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The girls make their final stand in this third and final novel in the thrilling, subversive near-future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private school that is far more than it appears to be. There is no one who can save your rebel soul… The girls of Innovations Academy escaped the confines of their unethical school, fought again The girls make their final stand in this third and final novel in the thrilling, subversive near-future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private school that is far more than it appears to be. There is no one who can save your rebel soul… The girls of Innovations Academy escaped the confines of their unethical school, fought against the system protecting predators who targeted girls for harassment, and they’re not done yet. They’re still not free. Reeling from one revelation after the next, Mena and her friends begin to unwind the truth of their existence and, as a result, their destiny. The men from Innovations Corporation still hunt them, the woman who created them still wants control over them, and worst of all, Mena realizes that through all her pain, all her tears, the world of men has not changed. There is no more time to hope for the best. The girls know they are in a battle for their lives, a war for their very existence. The girls of Innovations Academy have sharpened their sticks to fight back, they have fought for justice with blood from their razor hearts. And now, the girls will choose their true nature...and how they define their rebel souls.


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The girls make their final stand in this third and final novel in the thrilling, subversive near-future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private school that is far more than it appears to be. There is no one who can save your rebel soul… The girls of Innovations Academy escaped the confines of their unethical school, fought again The girls make their final stand in this third and final novel in the thrilling, subversive near-future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private school that is far more than it appears to be. There is no one who can save your rebel soul… The girls of Innovations Academy escaped the confines of their unethical school, fought against the system protecting predators who targeted girls for harassment, and they’re not done yet. They’re still not free. Reeling from one revelation after the next, Mena and her friends begin to unwind the truth of their existence and, as a result, their destiny. The men from Innovations Corporation still hunt them, the woman who created them still wants control over them, and worst of all, Mena realizes that through all her pain, all her tears, the world of men has not changed. There is no more time to hope for the best. The girls know they are in a battle for their lives, a war for their very existence. The girls of Innovations Academy have sharpened their sticks to fight back, they have fought for justice with blood from their razor hearts. And now, the girls will choose their true nature...and how they define their rebel souls.

30 review for Girls with Rebel Souls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    Called it! - - - - - - Title prediction time! I bet this book will be called... Girls with Rebel Souls ------------- Yessssss ➵ Girls with Sharp Sticks (#1) - ★★★★★ ➵ Girls with Razor Hearts (#2) - ★★★★☆ | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram Called it! - - - - - - Title prediction time! I bet this book will be called... Girls with Rebel Souls ------------- Yessssss ➵ Girls with Sharp Sticks (#1) - ★★★★★ ➵ Girls with Razor Hearts (#2) - ★★★★☆ | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Party Poison

    A) I was right about what the title would be B) I think this is my least favourite cover in the series

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shealea

    This is truly the stupidest series I've had the displeasure of wasting my time on. Eww. This is truly the stupidest series I've had the displeasure of wasting my time on. Eww.

  4. 4 out of 5

    abby

    5/10/2021 o.o what the fuckkkkkk this book- THIS BOOK IS AN AMAZING ENDING TO THE SERIES BUT I WANT MORE BOOKS KJEHKRHKJ AND THE COVER. can we talk about the cover? MENA YOUR HAIR LOOKS FUCKING AMAZING. oh my god. but seriously 👀👀👀👀👀. AND THE RAINBOWNESS THING COMING FROM HER FACE KJEHKJH before i continue i just wanna say *clears throat* FUCK WINSTON WEEKS. I KNEW ALL WINSTONS WERE DISGUSTING (i literally know one winston but this character proved my point ksjdhfgkhskj) YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES 5/10/2021 o.o what the fuckkkkkk this book- THIS BOOK IS AN AMAZING ENDING TO THE SERIES BUT I WANT MORE BOOKS KJEHKRHKJ AND THE COVER. can we talk about the cover? MENA YOUR HAIR LOOKS FUCKING AMAZING. oh my god. but seriously 👀👀👀👀👀. AND THE RAINBOWNESS THING COMING FROM HER FACE KJEHKJH before i continue i just wanna say *clears throat* FUCK WINSTON WEEKS. I KNEW ALL WINSTONS WERE DISGUSTING (i literally know one winston but this character proved my point ksjdhfgkhskj) YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I SCREAMED WHILE READING THIS KJERKJRH GO READ THIS SERIES BLESS YOUR EYES WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL WRITING side note: either i'm stupid or somewhere in the book there are some grammar errors, and i reread the sentance like 8 times so i don't think it's me. but it doesn't take away from HOW AMAZING THIS BOOK IS i'm sorry i can't hear you over my S C R E A M I N G i'll stop now. but you should def read this series. it's femenism at it's finest in YA (maybe) --- lmfaooo when you finally get a copy of a book you've been dying to read but you don't fucking remember what happened in the other two books 😌😌😌

