Thursday, November 21, 2013

Becoming by Samantha Summers: Character Interview, Review, Giveaway

Becoming (Project Five Fifteen #3)
by Samantha Summers
Publication Date:  October 31, 2013
You can’t run from darkness. Eventually, the sun has to set.

Turning his back on the killer he was trained to be wasn’t as easy as Kalen Smith had hoped. They’d tried to run. They’d tried to hide. People had lost their lives. The wrong people. Now, driven by a thirst for revenge, Kalen and his team are preparing to take down those responsible.

But vengeance comes at a price and Ronnie can feel the boy she fell in love with slipping away from her as the darkness he’s been running from for so long threatens to consume him. 

With danger looming in every direction, the possibility of a happy-ever-after is looking bleak, but The Agency isn’t the only obstacle in the way of Ronnie and Kalen’s future. Ronnie’s harbouring a tragic secret that isn’t hers to keep and the truth could destroy not only their relationship, but what’s left of Kalen’s humanity.

One way or another, everything is about to change..

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What others are saying about Project Five Fifteen:
"Kalen fits the bill for the action hero, but Ronnie Rose is no wallflower either. In fact, she slips into the role of Mrs. Jason Bourne with ease and her courage is on display time and time again. She takes real hits, bloody, bone cracking hits, and she gets back up and fights again.
Ronnie Rose is strong and likable, so her and Kalen together are like the thriller dream team. I will definitely be waiting anxiously for book three, Becoming."
– J.A Huss

Character Interview with Ronnie Rose from the Project Five Fifteen Series by Samantha Summers:

Hi Ronnie.  Thanks so much for being here today. 
Thanks for having me!

Can you tell us a little bit about what to expect in Becoming, the final installment in the Project Five Fifteen Series?
Things have changed drastically. Kalen's decision to stop running has made everything different. There are other boys from the project in the mix and emotions are running high.

How would you describe yourself?
Well, before I met the boys I might have said responsible. I've always prided myself on being responsible, taking care of Dad, my home; putting school and family first, but things like that seem to have gone out the window a bit lately. I've actually learned a lot about myself in the last few months – mainly, that I'm stronger than I thought I was. In a perfect world where my life isn't in danger, I'd say I'm fairly shy. I like simple things like sitting in the sunshine or under the stars while reading a book.

Can you tell us something about yourself we don’t learn from the book?
I don't like technology. Give me a book any day. I can't work phones or computers and I'm pretty sure they don't like me either!

Could you describe Kalen to us in 10 words or less?
Nope. He's so complex and that's what I love about him. There's no way I could describe him so easily. Hmmm does hot count?

Do you have a hero?
I'm lucky, because I have two. My dad was and will always be my hero, he brought my sister and me up by himself… he even brought Kalen into my life! Kalen, however, is the hero I've dreamed of for a really long time. He's saved my life - literally!

Is there a favorite scene in Becoming that you can share with us?
I can't share too much, but meeting some of the other boys of Project Five Fifteen was interesting. Raf teaches me how to shoot, which is fun... for a while!

What is your author, Samantha Summers like?
Haha, she's a dreamer. And she eats way too much peanut butter!

What are you most afraid of?
Losing people I care about. I've experienced a lot of loss in my life and it scares me to think something bad could happen to those I love.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I'm not hugely proud of some of the decisions I've made in the last few months, but I don't think I've done too bad considering the circumstances. Hopefully I'll look back on this time in my life one day and it could stand out as a big achievement.

What is your greatest source of frustration?
That the boys think I'm weaker than I am! I love that they've always got my back, but I'm more capable than they give me credit for.

What is your greatest source of joy?
Traveling with Kalen – I've never had as much fun as I did when we first left England. But also just chilling out with him or Ace. It's not often we get to do that, so just watching a movie with either of them makes me really happy.

Just for fun:  Name five items in your purse or pockets right now.
Purse? Haha! Purses aren't permitted! I have some cash and a lip balm in my pockets. Oh and an old Nokia phone that looks like it's from 1998. Kalen always says "The newer the technology, the easier they find you."

Thanks so much for being here today Ronnie.  It was great talking with you. 
No problem! x

My Thoughts:  The Project Five Fifteen Series is one of those series that will take up permanent residence in your memory and I have to say that it is a bittersweet moment because though I am thrilled with being able to read the final installment, I am also sad to see it end.  Samantha Summers has done an outstanding job in creating a series that will capture your attention, and each book in the trilogy just gets better and better.  Becoming is no exception, and Summers has once again outdone herself in providing an exceptional novel that will grip your emotions and attention from cover to cover.  

