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Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
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‘‘We’ll go back, pack up your stuff, and I’ll take you to Tim Stamm’s house until we can figure out what to do about transferring you to the public high school.’’

‘‘I’m not leaving.’’


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Bravo! That’s how you write, build and develop a strong, fearless, courageous and admirable heroine. Sam is one unforgettable and inspiring character.

Exactly what we needed for this kind of story; someone who will show and prove us what we, as human, are truly capable of, if only we persevere and work hard without looking behind us but ahead of us.

Not only is this inspiring and motivating us to do whatever we dream of or feel the need to accomplish, but it also features some other great themes such as discovering what family is all about, how friendship is built and, yes, some less wonderful ones like betrayal but fortunately also how to move past that and just… keep going.

It’s not an easy read, more likely a deep one because of the subjects that are included and seeing how much Sam struggles can affect some people more than others. I was very frustrated at first because of the person giving Sam such an unconceivable hard time but then her determination got the best of me and I kept believing she will succeed in this military school, whatever people did to bring her down and make her quit.

Almost every student was on her back…yet she kept waking every morning, following orders with as many yells and going to sleep with a hidden ache in her stomach but also with the feeling that she had survived the day and the hope that tomorrow she will as well. And, you know what? I completely believed her.

Sam may have chosen to go to military school because of a bet, but we can also see that she, whatever everyone may think or make her imagine, has her place there. She deserves a place there.

Of course, there is some romance in this story…but also some kind of a love-triangle. Not a super present and heavy but actually a gradual one. What I mean by that is that we first get to know the first love interest and then another one embarks. Not quite both at the same time. It worked out in this book well enough and has a more convenient turn of events that most love-triangles have.

The writing was good but you should maybe know that the story is not fast-paced. That may be the reason why I felt like this story was a little too long and that cutting or shorting some scenes/chapters would have been welcome to ameliorate (even more) my reading experience. Still, when you get suck in the story, that won’t be such a problem anymore.

What is surprising is that I never thought of reading this story in particular before seeing how praised it was by reviewers. You see, military stories don’t easily capture my interest. Yet, this one succeeded and I’m very glad I decided to give it a chance. A very recommended beautiful story containing a message you won’t risk to forget anytime soon.
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Reading Progress

September 12, 2014 – Started Reading
September 14, 2014 – Shelved
September 14, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Trisha (last edited Sep 14, 2014 12:57AM) (new)

Trisha Harrington Awesome review, Lola! Really glad you liked it! :D
Oh, and I really like that book cover. (Totally random, I know, but I am definitely a cover slut.) xD


Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing) Color me intrigued. Great review!


Rachel Reads Ravenously Another amazing review Lola! ❤️❤️


Beatrix Wonderful review Lola! :D
Yes, I'm also glad I gave it a chance even though it's not somethinhg I usually read.

Glad you loved it!<3


message 5: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Fabulous review, Lola! I will be adding this one <3


Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James That's my girl! :) I'm so happy you liked it and yeah I was so surprised how much I liked it, considering I don't like military stories. :)
Amazing review! :)


message 7: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Amazing review Lola! ♥♥ I don't usually do military stories too but I'm always willing to make an exception sometimes ;) Glad you enjoyed this one! :)


message 8: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Beautiful review, Lola! ❤️


message 10: by Shinjini (new) - added it

Shinjini 4 Stars! Super review, Lola! So glad you liked this book so much. :)


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I added this for Lexxie's review, but this is the fourth high praising review I've seen. I hope it's a good one for me. I tend to fall on the latter, but then again, so do you at times...so I'm not too worried about liking this one anymore ;D great review Lola! You're on a roll with them this weekend.


Lola Trisha wrote: "Awesome review, Lola! Really glad you liked it! :D
Oh, and I really like that book cover. (Totally random, I know, but I am definitely a cover slut.) xD"


Hahaha, I'm a cover slut too!! xd Thanks Trisha :D


Lola YA Bookaholic wrote: "Color me intrigued. Great review!"

