Wednesday, April 29, 2020

REVIEW⤏ RITES OF PASSAGE

BY JOY N HENSLEY




    SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
    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’s 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.



    BOOK TAGS

     MILITARY ACADEMY
    ⤏ MISOGYNY
     MYSTERIOUS SECRET SOCIETY
     YOUNG LOVE
     CONTEMPORARY

      BOOK DETAILS⇣

      AUDIO PERFORMED BY KHRISTINE HVAM
      SOURCE LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
      AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 10 HOURS, 28 MINUTES


      MY THOUGHTS⇣


      First off, you can really tell that this Author knows about Military School, being a Military Brat, and how it feels to be one of the only girls in something that men/boys feel is only for them and not for the "weaker sex".  The misogyny is strong in this one.  If you read the author's bio it says she once went to military school on a dare, even.  So maybe that's why so much of this story feels genuine.

      How one feels about this book would probably depend on what they were looking for from the story itself.  If you're looking for a super swoony romance with a military school backdrop...than you might be disappointed because the romance really takes a backseat to the trials of making it through her first year at the Acadamy.  For me, I thought it was easy to invest in the story because you really want to see Sam prove to these boys that she can do it and that she can take all their BS and still come out on top.

      I only had a couple of issues, one with trying to keep track of all the characters and their many names they were referred to...I got confused a number of times.  Another was with how things played out in the end, not all of the guilty parties got their comeuppance and it was disappointing to have it end like that.


      BREAKDOWN⇣

      Plot 4.3/5
      Characters 3.5/5
      The Feels 4.5/5
      Pacing 4.7/5
      Addictiveness 4.5/5
      Theme, Tone or Intensity 4.2/5
      Originality/Believability 5/5
      Flow (Writing Style) 4.5/5
      Romance/Chemistry⇢ 3.8/5
      Ending 2.5/5




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