Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Rites Of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Title: Rites Of Passage
Author: Joy N. Hensley
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Harper Teen
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I was absolutely thrilled to be reading Rites of Passage. A story about a girl in a previously all-boys military academy? Hmm yes, I'd take it.

I always knew life in a military academy would not be an easy feat but man, did Ms. Hensley crafted it to perfection! It was almost as if I was living the hell alongside this girl and the rest of the newcomer boys. I am amazed at the amount of discipline all these young adults have and I have gained a whole new respect for the people who train all their lives to defend freedom.

And not only that but the autor definitely added a new dimension to the story by making some of the kids "military brats" or children of military parents. Their combination of pride and despair, the constant worry, wanting to belong and wanting to reach their parents expectations, it was all heartwarming and wonderful. My heart seriously ached for all these kids that live and breathe patriotism. I thought it was a marvelous job, making all those sentiments come across.

And then there was Sam, our protagonist. Sam whose mental and physical strength is inspirational. You better bet I literally cheer her on in her hellish way. My imaginary hat is off for you, Sam. And all your recruit buddies with a big heart, and most of all, your amazing Drill Sergeant, who stood up for anyone who deserved it and was fair and kindhearted, just what the military needs from its people.

My only complain, if I have one, is that at times it seemed a bit confusing. I don't know if it had to do with my complete lack of military knowledge but sometimes I just didn't understand a lot of the actions or even the rules. And I certainly was ticked off by the sort of abrupt ending, but I am hoping that is because a sequel is in the works. I would really like that.

All I can say is that it was an amazing story and very hard to put down. It totally immerses you into a life of dedication and discipline, and not only that but it provides nail-bitting action and a swoony, star-crossed romance that unfortunately left me high and dry. ): I WANT MY SEQUEL, PRETTY PLEASE?

 
 
 


3 comments:

  1. I can't wait for my kids to read this so I can steal it and read it too. Currently they are reading The Red Sun, they are loving that one. It's by Alane Adams which seems to be a great author per my kids. Her site is alaneadams.com, always wanting to rec good reads and authors!

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