December 17, 2017

#BookReview: S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

Reviewed By: Lauren 
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 304
Recommended Age Group: Young Adult 
Fiction Genre: Contemporary Thriller 
How I Acquired this book: Netgalley 
Time it took to read: 5H 3M
Overall rating: ★★★
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About the Book:
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. . . .

This title will be released on January 30, 2018.

About the Author: M. A. Bennett is half Venetian and was born in Manchester, England, and raised in the Yorkshire Dales. She is a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice, where she specialized in the study of Shakespeare's plays as a historical source. After university she studied art and has since worked as an illustrator, an actress, and a film reviewer. She also designed tour visuals for rock bands, including U2 and the Rolling Stones. She was married on the Grand Canal in Venice and lives in north London with her husband, son, and daughter. Follow her at @MABennettAuthor on Twitter and at m.a.bennettauthor on Instagram.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This one was full of Young Adult tropes that we have seen again and again. 

Check out author's other books or related books? Maybe, it would depend on wither or not the story was something new. 

Recommend this book? If you like Young Adult tropes and a thriller with not a lot of thrill check this one out. 

Notes and Opinions: I am sad to say that this is one of those books with an amazing cover but a story that falls short of expectations. It had the same story we have heard before.  Poor gets scholarship at an amazing school only to find out that not is all as it appears to be. This one says its a thriller but its more of a contemporary with a light thriller feel.  The characters were great but the story just fell very flat for me. The setting was the same old same old.  It didn't really have a unique feel to it at all and I really wished that this book would have.  I wanted to love it so much. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Young Adult tropes we have seen over and over and over as well as little thrill in this thriller. 

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