchase the first book now for her to read!


  6. This does sound like a great series! I prefer paper books too. From London area to Sidney, sounds like an adventurous life!

  7. Great review and interview Ellen, this series is new to me..but it has many elements I love and I want to meet this group of men!

  8. Great interview and review! I agree, spiders are creepy and anyone who thinks otherwise is magical. (I totally feel like I channeling m my inner Ron Weasley here side was petrified of spiders)

    I'm glad you enjoyed the romance and the characters of Kalen and Ronnie! The plot also looks really fantastic so I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing guys!

  9. Well, that is interesting. I love the idea of the assassin project
    Might as well read this sometime
    Your reader,

  10. I like the sound of this series, I'll look forward to reading it.

  11. Thank you for the giveaway. Thank you for the interviews and reviews as well.


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