Girls With Razor Hearts (Girls With Sharp Sticks #2) by Suzanne Young

Girls With Razor Hearts (Girls With Sharp Sticks #2) by Suzanne YoungGirls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
Series: Girls With Sharp Sticks #2
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published on 23 February 2021
Genres: United States, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: my local library
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RRP: $19.99
5 Stars

Make me a girl with a razor heart…

It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fuelled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.

The girls enrol in Ridgeview Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.

And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.

I just love this series.

I love these girls and their fierce friendships. I love their sense of morality. I love that even though they can disagree and fight with one another, they still love each other above all else. I think they are all so precious and I was an anxious wreck the entire novel fearing one of them would die. I just want to wrap them all up on cotton wool and keep them safe forever!

The reason is because these girls are so damn brave. In this novel they strike out on their own and deliberately infiltrate a misogynistic, racist high school to try to determine one of the funders for their abusing boarding school. The girls are abused, physically, sexually, and racially, and it’s so horrific – but also really not anything that’s not already found in this real world. For example, when a boy sexually assaults another girl and Mina violently fights him off, Mena is blamed as the instigator. It’s so incredibly frustrating to see the blind eyes turned towards boys’ bad behaviour while girls are punished for defending themselves – or even just being nearby!

I liked the mystery involved in the girls trying to uncover who their intended target is, while all together they try to figure out what the school has done to them and how they can fix it. Mena is also struggling with people trying to control her and it’s all very high stakes.

And Jackson, our lovesick puppy is back, more adorable than ever.

I don’t really want to say any more about the plot and characters because of spoilers, but I really enjoyed every second of this book. It’s written in a wonderful way, the worldbuilding is really cool, interesting, and believable, and the character actions and reactions are all understandable. The motivation of the  bad guys is genuinely terrifying.

I think the character relationships is what keeps me coming back. I love the love the girls have for one another and how fiercely they fight for it. I also really enjoyed watching them play-act to get what they needed, even though it put them in danger. I felt every moment of it.

Overall this series is phenomenal and I can’t wait to get my hands on the third audiobook.

Nemo
Nemo

About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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