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Girls with Razor Hearts

(Girls with Sharp Sticks #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,488 ratings  ·  299 reviews
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 tra
Paperback, 390 pages
Published March 17th 2020
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Lauren at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
"Save the girls. Save the world.

SIGH. I have mixed feelings on this one. There is a side of me that is like: FIVE STARS! PERFECTION! I LOVE IT!
And there is a part of me that is like:

And, because of this, I simply won't feel comfortable with a rating above 3.5 stars.

So, what's this book about?

It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girls with Razor Hearts was everything one would expect from the talented Young. It was so realistic in it's simplicity, horrifying in the what ifs, thought provoking, unique, and so, so, addicting.

I even dare say I loved this more than the first, which, let's be honest is rare in most series, trilogies, and duologies.

The girls were more fierce while also still maintaining their love for each other and those they've come to trust. In fact, the girl power in this book is what really makes it st
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 scho
Actual Rating: 3.5

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster – SimonTeen, for an honest review.


The Caregiver.

The Doll.

The Educator.

The Seductress.

The Companion.

The Rebel.


“…the corporation created us to replace the girls in society who they couldn’t control.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

“We were programmed to be obedient, but then we woke up.”


The girls have finally escaped Innovations Academy, along with the possessive and cruel men who promised to protect them. Hav
Caidyn (he/him/his)
Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

CW: sexism (extreme), implied sexual assault, posting pictures of assaults and stories about it online, and physical injury

This was one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and I was not disappointed! It was a very good follow up to the first book, something that I was a little worried about. I didn't reread the first book and, surprisingly, I was able to keep up and remembered most of the important things that I ne
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Our beauty is a distraction from our deadly potential.”

Girls With Razor Hearts was a powerful, gripping story, which continued on right where Girls With Sharp Sticks concluded, and followed the mission of the girls to go undercover in another school and seek more information about one of the investor’s to cut the funding directed towards the Innovations Academy. But the girls soon realise that the outside world is just as cruel and dangerous as the academy, which is clearly shown through the ho
Monica (crazy_4_books)
This series is YA at its best. I can't say much about this sequel without spoiling the first book.
The feminist roots that were explored in the first book are now even more present, very explicitly. Like the first book showed, men are portrayed as predators who use women for their own desires and then dispose of them. The girls from the Academy after learning at the end of the first book what they really are, now they realize the outside world is
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!

" Save the Girls, Save the World."

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 experimentation's 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.

Jen Ryland
I really enjoyed Girls With Sharp Sticks and appreciate the feminist themes of this series so I'm sad to say this second installment was a bit of a miss for me.

I felt that GWRH suffered from a problem I used to frequently see in YA dystopian trilogies. At the end of book one, the characters finally figure out how to make their harrowing escape from the repressive regime in which they've been trapped. This is great for the characters but ... then what? In addition, for some reason the couple in t
Andy’s Vengeance
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, hardcover
I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t as good as Girls With Sharp Sticks. I liked Girls With Sharp Sticks because there were constant plot twists and crazy stuff going on and it entertained me the whole time. That book was a solid 5 stars all the way through. This one started off kind of boring. Closer to the end, I got scenes like those I loved in Girls With Sharp Sticks, but this one didn’t hook me as much.

I don’t really have much to say because I still liked the characters and all that. I think
2.5 Stars

After the explosive first book, I was greatly disappointed in this one. What seemed to be an interesting plot full of twists and surprises, just turned into what felt like a feminist rant about how all men are evil and they should die.

After the end of book 1, we see our girls striking out on their own on a mission to take down the Academy and the investors. While that appeared to still be part of the mission, it gets escalated very quickly to almost a world domination level - which rea
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received this as an ARC from Simon Pulse via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Oof.... this was so rough. I will try to keep this pretty brief, because in all honesty, I started skimming around the 45% mark and don't really have anything good to say.

This book lacked an semblance of subtly or finesse. Every single sentence felt like it was trying to be quote worthy and impactful. Every character was an over the top caricature. I felt like I was being beaten over the head by a caveman wi
Bryan Alkire
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good novel. This is the second in a series. The premise is interesting. The writing is readable and the book made me think. It’s fast paced and there isn’t a wasted word. If anything, I found the book to be uncomfortable and disquieting. Not a bad thing to be out of my comfort level, but disturbing all the same. The characters are likeable, but I found most of the male characters to be stereotypes. That might be the one flaw in an otherwise good thought-provoking novel. Always nice when a YA nov ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jul 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Edelwiess needs to calm down okay I already love it so it can wait a few days before approving my requests instead of answering in 5 minutes
3 Stars for Girls With Razor Hearts (audiobook) by Suzanne Young read by Caitlin Davies. Not as interesting as the first book but still ok. Narration is still good.
The Nerd Daily
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

