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Blog Tour – Review: F.O.X.E.S. by M.A. Bennett

wp-1597692462196.jpgAuthor: M.A. Bennett

Genre: YA thriller

Published by: Hot Key Books

Publication date: 06/08/20

Pages: 304

My rating: ★★★★★

I received a free review copy from Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review.

This review will be spoiler for F.O.X.E.S but will contain spoilers for previous books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

Trigger warning:

  • Violence
  • Racism
  • Abuse
  • Animal death
  • Arson and explosions

As a huge fan of Bennett’s work, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to host a date on the blog tour.

F.O.X.E.S is the third book in the incredible S.T.A.G.S series, picking up where D.O.G.S ended. I tore through this, unable to tear my eyes away from the pages. The series just keeps getting better and better! Henry may, or may not be dead. Greer has been branded a manslayer by the D.O.G.S (Dark Order of the Grand Stag) and, alongside Shafeen and Nel, must delve deeper after receiving a message to find out more about Foxes.

Politics, power and privilege become more central in this instalment, alongside historical events. I couldn’t get enough of these elements and their relevance to the society we live in. Scattered throughout are movie and book references, I’m a sucker for these, especially when another favourite author is mentioned.

Overall, I loved F.O.X.E.S and would even go as far as to say it’s my favourite of the series so far. This is one of my favourite series and I can’t recommend it enough!

Buy from: Waterstones Hive

wp-1597751933011.jpgAbout the author:

M. A. BENNETT is a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice, where she specialised in the study of Shakespeare’s plays as a historical source. Her first YA novel, S.T.A.G.S., was published in 2017 and was shortlisted for the YA BOOK PRIZE 2018, winning various awards such as the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2019 and the Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Award 2019, both voted by students, and won the Great Reads ‘Most Read’ 2018 Senior Award.




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