I thought I knew what I was going into the moment I started this book. But I’m glad I was wrong. This was even beyond what I imagined it would be. Consider me a converted fan girl!
What worked for me?
This book had that awesome blend of intrigue, mystery, action-suspense, and romance.
Sam McKenna is a fantastic heroine! She joins the Denmark Military Academy as one of the six to form the first batch of women cadets. She’s breaking all kinds of new grounds but a lot of people are not happy that the girls are there. And they’re doing everything to make her quit. But she’s no quitter. She’s smart, strong, principled, a little stubborn, yes but her heart’s in a good place. Every time a challenge comes at her, I was just continually cheering her on. And you can’t help but do that because she has such an amazing spirit.
The romance took the backseat on this one but that is not to say that it wasn’t there at all. And since it was there at the backseat, I couldn’t help myself many times while I was reading the book and was constantly awaiting that few moments when I would get a glimpse of it. And gosh, it was fantastic!!!
Apart from the great characterizations in the book including Sam’s, the other true star of the book was its suspense and build-up towards the reveal and climax. You know with each scene that the stakes are getting higher, the dynamics are changing, alliances might be shifting, and you just keep hoping that your heroine triumphs above it all. It was just great riding through with all that momentum. Your heart races in both anticipation and anxiety, your stomach churns in fear and uncertainty, your hands sweat, because oh my god, you don’t know what could possibly happen next! What a reading experience! I was with Sam every step of the way and it was fabulous!
What did not work for me?
Can I get a sequel soon? Because I’m dying to be with these characters again and for a while longer. As you can see, I love everything about this book!
My over-all take on it?
You guys have got to read this book! Amazing writing from author Joy N Hensley. Gosh! This book! And all the feels! It has pretty much all the elements that I enjoy in a great book: solid characterizations, awesome build-up, great conflict! And did I mention ALL. THE. FEELS!?
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
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