Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.
It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.
But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...
S.T.A.G.S is a very... interesting novel. Marketed as "A thriller that twists and turns right to the end", I was very excited to pick this up. A mysterious invite, prestigious school, and privileged, high society types - what's not to love?!
"Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments.
Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to find out who's really sending the messages. But as the online threats spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control...
Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it's too late?"
'SweetFreak' by Sophie McKenzie is a YA mystery thriller, following Carey who has been accused of sending horrible messages to her best friend Amelia under the alias of SweetFreak. Although juvenile in places, this was a very gripping read and whenever a new suspect appeared I fully believed that it must be them. I didn't see the end coming, and although I didn't like the way it wrapped up, it was a great read and had me desperate to finish.
Ink Road Books have done it again. What is it with every single book of theirs being incredible? (Well, at least 3 out of 4 as I'm still yet to read The Jungle!) When they contacted me about being a part of the blog tour for 'T is for Tree' by Greg Fowler, I immediately said yes.
This is the story of Eddy, a boy who is different. He has spent his whole life in his bedroom and knows nothing of the world outside of it until Reagan moves in next door and introduces him to things - including jam sandwiches.
I gave T is for Tree 4.5 stars because it broke my heart, filled me with hope and enlightened me into the minds of other people by reminding me that people are never what they look like on the outside.
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Ink-Road Books. This has no influence on my review.* Also, make sure to stick to the end for a creative twist to my blog post and a
SUPER EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
Can you believe it’s been a year since the DIMILY trilogy ended? It feels like no time has passed since I saw Estelle tweet about her book and decided to read it chapter by chapter as she posted it and now, 6 years later, it’s a best-selling series published in multiple countries. I’m so proud of how far this girl from Peterhead has come and at just 20 years old she has now published her fourth novel (anyone else feel a little inadequate? Just me?).
THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW. *I received a proof of this book from Ink Road Books, an imprint of Black and White Publishing*
I picked up this book with no idea what to expect. The synopsis sounded good and I had read a chapter sample which intrigued me but I was worried it wasn't going to be able to follow Caraval. I was wrong. Street Song is magnificent! For once, a contemporary with believable characters who aren't completely two dimensional! They had personalities, they had reasons behind their words and actions, they were DIVERSE. We had a Polish, Catholic character, it has LGBTQ rep... it was just brilliant.
Welcome, welcome, to my first ever review on my blog!
Again, I'm using that reference from Caraval that I used on my first post but this time I have good reason considering it is the book I shall be reviewing!
I'll be honest with you guys, I'm not the most elegant when it comes to articulating my thoughts so I do apologise in advanced if my reviews are subpar and mostly involve the words/phrases: "ugh" "it's just" "I can't" because that's just how I do things. So, now that I've finished my little review ramble I can actually get on with the damn review!