Sunday, November 4, 2012

First Light by Samantha Summers

Title: First Light (Project Five Fifteen Book #1)
Author: Samantha Summers

Publisher: Samantha Summers

Published Date: May 18, 2012 

Buy on Amazon: Paperback / Kindle 

Buy on Barnes & Noble:  Paperback

Author Website:



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Synopsis from Back Cover:

What do you do when you’ve always dreamed of a hero; your knight in shining armour, only to find when he arrives he isn’t a hero at all?

... He’s a killer.

Ronnie Rose is trying to cope with the loss of her father; now it looks like she might lose everything else that’s dear to her too. Huge debts threaten to destroy her family, her childhood home and her future. Only one person cuts through her pain.

Kalen Smith has just moved to town. He’s trouble and everyone knows it. He and his mysterious friends keep to themselves and the town likes it that way.

But when Kalen mourns at her dad’s funeral, Ronnie wants to know why and her investigation plunges her into a dangerous world of murky government secrets, with deadly consequences. Ronnie knows she should walk away from Kalen before it’s too late. Problem is, she’s falling for him…

Can we choose who we fall in love with?

My Thoughts:

Samantha Summers hit a home run when writing her novel, First Light, the first book in her new Project Five Fifteen series.  It has everything a great Young Adult Literature novel needs: romance, action, mystery, heartache, and unforgettable characters that you will quickly fall in love with.  I started reading First Light with the expectation that it was just another YA novel, a good read but nothing extraordinary.  I could not have been more wrong, I truly think that the Project Five Fifteen books could be the next *it* series.  For this reason I have already begun telling my friends about this book and their need to read it!  If Hollywood is smart, they will quickly be snatching up Project Five Fifteen to make it into the next big movie franchise.

Samantha Summers' First Light takes place in Clanots Ocean, an hour train ride from London.  Ronnie, short for Veronica, lost her father after a long illness.  In the midst of her grief at the funeral, Ronnie notices a strange teenager paying his respects to her father from a distance.  Glad to have something to distract her from her crumbling life, Ronnie wonders who the boy is and how he knew her father.  After running into each other more than once, Ronnie befriends the troubled Kalen and his group of dangerous friends.  Ronnie quickly realizes that there is more to Kalen and his friends than meets the eye, but this doesn't stop her from falling in love with Kalen (all the while being discouraged by her sister Rachel and best friend Mae.)

Kalen shares with Ronnie that he and his friends Denver, Laith, Nash, and Ace were all plucked from US orphanages at a young age.  But instead of living happily ever after with a new family, it was a secret branch of the US government that adopted them.  The government raised them to be nameless assassins, sending the boys all over the world to do their dirty work.  However, once Kalen found out the agency's plan to have the boys killed before they turned sixteen, he and his fellow assassins fled.  Once Ronnie learns the truth about just who Kalen is, she will have to decide if their love is strong enough to hold them together through the storm that is quickly building.      

I absolutely loved the relationship between Kalen and Ronnie.  They definitely hold their own against other famous YA couples such as Edward and Bella (Twilight) or Rose and Dimitri (Vampire Academy.)  The difference is there is no paranormal happenings in First Light.  Other than Kalen and Ronnie, the other character that captured my heart was young Ace.  At just fifteen years old, Ace is the most innocent and optimistic of the group.  Never having experienced a true family life, Ace loves the feelings of normalcy he has when around Ronnie.  Through Ronnie, Ace (and the others) are able to have home cooked meals and decorate for Christmas, things they never thought they would have.

I most definitely, without a doubt, recommend Samantha Summers' First Light to all YAL fans.  You will truly fall in love with Ronnie, Kalen, and the other boys in his unit.  I am now anxiously awaiting the news of when the next book in the Project Five Fifteen series is coming out.  Trust me, I will be first in line to purchase As You Were.  Watch out world, Project Five Fifteen is about to take over!

Samantha Summer
Samantha Summers has provided me with a complimentary copy of her book, First Light, for the purpose of review.


  1. "If Hollywood is smart, they will quickly be snatching up Project Five Fifteen to make it into the next big movie franchise." - WOW! I am now really excited :D This should be really good then.

    It's also good to know that you loved the couple. :D I'll definitely check this one out :D - Ara

  2. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this one!