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Three Hallows April Blog Post: Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young Book Review

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)Title: Girls With Sharp Sticks
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Bought Myself/NetGalley 
Rating: 5/5 stars

Book Summary:

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.
Book Review:
Girls With Sharp Sticks was Rachel's pick for this time and even though I had heard of Suzanne Young before I was unaware of her new book coming out. I was, however, so happy that Rachel suggested this one as I loved this book so much and it is definitely up there in my favourite books of the year so far. 

I think that one of the reasons why I loved this book so much as it knows how to carefully place, major revelations in the story which made me gasp. It has so many plot twists intertwined in the narrative that I was always guessing and I loved that. I can't wait to see where the story goes in the next book because I am so hyped about it.  

I think this was one of the reasons why I raced through it, reading it in a couple of days because it kept me on my toes and I just wanted to know what happened. I also listened to the audiobook which kept me wanting to keep listening and reading to it. 

One of the reasons why I was a little tentative about picking the book up was because of its dystopian nature. I, like, many people loved these books and although I don't read that many any more I still want to read interest and unique takes on the genre. Girls With Sharp Sticks is this interesting and unique take. The book also takes this to a new level, being really skin crawking and creepy at times if you really look into it which I liked, as it seems a bit weird to say that I enjoyed it. 

Although I did love this book, I think that the characters do act quite naive but I do think that this is due to the nature of the story. While it did annoy me slightly I had to think that this was the purpose of the story so it did not overwhelmingly take away from the story and I still liked it. The characters are also really interesting and there is a minor character arc with LGBTQ+ people which I enjoyed.

The draw was mainly due to the plot which was so layered and fast-paced. Even though I had essays due in, I read the book ridiculously fast and I just had an overall good time reading it.  

The Verdict:
Girl With Sharp Sticks is a unique YA book which deserves so much more love and attention. 
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I love your review, and I completely agree - Girls With Sharp Sticks definitely deserves more attention.
I should probably type up my own review haha.
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