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.
Truth – I was skeptical about this book because of the cover, but then I saw the author’s name and read the blurb, which has a kind of Stepford Wives feel. Friends, I couldn’t put this book down.
The description is maddening enough for women, but trust me – your blood pressure will reach new heights once you read about the way these girls are treated. At 400 pages, it’s long, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. I wanted to finish it in one sitting – it’s that compelling, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Some of the interactions between the men and the students will make your skin crawl, but the friendships between the girls are strong, wonderful, and will make you wish for that kind of bond. Everyone deserves friends like these.
This is a dark, twisty novel, and some scenes are tough to read. But it’s also empowering when the girls realize their world is skewed very much in the bizarre and unnatural direction, and then decide to regain control. I’m anxious to see what happens next.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.