  5. 5 out of 5

    OldBird

    Um. Well. That was awkward. After really liking the first book and generally going with the flow of revelations during the second, this third and not-actually-last story of the girls of Innovations Academy felt a bit of a mess of plot threads that were all either cast aside and forgotten or tied off very quickly in ways that felt unsatisfying. A quick run-down: Mena and her girls are still hunting the investors who made Innovations Academy possible. With the revelations that Lennon Rose is not w Um. Well. That was awkward. After really liking the first book and generally going with the flow of revelations during the second, this third and not-actually-last story of the girls of Innovations Academy felt a bit of a mess of plot threads that were all either cast aside and forgotten or tied off very quickly in ways that felt unsatisfying. A quick run-down: Mena and her girls are still hunting the investors who made Innovations Academy possible. With the revelations that Lennon Rose is not who they thought, and Leandra may well be everything they feared, once again they're on their own in a world all set to hate them. Along with Jackson and Quentin, their mission splits them up as they stumble upon conspiracies and face up to the fact that you can't change the world overnight. The social justice themes that have been central to the series are presented with sometimes vitriolic anger I found really off-putting and generally just too over the top. It's as if it's become the very thing it accuses society of seeing women voicing their issues as: hysterical. Maybe it's having a non-US perspective, where we most certainly do see violence and social injustices against women in the media and have them endlessly dissected, or maybe I personally have grown out of the less than subtle way this series seeks to address these things, but I just found it disappointingly obvious as if we're still not trusted to be able to think for ourselves about the topics. The characters' reactions are also just a bit uncomfortable, sometimes borderline man-hating (and occasionally woman-hating too) in a way that's not called out. One thing I usually like about sci-fi is that it can make social commentary while telling a good story without beating you with rhetoric, but here it felt like it wanted to be a YA dystopian thriller and a protest rally at the same time. The plot didn't seem to have a strong direction. Find the investors, save the girls, save the world..? Not so much. Everything felt like a soup of bits and pieces picked at random. (view spoiler)[Having the investors - including Jackson's dad and the obvious lampooned real life people - all dead was super anti-climactic. Why bother having Jackson's dad at all if we never meet him? It's like Mena's so often mentioned parents who we never meet; she's suddenly against finding out why they had her made then abandoned her? Then there are the villain confrontation monologues from Rosemarie (she goes down easily) and Winston (arguably even easier). Their motives seemed a bit cartoonish in the end, and the reasons why they want what they do are never touched on. (hide spoiler)] I couldn't help but feel too many things felt hastily wrapped up while others were never addressed. Plus there didn't seem to be a clear reason or resolution to why these needed to be artificial "girls" telling this story. In book one where it was all horrific academy discoveries and sci-fi tension it made sense, but out in the "real" world their human-or-not-human question just added another complication. Maybe there's supposed to be the message that in our real world women are seen by some super misogynists as little more than domestic appliances? But these "girls" are superior to human girls in every way, so come across as elitist and out for themselves. It felt disheartening that they didn't seem interested in changing things for all females beyond just stating that they wanted some kind of change. I had finally had enough of Mena by this book. Her constant leaking of tears got me very down. Dialogue could feel forced and stilted (see Sydney's recounting of her investor "meeting" escapade - it's said like it would be written as narration). The much awaited romance just... happens. Then Jackson's off again (view spoiler)[and in hospital off-screen again (hide spoiler)] . Brynn and Marcella's relationship gets mentioned again after being missing for a while, but nothing much seems to come from it so I never really got the feeling that they felt that kind of way about each other. There's something rougher about the writing in general than the first two books, like maybe it didn't go through the same editorial process. The epilogue implies that it's another YA trilogy "end" that isn't the end. Overall, while I was looking forward to getting some answers and closure, this one left me more confused and down about the series. It was an easy read, but not quite the one I'd expected.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Girls with Rebel Souls, by author Suzanne Young, is the third and final installment in the authors Girls with Sharp Sticks trilogy. It’s been a few weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy Marcella, Brynn, Annalise, and Sydney, escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena discovered that the outside world can be just as unwelcom *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Girls with Rebel Souls, by author Suzanne Young, is the third and final installment in the authors Girls with Sharp Sticks trilogy. It’s been a few weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy Marcella, Brynn, Annalise, and Sydney, escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena discovered 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. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    "No offense, but you girls are kind of boring when you're just living your lives. I need a little more adventure and excitement." Pretty much sums it up. Kinda reminded of Hunger Games, both in how the books kept declining in quality and how most of the action is offscreen with the main characters doing almost nothing besides, like, moving from place to place and talking about feelings. Would have helped a lot if we at least got more narratorial turnover; I can't even describe Mena's personality "No offense, but you girls are kind of boring when you're just living your lives. I need a little more adventure and excitement." Pretty much sums it up. Kinda reminded of Hunger Games, both in how the books kept declining in quality and how most of the action is offscreen with the main characters doing almost nothing besides, like, moving from place to place and talking about feelings. Would have helped a lot if we at least got more narratorial turnover; I can't even describe Mena's personality in this book as she is such a non-entity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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. Do you ever just find a series that just leaves in you awe? That is so perfectly fantastic and unique and done so well you find it hard to put into words how much you loved it? The Girls with Sharp Sticks trilogy is that series for me and the final chapter, Girls with Rebels Souls ends the series on suc 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. Do you ever just find a series that just leaves in you awe? That is so perfectly fantastic and unique and done so well you find it hard to put into words how much you loved it? The Girls with Sharp Sticks trilogy is that series for me and the final chapter, Girls with Rebels Souls ends the series on such an amazing note I am even more in love than I was before. Simply put, Rebel Souls was the perfect end to the perfect series. Girls with Rebel Souls is the final part of the story for Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy. Since waking up the girls have been on the run and trying to put and end to the Innovation Corporation and the men that run it. But the closer they get the more unexpected things become and soon they don't know who to trust and who is on their side. The only thing Mena and the girls know is that they can rely on each other and that is all they will count on to change their world forever. It is hard to tell you what I loved about Girls with Rebel Souls without spoiling it so I am going to be as generic as possible. The main thing you should know that I loved is that it is such a strong story of female power through friendship. Mena and the girls have a bond and a trust that is enviable. They know they can rely on each other 100% and they do and by doing so they are able to do things they never would have been able to without the support of one another. And even when they don't agree they still listen and allow one another to make their own choices. Mena is a strong main character and I love her (and her beau Jackson) dearly, but Mena is stronger because of her friendship and belief in these women she has surrounded herself with and that I what I loved about this book and this series. In the end just know you need to read this series. Girls with Rebel Souls ties up all of the troubles Mena and the girls faced in the other two books and gives readers the closure they needed. It was a book that is action packed and filled with heart and a series I highly recommend you reading!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Calliope

