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Ten – Gretchen McNeil

Ten – Gretchen McNeilTitle: Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Publishing Info: September 18, 2012 by HarperCollins
Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 13, 2012

    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?


I really enjoyed reading TEN It was the perfect amount of creepy, just a bit of ghost story, and I definitely felt like I needed to read it in the daylight and not the dark. I know it’s a retelling of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None, but since I hadn’t read it, I didn’t really know what I was in for.

TEN played out pretty much like an old 90s slasher film for me — and I loved it. So Meg and her friends are on the an island. It’s the worst storm of the century. The power’s been cut. They find a creepy DVD (the Ring?? Ahhh! There was another reference to that later on too). Oh, and there’s a killer among them, picking off their friends one by one and marking it with red slashes of paint on the wall each time one of them is killed. Pretty freakin’ creepy.

Despite the fact that I’m not a horror fan (seriously — I had to stop a ghost story earlier in the week because ghosts flat out terrify me), I really enjoyed reading this. It was the perfect amount of freaking me out because I could put the book down and not feel like I was going to get attacked or anything. I contemplated putting the book in the freezer (10 points if you get the reference) but I kept on reading and was quite surprised with the ending! In true slasher film form, it was a nice twist the way everything played out. I felt like there was a twist coming, but I couldn’t figure it out until the reveal.


Meg: Meg seemed like a pretty normal character. I liked the writer-geek in her and she just seemed very low-key and (despite the almost calm while dealing with killers and dead bodies) it seems like she and I would handle situations similarly, especially with her friendship with Minnie. Minnie seems like a tough one to deal with, and in all honesty, I probably would have ditched my Homecoming date to spare my best friend too.
Minnie: Minnie really threw me for a loop. We find out that she’s on medication for anxiety/depression (sorry, I think I was mixing them up in the book), but I kept wondering the whole time how it was playing into our murder story. Was she the killer and went crazy off of her meds? Was she going to create some kind of dangerous situation? Was her mental illness more than what we believed it to be? Lots of interesting questions that came up with that aspect of the story.


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This book was so much fun! It totally reminded me of 90s slasher films. I wouldn’t say it was amazing or anything but a really fun horror/mystery, especially for Halloween-time!


Top Ten Tuesday – October 23, 2012: Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit!

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit!!!

1. Ten by Gretchen McNeil: As I’m writing those post (which I started way ahead of time), I’m in the middle of ten (just over 100 pgs in). I started reading last night and it’s really good! But Brittany + scary book + home alone + dark = illogically frightened. So I joked about putting the book in the freezer (10 pts if you get the reference) and took a break so I didn’t scare myself too much.

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: I’ll admit it. I’m too scared to read this book. I got about 25 pages in and I just cannot cannot cannot do ghost stories. I really don’t know why but ghosts scare the ever-living daylights out of me. Anyway, I felt like something was going to creep around the corner at any moment so I stopped scaring myself and put the book down. *shrugs* Oh well.

3. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood: I thought this was a great book about witches! I liked that it deal with magic and witchcraft but the focus was more on society’s take on it and the secrecy of it instead of it being sinister and evil (it was just perceived that way by those who didn’t understand).

4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard: I just finished this one a couple weeks ago and it was a really fun zombie read! I’m not much of a zombie person but I thought it was a quick and easy read with a few nice twists at the end!

5. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: I’m now in the middle of the 4th book, Blood Promise, and I’m still in love with this series. I think it could fit well with Halloween for the vampire aspect.

6. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich: So I haven’t actually gotten to this one yet, but it’s actually Halloween themed! I still need to read #14 and this is really #14.5. No worries, I’ll always have time for Stephanie Plum!

7. The In Death series by J.D. Robb: I always think a good mystery is great for Halloween – pick up the In Death series and you’ll get some really crazy killers, that’s for sure. They’re almost like horror movies in themselves.

8. The Fear Street books by R.L. Stine: When I was a kid, I was reading the Fear Street books, not Goosebumps. It’s fair to say that these books DEFINITELY gave me nightmares. I think my mom finally convinced me to stop reading them so I would stop having bad dreams (even though I didn’t want to stop reading them).

9. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: Spirits, devils, demons, nephilim, angels – perfect for Halloween spookiness. Well, and a hot guy. Not like that has anything to do with it though…

10. The Harry Potter series: I don’t know why ABC Family keeps insisting that these are Christmas movies. Witches, wizards, ghosts, vampires (yes, a vampire made an appearance at the Christmas party. Also, not in the movies), goblins, trolls, magic? Yes, this is Halloween-appropriate for sure. And of course, any reason for me to bring Harry Potter back in the mix.


This week at The Book Addict’s Guide…

Monday: A Fortnight of Fright: Guest Post from Kelsey – Haunted Walks Are Fun!Series Catch-Up 2012 Challenge: Sign-Ups!
Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads!
Wednesday: Something Strange and Deadly Read Along: Week 3
Thursday: A Fortnight of Fright: Favorite Halloween TV Episodes!
Friday: Casting Call [7]: The Body Finder

A Sunday Compilation

It’s Sunday! That’s not exciting, really so I’m not sure why the exclamation point… But before work claims us all again tomorrow, here’s a whole mess of bloggy updates and news points I want to remind you of before the weekend comes to a close!

1. DEGREES OF WRONG GIVEAWAY closing tomorrow!!
That’s right, folks! If you haven’t checked out my post from the Degrees of Wrong blog tour, I highly suggest you do! This is a new book from Anna Scarlett (or you may know her better as Anna Banks who wrote Of Poseidon) and I absolutely adored it! It’s love story, snark, sci-fi, thrills – the whole package for me really! There’s a giveaway for an egalley of the ARC and I think you won’t want to miss it! Only one more day to enter!!

2. THE DEJA VU REVIEW second post is up!
Guys… I’m a little sad. And desperate. No one wants to participate in the Deja Vu Review! They’re only mini-reviews and you only have to say a few words to participate! I thought it would be fun for us to talk about some books we read before we started our blogs (because I know mine isn’t that old and I’ve been reading my whole life – That’s a lot of books gone un-reviewed!), so if you want to link up, please do so soon! You can post any time throughout the week although I put the feature up on Sundays, but if I don’t get any takers soon, it may go in the garbage pile next to Freaky Friday 🙁 Or just better yet, it’ll be read only and I’ll stop trying to have people join in haha. Either way, I hope to see you there!

3. ARMY OF TEN buzz!
The Army of TEN

The awesome Gretchen McNeil has a new book coming out called TEN and it sounds MAJORly awesome! It’s not a PRIVATE secret or anything… I mean, it’s GENERAL knowledge but we need to create some buzz for the book! Oh, and she’s got a great contest going on here!!

(please just pretend like you enjoyed those puns… THANKS!)