Project Five Fifteen is a story that centers around a group of badass young assassins and a girl name Ronnie Rose.  Kalen, Ace, Denver and several other boys were part of a government run program (Project Five Fifteen) where the boys were trained to be ruthless, professional, and perfect assassins from a young age, 4 or 5 until age 16.  They managed to escape and have been on the run and in hiding for the past 5 or so years, and have been constantly pursued by the agency since their escape, with quite a few of them having been murdered by the agency.  For every boy that was killed, however, they took probably ten times that many corrupt agency soldiers with them.  Becoming picks up where As You Were leaves off.  The boys and Ronnie have suffered the loss of two of the team members (and the boys are like brothers), which has left them devastated.  Kalen has made the decision with the support of the other boys to stop running and go to the source, taking Barker and the agency down once and for all.  The story picks up with the group now in America, planning to do just that, and they are in the process of searching for and recruiting other boys who also escaped with them to help.  Believe me that isn't an easy task and provides for some intense situations.  

Kalen is bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders, much of which revolves around his need to keep Ronnie safe, and in the process is pulling away emotionally from Ronnie more and more.  Ronnie has a life-changing secret that she is trying to find away to tell Kalen about, but hasn't found "the right time" yet.  A unforeseen circumstance arises and she is forced to make the secret known to Kalen, after which something happens to change the whole dynamic of everything that is and has gone on, and in the process, Ronnie has to face the fact that this may be something that drives a wedge between Kalen and her forever.  As the story progresses and the details of the planned attack come together, more secrets are revealed, old friends and relationships resurface, lives are threatened, and everyone realizes what they are willing to do and willing to sacrifice for those they love and care about.  This culminates in a epic battle that tests everything they all believe in, resulting in the ultimate sacrifice for some, and the promise of freedom for others.  

Becoming is an action packed, heart-stopping, thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat, causing you to feel like you are hanging on by your fingertips at times, and then turned upside down and hanging on with the tips of your toes at other times.  If I had to compare this series to something, it would be the Jason Borne movies, and trust me when I say Jason Borne doesn't have anything on Kalen and his crew.  I have so enjoyed getting to know Ronnie and Kalen while watching their relationship and love develop over the course of the series.  The romance aspect of the story adds so much to the overall theme.  It has been so rewarding to watch all the characters grow and change over the course of the series.  Ronnie has developed into quite the heroine herself, and with the help of the boys, can now hold her own very well when necessary.  Of all the boys, Ace is my favorite, and I would love to see a spin-off series where we get to see more of him, as well as Denver.  I truly connected on a deep level with Kalen, Ronnie, and Ace as well.  The other secondary characters were also very well written and played integral roles in the story, and were also well fleshed out.  We get to meet several new boys in Becoming also, as well as see some of the old arch nemeses that we saw in the previous books reappear again with a vengeance.  I loved the ending.  It was just perfect.  
I can't tell you enough what a wonderful series this is.  The Project Five Fifteen Series, including this last installment, Becoming, is filled with suspense, action, romance, intense battle scenes, conspiracy, murder, and is absolutely thrilling.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and most definitely recommend it.  You won't be disappointed.  I can't wait to see what Samantha Summers has in store for us in the future.  

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 (Project Five Fifteen #1)As You Were (Project Five Fifteen, #2)

First Light:  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?

As You Were: Project Five Fifteen - Book #2-  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. 

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  1. I have seen these ones around and I think I have the first book in the series on my Kindle but I need to check to make sure. I am so glad you are loving these!

    1. This is really a fantastic series and it's different, which is quite refreshing.

  2. It sounds like I need to look up the first book PRONTO! They sound great!

    1. It is really good Candace. I think you would enjoy it.

  3. So sad that Ronnie doesn't like technology and that the phone she does have is ancient. I couldn't live without current technology!

    1. Me either :). This is a great series. I hope you get a chance to read it sometime.

  4. Just looked up the first book and it is in my to buy list these sound great

    1. They really are. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  5. I have been wanting to read these books!!!! they sound good-- thanks for the giveaway!!!!

    1. They are so good. I can't wait for you to read them.

  6. Fun interview, and great giveaway!


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