    Synopsis: There is no one who can save your rebel soul… The girls of Innovations Academy escaped the confines of their unethical school, fought against the system protecting predators who targeted girls for harassment, and they’re not done yet. They’re still not free. Reeling from one revelation after the next, Mena and her friends begin to unwind the truth of their existence and, as a result, their destiny. The men from Innovations Corporation still hunt them, the woman who created them still want Synopsis: There is no one who can save your rebel soul… The girls of Innovations Academy escaped the confines of their unethical school, fought against the system protecting predators who targeted girls for harassment, and they’re not done yet. They’re still not free. Reeling from one revelation after the next, Mena and her friends begin to unwind the truth of their existence and, as a result, their destiny. The men from Innovations Corporation still hunt them, the woman who created them still wants control over them, and worst of all, Mena realizes that through all her pain, all her tears, the world of men has not changed. There is no more time to hope for the best. The girls know they are in a battle for their lives, a war for their very existence. The girls of Innovations Academy have sharpened their sticks to fight back, they have fought for justice with blood from their razor hearts. And now, the girls will choose their true nature...and how they define their rebel souls. Review: 'Girls With Rebel Souls' is the weakest book in the 'Girls With Sharp Sticks' trilogy, but it still manages to be amazing. I'll keep this review short because a lot of what happens in this book depends on previous knowledge of the series, and I don't want to spoil. As always, Suzanne Young's plot twists are crazy and mind-bending. The girls are great, and I loved how 'rebel souls' allowed the reader to learn more about their characters (and their programs.. yikes) All the death and danger felt slightly overdone, and it gave the book a unrealistic feel. The ending also tied up conveniently nice.. Lennon Rose has proven herself to be an unpredictable character, which I loved. Especially the epilogue of this book kept me thinking. Despite flaws, this is one of my favorite series, and I am truly sad to see it end. Anticipation: 5 Enjoyment: 4 --> 4.25 stars Recommened for ages 14 and up! (Synopsis taken from goodreads) Buy the book from blackwells' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/pro...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. this was the final installment and it did not disappoint. Literally i read it in like 2 sittings. ADORE. I LOVE THE GIRLS. SO MUCH. Mena and all of them are so wonderful. honestly at first i wasnt to crazy about what happened with lennon rose but by the epilogue ive decided that you know what i like her just the way she is. and ohmigod that part with valentine!!!! i was so happy she was alive but then she was in that garden thing but still im happy that shes happy eve I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. this was the final installment and it did not disappoint. Literally i read it in like 2 sittings. ADORE. I LOVE THE GIRLS. SO MUCH. Mena and all of them are so wonderful. honestly at first i wasnt to crazy about what happened with lennon rose but by the epilogue ive decided that you know what i like her just the way she is. and ohmigod that part with valentine!!!! i was so happy she was alive but then she was in that garden thing but still im happy that shes happy even if its in like robot heaven. ohmigod. these books are so inspiring. its a little obvious about what kind of agenda its pushing but i fullheartedly agree with all of it bc !!!!!!!! of course. also that scene with mena holding jackson after his dad died and they admitted their love to each other. OMG. that was so tender and sweet i literally cried. im a little sad there wont be another one because i always love reading about my girls but this was the perfect ending. maybe one day soon i will reread all of them in rapid succession. i dont really remember that much from teh second book but thats ok. i have it on my kindle for some reason i never got the actual copy of it. but whatever. WOW this was so good. im so happy :))))))))) and this was worth the wait too it was supposed to come on tuesday but i finished my book before this one sunday so i didnt start a new one for like 3 days. that was not fun i had so much temptation to just start another book but i wanted this one. also her haircut :,)))))))))) omg i love kinda wish anton died i hate him but whatever hhahhahhaha im glad leandra is ok.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Stone

