S.t.a.g.s. by M. A. BennettS.t.a.g.s. by M. A. Bennett


byM. A. Bennett

Hardcover | January 30, 2018

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WE WERE LIARS meets THE CHOCOLATE WAR in this gripping debut YA novel set against the backdrop of a prestigious private school, a great British estate and the ever-present war of the classes.

Seventeen-year-old Greer, a scholarship girl at a prestigious private school, St Aidan the Great School (known as STAGS), soon realizes that the school is full of snobs and spoilt rich brats, many of whom come from aristocratic families who have attended the institute throughout the centuries. She's immediately ignored by her classmates. All the teachers are referred to as Friars (even the female ones), but the real driving force behind the school is a group of prefects known as the Medievals, whose leader, Henry de Warlencourt, Greer finds both strangely intriguing as well as attractive. The Medievals are all good-looking, clever and everyone wants to be among their circle of friends. Greer is therefore surprised when she receives an invitation from Henry to spend a long weekend with him and his friends at his family house in the Lake District, especially when she learns that two other "outsiders" have also been invited: Shafeen and Chanel. As the weekend unfolds, Greer comes to the chilling realization that she and two other "losers" were invited only because they were chosen to become prey in a mad game of manhunt.
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, a...
Title:S.t.a.g.s.Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.6 × 5.7 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.6 × 5.7 × 1 inPublished:January 30, 2018Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0735264147

ISBN - 13:9780735264144


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I’ve wanted to read this book since it originally came out in the U.K. in the summer. It was definitely worth the hype. From the beginning of the story, we know how it will end. Greer will somehow kill someone at her weekend away. The whole story was building up to this ending, which was already revealed. But we don’t know how it happens. It was very well done. I was excited to read the whole thing and find out what happened. And the ending didn’t disappoint. Tradition is a major theme in this story. When I went to England, I loved that everything was very traditional. There are large families in the story who trace their origins back more than a thousand years. The school STAGS also has historical origins. The death occurred well before the end of the story, so I was surprised that there was so much left to happen. I thought the story was finished when they showed the death, but it continues right to the last page. I really liked the ending. After I started reading this story, I read that it might be made into a movie. That’s so exciting and I’d love to see this story on the big screen! I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Creative Concept This was a unique, creative, and thrilling novel that is not typical within the Young Adult genre. It almost felt as if it was a combination of "Pretty Little Liars" by Sara Shepard and the movies "Scream" and "Mean Girls". It was a different story and not only in the idea but the execution of the crimes. Admittedly (and unfortunately), as much as I was a fan of the idea surrounding the plot, this novel was just not for me. It was a case of "it's not you, it's me". The writing was well done but my full attention was not getting grabbed. Throughout the novel, I found myself becoming easily distracted and not as invested in the story as much as I hoped to be. Also, I didn't find that any of the characters (even in the main friendship group) were likeable. That's my personal opinion but that can detract from the novel when I find I'm not as invested in figuring out the character's outcome. Lastly, typically I'm a fan of social culture/media references but this novel took movie references to the extreme. It originally was enjoyable but the novel eventually was fully saturated with unnecessary references. As a debut, I would say this was well done for the author as it was a unique and creative idea. Also, the ending was the perfect mixture of conclusion along with suspense. I'm interested to read more from this author in the future. ***Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DO Read This Book! Don't Go Huntin’ Shootin’ Fishin’! I had an immense amount of fun with this book. It had just the right amount of thrill and suspense to keep you on your toes! I enjoyed Greer as a narrator and MC in this book. She was quirky and intuitive. She was also foolish and at one point I really want to knock her outside of the head. But she redeems herself! I absolutely loved that she brought up references to the films she and her dad loved to watch and how she inserts her personality and likes into the narration of the story. It really showed off her nerdy and quirky self and her grand ability to make connections and put two and two together! I also loved Shafeen! Although he is not in most parts of the story, he is still very much a present. And when he is there, he is there. Every word that came out of his mouth, priceless. Every move he made turned tables. The Medievals a.k.a the white, rich (psycho) kids who brought down their wrath on the previous characters mentioned. I wasn’t thinking of mentioning them because I really hated them, so let’s just say I enjoyed hating them very much. It was a very bloody book in that Huntin’ Shootin’ Fishin’ fostered danger, elevated the stakes and made the characters act in ways that were feral and wild. I really enjoyed the twist of the games and how they brought characters together and wreaked havoc too. It’s that kind of thriller where Greer was retelling the story. The reader goes in and they are given this mini-introduction, so they have a foggy idea of how the book is going to end or where the direction of the story it headed. I especially loved it when Greer would add in her own little comments about what was happening and how she should have acted differently. What really struck me about this world though, was experiencing the consequences of the power and privilege bestowed upon these teenagers that were almost lethal. They controlled everything and everyone. They got away with everything they did. And it’s not a far fact from how it is in real life. How far money and power can take you. How much money rules the world and the extent to which it can bend the will of a person. Scary stuff. And the ending.....WOW Just one tiny problem: There were twists trust me and some of them I saw coming. This really stems from the very beginning of the book and how Greer introduces the problem. I already knew going in that deaths would be inevitable and I was kind of thinking that everyone was going to die. And while I don’t mean to sound sadistic, one person died and it was a little anti-climatic. You have an idea of who dies and why they die and who kills them. So I felt that the intro given by Greer gave too much and it took away from the reader. Overall, it was a great book. For a non-thrillerish gal I thoroughly enjoyed it very much. It was fun, fast, and quite a ride. It makes you think about the consequences of money and privilege and also the effect of living in a world where everything is on the internet.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Disappointing I enjoyed this book, but had some mixed feelings about it. With the tagline, Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend, I expected something pretty dark and murdery. Right off the bat, I will tell you it is not at all like that. There are nine students, there are three bloodsports, but as for a deadly weekend, that's pushing it. Regardless, it was an entertaining book that had me riveted until the end. I loved the setting the story took place in, as well as the era it evoked. The idyllic English countryside, with a huge heaping of Downton Abbey living. It was like stepping into a fascinating new/old world. The description of the bloodsports themselves were also very good, particularly the huntin' one. Had my heart pounding as I read. Despite a slow and telling beginning, and an equally slow ending, I found this to be a great thriller type story. Even though the reader is literally told from the get go what happens, I still found myself wondering and guessing as to how it would all go down in the end. This could have been a fantastic book as is if it weren't for two things that lost it some points. One, the constant reference to movies was annoying. "Ever seen _____?" No. Several of them went over my head, since I'd never seen them, while at times there were just too many all at once. It's the kind of thing that works for a contemporary novel, not a thriller. And speaking of contemporary, the voice of the main character killed the thriller vibe a lot. She is too...flippant? Annoying? I don't quite know the right word, but it took away from what darkness the book did have. Especially in the beginning chapters. 3/5
Date published: 2017-12-17