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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 ever
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Hot Key Books
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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
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. I honestly don’t know why this series remains quite niche UKYA, as the books are a very nice example of YA dark academia.

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 sch
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
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Need MORE!!!
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
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 the pa
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.
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 detail
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 j ...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 bett
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
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
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
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following on from the exact moment when S.T.A.G.S ends, D.O.G.S is a perfect sequel. An extraordinarily clever book that highlights Bennett as an incredibly skilled and talented author, this book has everything.

Having survived the weekend of Justium that she wasn't meant to survive, Greer is trying to get through her last year of STAGS without any 'huntin' shootin' fishin'' that nearly got her and her friends killed last year. And she's managing. Until a secret, thought-to-be-destroy
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 no
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Wouldst thou keep a dog that turned and bit thee?"

Firstly I want to say thank you so much to Hot Key Books, Dark Room Tours and M.A.Bennett for sending me a copy of this book. 

I was so excited to pick this book up, I really enjoyed S.T.A.G.S. and immediately picked it up once I had finished. This book did not disappoint me, it was everything I loved from the first book in this series and so much more. I really did enjoy it. 

There was so much suspense in this
Victoria Robinson
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of D.O.G.S from the publisher in exchange for a review on a bookstagram tour.

“Either The Hunter, Or The Hunted Be”

D.O.G.S takes place after the events at Longcross Hall which lead to the death of Henry De Warlencourt, and the arrival of two new De Warlencourts- Cassandra and Louis who had taken an interest in their fellow new student (and De Warlencourt Scholar) Tyeesha Morgan.

This year Greer, Shafeen and Chanel are all Medievals- and savage ones at tha
Miss A
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an English Literature Graduate and Museum worker I knew that I had to read this book, 'D.O.G.S.' as it combines my two loves, literature and history and I was not disappointed. As I knew this novel was aimed at the young adult market I wondered if it would be a little simplistic but I was very pleasantly surprised! I learnt some things about Ben Jonson that I didn't know and was kept intrigued and interested the whole way through. In fact I really didn't want to put the book down.

The writing
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd book in the S.T.A.G.S story, this offering from Bennett is another engrossing read!

D.O.G.S picks up pretty much the exact place that S.T.A.G.S left off. Greer MacDonald is getting over the trauma of having been made into a hunted animal by her former crush (and now dead) school mate Henry.

Now well into her A-Level studies in the very presitgious private school, she has been tasked with directing a play that has to pre-date the 1600's. So the immediate assumption w
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
Catherine Rickard
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
By lisey

"So. When something is dead, it's supposed to stay dead, right?"

D.O.G.S is a YA thriller written by M.A.Bennett.
Greer is studying for her A levels and needs a play to direct for her drams exam. None of the usual Shakespeare suspects appeal and just as she feels she will never find one a dark and previously banned play, due to it being too dangerous even treacherous, is pushed beneath her door. As the rehearsals ensue events take a dark and ominous turn for Greer and her fri
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
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a sequel! D.O.G.S. is a fantastic follow up to S.T.A.G.S.

With just as much intrigue, mystery and thrills as its predecessor, D.O.G.S. gives you everything you’d hope for when returning to the world of St. Aidan the Great school and its characters. I really enjoyed seeing the growth of our main cast following the aftermath of book one and was once again thoroughly engaged with Greer’s conflict between the world of S
Alice Moon
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading S.T.A.G.S, so i said book 2 should be better. Not necessarily. The plot is better than the first one because it is not as predictable. I love that the book is based on the true play The Isle of Dogs and that the writer tried her best to recreate the play but for her story, for her characters and for her mystery. But i think the ending of the play has too much fantasy.

Even if the reading went slower than the first book, i enjoyed the story. From the first line you know that the
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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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