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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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 b
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Hot Key Books
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I don’t know what it is about this series, but I find it utterly addicting. I was up till 2am reading this, unable to put it down until I literally had to force myself to stop and go to sleep.

The first book in the series, STAGS, was one of my favourite reads of 2017. It clicked with me very specifically as a reader because I am incredibly weak for dark academia, boarding schools, secret societies and all those things. I wasn’t a fan of the author’s next book (standalone novel The Island), but w
Cora Tea Party Princess
Mar 06, 2019 marked it as to-read

I bloody loved STAGS.

Review: STAGS by MA Bennett
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all I didn't read the first book S. T. A. G. S . However falling in love with The Island, is a book that I want to buy at some point.

My main point is you don't need to read S.T.A.G.S to be able to follow the book D.O.G.S S.T.A.G.S 2 as in my view it can simply be read as a standalone. M. A. Bennett's writing is absolutely splendid. A remarkable author that amazed me at how each line just flowed, being very easy to get into and follow. I will most certainly be reading more by this gifted
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with this series, OBSESSED. I literally devoured this book in no time at all. Somehow, I loved it even more than the first book - and I loved the first book. Reading this at midnight was probably a bad idea though it did spook me a little bit, I'll be honest. This is a subtle YA dark academia dream and I am living vicariously through it.

The mystery that surrounds these books is so constant and intense, I am in awe guessing what’s coming next in every chapter. The foreshadowing and
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Need MORE!!!
Karen Barber
This series doesn’t seem to have grabbed everyone, but I enjoyed the first part of the series (however ridiculous the scenario seemed) and this more than delivered.
Trying to come to terms with her role in Henry’s death, Greer is back at S.T.A.G.S and needing something to bolster her chances of getting into Oxford. She doesn’t question the timing of events, but we are very suspicious when the first Act of a lost Ben Jonson play is put under her door. Greer is intrigued by the idea of putting on s
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a really fun YA thriller but it definitely wasn't as good as the first book in this series.

I think the main problem I had with this book was that the plot was quite weak. It felt more of a sub plot to a bigger more interesting plot but there wasn't a more interesting secondary plot unfortunately

Another issue I had with this book was that it was really crazy and pretty ridiculous. You really have to suspend your disbelief reading this book.

I usually don't mind reading crazy books but
Miriam Smith
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: readers-first
D.O.G.S. is the second book in S.T.A.G.S series, written by M A Bennett and follows on immediately from the first story.
After thoroughly enjoying ‘STAGS’ and loving the writers style of narration, I was very much looking forward to catching up with Greer and her friends again, six weeks after the drastically fatal events at Longcross. Although I did once again enjoy this exciting series, I did feel it lacked the adrenaline rush the first had and didn’t quite take off for me until the final third
Jane Kelsey
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
"Wouldst thou keep a dog that turned and bit thee?"⁠
I loved STAGS, I was glued to the page until the end, my head swimming with worry for the main character and her friends.😍 DOGS picks up from where it was all left, and Greer received a copy of The Isle of Dogs underneath her door and it set to use this play for her Drama and things start happening.⁠
The first part is a lot slower in pacing so I struggled with that I prefer situations to be tenser, but then halfway through th
Rachel Hall
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Superb YA sequel for streetwise Greer & the elite students at archaic S.T.A.G.S. school. Suitable for adults too!

D.O.G.S is a marvellous sequel to M.A. Bennett’s YA thriller, S.T.A.G.S, and is as entertaining and engaging as the first and although reading the first novel is not essential, it certainly benefits the reader. This time around the plotting is, if anything, smoother and more comprehensive, the scathing humour of first-person narrator, Greer MacDonald, as riotously amusing and sees her
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-academia, kindle
The second installment of the S.T.A.G.S series is centered around theatre and gets more dark academia than the first book, as Greer, the MC, decides to stage a mysterious play, "The Isle of Dogs". According to historians, all copies of this play have been destroyed, yet a mysterious person delivers to Greer a manuscript of the long-lost drama.

There were some things that me and some other reviewers pointed out in S.T.A.G.S, that didn't get better in D.O.G.S. Like an incessant amount of film refer
Lauren James
A phenomenal example of the best and most creative UK YA fiction can be. I love this world of rich, noble Birtish lineages all incestuously murdering at will and getting away with it. This one involves a real surpressed satirical play by Ben Johnson about Queen Elizabeth I, which gave it an extra edge of interest. Creeping, subtle horror at its best.
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, it had an even cliffhanger than the first one! Loved it <3 ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
DOGS is the eagerly anticipated sequel to STAGS. I really enjoyed STAGS and was looking forward to the sequel but in all honesty this one disappointed me a bit. STAGS was full of tension and page-flipping but this felt very slow for me and I just wasn’t overly interested in the story ARC.

I continued to love the character of Greer but my god does she need to learn to communicate better. The drama with her and Shafeen was utterly pointless and would have been solved if they had just spoken with o
my bookworm life
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I was part of the review tour over on Instagram for this book and was sent a free copy of this, as well as the sequel S.T.A.G.S from the publisher and Darkroomtours. All views are completely my own.

I absolutely loved the first book S.T.A.G.S , and when it ended after quickly writing some notes for review , i got stuck into this one, because i needed to know what would happen next. It's difficult when this situation happens, because you so badly want it to be just as good or even better that the
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed STAGS, it was a huge hit with my book club, so I was really looking forward to discussing this one with them too. We will discuss it, but for me it just falls a bit flat. It feels as though it’s grasping onto the success of its predecessor.

