Blog Tour: F.O.X.E.S

I absolutely adore the S.T.A.G.S series, so when the amazing Molly Holt at Bonnier Books and Blue Rogers invited me to celebrate the release of the latest book F.O.X.E.S by being a part of this incredible blog tour, of course I said yes!

Spoilers for S.T.A.G.S and D.O.G.S lie ahead, so please proceed with caution if you haven’t already started this fantastic series (is which case you should definitely check out S.T.A.G.S ASAP).

F.O.X.E.S by M. A. Bennett

Greer has just recovered from her terrifying experience during the STAGS play. . .

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?

TW: racism, sexism, death, flashbacks to torture, animal death, abuse, arson, explosion

My Thoughts:

Any book that opens with a Rebecca reference instantly has my heart. 

F.O.X.E.S just kept that love up throughout as I delved even deeper into the tangled webs of this dark world. I just loved how Bennett wove in so many film and literary references, connecting her gilded world of weaponised privilege with ours and highlighting the uncanny parallels in our politics and society. I really loved this, as a huge book and film loving nerd and it adds to that cinematic feels that’s characteristic of this series. You can easily envision the events unfolding on a big screen and this makes you reading experience so rich and vivid. It’s so clever how she plays with the seedy hierarchy and hidden world of connections, creating a moral argument that is so incredibly compelling. Alongside that, we have constant tension and mysterious threads to unravel as the story we first got a glimpse into in S.T.A.G.S is ever depended and expanded. 

I’ve loved how with every book in this series, Bennett has made her sprawling tale richer and even mor intriguing, combining a thorough knowledge of history to show the expansive nature of this corruption and create several narrative strands that lead to an explosive conclusion. Using history as such a major part of the series links in with how heritage and bloodlines are given such high status in the S.T.A.G.S. It is such an important part of their identity to them and indeed their class, which allows them unparalleled privilege. I loved how in F.O.X.E.S we got to see how change has affected this shadowy group, as they believe that their ‘rights’ and traditions are being taken from them. This kind of aggressive, defensive reaction only serves to emphasise the danger of their bubble, as they’re completely blind to progress. Bennett excels in this type of biting social commentary, which has become a stand-out hallmark of the series.

Also, Bennett never fails to pull out some genuinely shocking twists and turns along the way. Every story features a solid mystery and the ever growing conspiracy, as even more secrets and deceit are brought to light. Yet again, the ending ensures that you need the next book in your life immediately with a stellar cliffhanger that I cannot what to see how Bennett resolves. F.O.X.E.S only proves how brilliant the S.T.A.G.S series is. With every book, the story becomes more complex and layered until you are completely enveloped within its web and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you again so much to Bonnier Books, Molly Holt and Faye Rogers for including me on this blog tour. Don’t forget to check out the other amazing posts from all these awesome people as well.

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