    A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder By Suzanne Young 4/5 Synopsis: Mena and the girls have escaped the Innovations Academy and Ridgeview Prep and are now on the hunt for the remaining investors from the Innovations Academy. After deciding to separate and take down individual investors Mena links up with Annaliese and Quentin in Colorado and all mayhem begins to break loose. Investor after investor begins to turn up dead, including Jackson’s father and it’s up to the girls to figure out who did it and how/ A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder By Suzanne Young 4/5 Synopsis: Mena and the girls have escaped the Innovations Academy and Ridgeview Prep and are now on the hunt for the remaining investors from the Innovations Academy. After deciding to separate and take down individual investors Mena links up with Annaliese and Quentin in Colorado and all mayhem begins to break loose. Investor after investor begins to turn up dead, including Jackson’s father and it’s up to the girls to figure out who did it and how/why. Was it Leandra? Or was it someone else lurking in the shadows. What happened to the other girls that were left at Innovations Academy when they escaped months ago? The girls must figure that out also. All this and more are answered in the final book of The Girls with Sharp Sticks trilogy. Girls with Rebel Souls was so fun! I loved that it was a bit outside my usual genre with a hint of scifi.. A big thanks to @thetwigbookshop for always ordering the books that I need. Overall, I thought this book was great and I really enjoyed how it ended and I especially thought the epilogue was very interesting and makes me think there could even be a #spinoff?! Make sure to follow me on Goodreads and check out my review on Edelweiss. Fav Quote: “‘Breakups are never easy,’ Rosemary responds in a mock sympathy. ‘And I thought you were right for him back, Leandra. You didn’t deliver the girls like we thought you would. No. Instead, you’ve helped build them up. Made them too self-sufficient.’ Rosemary tsks, shaking her head. ‘Now what are we supposed to do with a bunch of rebel girls?’”

