Friday, June 22, 2018
S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
Author: M.A. Bennett
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House Canada
Release Date: January 30, 2018
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*Received for review by publisher*
Donna Tartt's The Secret History meets Pretty Little Liars in this propulsive, edge-of-your-seat novel that explores just how far the elite at an English boarding school will go to maintain the social order.
There's no point hunting if there's no kill.
At St. Aidan the Great School, or S.T.A.G.S., new things--and new people--are to be avoided. Unfortunately, Greer MacDonald, token scholarship student, is very much a new person. She has just transferred to S.T.A.G.S., and finds herself ignored at best and mocked at worst by the school's most admired circle of friends, the Medievals.
So imagine Greer's surprise when this very group invites her to an exclusive weekend retreat at the private estate of the parents of their unofficial leader, Henry de Warlencourt. It's billed as a weekend of "huntin' shootin' fishin'," and rumor has it that the invitee who most impresses the group will be given the privilege of becoming a Medieval themselves.
As the weekend begins to take shape, however, it becomes apparent that beyond the luxurious trappings--the fancy clothes the maid lays out on Greer's bed, the elaborate multicourse dinners held in the Great Hall--there are predators lurking, and they're out for blood. . . .
From looking at the cover you can already sense that this book is going to be good! If you loved Pretty Little Liars you definitely want to check out this book. St. Aidan's is not your typical boarding school. And they are looking out for blood. You will be instantly hooked to this world that will keep you on the edge of your bed.
I love a good mystery/thriller that from the start I needed to know what happened with Greer's story. The school she goes to is all about traditions that will lead you to the answer of who was murdered. I did feel that Greer's character was too vulnerable and was horribly mocked by the Medievals and in the end tries so hard to impress them that it leads to murder. While the end can lead to a follow-up, which I will be definitely looking out for.
Overall, I felt that S.T.A.G.S is a great read for all those who love a good murder. The writing was unique and creative that you felt everything that was happening and how as a society we heavily are into technology. Be sure to add it to your lists