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

Sunday, May 16, 2021


Warning: review contains spoilers for previous books in the series


Where did I get it? I got it as a present from my mum and stepdad for Christmas - I asked for it as I've read the other two in the series.

You can read my review for STAGS here and my review for DOGS here


What's it about? We're back with Greer and Shafeen and Nel. The book starts just after the end of DOGS, when Greer has been found guilty of murdering Henry at the end of book 1, and has been branded on her thumb with an M, saying she is a manslayer. However, in hospital, she is convinced she had a visit from Henry and that he is alive. She can't convince Nel and Shafeen though. So all three of them decide to go to Henry's family's London house to ask his parents.

Cumberland Place backs on to Regent's Park and is absolutely huge. Henry's parents. Rollo and Caro, are there, along with their faithful butler, Bates. Caro keeps talking about Henry in the present tense, as if he is still alive, and at night she comes into his bedroom - where Greer is staying - while sleepwalking. 

Then Ty, who was introduced in DOGS, tells Greer and co to look into 'foxes'. They can't get hold of her after that, but it seems like everywhere they turn, there's a fox. There are foxes on the walls in Greer and Shafeen's bedrooms, and Rollo is a member of the House of Lords and is trying to overturn the ban on fox hunting with dogs. It's just before Christmas and he is convinced he will be able to hold a fox hunt at Longcross on Boxing Day, as is tradition. He takes Shafeen under his wing and takes all three of them to the STAGS club in parliament.

However, all three are uneasy, mostly for the reasons that they don't fit in amongst the privileged students at STAGS in the first place. They begin to believe that actually the hunt will be a Ty hunt - so they must go to Longcross to save her. 

I thought that this book would be the final in the series, but I was almost three quarters of the way through and not much had happened, and at the end there's a definitey cliffhanger - there HAS to be at least one more book in the series, right?! I can't believe there won't be more to Greer's story. I'm excited to see what happens!

I really enjoyed the book BECAUSE not a lot happens. There's a proper middle book feel to it, and lots of chatting, and lots of Greer, Shafeen and Nel doing ridiculous posh things. I couldn't believe how things unfolded and how deep the Order went. I love this series. 


What age range is it for? 15+


Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No 


Are any main characters people of colour? Yes, Shafeen is Indian and this difference is shown a few times, I like this subplot 


Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? I think Greer has some PTSD going on, and Caro definitely does. 


Is there any sex stuff? No 


Are drugs mentioned or used? No I don't think so. 


Is there any talk of death? Yes, but it's not graphic 


Are there swear words? No 

 

What criticisms do I have? Almost none! I was quite surprised at how little happened, but then I'm happy because there must be another book to read!


Would I recommend the book? Yes. Start at the beginning if you haven't read them all. It's a good series. 


Why did I choose to read it at this point in life? I just really wanted to read it soon! 

 

What do I think of the cover? It's great, it is a bit darker than the other two but still fits in with the theme.  

What other books is it like? The other two! 


How many stars? Five out of five 

 

Where is the book going now? I'll keep it - I really hope to meet M A Bennett one day and get her to sign my copies of her books! 

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