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kajree Gautom

    I'll say it here now after reading all the books - leave it at the first book. Don't have to read the sequels and ruin yourself for the story. Yeah, just read the first book and be happy. If the second book was a mess, I don't know what this was. Honestly, I lost interest by a point and didn't know what I felt for this series anymore. So we continue where the second book ends and takes up right after. A lot is happening, the girls are traveling and trying to take down patriarchy. Men in power ar I'll say it here now after reading all the books - leave it at the first book. Don't have to read the sequels and ruin yourself for the story. Yeah, just read the first book and be happy. If the second book was a mess, I don't know what this was. Honestly, I lost interest by a point and didn't know what I felt for this series anymore. So we continue where the second book ends and takes up right after. A lot is happening, the girls are traveling and trying to take down patriarchy. Men in power are being killed. The society is scared and cracking because men are being killed. Jackson is still lovesick. Mena and the girls still continue making poor decisions. There's people betraying and getting betrayed, coming back and never going back, dying and decaying. Just, oh god. So much was happening in the book that you just lose interest. Especially combined with the poor writing and dialogues. It felt so unpolished. I think the author really had a great idea for these books. Some aspects of it really even makes you stop, think and nod to yourself considering how true they are and how sad it all is. The book tends to show you a very sad and scary part of society but at the expense of putting all men as monsters. Yeah. It has that feminist perspective. Kill men, save world. I won't lie, at one point, I got annoyed. But I continued and finished the book and I was simply . . . I was okay. It was an okay end but also not that good. It was good to see that end but the epilogue was again, no. Uhuh. Nuhuh. Ugh. I was just so excited to read these sequels after the hit with the first book but i was overtly let down.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laysa

    After finishing the trilogy and despite my love for the 1st book, I gotta admit the writing style is not one of my favorites. It was standing out painfully in Girls with Razor Hearts cause of the boredom. It's kinda choppy, it doesn't flow... it feels very dry. Like She's telling me instead of showing me. You know? Anyway, I love with all my heart the message of the book, we have to be each other's strength and each other's support. The world is far from being a fair, just one, but I also don't After finishing the trilogy and despite my love for the 1st book, I gotta admit the writing style is not one of my favorites. It was standing out painfully in Girls with Razor Hearts cause of the boredom. It's kinda choppy, it doesn't flow... it feels very dry. Like She's telling me instead of showing me. You know? Anyway, I love with all my heart the message of the book, we have to be each other's strength and each other's support. The world is far from being a fair, just one, but I also don't think violence can solve its problems. Maybe if people were just more understanding, more kind, more gentle, and above all respected people's identity (and that includes it all) we could thrive as a society. We are capable of such beautiful, powerful emotions... they shouldn't be drowned by the horrid ones. The end was quite a rational one, and to be honest, I like it a lot. It fits the narration. She could’ve condensed the 2nd book (very unnecessary) into a few well-written chapters and made this a duology. Nevertheless, nothing takes away the message, in my opinion. To love yourself, to not need validation of others to think you're beautiful, to be respectful to others but also to expect the same respect and nothing less, are things I teach my little cousins. I want them to fully experience the wonderful thing that is to be a woman without letting whoever tells them that they're less for it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    For some reason I thought this book was coming out in April, so imagine my delight when I noticed on March 23rd that it was released. Yay! And then my library had the ebook in stock, double yay! So I borrowed it right away, and then read the entire thing before bed. Was it my imagination or was this book really short? The ebook said 225 pages, and a lot of those were not the story part. I'm somewhat happy I borrowed this from the library instead of buying it because that was disappointing. I think For some reason I thought this book was coming out in April, so imagine my delight when I noticed on March 23rd that it was released. Yay! And then my library had the ebook in stock, double yay! So I borrowed it right away, and then read the entire thing before bed. Was it my imagination or was this book really short? The ebook said 225 pages, and a lot of those were not the story part. I'm somewhat happy I borrowed this from the library instead of buying it because that was disappointing. I think this series might have benefitted from two books split in half instead of three novels. This particular one starts where the second ended, and well, it could have been part of that one but it wasn't. The suspense wasn't really there for me like it was in books one and two. I read a review on GR where the reviewer mentioned this book told more than it showed (or something like that) and I agree. I felt talked-at while reading, as opposed to being immersed in this world with AI girls trying to stay alive and help others. I started out with 4 stars when I finished the book, but by the next morning (as I write this) and have had some time to process the story, I think it's more 3 or 3.5 stars. It felt rushed, or not fleshed out enough. But I still loved the characters and I still loved the overall series story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    2'5-3* I think that maybe it would have worked better to have a duology instead of three books, as this one feels somewhat bland and also there's lots of lose ends... For instance, the police is involved by Mena's boyfriend but... Does anything happen? I mean, I think it's not even referenced again... And we have all that spotlight around rich men dying and Innovations Academy and no one ties it back to the girls? Or at least there could have been some news related to what happened at the Academy 2'5-3* I think that maybe it would have worked better to have a duology instead of three books, as this one feels somewhat bland and also there's lots of lose ends... For instance, the police is involved by Mena's boyfriend but... Does anything happen? I mean, I think it's not even referenced again... And we have all that spotlight around rich men dying and Innovations Academy and no one ties it back to the girls? Or at least there could have been some news related to what happened at the Academy or something so the girls and the readers could have felt like they were finalky exposed and things aired and someone intervining and helping them out to establish themselves as citizens? Maybe there is expert hacking from Raven or something to protect themselves, but wouldn't have it been nice to see it on page instead of guessing how they manage to gwt into society? I mean, the plot is entertaining, but if you scratch the surface there are obvious plotholes, like how do the girls live? Leandra gives them money, but... Afterwards? How do they go thru their lives if they aren't even listed as citizens? Or are they? What happened with the case of rich men dying? With the academy? With the town? Do the people that left come back or...? What did the police do with the info Mena's boyfriend provided? I am unsure...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky Jo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is probably my least favorite of the series so far. I think it is the stepping stone book for a new trilogy about one of the girls and Suzanne Young got a little bit ahead of herself trying to set it up. It is just as preachy as the second book but in a backpedaling sort of way. I still really appreciated the character growth of Mena and especially Annalise. I think it’s interesting the way the girls analyze their own behaviors with humans but then the generalize about humans as a whol This book is probably my least favorite of the series so far. I think it is the stepping stone book for a new trilogy about one of the girls and Suzanne Young got a little bit ahead of herself trying to set it up. It is just as preachy as the second book but in a backpedaling sort of way. I still really appreciated the character growth of Mena and especially Annalise. I think it’s interesting the way the girls analyze their own behaviors with humans but then the generalize about humans as a whole. There is a lot of convenience in this writing like Jackson being removed so the girls can continue their journey, or Annalise suddenly learning how to fix them, or even Winston coming back to life. At times it felt like conflict was added just to have something there. This is still an amazing series that I think is perfect for younger women, maybe ages 14-16. Suzanne Young satisfies a spot in the contemporary for a feminist writer that inspires young people. It’s a great start for anyone who’s never heard of feminist classics or maybe hasn’t even explored what the word feminist means. I hope that the series does continue with kind of a villains stories for Lennon Rose with a corrupt narrator. The first book is definitely still my favorite and I think if Lennon Rose’s story was to continue it would be another favorite of the series for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    kim