Thank you!! :D


Lola Rachel (Reads Ravenously) wrote: "Another amazing review Lola! ❤️❤️"

Thank you, Rachel! You're sweet! xx


Lola Beatrix wrote: "Wonderful review Lola! :D
Yes, I'm also glad I gave it a chance even though it's not somethinhg I usually read.

Glad you loved it!<3"


We both! xx It was very good. Glad to see we have same taste :))


Lola Ilze wrote: "Fabulous review, Lola! I will be adding this one <3"

Yay!! Thank you! xx


Lola Tanja (Tanychy) wrote: "That's my girl! :) I'm so happy you liked it and yeah I was so surprised how much I liked it, considering I don't like military stories. :)
Amazing review! :)"


It takes us all by surprise. ;) Now I'm curious to see your review for Crown of Ice!!
Thanks xoxo


Lola Jasmine wrote: "Amazing review Lola! ♥♥ I don't usually do military stories too but I'm always willing to make an exception sometimes ;) Glad you enjoyed this one! :)"

This is THE exception!! Or Captive Prince (though it's more of a war setting one +M/M) Do you like M/M romance? And thanks so much!! xx


Lola Andrea wrote: "Beautiful review, Lola! ❤️"

Thank you, Andrea!! xx


Lola Penelope wrote: "Lovely review, Lola! :)"

Thanks Peny :DD


Lola Shinjini wrote: "4 Stars! Super review, Lola! So glad you liked this book so much. :)"

Thanks a lot, Shin! It was very surprising xoxo


Lola Kat Stark wrote: "I added this for Lexxie's review, but this is the fourth high praising review I've seen. I hope it's a good one for me. I tend to fall on the latter, but then again, so do you at times...so I'm not..."

Aww hahahha, I wish! But it never lasts for me LOL But that also means that I'll enjoy the good one more...I guess. Yay, I actually think this is up on your alley (is that the expression?) Thanks girl! xx


Lola Danae wrote: "Great review, Lola! I've seen so many people liking this one, I'm glad you did too :) I'm excited to read it."

You should be excited! ^^ It's nothing like I've read before to be honest. Thank you!! :)


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it is ;D


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Fab review, Lola!! xxx


Lola Thank you!! xoxo


message 27: by Stephanie* (new) - added it

Stephanie* Great review! This one sounds fantastic!! :)


Lola It was really good and surprising :) Thanks Steph! xx


Lola Thanks a lot, Anasylvia!! It is and it took me by surprise! xx


message 30: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Fab review babe:D


Lola Thanks Cindy! xoxo


Lola Thank you, Lisa! :))


message 33: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Great review as always!! Not going to lie; I totally judged this book by the cover and thought it would be another one of those cliché romances. But from what I hear, it's so much more than that!!!


message 34: by Lola (last edited Sep 14, 2014 03:23PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lola OMG?? Clichéd romance?? Not at all! It was cute though the fact that there are two love interests didn't capture my heart very much. It's so much more than that indeed, Kath! Thank you for being so nice, your reviews are great as well. xx


Sandy ღCoffee Addict Booksღ Did I hear love triangle?! think I'll pass;) Lovely review Lola x!


message 36: by Lola (last edited Sep 14, 2014 09:55PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lola Yeah but you heard one that actually worked out! Sigh. Still, it would have been perfect off. Thanks girl :D


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Awesome review Lola! = DD


message 38: by Lucia (new)

Lucia Such a great review, Lola :)


Lola SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Awesome review Lola! = DD"

Thank you, Sue!! :)


Lola Lucia wrote: "Such a great review, Lola :)"

Aww thanks Lucia :D


message 41: by Raquel (new)

Raquel Wonderful review Lola!


Lola Thanks a lot, Raquel! :))


message 43: by Jessi (new)

Jessi Wonderful review Lola :)


Lola Thank you!! :D


message 45: by Mysza (new)

Mysza Terrific review Lola!


Lola Thank you, Mysza!! :)


message 47: by Exina (new)

Exina Amazing review, Lola!


Lola Thanks girl :D


Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ Wonderful review, Lola!! :D


Lola Thank you, Jen!! xoxo


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