Girls with Sharp Sticks: This book will enrage you at times, but will also have you rooting for these girls!

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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,…

Non-Spoiler Review

I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I have been wanting to read a book by Suzanne Young for awhile now. Her other series has been on my TBR for atleast 5 years now. When I saw the synopsis of this one I wanted to get my hands on it, so I was super happy when I was given this ARC to review. I also had no idea that Suzanna lives in AZ, so I thought that was pretty awesome to read another local author! Yay for local authors!!!

So we follow our main character Mena who attends the Girls of Innovations Academy. At Innovations there are only very beautiful and very well-behaved girls, they guarantee it. If for some reason one of the girls step out of line they have ways to correct them. The teachers are all men who make sure that the girls are submissive and know their place in the world. The girls also have a guardian "watching out" for them at all times and he makes sure they are doing what they are supposed to. 

Mena has been attending the all-girls school for the last 8 months and tries to follow all the rules. She wants to make sure to make her parents proud and her teachers proud as well. Mena is on the right track for success per her teachers and counselor. She loves the girls that she is with and has a very strong attachment with them all. Mena is very happy until she starts noticing little things that bother her about the school. This opens her eyes to the bigger things that don't make sense to her. Once they at uncovered it just gets crazier and crazier! This academy is not what it seems like at all!  

I really enjoyed this book! Some parts made me so angry that I had to put it down for a minute or two, and there were times when I cried my heart out for Mena. I loved these characters. They were all very diverse in personality and well-developed. There was enough plot twist that made you not sure what was really going on or what was going to happen.  The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because of a few things in the book that I just don't always love in books. Sorry for the vagueness but I don't want to give any spoilers. It's always hit or miss with me when it comes to these situations, so it's totally me and not the author! I do recommend this book to everyone!

 

Character Love 

I've decided to forgo this part because I didn't want to give anything away!

 

Spoilery Review

 

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This book was insane! I was trying to get this book finished because I thought I was going to be meeting Suzanne, along with Stephane Garber, but wasn't able to make it, but because I sped through it I didn't write a ton of notes. So this should be short and sweet! 

  • I could tell from the beginning that this book was going to be crazy
  • Valentina was really freaking me out, she was a strange one. Weird about the flowers comment.
  • I really liked Mena right away. 
  • So the girls must never go out of the school much, only on field trips, and they never really talk to anyone outside the school, especially boys.
  • I liked the interaction between Mena and Jackson. He seemed like a nice guy. Wow, the guardian acted insane with Mena when he saw her talking to Jackson. What was his dang problem? Okay, these people are crazy.
  • I was starting to figure Valentine out. She must have been a rebel of some sort and knows some secrets about the school. 
  • All these old men are creepy and horrible. 
  • I kept wondering why she couldn't get in touch with her parents and why she hasn't talked to them in such a long time. 
  • So I started getting the gist of what the book was about. The girls are supposed to follow the rules and do everything the men say. They can treat them however they want and look at them however they went and the girls feel like it's normal because that is all they know. It really disgusted me. They were pretty much brainwashing these girls to do what they wanted to do and made sure to teach them that is how they should always be. Ugh. 
  • This book was getting crazier and crazier.
  • Poor Rose is gone. She must have found out what was really going on and Valentine was helping her to see more of what was going on, and then she freaked out. So they wanted to get rid of her. That's horrible. 
  • That whole Rebecca and her lawyer incident was infuriating. I hated that she just dealt with it because she felt like she had to. I was so glad that Mena witnessed it. 
  • The conversation Mena had with the counselor seemed to go well and he didn't seem like he was going to let it slide. 
  • I was so glad that Mena threw up those pills because that one was obviously not good. Her waking up to find out that Sydney didn't remember any of that conversation was sad and scary. 
  • I loved that Jackson came to find Mena to see if she was alright and is trying to convince her the school is insane. 
  • The book Mena found was so strange and crazy. She started to realize something isn't right. Especially after reading some of those poems and not taking the meds anymore.
  • So glad that Jackson decided to help her find out more information. 
  • I was so happy that the other girls were on board with not taking the pills. It seemed that them reading the book as well as opening their minds as well. Or as Valentine puts it, waking up. 
  • I couldn't believe that the people they were usually talking to was some kind of fake person that worked in the academy.
  • One, I can't believe that Mena decided to go through with the impulse control therapy to see what happens during it. And two, that surgery was crazy. You can't just stick some needle in your eye and be okay. Not sure what was going on. But I do know that the whole surgery creeped me out. I hated how she was after like she forgot everything and wanted to go right back and obey. Her getting her memory back and listening to her friends made me so happy. It took longer than I thought it would but she remembered everything! I cried when she woke up with her memories.
  • Okay, the whole scene at the movies was friggin insane. She started remembered even more memories and they were not what I was expecting. Somehow she used to go to the academy and got sold to some horrible man that took her to the exact diner and talked horrible to her and then She tried to run and get away from him but got hit by a car and died. How was that even possible. 
  • Valentine! She was probably being killed for that book.
  • I know it's horrible, but I was so glad that they killed the guardian. He was such a horrible man. 
  • What they found in the lab was insanely creepy. Were they not humans? 
  • I was so glad that Jackson was trying to help them get out. There was no part of me that honestly thought that the doctor was going to help Annaliese and fix her face. 
  • I was pretty happy that Leandra helped them get away and killed the doctor. For most of the book, I just thought she was a horrible lady that knew everything that was going on and didn't care, but I was so wrong. Leandra has been at the academy when she was younger and has had so much impulse therapy that she now remembers everything no matter how many times they do it. I couldn't believe she was the one with the book. 
  • Them getting away made my day!
  • So Rose is with Weeks! I couldn't believe it. What a great ending that made me have to know what happens next!!! 

 

 

 

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