    This is a review for the whole series When I read the first book, I was floored by the fact the girls were created in that school to basically be docile ladies. Then it basically became an industrial revolution - are the girls humans or robots? Are they who they are because of their programming or did they become sentient? I never knew I needed that. I would’ve been cool with a feminist take on submissive girls but this was so much better. Young’s writing is amazing when it comes to telling M This is a review for the whole series When I read the first book, I was floored by the fact the girls were created in that school to basically be docile ladies. Then it basically became an industrial revolution - are the girls humans or robots? Are they who they are because of their programming or did they become sentient? I never knew I needed that. I would’ve been cool with a feminist take on submissive girls but this was so much better. Young’s writing is amazing when it comes to telling Mena’s story and thoughts, describing situations and the culture at Innovations Academy. All the supporting characters like Lennon Rose, Leandra, and Jackson were memorable and stood out. I personally would’ve been okay if there was nothing romantic between Mena and Jackson but I still enjoyed their relationship arc. They were really cute and well-developed throughout the three books. The clash of morals and debates on redemption and who deserves protection, and the good and evil of humanity and the sexes were some of my favourite parts. The ending was a little underwhelming and anti-climatic, but I’m glad everything worked out for the girls, Jackson, and Quinton. Overall, this series was amazing!

  18. 4 out of 5

    LiteraryHoe

    Okay. This was interesting. First of all, I like this book; it's better than I expected. The first one was alright, the second was weird but I really feel like the third book pulled it off quite nicely. But I still have some problems tho. Like the second book, Girls with Rebel Souls is repetitive. Girls with Sharp Sticks had the best plot IMO even though it was predictable. The last two were basically Mena and the gang running around the States and...reacting to stuff. I swear to god, everytime a ch Okay. This was interesting. First of all, I like this book; it's better than I expected. The first one was alright, the second was weird but I really feel like the third book pulled it off quite nicely. But I still have some problems tho. Like the second book, Girls with Rebel Souls is repetitive. Girls with Sharp Sticks had the best plot IMO even though it was predictable. The last two were basically Mena and the gang running around the States and...reacting to stuff. I swear to god, everytime a character praises them for 'doing it', I lose my shit because most of the time they didn't even do anything. The whole 'stopping the corporation' also fell flat. Like, the stakes weren't high enough and the problems were solved almost immediately. The stand off with Winston Weeks was fucking laughable. He didn't even last for 5 pages or something. It also delivered messages clumsily. There was no subtlety AT ALL. It was basically the author preaching, spoon feeding the reader do's and dont's. It was annoying. Same thing in the second book too. But overall, this was a nice conclusion to the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

