Review: Rites Of Passage

Aug •  5 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Rites Of PassageRites Of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen on September 9th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

I have to admit that this story got me right down to the very last page. It’s very engaging with plenty for the reader to grab onto.

Plot: This is about a girl who grew up around the military. She is following her bother’s footsteps by enrolling in one of the most prestige and well known military schools. Of course being one of the few girls going to an ALL BOYS school, you can only imagine the back draft this has caught. This story is so very interesting that once I started it I could not put it down. The reader will find themselves transfixed when it comes to military standards and rules that they must follow. This is like no other YA book.

The girl how has guts: Let’s take a moment and talk about Sam. Sam is the only daughter of a military general who has standards. Hard standards. Her brothers live up to the expectations their father places on them as well as Sam. For Sam, majority of it is easy. She is a tough gal who knows the ropes. Despite her back round, Sam’s enrollment in the school causes quite a stir and other boys will make it TOUGH. I mean real tough. So tough, that they go so far as hurting her to make her leave. Sam does not wavier, she gets braver. In other words, Sam is a G.I. Jane.

Ending: Even though there was plenty of military drama, the author did pave way for a romance!! Indeed I was a very happy gal. The author did a great job giving a reader a balance of both military and love. There needs to be second book ASAP!!

WOW! This book has got to be one of the most memorable books I’ve read this year. Completely different and off the grid, Rites Of Passage is not y0ur typical YA. It is bold and brash when it comes to the military yet the characters are so vivid. Their emotions just slide right of the page to the reader. A potent blend of loyalty and trust, Rites Of Passage is a WIN!!

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!

1 Comment

  1. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Aug 5, 2014

    Oh, wow! I have this ARC, I think. This looks really good!