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Monday, November 3, 2014

RITES OF PASSAGE by Joy N. Hensley {Book & Audiobook Review}

Review by Andye

Rites of Passage
By Joy N. Hensley
Narrated By Khristine Hvam
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Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Release Date: 09-09-14

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Sam McKenna has 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 won't rest until she gives up. 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.
At a Glance:

Rites of Passage is a thrilling story, full of action, suspense, torment, friendship, betrayal, heartache, romance . . . and lots and lots of pushups.  I loved this book even as it filled me with rage and frustration. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves amazing stories with a tough as nails female character. 

The Audio:

The audiobook was narrated by Khristine Hvam, who is a favorite of mine. She did an awesome job on this narration. Seriously. Awesome. She does such fantastic voices for both girls as well as guys, and adds a layer of emotion that makes this story even better. If you're looking for an audiobook, this is one you should not less pass by!

What I loved:

There are so many things I loved about this book! Drill. Sam is such a complete and total BA. I never in a million years could have put up with what she had to deal with. I know this story isn't exactly real, but I remember when the first girl was admitted to the Citidel, and I have no doubt that she had to endure similar treatment. I love her! Also Drill. Listening to this was so hard at times because of how terrible so many people were to Sam, but I loved the way that Hensley was able to make me feel so much! It was seriously painful! But awesome! Then there was Drill. I loved how realistic the relationships were, and how they shifted, changed, grew and sometimes dissolved. Mostly I just really loved the girl power. Oh yeah, and I loved Drill.

The Romance:

As you would expect in a story like this, romance was not front and center. But what was there, was awesome. There was so much tension! And I really enjoyed the way Hensley wrote the progression of the relationship. It was one of the more realistic romances I've ever read. So well done!

What I didn't love:

I basically adored this entire book . . . except the ending. I didn't hate the end, and it definitely didn't ruin things for me, and I can't really go into details, because spoilers, but there were things. (Maybe don't read the following if you haven't read the book.) There's a certain something (someone) that I just couldn't buy. And then there was another something that couldn't happen, that was SO FRUSTRATING to me, after all they went through. And then a justice that wasn't served that absolutely killed me. I need justice! Of course two of these things can be remedied if there is a sequel. SO THERE HAS TO BE A SEQUEL!!


Then get up and read this book!


  1. I would love for you to review my teen book "In The Back Seat With Prince Charming" A short story on longing to find prince charming, and educating teens on healthy relationships and boundaries. Non-fiction

  2. I loved this too! The audio was amazing. She's one of my favorite narrators! And I totally agree about the end. I didn't love it either. But if it means we get a sequel, I'd be completely ok with that!

  3. I'm listening to this one now and I'm loving it so far :)

  4. Have you finished it yet? What did you think of the ending?

  5. Heehee, let's keep our fingers crossed!

  6. I love the narrator for this one - definitely a great audiobook. I liked Sam and Drill but wasn't as impressed with the overall book as a lot of others were. Thank goodness Sam was a BA that didn't let anything get her down, because without that I would have stopped listening to this book within the first few chapters. The hazing was too much for me. And I AGREE about the ending!! How could it happen like that?? ugh that made me so sad/angry

  7. Someone told me she's planning on a sequel, so maybe that's why she left it so unsatisfying at the end? I did really like this one, but I was seriously SO MAD almost the entire book. haha


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