Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Genera: Horror/Thriller/Mystery

Subjects: Murder, seclusion, survival

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 294 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen: Balzer and Bray

Summary/ product description: “And their doom comes swiftly.
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?”
(This is a standalone novel)
My Rating: êêêê1/2

My Review: This book was similar to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which was my favorite book that I read in 8th grade. But even better because it’s YA. I love horror movies, and reading this book was like seeing a really good teen horror movie. I wouldn’t call it cliché, because the character pointed out the horror movie clichés and tried to go against them.

I think Gretchen did a really good job on the horror and mystery stuff. I read her 1st book, Possess, and it was awesome. She makes 3rd person limited perspective interesting.

If you’re looking for a scary Halloween read, I do recommend this. This book will have you checking behind your back to make sure no one with a knife is there. It will keep you up all night wondering who’s going to die next. The characters are all so very different, and somehow connected. They’re not all from the same school, and everyone becomes a suspect. I don’t want to spoil it, by my first gut instinct about who the killer was, was correct, though I changed my mind a few times because of misleading clues. And then there’s the whole “red herring” thing. Or maybe I should say scape goat? The only thing I can say for sure is that Meg is not the killer. She does get blamed a few times though.

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I dad. Best non-paranormal/sci-fi book I’ve read in a long time. There needs to be more books like this. New Teen Horror Stories!!! BRING ON THE SCARY!!! Happy October everyone!

Cover Art Review: It’s creepy, but not creepy enough. That island’s just too small. There should be a house on it.

~Haley G

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