My Rating: 3.5 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: Although it wasn’t a perfect read, Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley was a solid debut. But, since I’ve been having trouble writing a review for Rites of Passage, I’ll just list what I liked and disliked about it.
- I loved Sam as a protagonist. Since I know I wouldn’t last a day at a military school, I really admired Sam’s determination to last a full school year at the Denmark Military Academy despite being bullied for simply being a girl. She was such a resilient character!
- I found the setting to be pretty original because I’ve never read a book that's set at a military school.
- The Society created an element of mystery, and increased the stakes for Sam being seriously injured if she chose to stay at the Denmark Military Academy.
- Though I liked the small amount of romance present between Sam and Drill, it took far too long to develop because of Sam’s simultaneous interest in Kelly until the middle portion of the book.
- I found the ending a bit too open for my liking.
Comments About the Cover: I like its simplicity and the focus on the dog tags.
In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (HarperCollins) for free via Edelweiss.