Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blog tour! "The New Recruit" review and something;

Happy birthday to me! In honor of my 14th birthday, I have a very special review and . . . something planned for you!

First off, I give this book five stars. It's exciting, adventurous, a real nail-biter. Everyone, Christian or not, needs to read this book. It's not preachy. It's not overbearing. It's perfect! If there are any aunts/uncles/mothers/fathers/grandparents reading this, you should totally buy this book for that teen in your family (Everyone has one. Don't pretend you do not). It's perfect for birthdays, Christmas, whatever. Hey, maybe you would even enjoy it. *shrug* Ya never know.

When Miss Jill Williamson asked for reviewers, I jumped at the chance. Who would ever want to miss one of HER books? Not me. And besides, this is my first (official) blog tour. Anyway . . . let's get to the review.

Meet Agent-in-training, Spencer Garmond. He's a pretty cool guy. Doesn't really fit into any stereotypes I had formed while waiting for the book to arrive at my door (it felt like yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaarsssssss). He doesn't try to get into trouble. Well, maybe a little. But not too much.

He goes to a Christian school, though he doesn't care at all for the Christians there. He would much rather play PoP on his Macbook all day and shoot some hoops. He loves basketball, and hopes to get into a good B-ball program.

The only problem . . . Grandma.

Spencer's grandmother only wants him to be a good boy. And . . . possibly one of the Mission League-ers. And ol' granny knows how to get what she wants. So, once the opportunity to give him an option she knows is none too appetizing to him pops up, she grabs hold of it and doesn't let go.

When Spencer is told he must either choose the Military school his father went to, or the Mission League, he chooses the Mission League, figuring all he'll have to do is feed the homeless in Moscow and scrub a few toilets.

But he soon finds out, the Mission League is no Bible Study group.

These guys are for real. Their mission: Bring down Satan's churches (AKA: cults), and show others Christ's love. Spencer isn't interested in any of that though. He just needs to get through the summer with a bunch of Bible nerds who won't leave him alone about his soul.
Spencer gets to Moscow. He's excited about this now (sorta). It's all like some Jason Bourne thing, now. He would totally be into this . . . except for one thing. Er, person.
Nick is a total jerk. It's apparent to everyone that Nick and Spencer have some . . . background together. And Nick isn't about to make this mission thing any easier on his old 'pal'.
Now, I can't tell you too much more without giving this story away! So I won't. But . . . I will tell you one thing.
You need to buy the book. Or, at very least, enter this giveaway that Miss Jill has generously offered.
Now, I'm going to show you a bunch of cool stuff.
There's this contest going on over at Miss Jill's website.

Okay, so all you have to do (I think, if I'm not as computer stupid as I'm starting to believe) is click the picture. Then, you watch the video, follow the rules, and voila! Entered! ;)
You can also buy a necklace like the one Spencer's grandma gave him.

Again, just click the picture and it should pop up in another tab. If not, leave a comment and I'll add the link or comment it back to you.
Click here to watch the book trailer. Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to get it ONTO my stinkin' blog. So you'll just have to click that.
If you want to read the first chapter (do it, do it, do it, do it!), click here!
And, in case you're wondering, authors need tons of help. They need all the help they can get. I mean, really, they write books for us to enjoy, and, unless they're really famous, don't get paid nearly enough for these lovely works of art. But there is one way you can help.
No, I'm not asking for donations or whatever. All I'm asking you to do is go to Amazon and/or Facebook, like the author's page on each (if you have an account). It helps. Also, like the books too. EX:
See? Nothing too hard and it'll take you less than . . . ten seconds to do it. The links for these places are . . . here, here, here, here, and . . . . here! Whew! That wasn't too hard, now was it?
Oh, and fellow Goodreaders, click here.
Alright, now that you've helped one lovely author, on to the ABSOLUTELY FUN STUFF. The giveaway!!!!!! ^_^
Here we go!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'd like to thank Miss Jill Williamson for this awesome chance to review her book, and for offering a book to give away. Now, be polite and thank her in the comments. ;)

God bless!
Galatians 6:9 KJV


  1. Thanks Jill!

    Happy Birthday Katelyn! I hope it's a great one!

    Now how do I top your review? lol. :P

    1. LOL. Thanks! I actually thought this was one of my worst reviews yet. I just didn't feel as if this did justice to the book. *shrug* You should have much trouble topping it at all!

    2. I'm thinking about entering the giveaway... my copy is a little worse for wear. *bows head in shame.* How was my review?

    3. Do it! And I understand. ;) I took extra special care of my copy, but it's hard keeping them perfect. :D

      Your review was terrific! And so was the interview! I think you did an even better job than I did. :D

    4. EH. I dunno. Thank you though! :D

  2. Thanks Jill!!
    Great review and comments (and for the helpful links), Katelyn, I'll definitely be "liking" the book on amazon :) It's always a pleasure to support such a gifted author and this book is on my TBR list. Thanks for participating on the blog tour and for giving us the opportunity to win this book, very cool!
    Have a great birthday, Katelyn, with lots of love, fun, and laughter :) Hugs and birthday blessings to you!

    1. Thanks! And your welcome, though it's Ms. Jill's generosity that allows this giveaway to be.

      Have an awesome day!

  3. Katelyn,
    Thank you for reading and reviewing the book! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)
    And you're very kind to have everyone thank me!

    1. It was amazing. I'm very happy to be apart of the blog tour!

  4. You are all welcome!

    I love giving things away. If only everything was free, I'd give books to anyone who wanted them. Alas, that thing called money ruins all my fun!

    But I like to budget in some copies for giveaways so that the book can reach more people.

    Thanks to all of you for entering! :-)

    1. Yes, this money thing has always ruined fun.

      We can only dream of a world where nothing costs a penny, and everyone gets things for free. Oh, if only . . .

  5. I have a signed copy of Replication, and let me just tell you - as soon as I finished reading it, I made all of my friends read it too! Incredible! I cannot WAIT to read The New Recruit :) It's going to be fantastic!!

    1. Yes, it is. It's one of the best books of the year!