Title: Girls with Razor Hearts
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Page Count: 400
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
It’s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.
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-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.
The girls enroll 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.
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young is the second book in the thrilling young adult science fiction fantasy Girls with Sharp Sticks series. This second book picks up almost immediately after the end of the first book and would be best enjoyed by starting at the beginning of the series with Girls with Sharp Sticks.
In the first book of the series readers were introduced to Philomena or “Mena” who was one of the girls attending Innovations Academy, an elite and somewhat secretive boarding school where girls were graded more on looks and manners than academics. When out on a field trip Mena met a teenage boy that captured her attention which lead to the beginning of Mena and her friends catching onto things at the school that were not quite what they seemed.
This series continued to have a creepy and thrilling vibe to it as it picked right back up after the huge ending of the first book. The girls are now out of the school and onto a new quest which again kept the pages turning as I became invested once again in what their future would hold. This one did have the slight middle book feel as it did leave room for more but hopefully the series will prove to continue to be just as entertaining.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls with Sharp Sticks, a sci-fi thriller about a boarding school of girls who are not what they appear to be. Originally from New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is also the author of The Program series, All in Pieces, Hotel for the Lost, Poet Anderson, and several other novels for teens. Visit her online at http://www.authorsuzanneyoung.com or follow her on Instagram @authorsuzanneyoung.