Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Review: TEN by Gretchen McNeil

Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 18, 2012)
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Horror

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 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?

Review: An edge-on-your-seat horror novel, Gretchen McNeil’s Ten reads like watching an amazing horror movie.

Meg didn’t want to go to the exclusive party on Henry Island, but someone has to watch her best friend Minnie in a house filled with boys and booze. The torrential storm isn’t enough to stop their fun until the friends watch a DVD with the message: Vengeance is mine. The electricity goes out and with no way to contact the outside world until the ferry comes on Monday, the teens settle in for a long weekend. But one by one, someone is hunting them, killing them, and they’ll learn what vengeance has in store for them.

Ten starts off with a simple invitation to an exclusive party on a secluded island. Add in a storm and no cell service, and you have all the makings of a horror novel. McNeil excelled at creating the characters. Each one came off as a distinct individual. The voice is fantastic, and I easily stepped into Meg’s head and saw and felt what she did. The elements of horror appeared loud and clear from the atmosphere to the no contact with the outside world to the fear involved in turning friends against each other. The story behind the murders and the way the teens died was cleverly crafted, and I was left guessing who the killer was until the very end.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil is easily one of my top ten favorite reads this year. The teenage angst and horror is spot on. Heads up to any movie producers out there, I think it’d make one awesome horror movie, so please get on that.

Five Bookworms = I loved it!