Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Hardcover: 304
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Author Info: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon | IndieBound
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 the 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?
Brilliantly plotted and paced, TEN is a psychological mystery that will frighten you and keep you guessing until the very end. Even then, you'll be wrong.

I've been dying for this book ever since it was announced, and was fortunate enough to score a copy this year at Book Expo America. Why? For a few good reasons. One, 'cause it's a thrilllerrrrr....thrilllerrr! Two, a secluded island with a killer on the loose? Yes please!

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and with striking resemblance to Lord of the Flies, this book will grab you by the neck and beg to be read. Prepare to be drawn in to the thrills and chills of this book from start to finish. Not only will you question "whodunit?" but also, "who will be next?"

As a big fan of the genre and the author herself, I was quite intrigued by the idea of this book. I started reading it nearly the moment I had it in my hands and almost didn't stop until I finished. There were times while reading that I could feel the intensity and creepiness so vividly, that I didn't dare move from my bed lest I be attacked from someone hiding in the dark places in the rooms of my own house. But I did dare, finally. All for a bottle of water. Believe me, though. I ran.

Ten, with its quick pace and demand to be read, was truly an incredible book. I can't speak highly enough, and I can see why Balzer+Bray picked this one up.

Though told in third perspective, the story mainly focuses on Meg--a girl who, despite caring too much for her own good, always protects those she loves. She and Minnie, her bipolar best friend, are invited to a weekend party at a beach house on a secluded island by one of the most popular girls in school. Invites like this only come once in a lifetime. So they accept and head there, not knowing what the weekend truly holds for them.

This story is about ultimate survival and the love found in the midst of it. It wills you to become a teen on this horrifying getaway to not only try to save the others, but also to figure out who is behind the killings. Because in reality, it could be any one of them.

I completely loved this book and highly recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games (don't hate) and Lord of the Flies. Also, if I were to rate this book, I would give it TEN stars.


  1. I just got a copy of this at ALA and I loved And Then There Were None, so I think I will really enjoy this one. Great review :)

  2. I read this book a few months ago, and totally agree with you comparing it to Lord of the Flies and Agatha Christie! I actually read this book in bed too, and would not get out until I finished it!! I was totally caught up in the novel, and there was the fact that every noise sounded so much scarier lol!! The only part I didn't like about it was the last 10 or so pages, where Meg says that stuff about how 8 people died, including her best friend, but it was okay because she got the guy!! That part just really annoyed me. I'm glad you liked it so much!!

  3. I loved Gretchen's first book, Possess, and I know I'll love this one too even though I was a bit wary of it since it reminds me a lot of my favourite tv show, Harper's Island. Anyway great review!

  4. Ah man, I'm dying (no pun intended, honest) to read this book! I'm so excited to see the good reviews come trickling in.

  5. I'm excited to read Ten, I've heard nothing but great things. I loved Possess and I know I will probably have to read Ten with the lights on. Great review!

  6. I can't wait for this one! In my teen years I read Agatha Christie instead of YA, so when Gretchen compared Ten to And Then There Were None (my favorite AC novel), I was sold.

  7. I can not wait to read this! Great review!

  8. I love those books that have you so creeped out you literally have to run for the bathroom because you're afraid something might have escaped from the pages and are now hiding in all the dark corners.
    Fantastic review. I can't wait to read it myself :]