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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ten By Gretchen McNeil Book Review

Ten By Gretchen McNeil

Date Published: Septemeber 16, 2012 by Balzer and Bray
Page Numbers: 294 pages
Format: E-Book
Source: Kindle Book
Cover Love: Eeerie, creepy, and really correlates to the book. I enjoy that. That's what drew me to the book.

Summary: SHHHH!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?

My Thoughts: I think it would be okay if I missed this. This book was a hit and miss for me. If you're coming here from Goodreads, then as I said there, this book is a bad version of  I Know What You Did Last Summer, a movie I actually enjoyed a lot. This book is also, I realized, based on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and my initial reaction was:

I read that book back in like the 5th grade and it was amazing. In this book, I feel it tried to be a lot like that and it couldn't, but that isn't what made it a bad book, I'll tell you what made it a bad book. 

The characters. This book is told from a 3rd person POV, but we are identified with a main character. This being a quiet, shy, writer named Meg, I hated the way they developed her character. In a book I would enjoy they don't necessarily say how the character changes, you sense it, that's what makes a book memorable. In this book, it TOLD me everything about everyone and the way they acted and how they changed and it made me angry. I hated just about everyone in the book. All of them, TJ was tolerable. TOLERABLE. I wanted to slap some sense into them. The clues were everywhere. Everything tied together. COULD YOU NOT SEE WHO WAS DOING THIS??!?

And another thing, the twists, the thrills?! All expected, not excited. But I must admit I was a bit scared. I was. I can't deny that. I'll say it out loud: I WAS SCARED OF THIS BOOK! 

The writing was fast paced, which I enjoyed. I mean it's not that bad. It has its good factors. It was written like a movie, a bad movie, but still a book written like a movie is interesting to see. But C'MON. I am literally going through my hi-lights on my Kindle to tell you some of the shit in this book: 

Example One: " Then he grabbed Vivian around the waist and started to freak her like a dog in the heat." What...The....Fuck! Who says that? What? Why? Nooo.

Example Two: " Nathan plucked the disc out of her hand. "Its homemade." He held it up to his face and read the label: Don't Watch Me. "I don't know that movie," Gunnar said. Minnie snorted. "It's a burned disc, Gun Show. Not a real movie." "Oh" Ben handed beers around. "It's probably lame vacation footage or something" "Or porn." Nathan volunteered. Lori wrinkled her nose. "Why would someone label porn Don't Watch Me?" Nathan shrugged. "Why not?" Vivian sat in one of the winded chairs and crossed her legs. "I don't like this." "You know what?" Minnie said with a dramatic pause. "This is how horror movies start."

YOU DON'T SAY??!?!? See, if I saw a dvd titled Don't Watch Me. I'd be the sensible one to put it back. If I was invited to an island in the middle of nowhere. I'D DENY IT. UM. NO. Why?!? You go and have fun and be murdered. I'll be safe at home under my covers watching the news. 

One last thing is the Lord of the Flies reference. I read this my freshman year of high school and enjoyed it. I laughed when I saw this. One guy is like: "I read Lord of the Flies, we can't turn on them like they did. Because that book didn't end well." 

It didn't end well and neither did this book. Not in my opinion. Maybe it did to you. Did you like it? 

Happy Readings,


  1. I'm so disappointed, because I was very excited for this book. I love a good mystery that scares the crap out of me, but the only thing I hear are the same complaints you've mentioned. I'm sorry to hear this didn't work out and I might skip this book after all.. Good review :)


    1. I was too. I hadn't been reading the reviews a lot and I saw the book trailer and the fact that I love newer YA mystery books, you never see a lot like these and it let me down completely. Thanks! ^.^


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