Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I'm Back! (plus) Book Review: The New Recruit by Jill Williamson

I unexpectedly had to take a blogging break, but I'm glad to be back and ready to get back into the game:-) God-willing, those interviews and giveaways- and book reviews- will start pouring in again.

So, I'll begin with my review of (another;-) Young Adult book titled the New Recruit by Jill Williamson, an author whose quickly becoming a favorite. As a "Welcome Back!"treat, I'm setting up a table of my Grandmother's delicious flan, a Spanish dessert (my mouth's watering just thinking about it). Alright, now that review...

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"Forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.

These guys mean business.

Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration."

Jill has impressed me again with her talent of writing engaging Christian YA books. She was the first to introduce me to this genre and I am still fairly new to it, but I can say one thing for certain: Jill is an author to keep updated on if you want a fast-paced, hilarious and Christ-centered read. 

The New Recruit drew me in immediately for several reasons. (1) The unusual plot about a Christian spy organization. (2) The interesting and diverse characters- especially Spencer. (3) Jill's voice [her unique way of writing]. Since the novel was in first-person, it was interesting to see Spencer's view on the world- especially since he's a teenage boy. And (4) An anticipation for the next twist or new mystery to uncover. These– and many other factors– combined to make a wonderful read.

The Spiritual theme of this book was fascinating: Spiritual warfare. And there is a great lesson to be learned in this book. Spencer is not a Christian and it is interesting to note how he, and, most likely, other unbelievers, view Christians. Sometimes we try to shove the Gospel down people's throats and, as a result, push them further away from God. Our jobs, however, are to sow the seeds of the Gospel and leave the rest to God.

Finally, one of my favorite aspects of this book is the laugh-out-loud moments. The way Spencer thinks is just too funny! His sarcastic thoughts and– trust me, you'll have chuckled a great deal by the time you finish this book. And that's exactly what you should do: buy the book and finish reading it. It'll certainly be worth your time! (I'm excited to say that this is the first in a four book series. Yay! I'm eagerly anticipating the next installment– there are still some mysteries left to uncover:-) 

This book deserves 5 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review, which I have given**


  1. Welcome back to blogging, Aizess! LOVE your review, this book is definitely on my TBR list :) Looking forward to more of your book reviews and updates, blessings!

    1. Thanks, Kara! I'm looking forward to it, as well:-) This book definitely belongs on your TBR pile! (We're so quick to add books to our TBR piles, aren't we? I think one is added to my list almost daily;-)

      Many Blessings,

  2. Thanks for the review Aizess! I'g glad you liked it!
    Spencer makes me laugh too.