Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Series: No (unfortunately)
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Won

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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?

When reading the summary, it screams creepy. Almost Stephen King creepy. Thing is, the book wasn't--isn't--as creepy as you may think. It's just creepy enough to make you wonder why you are reading this book, what is going through Gretchen's head, and why isn't their a sequel.

The reason: It's the way the plot was and the motive behind all the killings that may send a chill up your spine. 

The whole plot of the book is centered around revenge for this one depressed girl who killed herself. Now as sad as it was to read about this girl, it was a little crazy what she wrote in her journal. Yes, she tired to fit in, but she also kinda made up a few things in her mind. Suicides are bad, but hers could have been prevented if she had talked to someone. 

To start off with the motive-plot, I feel that if this book was made into a movie, I would be totally scared but excited to see it. Reading it--yes, a bit creepy, but the book kept my interest going because I wanted to know who the a murderer was. Ten's one of those books that if you just want a book with no cheesy romantic crap and a standalone, it;s one to read. And it's hard to put down. And it's not too creepy that it gives you nightmares.

Meg, our main character, is shy, but very brave when it came to certain things. The thing I admired about her was that even though her best friend, Mimie, was a total bitch  towards her, she still stuck by her side. Takes a true ffriend to do that. 

Now, despite this, all characters weren't perfect, but they were just right to where they each caused tension, backstabbing, suspicion, and anger to come out to make the evil mastermind's plan work. It was genius and I wish I could think of something creepily amazing like this book. 

I said earlier that there wasn't any cheesy romantic crap--that doesn't mean there isn't any romance at all. There is. It's just regular teenage love where two girls like the same guy but one backs off because the other. I'm happy Meg gets the guy, and not just because of what happens to the other--Mimie.

At the end when the secret was revealed---oMG. Sorry to be such a girl, but it was shocking. From parts of the plot, I grew some suspicions on who was killing everyone. I was right, but when the murderer came out to Meg, I was shocked. At this point, it was 1:30 am, but I needed to know why. Man, it was good. 

The ending is a bit depressing, but it's a horror type book, so there isn't really a big happy ending. Yet, there was a small happy ending for Meg.

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  1. I've heard so many good things about this book, and I really love all things creepy, so this seems right up my alley. Glad you liked it!

    Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers