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The Recruit

(MTG Agencies #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Jasmine Thomas may not be completely normal, but she’s a pretty typical seventeen-year-old girl. She hates the rich mean kids, loves her best friends, and can’t wait to get out of school each day. Her spare time is spent at The Ring — a boxing gym where she practically grew up — learning karate, boxing and street fighting. So, yeah, Jaz can kick some major butt.

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Published May 2014 by Escape Publishing
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Ellen McNett
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
The Recruit is an almost typical book about an almost typical seventeen-year-old Australian girl named Jaz (short for Jasmine). She has a strong kick-ass personality, is not very popular at school and hates the other well-liked, rich students. She usually hangs out with her two best friends, the clever Anna and the handsome Taylor, whom she fancies a lot, but does not dare ask out given they have known each other since they were kids. She’s really fond of fighting sports, is a member of a fencin ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Deciding what books I want to read depends on a few factors. If it's not an author on my automatic buy list then I go by book cover, and synopsis. What drew me to The Recruit was the synopsis, after reading it I knew I had to get hold of this book.
Jasmine, or Jaz to her friends, is a street smart, battle ready teenager. She can box, fight, and fence like nobody, and her skills come in handy when she saves her arch nemesis from being dragged down a dark alley in the first chapter of the book. If
This book was really slow and I almost gave up at 52%
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
It was really slow and poorly written. I expected more from it, a huge let down. It would be better described as a juvenile fiction book.
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
3 stars - I expected to like this one more

This book gave me a lot of mixed messages. The cover, to me, screams adult book. The blurb says YA. The story had me confused between middle grade and adult. Why? I'll tell ya.

The book is set in Australia and I will admit to cultural differences. Not so much that I didn't get things, just enough to give me pause a few times. It might explain my biggest issue with the book. I'm not sure what high school students are like at a private school in Australia b
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was fantastic to read this first in a series from Fiona Palmer. I first discovered her Rural Romance books, then Women's Literature, and now this YA series has blown me away.

Jaz is a tomboy, her Mum never talks about her real father, but her Step dad has been amazing ever since he and her Mum married when Jaz was young. Jaz is a bad ass kicking but type of girl who loves her Docs and hoodies. She has been a regular at The Ring since her Mum took her as a toddler, it's her second home. Now she
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is a comfort read for me. The good guys are good the bad guys are bad the main character can trust her friends. There is still sweetness and action, questions and answers enough to keep things interesting and moving. The writing is different but it works well.
This series is all I have read by Fiona Palmer but I come back every so often because good books are like friends.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure Jaz is the daughter of Salvatore Di Luca. I think the author made a mistake because it's so easy to connect the dots! She should have use another last name in order to be surprising.
Anyways, I liked this book and I'm gonna read the others... It looks like they're different from my usual type of novel.
I have never read a YA Romantic Suspense so I was eager to give this one a go. This one wasn't quite what I expected in that it was just the opening number to the rest of the series and only tells the first part of the story. There isn't a cliff hanger or anything drastic like that. It literally just ends at a good stopping point. I like where the story is going and look forward to what comes next.

The story is set in Perth, Australia and centers around the life of Jaz Thomas, a seventeen year ol
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

When I first saw the cover of The Recruit, I thought it was pretty, and the blurb sounded interesting too, so why not give it a chance? So I requested it and read it in one day. Overall, it wasn't completely disappointing but not truly fascinating either, so rather a decent, light and quick read. If that's what you're looking for, go ahead and read this review or skip it altogeth
Carrie Slager
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
[Full disclosure: I was approached by the publisher and accepted a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

I have to be honest here when I say that contemporary YA romance is generally not my thing. It never really has been and likely never will, but with books like The Recruit I’m always willing to try. So that’s why I accepted the invitation to read and review Fiona Palmer’s newest release.

I was both pleasantly surprised and slightly disappointed by The Recruit. On one h
This book was sorta kinda adorable. I'm possibly a bit biased, as it's firmly set in my hometown - but it isn't a standard-issue YA dystopian recruiment novel at all. For a start, it's set in contemporary realistic Perth. Jaz is seventeen, in her final months of high school at a Christian academy, and works in boxing gym The Ring. Her best friends Taylor (Tay) and Anna are lovely BFFs, and best of all the three of them don't turn into a jealous, spiteful love triangle.

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Australian author Fiona Palmer is popular for her rural romance novels, but has made a slight change by writing young adult contemporary novel, The Recruit. There is still a dash of romance (or rather a good-sized helping), but the book centers around a young girl, Jasmine Thomas, who is being recruited to become a secret agent.

Jasmine, or Jaz as she is known, has basically grown up at the local boxing gym, and is an accomplished fighter. She’s feisty, and doesn’t put up with the ‘mean’ girls at
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finished this on my 'Lunch' break and to be honest. I enjoyed it even with the rocky start.

I had a hard time reading this at first, I don't think i expected the school girl'ness' and to be quite honest it almost let the book down. Its not that it is so obnoxious in terms of the immaturity its just there sometimes and its sort of annoying. However if Jaz didn't act like a 17 year old you would probably forget she was by how much she fights and sticks up for herself.

I personally think we could hav
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm already a huge fan of Fiona Palmer's Rural books and this YA book is a total depature from her normal books but I was willing to give it a try.

Have to say SO GLAD I DID! This was a great book and I'm soooo happy its just the start of a new series.

The Recruit is about Jaz, almost eighteen, in her final year at a fancy Perth High School and spends all her spare time working and working out at 'The Ring' everything from boxing & karate to yoga. She has two best friends, Anna who lives a few
The BookWhisperer
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Prepare yourself for this is by far the most Aussie book I have ever read. There were many moments that I had to stop and regroup to fully understand the meaning. Otherwise, the story actually being told was a very creative and enjoyable adventure. Jasmine Thomas is not your average seventeen year old. Having been a regular member of the gym and talented in all things fighting; she can take down grown men almost effortlessly. Unlike the plethora of books about damaged and scorned characters; thi ...more
Amanda Peake
After all the typical love stories with an almost helpless female this book was SERIOUSLY refreshing. Jaz is a girl after my own heart. She's tough, smart and just down right fun to read about. She isn't going to take crap from anyone and I love love love that. She became a recruit because of her boxing and martial arts knowledge and skill. Her evolving relationship with Ryan wasn't boring and actually set us up for more novels in the future which I will be reading.
The book was great from the
Heather Wood
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! I loved Jaz, she was such a tough girl heroine. Because of her boxing and martial arts background, she made a believable recruit. I also enjoyed her relationship with Ryan and the ending was a nice setup for future books in the series.

The action started early and kept going until the final pages. From the beginning, readers find out how strong and skilled Jaz is in and out of the boxing ring. When she meets Ryan, the plot really takes off and I was glad he became the m
Clever Girl
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A girl who can kick ass, a boy with secrets, an opportunity and a whole lot of unanswered questions.

I liked Jaz. She's a kick ass fighter, there's nothing she won't do for the people she loves, she's a protector, a girl that will stand up for people, even people who are terrible to her. I was so excited to see that Jaz takes the time to think about the opportunities she has been presented, to think about how it will impact her life, the people she cares about, the very real danger she'd be in,
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like Jaz, and I really like how there is no insta-love. When she first meets Ryan she appreciates how good looking he is but is wary of him. Not overly suspicious but just not instantly trusting of someone who is basically a stranger to her. It is not until after he saves her from a gang of guys and they spend quite a bit of time together that she develops feelings for him. I also like how much thought she gave to her decision to join MTG – it a huge life changing decision with serious potenti ...more
Cate Ellink
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jaz is a fabulous heroine. She's sporty, tough, fun, and older than her years. She fences, fights, runs, does Yoga, shoots, has mental toughness and awesome friends. She's the perfect recruit. Anna and Taylor are her friends and they're great characters. Neither as tough as Jaz but really honest people. And then Ryan hits the scene. Jaz thought she had a thing for Tay but it's nothing compared with the sizzle she has when near Ryan. This book had lots of good sexual tension, heaps of action and ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a great high school secret agent novel, it kept me captivated and loving this book. I definitely love the lead female character as I can relate to her hobbies and general view on life. Recommend this book to anyone who likes the undercover agent mystery types of books.
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I was pretty hooked on this. Read it in a few hours. A few grammar and editing faux pas, which irked me a little as it disrupted the flow. I liked all the characters and the plot, but there was a lack of depth to the whole thing. And a lot of doors were left open. I'd love to read more once my library gets hold if them.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun book

I really enjoyed this, very different from the authors normal work, but I thought it was fun and look forward to the next chapter.
Betsy Hillendahl
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ryan <3 loved this book...there better be another book that's all I have to say haha...I need more! it can't end like that!
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Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A good quick read and great storyline. Like seeing this character progress xo
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was well-written and the characters were believable, but I could not get into the story.
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Bestselling rural author of books set in outback Western Australia. Small communities, farming, great aussie characters and mother nature. Also writes YA.

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MTG Agencies (4 books)
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