Greer is newly obsessed with Harry, understandable considering her involvement with his death; but he’s suddenly now romanticised - she’s idolising him and wishing he were there with her: hello, he tried to kill you! He tortured you and your
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
PLEASE don't judge this book by it's cover, i'm sorry hun they did you so dirty...

anyways, whew. it took me a little while to get used to the writing again because that's probably the worst thing about this book but it was so easy to get captivated by this world again. it's not really the characters (they're diverse, which i appreciate, but kind of really bland and two dimensional) but it's the setting and the atmosphere most of all. i know the plot is a little confusing and doesn't make that mu
Sharon Williams
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book even though I hadn't read the first I would be very interested to read it now.
The story completely grips you and you need to know more about what happens as more pieces of the play get delivered to be performed.
Diana Iozzia
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Written by M.A. Bennett
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

A literary sequel must accomplish three things: a summary of the previous events, an introduction of new events, and a plot execution that ties both together. A sequel must link to the past but also create for the future. D.O.G.S. is a sequel to the first novel in its series, S.T.A.G.S. The author, M.A. Bennett uses figurative language, puns, and idioms to depict dark events, while using animals as their symbols. S.T.A.G.S. begins the stor
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“That’s why I’d begun to trust him. He’d said last, not laaast. Pass not paaass. He was a northerner.”

Review number two of the week. I am part of the bookstagram tour for this book on Instagram, check out my post on my account @wishfulbooks. I received this book from Darkroom Tours, M A Bennett and Hot Key Books. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by receiving the book.

I’m generally not a big fan of reviewing sequels; I never want to give any plot details away from previous boo
Kirsti Ferguson (MrsFegFiction)
This book follows on pretty much straight away from where the last one finished! We follow the three main characters (Greer, Nel and Shafeen) into a whole new twisty, turny plot based around a long forgotten & previously banished play. The play mysteriously gets delivered to Greer in installments under her bedroom door, but noone knows the true plot because all of the copies were burned in Elizabethan times?! Greer decides to direct the play at school for the first time in 400years as it's just ...more
Chelley Toy
Just finished DOGS by @mabennettauthor which I picked up on Saturday at @waterstonescdf 🐾 The story picks up right after the events of STAGS which I read last year and with the opening line of “When someone’s dead they’re supposed to stay dead, right?” I was intrigued from the get go. 🐾When the original pages of a lost Elizabethan play are mysteriously slipped under our main character Greer’s door she is thrown into a world of mystery, intrigue and historical scandals even returning to the infam ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gifted
I started reading D.O.G.S. pretty much straight after I finished S.T.A.G.S. because there is nothing like binging a book series!! I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book as I had high expectations as I really enjoyed the first one!

Firstly, I didn't read it as quickly as the first book as it was more of a slow burner for me compared to the first book but I still really enjoyed the way the story unfolded and I liked the slower pace!

I was engrossed in the characters and the plot quite quic
Kerran Olson
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
DOGS is the sequel to STAGS that I wasn't expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. I was initially drawn to the first book because I like anything British and set in a boarding school, and this sequel continued that theme as Greer is in her final year at STAGS and putting on a play for her exams, which in keeping with the theme of the school can't be modern, so Greer is searching for something that isn't Shakespeare and of course comes across a lost manuscript and the plot progresses from there. I like ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkroom-tours
D.O.G.S. picks up a year on from the events at the end of S.T.A.G.S, and Greer appears to be suffering from the anniversary effect and can't stop thinking about the events which transpired at Longwood the year before. Now in her final year at S.T.A.G.S, Greer needs to knuckle down and work on getting into university.

Don't worry though, how about we toss in a project that makes up the majority of her grade for drama. Since Greer hates Shakespeare, isn't it fortunate that someone seems to be myste
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-shelves
Just like with S.T.A.G.S I read this book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! These books always leave me craving more. Please tell me there will be a third?
Lydia Hephzibah
oh man I have the chills. this was amazing and I'm so psyched that it's leading to another book in this series. I have so many questions
Arkham Reviews
I was actually rather surprised to hear that S.T.A.G.S was getting a sequel as the first instalment largely stands alone, yet I was drawn into this story about curiosity when I learned it was about the Isle of Dogs - a subject which certainly has a lot of scope for creativity. However, the story unfortunately was not without its problems.

My biggest issue with D.O.G.S was its pacing. Although Greer rapidly obtains a copy of each act of the mysterious play over the first half of the novel, there i
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
After the cliffhanger of S.T.A.G.S., I have been eagerly awaiting the release of D.O.G.S. as I wanted to know what happened and was happy that the wait was very much worth it! Overall D.O.G.S. was a great sequel to S.T.A.G.S and I have even more waiting for the next book.

I was excited to read the book because the idea of the play interested me. I was excited to see how the plot around it unravelled and the direction it went. I was even surprised that the Isle Of Dogs was a real play which leads
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
DOGS Review on K-Books

After enjoying the first book in the S.T.A.G.S series, I was looking forward to seeing what was next for these characters and so I was looking forward to picking up the sequel. Once I realised that this one followed a forbidden and forgotten play I was super excited. As such a literature lover it really interested and intrigued me.

Honestly, I wish I could say that I enjoyed this book. It was intriguing and once again the writing style was very addictive but honestly I found
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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, an actress, and a film reviewer. She also designed tour visuals f ...more

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