Monday, March 27, 2017

Recruits

GIVEAWAY

LOCKE, THOMAS
RECRUITS

It's a world they've seen only in their dreams -- until now.

Twins Sean and Dillon Kirrel have dreamed about a world beyond their own since they were children, but it has always been a fantasy. Not long before their eighteenth birthday, however, the arrival of a mysterious new neighbor and the revelations he shares bring that far-off world within reach.

When Sean and Dillon learn they share a unique gift -- the ability to transfer instantly between worlds -- they are offered an opportunity to prove themselves as recruits to the planetary Assembly. But unlocking their abilities awakens an enemy beyond anything they ever imagined, thrusting them into an interplanetary conflict that could consume the entire human race.

My Review:

I'm cautious when it comes to reading speculative fiction because I either love it or hate it. Never anything in between. I'm not sure that I can articulate what connects me with this type of story but I could rattle off a list of what I hate. Luckily I don't have to do that in this review because I loved Recruits. Enough to devour it one sitting! And it kind of reminds me of my all time favourite YA author, Madeleine L'Engle (think A Wrinkle in Time).

A complex plot with plenty of action makes this a real page-turner. Sean and Dillon are typical teens going through the motions of attending classes two weeks before graduation. What they don't realize is that they are on the cusp of something so grand and fantastical that even their collective imaginations can't prepare them for what's to come. Love the dynamics between these two. Their twin connection is strong, but they both have unique strengths and talents that set them apart as well. And they really stretch and grow through the course of the novel.

There's a great cast of secondary characters that really flesh out the story and help the twins shine, including a couple of love interests which came as a surprise. And while a lot of the story takes place on Earth there's some intriguing planet hopping for an extra reader thrill. Locke's imagination knows no bounds and he successfully delivers a compelling tale of good versus evil and all the nuances in between.

Book provided by Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Recruits please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 2 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

23 comments:

  1. This looks really good. I usually like sci-fi and fantasy books so I'm looking forward to this.
    Elly -Indiana-
    p.s. I don't know if you realized this or not, but at the bottom of your post you put that the draw would be held and winner announced yesterday for this giveaway.

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    1. Bwahahaha! Thanks, Elly. I will fix it. I cut and pasted and forgot to edit. Oops. Good luck!

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  2. I've read other books by Thomas Locke that I've really enjoyed! It sounds like this will be another one...

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    1. This is the first time I've read a Thomas Locke book, though I've read some Davis Bunn novels. Good luck, Krysti.

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  3. sounds like a good sci-fi. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I was going to say this seems like a different book for you. It does look interesting, Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm glad you thought it was a good book. iamabho at gmail dot com 😊

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    1. I guess I'm pretty predictable in my reading loves, eh? But I do like to dabble now and then in something a little bit different. Like speculative fiction. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Thanks :) same here usually stick to the norm but love when I find one out of my norm that I really like

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  5. Sounds awesome! Would love to read this. Thanks for the chance.
    mbaaij at hetnet dot nl

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  6. Have been wanting to read this book....

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  7. Sounds worth trying. Thank you!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It makes for a nice change. Good luck, Lucy.

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  8. I'm like you. I don't often read this type of book unless they are highly recommended. I have read some very good ones and your review makes this look like a good one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book in the series. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  9. This book will be a wonderful addition to our small but growing youth collection.
    Thanks for giving me the chance to win it.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- it would be a great addition. I'm so encouraged by the number of wonderful YA books coming out of the Christian market. Good luck, Janet.

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  10. Sounds like a great story! KAV, thank you for the chance.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck.

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  11. I've been wanting to read this author. Thanks for the chance. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. You're welcome, Paula. Good luck.

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