Girl With Sharp Sticks (Girls With Sharp Sticks #1)

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I really like Suzanne Young’s writing, so when I heard she had a new book coming out, I knew it was something that I really wanted to read. I’m pleased I picked it up because although I don’t think I’ll continue with the series, it was certainly a fantastic start to a series. The only reason I’m not continuing is because I don’t like committing to series at the moment with my work/life commitments. I’m not fitting in much reading at the moment, so standalones are better for me.

Girls With Sharp Sticks centres around Mena (Philomena) who attends an exclusive same sex boarding school. At this exclusive boarding school, they learn to be proper women. Hmmm… ‘proper’ women. The idea makes you cringe, right? The teaching methods are definitely ‘interesting.’ From wiped brains to keeping each student censored. It really did seem like a nightmare school to me. Eventually, Mena and her friends work out what’s actually happening at the school. They learn about themselves and who they really are. But the Innovations Academy is a very dark and dangerous place. Can they ever break free from it?

As I mentioned before, I do really like Suzanne’s writing. Right from the beginning, you know something is going wrong with these girls and you want the best for them from the very start. I was especially attached to Mena. I loved her development as a character as she found out what was really happening to her. I also loved how every girl seemed to support one another. I know this may not be realistic in a school full of hormonal girls but a group of supportive girls? Yes please!

I absolutely loved how this book was about the female characters taking charge and fighting back. Go female empowerment!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Although I enjoyed this book, I don’t think I’ll continue with the series (for time constraint reason, I may pick the series up in the future!) Worth checking out -especially if you’re into Girl Power!

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Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about the books we want to get to this summer. I’m going on a summer holiday this year (woohoo- reading holiday with Beth!) and so I’m going to take my kindle and try to get some books read from there. I don’t want to be carrying loads of books in my suitcase! Here are ten books I’d like to get to this summer.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Hating Game

I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’m super excited to see if it’s as good as people say it is!

On My Life

I enjoyed Angela Clarke’s social media trilogy so I’m intrigued to read this one!

From Twinkle, with Love

Reading this book on the beach/by the pool? Sounds perfect to me!

Famous in a Small Town

I’ve heard good things about this author! Super intrigued to read this one. It screams summer to me!

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

I have enjoyed Suzanne Young’s books before, so I’m interested to see what this one is like!

Our Year of Maybe

This sounds like a fabulous book and I really enjoyed the author’s debut, so I have high hopes for this one.

Soulmates

I really like Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

This just looks like a fabulous summer read!

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for years. It’s time to finally get it read…

Call Me Star Girl

I’ve heard good things about this book too! Looking forward to it.

What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In The First Half of 2019!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is our most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019. Now, I have to admit, I haven’t really looked into books in 2019 yet! I’m trying to keep up with my backlist, but it’s a struggle I tell you- a struggle!

Here are the books I’ve come up with (book image goes to Goodreads!)

The Similars (The Similars, #1)

This book sounds very intriguing. It looks like it’ll be part of a series too, which is interesting! It’s been a while since I’ve read a sci-fi esque book.

Girls with Sharp Sticks

I’m intrigued to read another book by Suzanne Young. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by her. This sounds very dystopian!

Again, But Better

I thought I recognised the author’s name! This is Polandbananasbooks (A well knownYoutuber) novel! I’m excited to see what this book is like.

These Witches Don't Burn

I like witchy books and this is a witchy book!

99 Percent Mine

I still need to read The Hating Game but I’m aiming to do that soon!

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Love Kasie West! It doesn’t take much for her to appear on my lists. She’s one of my favourite contemporary ‘fluff’ writers.

The Bride Test

I like the sounds of this book! Again, I need to read a book from the author- The Kiss Quotient- but I’ve heard good things about that one.

There's Something About Sweetie

I enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, so I’m looking forward to reading this one (again, need catch up with her prior release!)

Famous in a Small Town

This book just sounds sweet and I like a sweet read!

Stain

A.G. Howard always has such stunning covers! I’m looking forward to reading this book. It sounds fabulous. It’s inspired by The Princess and The Pea.

What are you looking forward to reading this year?

Ten Bookish Worlds That I’d Never Want To Live In

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s Top Ten list is all about bookish worlds that we’d really hate to live in! This is a fun one!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Program (The Program, #1)

The Program Suzanne Young– Suicide being an epidemic is not a nice world at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection seriesKiera Cass- I just hate every single thing about this world!

Matched (Matched, #1)

Matched- Ally Condie– This one is just a no no for me. I hate the idea of being matched with someone else and having to live with them forever! What if you hate each other?! I couldn’t cope.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

The Chemical Gardens trilogyLauren DeStefano– This again is a very scary world. People not living past their twenties? People can’t live to see the children they have to pop out for Science!

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)

Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– This terrifies me. A world where there’s no water? Wah.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

PanemThe Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– No. Just no. The amount of fighting? Worst nightmare.

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

UnwindNeal Shusterman– The idea of harvesting body organs and decisions about that being made my parents… I would NOT want to experience that, thank you very much!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

DeliriumLauren Oliver– The idea of being inoculated against love really makes me sad.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent Veronica Roth– I don’t like the idea of this world either. It scares me!

1984

1984George Orwell– I haven’t read this book (I know, I know. I’m reading it this year!) but I definitely don’t like the sound of it.

Which worlds would you really not like to live in? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

Just Like Fate

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Program- Suzanne Young

Synopsis:

Caroline is at a crossroads. Her whole family is on her back, and her grandmother, the only person who really understands her, is sick, maybe dying. All she wants to do is escape. So when her best friend suggests a night out to forget her troubles, Caroline must choose: stay by her grandmother’s side, or go to the party and live her life . . . and maybe meet the boy of her dreams.

This decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths – and she’s about to live them both. But there can only be one happy ending . . .

Thoughts:

Just Like Fate has been on my TBR list for a long time now. I finally found myself getting around to reading it. I’m really glad I read it, but I couldn’t help but find similarities to Kasie West’s Pivot Point series. Since that is one of my favourite series, I had high expectations for Just Like Fate. I thought it was a good read, but it didn’t blow me away.

Just Like Fate follows Caroline, who has to make a decision whether to stay with her grandmother at the hospital, or go out for a night out with a good friend to forget about her troubles. Just Like Fate shows the reader what would have happened with both options. I found it quite hard to believe that Caroline would just leave her dying grandmother considering how well they had got on with each other. Once I managed to get over that though, I enjoyed reading the story. Each chapter is  clearly labelled with ‘stay’ and ‘go’ so you always know which path you are following along with Caroline. That’s much needed at times, because the people in both pathways cross and it could potentially become very confusing.

I’ve had about enough of the good boy/bad boy love triangles, but there are some included within the story. I didn’t really connect with any of the male characters, which was a shame, but I think with a fairly short book like Just Like Fate, it’s not easy to form a strong connection with any of the characters. What I really did like about Just Like Fate was how it explored the importance of family. I really liked seeing Caroline rebuild some relationships.

I thought this was a really interesting take on a story about fate. I’m very much a believer in fate, so I found it fascinating to see what would have happened either way. I would be really interested to know more about how the two authors tackled writing this book together. I’m always intrigued by a collaboration of a story.  I think Just Like Fate is an enjoyable, contemporary read, perfect for fans of the film Sliding Doors.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

WWW Wednesday #72

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes. It’s a cute read so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I read my first Jennifer L. Armentrout book! It was a NetGalley read that I should have read months ago! My review is out already…. HERE

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m looking forward to reading The Treatment by Suzanne Young after enjoying The Program.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post!