mystery · suspense · Young adult

T.I.G.E.R.S – M.A. Bennett ★★★★★

Blurb; The alluring yet corrupt STAGS society, where the rich and privileged play fast and loose with the lives of others, is revealed to be terrifyingly global …

Shafeen’s father, Prince Aadhish, has had a heart attack and is close to death. Desperately worried, Shafeen and Greer race from STAGS to Rajasthan. But Prince Aadhish is in a coma and unresponsive and they begin to realise that the Prince received a terrible shock, triggered by a decades-old guilty secret. But as Shafeen and Greer attempt to unlock the secret, they come to believe the answer lies with the de Warlencourt ancestor Colonel Montgomery, founder of the T.I.G.E.R. shooting club, which horrifyingly pursued low-caste Indians instead of tigers. It appears that ‘Monty’ brought the Order of the Stag to India, and the hunts may still be going on…

A thrilling next instalment in the STAGS series.

My Review; This is book four in the brilliant Stags series and I am absolutely loving this whole series. This book is a little different from the previous books as this is mostly set in India this time. It includes all the previous characters but not the school as much.

I devoured the majority of this book in a day it was just brilliant. Within it flicks back to the past for half the story through diary entries of a weekend of hunting, shooting and fishing that changes everything they knew. Parts had my jaw dropping. Very unexpected! And the ending I am hoping was like that to lead into the next book. Fingers crossed. Praying to God. I need the next book. Please.

A brilliant YA series that has me hooked. I never want it to end. Amazing. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend the whole series to you all. A must read series.

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mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

F.O.X.E.S. – M.A. Bennett. ★★★★

Blurb; Greer has just recovered from her terrifying experience during the STAGS play. Was she really put on trial by the sinister Dark Order of the Grand Stag? Or was it purely her overheated imagination? The imprint of an ‘M’ for murderer that has appeared on her thumb, though, is puzzling but incomplete evidence . . .

Meanwhile Ty is staying on at Longcross Manor and Greer, Nel and Shafeen are increasingly worried for her safety. When Ty sends a cryptic message directing them to Cumberland Place, the de Warlencourts’ palatial home in London, they decide to risk a visit. There they meet Henry’s grieving parents, Rollo and Caro. Rollo is arrogant, entitled and not overly grieving. Caro, however, while superficially charming, is clearly pushed to the brink of madness by Henry’s death, insisting that Henry is still alive. Which is clearly impossible . . . but Greer has her own troubling doubts about Henry’s death which make it hard to dismiss Caro completely . . .

Can Greer, Shafeen and Nel work out what Rollo de Warlencourt is planning for his deadly Boxing Day Hunt at Longcross in time to save Ty – who has now gone silent? Or will history horribly repeat itself?
A thrilling, richly complex instalment in the STAGS series.

My Review; This is book three in the stags series and I must say this series has to be read in order to understand the storyline properly. I absolutely love this series. For many readers who have read the complete series so far this is the book that will shock us all the most. Well it certainly shocked me. There is a major, huge twist for this whole series so far…

This makes me excited, I am hoping and praying there is more to come for this series and after reading this THERE HAS TO BE. please. I loved returning to the familiar characters and their antics. Another gripping, mysterious read. Kept me hooked. It’s a fast paced, easy and page turner of a reader for me. I just wanted all the answers. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. A must read series for me for all YA readers.

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The Island – M.A. Bennett ★★★★

Blurb; Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad – however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others . . .

When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School – forever – if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance. The saying goes ‘No man is an island’ – but what if on that island is a group of teenagers, none of whom particularly like each other? When oppressive heat, hunger and thirst start to bite, everyone’s true colours will be revealed. Let the battle commence . . .

My Review; I have loved the S.T.A.G.S series by this author so I had to give this standalone a go and I wasn’t disappointed. The perfect young adult mystery. What turned out to be a planned two week school holiday takes a turn for the worse… Lies. Deceit. Fights. Anger. Power. Love. Hate. Bonding. Team work. This story has it all. Five totally different kids stranded on a remote island, what will they do?

Link, I loved his character. The main character, the lowest, nerdy child in the whole school becomes the clever, nerdy leader on the island and for once doesn’t face the reality of being bullied… But for how long? I don’t want to give anything away but there is a HUGE twist to this story that I never saw coming in a million years. The twist made this story for me!

It’s brilliant. A real page turner. You just want to know how they will cope… Will they get rescued. It would make a brilliant film. I loved it. Highly recommend. Four stars from me.

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