Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley

Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N HensleyTitle: Rites of Passage
Author: Joy N Hensley
Publisher: HaperTeen
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: four-stars
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.

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley was amazing. I was stuck to it from the first chapter and I am sad to say that I am so very late in reviewing this book because I just kept putting this one off. No matter though, I loved this one.

Females are let in to the DMA, a military school, for the first time and there are a lot of people that are not happy about it. They do not want any of these females to succeed especially Sam McKenna who has a well known military father and her brother who is the top person at the DMA itself. There is a lot of things that these boys try to do to get these females out. It’s horrible and unfortunately it has probably happened to a lot of females in the military before. Sam is a very strong female though and she pushes through everything even when I, myself, would have quit.

The character relationships are great and I loved the way there was a lot of push and pull with some of them. Some of the people would turn on Sam and others and you would just feel her pain and disappointment.

The one part of this book that I thought could have used some more attention was her brother Amos. He was the whole reason that she was in the DMA to begin with and he is in the synopsis as a major reason why she’s there as well. He was touched upon and we know why he died but I just think that some of those feelings could have come out a bit more, you know? It seemed like it was going to be a big deal but it just felt like it was only barely touched upon. That is only a small disappointment in this good book though.

I have no real knowledge on military words but it was easy enough to follow, especially looking up some of the words or how to say them. I was hoping there were plans for a sequel for Rites of Passage and I can definitely see the road to one, however, Joy N. Hensley has said there is no future plans for one unfortunately.

Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn FisherTitle: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #1
Publisher: Hoover Ink
Publication Date: January 7, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 140
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: three-stars
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

Two of my favorite authors, Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher wrote Never Never. I was so excited to read this and had a hard time choosing between this and Ensnared since they came out about the same time. I choose the right book to read first when I picked Ensnared.

Never Never was very interesting and I was glued to the story, I will say that. It was a total mystery the entire book, in fact, even after finishing it, the story is still a mystery. Because of this fact I feel like we only got half a book. I can kind of see it now though since when I was finished I saw that the book only had 140 pages to it. So yes, we only got half a book and the ending is a huge cliff hanger. To be continue written on there and all.

Charlie and Silas were good enough characters. You don’t really get to know them much because they don’t know themselves. Why don’t they know themselves? They have amnesia of the sorts. Why? I have no idea. We never find out. Hopefully we will find out in “part 2″ of the novel which is not out yet.

While the story is really enthralling I think that if they would have just released the entire book in one go it would have been received better. It just feels like an unfinished novel that they just threw out there to the fans and figured everyone would just adore it.

I liked the smaller characters like Silas’ brother and Charlie’s sister and I hope that we get to learn more about Charlie’s life in the next book.

I rated this one a 3 because while I liked the book and thought it was interesting it just felt unfinished and not just because of the cliffhanger. I also do not understand the line in the synopsis “He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.” What is she trying to forget because I didn’t get that vibe at all…unless this is going to be the same synopsis for both books?

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