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on May 04, 2013 :
I could not wait to pick up As You Were. I was dying for more Ronnie, Kalen, Ace… just all of them. I loved the characters so much and I was sooo attached to them.
As You Were starts off with Kalen & Ronnie in hiding, alone. Out of nowhere Ace discovers them and gives drastic news, Nash is missing and he still hasn’t met up with Denver. Kalen sets off to find them and things go down hill from there. It thrusts the group into a run across Europe.. and they are in danger.
I don’t want to go into a lot of detail as I do not want spoilers for First Light.. and a main part of this plot is a major spoiler for the end of First Light but I’ll do my best
There was so much heartache for me in As You Were. I was constantly on the verge of tears because it always felt like you were about to witness the death of one your most loved characters. The action was absolutely non stop.. it was incredible, it when I thought everything had died down of course it hadn’t! We are also introduced to a few new characters, and some other Project Five Fifteen boys.
My favorite part about this, that sets it apart from First Light is the fact there are alternating chapters every so often that have flashbacks to the time when the boys were with the agency. It really gives you a clear perspective of what they were subjected to and their relationships with one another. I thoroughly enjoyed that, and it softened my heart to a lot of the hard edges the boys had.
I adored Ronnie still(and more so) in the second book, Kalen more… and my love for Ace has grown tenfold. I adore that kid.
All in all, this was a great continuation to the series. I was shocked to learn there is a third part and it’s such a cliffhanger! I need it NOW!!! I 100% recommend this to series to anyone that loves contemporary, thrillers and great main and supporting characters. Fantastic read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 30, 2012 :
I generally try to avoid book series of any kind. Usually I know what direction they will take and they tend to be all over the place, and too much of a good thing can get old. Sometimes the first book will be great and the rest are shit. Or the first book is boring, but something spiked my curiosity and I have to continue reading to see what happens. Cause there is always something in a series that peaks interest and pulls you under. And I dread to continue reading cause it is just boring dialogue with pointless story.
But on occasion, I come across a series, like the Project Five Fifteen one, that delivers in every possible way. A series that I can anticipate. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait too long for As You Were.
Without all the assassin stuff, the relationship between Kalen and Ronnie is simply adorable. I love protectiveness in a guy, and Kalen has found the right amount of it. He’s not abusive protective. He simply cares enough for Ronnie to want her close to him at all times. (Well, most times.)
But let’s be honest, the assassin aspect of Project Five Fifteen is hot. It something that I haven’t read before and I LOVE getting into this world. In this book, the boys and Ronnie are all over the place. Traveling here and there to escape the bad guys, which now include Laith. (Which sucks.)
And it is seeing the boys in action that I loved most about As You Were. It was seriously thrilling to read about them carrying out a mission! I felt like I was there, sneaking up on some assassin dude. Every detail puts you behind the gun, knife, or fists.
So the boys are awesome. (I’d marry them up in an instant.) The story is exhilarating. Ronnie is strong willed, and not too dependant on Kalen that it is annoying. And to be honest, I loved this one more than the first! (I even cried during this one!)
I’m definitely ready for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2012 :
Samantha Summers is one of the authors that is making YA the genre to read. If you like nonstop action mixed with romance this is a MUST read. You'll fall in love with this band of boy assassins. Strap yourself in for a wild ride. I hope Ms Summers is a very fast writer because I can't wait to see what happens next.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)