Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Title: Girls With Sharp Sticks
Author: Suzanne Young
Series: Book One in the Girls With Sharp Sticks Series
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published By: Simon Pulse (March 19, 2019)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.


As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.







I always adore Suzanne Young's writing because her books are imaginative, dark, and always completely unique. 

When I saw Girls With Sharp Sticks I knew that I needed it and most of all, I knew that I was in for quite the treat and quite the ride. 

Girls With Sharp Sticks is like the school for Stepford Wives. Where they are grown and cultivated and...well brainwashed. It was horrifyingly fascinating and I couldn't get enough of it with, after each chapter, things started to get clearer about exactly what the Academy was and what they were doing. 

I swayed back and forth between being sick about what I was actually reading and being completely enthralled that such a thing was being taught and that worst of all, the girls didn't know any better. 

This story. I really don't even know where to begin other than it was pure genius mixed in with some sci fi angles, ruthlessness, and pure delight. It truly kept me so entertained, turning the pages in both revulsion and in pure fascination. I couldn't get enough.

I am so excited for the next book. I am not ready to say goodbye to this terrifying world Young created nor the head strong girls that ruled this book. The girl power was simply amazing and I adored it. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher.  was not compensated for this review.*

22 comments:

  1. I love how Suzanne Young's books explore the things that could go wrong in society and takes it to a new level of dark. There's not a lot of author's that can pull that off perfectly!

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  2. This sounds intense, but good!! I don't believe I've read anything by this author yet; might need to change that.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. All of her stuff is kind of that way, good and intense. ;)

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  3. This sounds smart and interesting. I am curiou as to what they are brainwashing the girls for. I am currently reading a WWII book and it talks about the Hitler Youth. Scary stuff.

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    1. Ooo that was scary stuff Heidi, I will have to be on the lookout for your review. All stuff involving the war fascinates me.

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  4. Oh that sounds all kinds of crazy. I can understand why you were so enthralled in the story.

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  5. I need this book! I had a feeling it was going to be good, and that premise totally pulled me in, so yeah I'll be reading this soon! This is the first review I've seen and I'm so glad it turned out well!

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  6. The Stepford Wives always gave me the creeps! Glad to hear this author came through again with and exciting and addictive story. :)

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    1. Me too! It was on TV the other night and I watched it again and yep, still creepy LOL!

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  7. what a fantastic cover, thanks for the review Kindlemom

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    1. It does have a fun cover, very fitting to the story. ;)

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  8. I really need to try this author!

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  9. I love stories that really make me wonder about morals and stuff. This sounds really good, but I've not had good luck with YA in school settings. I have no idea why, but every one I've tried (including Harry Potter) has not worked for me. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. That's too bad. This isn't heavy on the school setting, as in classrooms and stuff if that helps at all.

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  10. This one sounds pretty dark but really good! Gotta check it out. Great review!

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    1. It is a little bit dark but in a different kind of way, LOL. Hard to describe!

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  11. A school for Stepford Wives, now that is some scary stuff.

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    1. Yes! It really was creepy at times but in the best way possible!

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