D.O.G.S by M A Bennett | Review

Title: D.O.G.S

Author: M A Bennett

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Published: August 8th

ISBN: 9781471407994

Series: S.T.A.G.S 2/?

Pages: 368

Edition: UK Paperback

Genre: YA Mystery


After the dramatic events of the last few weeks, Greer Macdonald is trying to concentrate on her A levels. Stuck for a play to direct for her drama exam, she gets help from an unexpected quarter . . .

A priceless lost play, buried by time, is pushed under her door. It is Ben Jonson’s The Isle of Dogs, a play considered so dangerous in Elizabethan times that every copy was burned . . . except one. As the students begin to rehearse it, events become increasingly dark and strange, and they lead Greer back to where she never thought she would return – Longcross Hall.

There she discovers that not only is the Order of the Stag alive and well, but that a ghost from the past might be too . . .

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Thank you to the publisher and Darkroom Tours for letting me be a part of the instagram tour for this and sending me a copy of the book!

D.O.G.S is the second book in the S.T.A.G.S series, I really enjoyed the first one, that I wasn’t entirely sure if there was going to be more as it seemed like there could’ve been but nothing was confirmed. I read back on my review and saw that I also gave S.T.A.G.S four stars and also read it in a day.

I found D.O.G.S to be just as gripping and intriguing as the first, it’s one of those books where not a lot happens at once but you’re always anticipating the next thing because at the end it all adds up and comes together.

D.O.G.S is basically set six weeks on from the events of S.T.A.G.S where there was a murder (leaving out who in case you’ve not read S.T.A.G.S) and in that one we read all about the events leading up to the murder and our main character Greer, starting out in the school, S.T.A.G.S.

D.O.G.S is again, set from Greer’s point of view, she’s the main person who gets targeted, in this book it’s with a long lost play that was thought to have been never found, so for her grade for her exams, final year of sixth form, she’s determined to get a good grade to be able to go to Oxford and this play will be the one to get her there. However once she’s getting through the acts, she’s only receiving one act at a time, she’s doubting whether the show should go on, but it’s too late to turn back. There’s no time for a new play so they will have to go ahead with Isle of the Dogs.

I really liked this one, the ending had me shook, like, I need more and I need it now! I have so many questions and I DON’T WANT TO WAIT FOR THEM😩 It was so difficult to want to put this one down, I was in a bit of a slump, unsure on what to read but I knew my tour date of this was arriving soon and I thought I’d better get it read now otherwise I’ll stress out and honestly, it pulled me out of it a bit, I just could not leave the book, constantly wondering and trying to figure it out myself and I’m still just, mind blown. M A Bennett is an incredible author and I’m in love with this series and I definitely recommend it!

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