{Audiobook} Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

I’ve had this book on my Kindle for almost two years… and I never wanted to pick it up because of the cover thinking, “what if I don’t like the military aspect?”

I only picked this up because I saw that Khristine Hvam was the audiobook narrator, and I love her work. I’ve got to say that I’m glad I picked it up. I’ve been missing out on so much! Khristine really made this an incredible experience. She knew how to portray everyone, every emotion, every intense moment… I couldn’t get enough of the audio to the point that when I finished it, I had to re-listen to my favorite parts.

Sam is such a relatable character! I like how her character on the outside seemed so impenetrable but reading from her POV you could see how much she actually did feel.  She was also so selfless and mature. I couldn’t help but empathize with her. Sam was such a great protagonist, and I couldn’t help but wanting to be a friend of hers.

The military school subject is amazingly developed. I didn’t know a lick about military school, aside from movies, but I was really surprised at the school descriptions: the rules, the regulations, the schedules, the way the new kids were treated, and the way the girls were treated. The way the female recruits were treated made me want to punch something. I couldn’t help but find myself blinking back angry, frustrated, tears at the unfair treatment.

I was swooning hard at the romance you guys! It NEVER overshadowed the plot, but so well exposed that I couldn’t help but eat it up. It was precious. The small moments our characters had were just perfect.

The book’s pacing is wonderful; it’s intense from the very beginning. Sam’s journey through Military School isn’t an easy feat, but as she keeps uncovering secrets and conspiracies, the book kept getting more and more intense. I couldn’t put it down.

The only thing I complain about is the ending. I can’t believe it ended that way. I feel like I was missing a couple of chapters or something. I am definitely on board for a sequel!

Overall, this book was surprising and empowering. Wonderfully written, with real characters, a swoony romance, and addicting pace. I definitely recommend it. The audiobook is amazing as well!

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20 thoughts on “{Audiobook} Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

  1. Chiara @ Delicate Eternity says:

    I remember seeing this book around A LOT, but my interest was never really piqued. And I have to say that it is now. It actually sounds pretty awesome!

    I would totally be angry at negative treatment of girls, too. Sexism is something that I feel VERY strongly about.

    It’s a shame that you weren’t on board with the ending. It sounds like it might have been a bit open, which is always painful. When I read a really open ending, there’s always a part of me that thinks: why did I just read this, only to not know what happens next? Even though I KNOW that open endings are true to life, I much prefer my books to have some sort of closure XD I hope you get your sequel, lovely! ❤

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  2. Chiara @ Delicate Eternity says:

    I remember seeing this book around A LOT, but my interest was never really piqued. And I have to say that it is now. It actually sounds pretty awesome!

    I would totally be angry at negative treatment of girls, too. Sexism is something that I feel VERY strongly about.

    It’s a shame that you weren’t on board with the ending. It sounds like it might have been a bit open, which is always painful. When I read a really open ending, there’s always a part of me that thinks: why did I just read this, only to not know what happens next? Even though I KNOW that open endings are true to life, I much prefer my books to have some sort of closure XD I hope you get your sequel, lovely! ❤

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  3. Lola Reviewer says:

    Oh, this book. I read in 2014 when it came out (or before, I can’t remember) and I really liked it. BUT, it was mentally challenging for me to read it at first, because of the characters’ unreasonable aggressiveness. I just wanted to punch every one of them. Great review!!

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  4. Lola Reviewer says:

    Oh, this book. I read in 2014 when it came out (or before, I can’t remember) and I really liked it. BUT, it was mentally challenging for me to read it at first, because of the characters’ unreasonable aggressiveness. I just wanted to punch every one of them. Great review!!

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  5. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    EEEEP I SO WANT TO READ THIS. And with your flailing review of the audiobook, I know what format I need it in for sure. 😂 Although I’m a little bit worried about the sexism? I get really riled up at that…although I’m not in denial of it happening or anything. BUT STILL GOTTA READ THIS FOR SURE.

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    • Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms says:

      The sexism really gave me migraines because it was so… intense. I get why it was there, and I’m glad the author exposed it. I just went through a plethora of emotions with it haha

      P.S. The narrator is also the narrator of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, if you ever want to try that via audio too. She’s amazing 😀

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    • Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms says:

      The sexism really gave me migraines because it was so… intense. I get why it was there, and I’m glad the author exposed it. I just went through a plethora of emotions with it haha

      P.S. The narrator is also the narrator of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, if you ever want to try that via audio too. She’s amazing 😀

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  6. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    EEEEP I SO WANT TO READ THIS. And with your flailing review of the audiobook, I know what format I need it in for sure. 😂 Although I’m a little bit worried about the sexism? I get really riled up at that…although I’m not in denial of it happening or anything. BUT STILL GOTTA READ THIS FOR SURE.

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  7. Joy @ Thoughts By J says:

    I haven’t seen a review for this book in a while, but every time I read a review on it, it’s been overly positive! I have to say that it doesn’t appeal to me that much as I’m not a huge reader of contemporary novels like this, but glad you enjoyed it Marianne!

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  8. Aentee @ Read at Midnight says:

    I haven’t heard of this book but I love the sound of the unique military setting :)! I am not a huge reader of contemporary but I will definitely look into it when I am in the mood. Thanks for the review and I am glad to see you loved it!

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  9. Aentee @ Read at Midnight says:

    I haven’t heard of this book but I love the sound of the unique military setting :)! I am not a huge reader of contemporary but I will definitely look into it when I am in the mood. Thanks for the review and I am glad to see you loved it!

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