A story about female empowerment during a dystopian future was just the story I needed right now. This story doesn’t just center around one female though, but a group of young women, fighting to liberate themselves from being abused, used, and neglected by those who hold power. These young women have taken the reins for themselves and dive deep to see just how far they are willing to go for their freedom. I was hooked to this bo
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


Girls with Razor Hearts is the second installment in author Suzanne Young's Girls with Sharp Sticks trilogy. It’s been a few weeks since Philomena (Mena), Sydney, Annalise, Brynn, & Marcella escaped Innovations Academy after learning a devastating secret: they're not human. Coming to terms with the fact that they are AI, created by men to be controlled and dominated by men, they are devastated and shell shocked. The gir
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The follow on from Girls with Sharp Sticks expands the setting into a future US where the rights of women are under serious threat. Unfortunately a heavy-handed approach fails to reproduce the cleverness of the first book.

Mena and the rest of the escaped girls from Innovations Academy are learning to live in the real world, but they're under threat from several sources. The people who run Innovations are still looking for them, but so are separate groups that wish to use the girls for their own
hudi - brutallyhonestbookworm
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favs
um where’s the rest of the book. I don’t want to wait for another one!! But other than the fact that I have to wait for a third book I really loved this book. It was as good, maybe even better, that the first.
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When I finished Girls with Sharp Sticks I was completely blown away by the journey Suzanne Young took her readers on. She took an idea she had and made it into something that is so hard to describe without spoiling the epic twists and turns in the book. So when I heard there was going to be more in this
Lisa Mandina
I really was excited to get a copy of this to read after how the first book Girls with Sharp Sticks ended. This was really intense from the very beginning, but I also like how it picked up almost immediately after book one, and that way, with the comments and things the characters said and did, I was able to pick right back up to remember exactly what had happened.

What’s sad is that the school they go to now that they’re out of Innovations Academy is a private school, with boys and girls, but it
Nova Syzygy
In a world where incels finally got what they wanted, radical feminists and SJW’s fight for themselves. Actually normal, rational people Mena and her friends try to fight for equality, instead of trying to kill all men and/or all humans.

Review to come later.

Pre-reading Review:
I seem to have forgotten how to English very well, so this next bit about my thoughts on this book cover and summary will be in caveman-speak:

ooh oh wow pretty cover i want buy i need buy need book yes pretty cover razor me
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was the last book at first but I'm glad I was wrong, can't wait for the third one to come out next year. I love this series, it's just to wonderful crafted. The girls in a boarding school fighting evil is becoming a favorite thrope of mine and I definitely want to read more books like that. I enjoyed the dystopian feel to it, even if it isnt. The huge debate on sexism even if it's over dramatic for this story to work, I highly enjoyed it. Felt a little like a YA young adult. The d ...more
Elizabeth Aguilar
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it

Quick thoughts: While the plot twists were a little less impactful than its predecessor, Girls with Razor Hearts was nonetheless a great sequel. However, it did feel a bit like a filler on the way to fighting the BIG Bad.

Overall, I continue to read because I love the girls' friendship. I also appreciate having a predominantly female cast with complex characters.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review will be available here 24, March, 2020 ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Thank you so much Simon Teen for sending me an ARC of GIRLS WITH RAZOR HEARTS to read and review!

I adored Girls With Sharp Sticks, it was the one book that I read in 2019 that I couldn’t stop talking about. So, when a copy of Girls With Razor Hearts appeared in my mailbox I had to dive into it right away. It’s been a couple of days but all I can say is: wow. Girls With Razor Hearts was a thrill ride from page one and did not let up till the
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.

I was honestly surprised when I got approval for this book, but I was also excited! I liked the first book and wanted to see where the author went next. And... it's honestly really hard to describe how I feel about the book. Usually I talk through the negatives of the book first before getting into what I like, but even that's hard to shift throu
Trisha Tomy
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2...

Let me start out by saying that I am horrible at giving books low ratings.

That's all that GR saved of my four paragraphs of this review that I had started to write. I am so pissed. I want to throw a fit. Why didn't this save my rant. Now, I'm going to give this an even worse review because this just pissed me off more.

Let's start.

I am horrible at giving books low ratings. I feel guilty giving books two stars when I didn't completely hate them.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 razor stars

only thing I’m gonna critique is that I want to see more of brynn and marcella’s apparent relationship because a sapphic couple in the middle of a battle for an equal society???? and hardly any page time???? I want more!!! but god I love strong women so much and what’s more terrifying to a man than a strong woman?? I loved everything about this and can not wait for the next installment.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Compelling sequel with a lot of the same great characters. Could have done without Mena's inner dialogue. Interested to see what's going to happen next! 3.5★s! ...more
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Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program, The Treatment, and several other novels. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. Learn more about Suzanne at ...more

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