Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley


This book usually wouldn't catch my eye. But after seeing all the positive reviews Goodreads, I decided to check it out. And I'm crazy happy that I did.

Sam McKenna has lived a military life since she could walk; her father has always trained her to be a solider. So when the Denmark Military Academy has the first-ever girls class, Sam takes the last dare her older brother gave her before his death and enrolls.

But DMA is a hundred times harder than she could have ever imagined--and not because of the workouts. It seems as if no one wants her or the rest of the girls here, and they are willing to go to dangerous lengths to get them to leave.

This book was so incredibly awesome, I'm almost speechless. I wasn't quite sure where this book was going to go, but I loved where it went. The plot flowed effortlessly, and it slowly built Sam into a character that I trusted and related to. Never did she make decision that I didn't 100% agree with--which is pretty incredible. She's absolutely on my list of top five MC/heroines of 2014.

My only qualm with this book was the romance. The description made it out to be this forbidden love affair between Sam and her Drill sergeant, and though it kind of was, there wasn't enough of it for me. Yes, I understand a million percent that this book isn't about the romance at all, but I still wanted more than I got. I shipped those two like none other, but the sails just never picked up enough wind.

This book made me so incredibly anxious all the time, so afraid for Sam. But when a novel can make you feel squirmy like that, you know it's written well. I'd recommend this to everyone.

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