Thursday, May 2, 2013

Project Five Fifteen Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Project Five Fifteen blog tour! I have a review of book 1, First Light, coming up, as well as a giveaway for signed copies of both books in the series. But, first, allow me to introduce the books:

First Light (Project Five Fifteen #1)

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, #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.

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 Rating for First Light: 4.5/5

Definitely a thrilling book! First Light had me on the edge on my seat with thrills, romance, and danger galore.

I don't read very many YA romantic thrillers, so this was a new experience for me. But, I'm so glad I decided to give it a try, because this book was excellent.

Ronnie has not had the easiest last few months when the book starts off, and it doesn't get much easier. Her father had died, her older sister is an immature brat, and her only friend is drifting away. On top of that, she ends up falling in love with a boy who is on the run for his life and is sucked into the world of danger. But, she handles all of that and doesn't let it get her down. One thing that really made me like her was that, when Kalen tries to push her away so that she won't get hurt, she doesn't sit and mope. Yes, she's sad about it, but she moves on with her life and continues to thrive. The only issue I have with her is a small one. I didn't understand why she became so immersed in, not only Kalen's life, but also with the other boys with him who are on the run. That seemed to happen to fast for me to truly believe that she formed an emotional attachment to them all. But, otherwise, I really liked her.

Kalen was a different hero. He has done some terrible things, though not through any fault of his own. His past is horrifying. And, yet, he still manages to be an essentially good guy. All the poor guy wants is to be able to have a normal life, which isn't very likely with him being on the run. With all the bad in his life, he clung on to Ronnie as his only bit of light. That in itself is totally understandable. After everything he's been through, it was believable for him to hold onto his first hint of good. I was a little worried that this would turn into a creepy, obsessive kind of thing, though. But, fortunately, that didn't happen. While he holds her on a pedestal, he respects her space and would respect her demand to leave her alone if that happened (though, worry not, it doesn't). It was more that he just wanted to be near her, which was so sweet. And he did push her away several times for her safety. But, this isn't just a dumb, self-sacrifice, brooding excuse. She would genuinely be in mortal danger if she got too close to him. Kalen was awesome, so sweet and caring, despite everything he's gone through. I adored him.

The romance in this book was very sweet. Both Ronnie and Kalen were very mature, despite their youth because of their circumstances. And that allowed their love to be believably devoted and deep. They were such a lovely couple.

The plot was okay. But, it dragged a little in the middle. I felt like there were some parts during that time that were superfluous and didn't serve to further the plot. Overall, though, I was kept interested the whole time. The thrills had me on the edge of my seat. And the ending left me anxious to find out what happens next.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author:
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.


  1. Glad you enjoyed it, Farrah! Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. Happy to be part of the tour :)

  3. Interesting series! Great review. Thanks for sharing