Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Review: Ten, by Gretchen McNeil


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Three-day weekend. House party. 

White Rock House on Henry Island. 

You do NOT want to miss it. 

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives--three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, which involve their school's most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher, and look forward to three glorious days of boys, bonding, 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 outside, the teens are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

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Age range: 13+

Pages: 304

Genre: Young Adult Horror

I typically don't read too many horror books, but I really enjoyed some of this author's other works. That being said, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

To explain it the best I can, this book is what would happen if a chick flick and a murder mystery had a book baby. Tons of romance, and also tons of gore. And while I totally shipped the romance that was going on, it seemed a little misplaced to me. Like, there's a manic running around and killing your friends off one by one, but sure, kiss in the rain. Not like there's more important things to be doing . . .

But, I totally loved the main character, Meg. She's awkward, and sweet and antisocial, and a writer. So, basically me. I gave this book to my mom to read after I finished it, and when she read then line: "Party equals fun. Woo hoo. Yay. Party," she went "Kara, this is totally you." What can I say? I'm a happy introvert.

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All of the characters had their own voice in the story. There wasn't much room for any character development with them though, because, well, a lot of them were dead before the end of the book. Most of the character dialogue was okay, but some of the cheesier lovey-dovey lines were just that: cheesy. Like, aged-blue-cheese-crumble cheesy.

What I really liked about this novel was how every scene accomplished something. Whether it was building Meg's character arc, or sprinkling in a clue to the culprit, all of the chapters were essential to the plot. Tying in with her scenes, I thought she did a great job with her pacing. Although the story only took place over three days, the plot didn't seem rushed. The emotional journeys that Meg went through throughout the book made it seem that the story was longer than just one weekend.

The killings were all very strategic, and I appreciated the unpredictability of the plot-line. The only thing about the plot that I really disliked was the final reveal at the end of the book. Had this been the first Gretchen McNeil book that I'd ever read, I probably would have liked it. Buuut, this is the second book that I've read of hers, and the reveal at the end was completely the same as the one in #murdertrending.

If you think you'd enjoy Ten, you can read a free preview here, and you can find Gretchen McNeil's website here.

Happy reading!


  1. Ooo, sounds interesting. I’m not sure if this is a book I’d like, but it does sound very intriguing! Great review! (Also, introverts for life! *raises introvert flag high*)

    1. Totally agree, the premise is super interesting!

      *introvert high-five*

  2. I'm not into horror too much either. I am interested, so I might look into it. :)
    Great review!

    1. Let me know what you think if you decide to read it. Thanks!

  3. Horror's not my favorite, but people trapped in a house with a storm outside?? That's RIGHT up my alley! Sounds pretty cool. :D


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