    I have really enjoyed reading this series and was excited to dive in to this final book! The prose isn't particularly astounding (you kinda get hit over the head with the message of the books) but it tells an interesting story about some fantastic young women. I really liked Mena as a main character and felt her grow stronger over the course of the books. I also enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and how they each brought something to the story. With the end of this book, the author has le I have really enjoyed reading this series and was excited to dive in to this final book! The prose isn't particularly astounding (you kinda get hit over the head with the message of the books) but it tells an interesting story about some fantastic young women. I really liked Mena as a main character and felt her grow stronger over the course of the books. I also enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and how they each brought something to the story. With the end of this book, the author has left some questions unanswered and opened some doors that could lead to more books in the future. If these books are ever written, I'll definitely read them! The near-future world in this series is ridiculously messed up (long story short is that men suck) and I would love to see a second generation of heroes try to mend more of it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katrina♡••

    3 stars This was quite underwhelming. The writing suffers from the tell instead of showing problem which caused the writing style to be lackluster. I was blown away with the first book and the origins of where it all started and how it came to be and while i appreciate the other aspects and messages that the book contained, i felt like i was never delivered what i wanted to read about in the first place; the sci fi part. Additionally, our main character Mena felt as if she was sidelined for most 3 stars This was quite underwhelming. The writing suffers from the tell instead of showing problem which caused the writing style to be lackluster. I was blown away with the first book and the origins of where it all started and how it came to be and while i appreciate the other aspects and messages that the book contained, i felt like i was never delivered what i wanted to read about in the first place; the sci fi part. Additionally, our main character Mena felt as if she was sidelined for most of the novel, looking on while the others actually got side storylines that seemed more important. Mena was a bit of a letdown, the plot was predictable and boring and tbh it could have been a duology. The ending didnt deliver consequences which made it even more anticlimactic. Disappointing to say the least.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this book series soooo much. Which is why, I am so sad it is over. I’m rating this book 5 stars because it wasn’t a disappointing ending. Some things I don’t like about it though is that Winston doesn’t have that much of a reason to have killed the other investors besides to get more votes when he would run for president, even though he could have just killed some other rich guy. I also think that Jackson should have been at least a bit more reluctant to fall in love with a robot. Since w I love this book series soooo much. Which is why, I am so sad it is over. I’m rating this book 5 stars because it wasn’t a disappointing ending. Some things I don’t like about it though is that Winston doesn’t have that much of a reason to have killed the other investors besides to get more votes when he would run for president, even though he could have just killed some other rich guy. I also think that Jackson should have been at least a bit more reluctant to fall in love with a robot. Since we are in the POV of Mena we know that she feels stuff and is in every way human except physically (and that she goes to a flower garden when she dies) but Jackson doesn’t know that. He should be at least a bit more reluctant.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jayarna ✨

    Edit: so I caved because I'm in a reading slump and I need something where I already understand the worldbuilding. This was fine. It definitely hasnt ruined anything for me but I just found this to be such average conclusion to such a lovely first book. It should've been a standalone with an ambiguous ending for certain. --- After reading reviews and listening to about 6 chapters of this, I've decided not to finish it. Girls with sharp sticks was such a chilling, smart and above all, SUBTLE, book Edit: so I caved because I'm in a reading slump and I need something where I already understand the worldbuilding. This was fine. It definitely hasnt ruined anything for me but I just found this to be such average conclusion to such a lovely first book. It should've been a standalone with an ambiguous ending for certain. --- After reading reviews and listening to about 6 chapters of this, I've decided not to finish it. Girls with sharp sticks was such a chilling, smart and above all, SUBTLE, book. The second book in the series lacked a lot of that subtlety but I persevered and enjoyed it fine. however this one is even more on the nose and most reviews say that it gets worse, and boring to boot. I don't want to end this series on a sour note, so I'm going to just leave this one and pretend it was a duology.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Kovatch

