Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Posted February 10, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 2 Comments

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
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Author: Gretchen McNeil
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: YA Horror
Format: Hardcover, 294 pages
Source: Library

Book Description:
Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no Internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
When will characters realize partying on an island just screams trouble? I have said it before and I will say it again. If And Then There Was None and Harper Island made a baby, Ten would be it. Ten is a short heart racing, creepy story. I am always happy to see YA horror and I think Ten was spot on for this genre. I like that this book is considered a retelling, but still kept a modern twist to it.
Meg seemed to be a pretty awesome main character. At first I thought she was going to be that person everyone walked over, but Meg definitely held her own. If I was her I don’t think I would have taken Minnie’s crap, but Meg is probably a better friend then me. She was surprisingly really brave in this book. I would have hid in my room with the door barricaded and she was off in full adventure mode.
With how short Ten was I would have liked to see a little more detail and more time with characters between killings. It felt like one killing would happen and before I could process what was thrown at me someone else showed up dead. I also think that more details on the characters wouldn’t have made some as forgettable.
The gore was fantastic and creative, but not over done. It seemed to leave just enough tease for the mind without being over done. The killings in Ten were very unique and specific to each person, which gave an ominous creep factor. The person that did this you could tell was calculated and almost had this mad genius aspect. It kept me second guessing who the killer was through the whole story and I will regretfully admit I was wrong the whole time. Ten is not some predictable horror story that you will know what happens. Trust me when I say, you will be shocked with the spectacular ending. 
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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