Author: Joy N Hensley
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
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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 petty...no 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.