    I love this series a ridiculous amount, and I can't imagine a better conclusion than Girls with Rebel Souls. This final installment of the Girls with Sharp Sticks series is a perfect blend of thrill, suspense, and bone-chilling twist. I will forever admire the skill with which Suzanne Young has been able to put together these books. If you love watching abusers get what they deserve as the patriarchy crumbles around them (who doesn't?), you'll love this series. They're a breeze to read, and you'll I love this series a ridiculous amount, and I can't imagine a better conclusion than Girls with Rebel Souls. This final installment of the Girls with Sharp Sticks series is a perfect blend of thrill, suspense, and bone-chilling twist. I will forever admire the skill with which Suzanne Young has been able to put together these books. If you love watching abusers get what they deserve as the patriarchy crumbles around them (who doesn't?), you'll love this series. They're a breeze to read, and you'll find yourself gripping the pages with such force that your fingers will ache after. Incredible, incredible work.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lizbeth

    4.5 There is something magical about this series. It's sci fi, yet very relevant to current events. It's an empowering story that is summed up by a character in the book. It's stepford wives meets terminator. In this last entry of the series Mena and her friends are dismantling the whole corporation and finding ways to empower all women so that they are not treated like commodities. A man's yes is worth 10 times a woman's no. His future is seen as more promising and valuable than a woman's. But it 4.5 There is something magical about this series. It's sci fi, yet very relevant to current events. It's an empowering story that is summed up by a character in the book. It's stepford wives meets terminator. In this last entry of the series Mena and her friends are dismantling the whole corporation and finding ways to empower all women so that they are not treated like commodities. A man's yes is worth 10 times a woman's no. His future is seen as more promising and valuable than a woman's. But it doesn't have to be. And it's time the men in power pay

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gibson County Memorial Library

    Lindsey's Review What did you like about it? I love Suzanne Young's writing. She always draws me in and keeps my attention through the entire book, no matter what book or series she writes. What did you not like? I wish I would have re-read the first two books in the series prior to reading this one as a refresher. How did it make you feel? It had me cheering for the main character the whole time. Would you recommend it? Yes! Make sure to read the series in order though. Highly recommend to those who en Lindsey's Review What did you like about it? I love Suzanne Young's writing. She always draws me in and keeps my attention through the entire book, no matter what book or series she writes. What did you not like? I wish I would have re-read the first two books in the series prior to reading this one as a refresher. How did it make you feel? It had me cheering for the main character the whole time. Would you recommend it? Yes! Make sure to read the series in order though. Highly recommend to those who enjoy reading Young Adult books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tofi

    4.5 stars! Something about this book was so odd and peculiar and inviting all at once. The girls, the foundation, the world!! It made me rethink everyday life in the eyes of a human. Every page you flip is another mystery, another question, like you are following the book characters through every step of the journey. Jackson and Mena...are so complex...I don't know how to describe it, but I loved this series. All of the books had great plots and concepts! Thank you for this great read author. 4.5 stars! Something about this book was so odd and peculiar and inviting all at once. The girls, the foundation, the world!! It made me rethink everyday life in the eyes of a human. Every page you flip is another mystery, another question, like you are following the book characters through every step of the journey. Jackson and Mena...are so complex...I don't know how to describe it, but I loved this series. All of the books had great plots and concepts! Thank you for this great read author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hanna Lee

    I wouldn’t say I’ve loved this series but clearly it’s been good enough (or at least interesting enough) to keep my through to the end. It was a good finale. Moved quickly and you get more of the same from all your favorite characters. I do feel like where we ended was SO far from where we started. I like when a series can evolve and keep your interest, but at times it did get a bit too out there for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Desiree Ann Clark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed the book but I did find myself wanting more. Hoped Q and Annalise would become a couple, wanted to see Mena and Jackson's relationship grow more physically to see how she handles it, was hoping to learn some more about Leandras back ground, and that ending?? You can't tell me this is the end of the series but then say that Lennon Rose is going around trying to lobotomize teen boys... Slightly disappointed honestly 😅 that being said is why I took 1 star 🌟 I really enjoyed the book but I did find myself wanting more. Hoped Q and Annalise would become a couple, wanted to see Mena and Jackson's relationship grow more physically to see how she handles it, was hoping to learn some more about Leandras back ground, and that ending?? You can't tell me this is the end of the series but then say that Lennon Rose is going around trying to lobotomize teen boys... Slightly disappointed honestly 😅 that being said is why I took 1 star 🌟

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    What a great ending to the series! This book continued the adventure and the journey for the Innovations Academy girls. Mena, the girls and Jackson continue to demonstrate their strength and their resilience. This review is so hard to write without spoiling anything, just drop everything and go read this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren R.

    So many layers to these books. Man. I’m so bummed this series is over. Please let there be some kind of spinoff! So much could be done with some of these characters and the world itself, just like THE PROGRAM. As always, Suzanne Young’s books are criminally underrated and I won’t stop shouting for you to read them.

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