Review: STAGS by M. A. Bennett


Author: M. A. Bennett

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Release Date: 10th August 2017

Genre: YA Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Pages: 294

Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.

But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry’s parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Okay. I have to start off by saying that I went into the book not expecting anything and instead I came out on the other side with a completely different mindset. This book was AMAZING FROM START TO FINISH.

I literally read the first 20 or 30 pages of this book and was hooked instantly. I remember having to out it down because I was going somewhere but for that whole day while I was away from it, I just wanted to devour it in one sitting.

It was such a good idea – and it was executed so well. There was mystery, intrigue, romance, friendship and murder. Something I especially loved about STAGS was that the author hinted at the death that occurred throughout the book. I thought that worked brilliantly in a book like this.

The characters were so unique and I loved each of their quirks and nicknames – how Greer named a movie every time something reminded her of one, of how Henry had his mischievous charm, how Chanel had her nickname of Carphone Chanel. This is definitely doing to be one of my top ten books I’ve read this year.

If you’re looking for a book to get you out of a slump, I would totally recommend STAGS. Filled with action and humour and shock plot twists that makes it impossible not to put down! I’m so excited to meet this author at Deptcon3 to rave about STAGS to her!