YA thrillers are my latest obsession and S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett was a fantastic addition to my collection. Keep reading to find my book review, some info about the book, and to enter the giveaway to win a copy!
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Huntin’, Shootin’, Fishin’
YA thrillers have been steadily gaining in popularity for the past couple of years and it’s a genre I could read a lot of more of.
In S.T.A.G.S., Greer gets accepted as a scholarship student to an ancient and prestigious school where nobody uses technology. No phones, no computers, no cameras. At first, she doesn’t fit in, but when she gets invited to spend a luxurious weekend at the estate of the richest and most popular boy in school with his friends, she thinks her life is about to turn around.
What Worked for Me
I gotta say, I LOVED the first 80% of this book. It was to die for (pun intended).
The story starts off with a murder confession, then dives right into the plot. The narrator does a great job of painting a picture and keeping the reader in the loop.
The suspense builds slowly and as the reader, I ate it up. Greer, the main character, tells us several times that something bad is coming, that certain characters are not what they seem, that it all ends in tragedy. That kept me reading and kept the suspense cranked up even when the situations weren’t tense.
The Only Downside
I wished it ended differently. S.T.A.G.S. seemed to have two endings. I expected the first ending because Greer mentioned it several times throughout the book (I liked the first ending). However, the twist in the second ending wasn’t much of a twist, since I could see it coming miles away.
Based on the mixed Goodreads reviews for this book, other readers have similar feelings about the end.
Regardless, this was a super fun read and a suspenseful story. It’s definitely going on my “read it again” shelf.
I loved the world that the author built. The school, the estate, the social hierarchy — it was all fascinating and I reeeeeeaally hope the author writes more books set at the same school.
Content: Some curse words and perilous situations.
Source: Thank you to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for providing me with the e-galley of this book.
Find the Book
S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
Age range: 12-18 | Hardcover: 304 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 30, 2018)
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