Phew, it’s been ages since I posted a book review here!! Sorry guys that I’m not active as I used to be and that I ranted on a totally non-bookish thing a few days ago… I’m also sad that the large amount of school work and exams happening at the moment is preventing me from doing thing that interests me such as watching anime or reading… But the more school work I receive, the more I realize that I want to come back to this beautiful community…
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publication: September 17th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Page count: 320
Genre: YA – Mystery, Romance
From Possess author Gretchen McNeil comes this teen horror novel inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Perfect for fans of Christopher Pike’s Chain Letter and Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ten will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page!
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.
With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
I had big hopes prior starting this book… On top of mystery being one of my favorite genres, some of my bloggy friends have read and loved this book. How weren’t I excited?!
Sad to say that Ten turned out to be less than what I had expected. Despite being a mystery novel, I wasn’t able to take things in this book seriously. Probably due to the fact that there were teenage dramas that I never thought would actually exist in a dangerous life-and-death situation like this. There is a killer and you’re busy thinking of boys and getting jealous of each other because of that?? *shakes head*
Other than that, I also had a love/hate relationship with the protagonist, Meg. Sometimes, I felt like she was a character I could relate to — being the shy girl crushing on a more popular boy. (LOL!! Not that I have a crush on those kinds of boys! I mean that we are both alike when it comes to our personalities, we both tend to stay invisible xD) Other times, though, I felt like giving her a wake-up-slap because gosh girl, why don’t you give yourself a break and stand up for yourself?? I know as a human being we are supposed to love each other and forgive but you can’t just keep defending someone who’s clearly NOT there for you when you need her the most — someone who selfishly thinks that you are never there for her while in reality, it has always been the opposite.
Needless to say, I didn’t like Minnie’s character. Saying that I want to rip the pages out of frustration is an understatement… And you know how much I care about my books physical condition.
The side characters were no better than that… They all seemed cookie-cutter, being so hard to distinguished from one another. To many characters were introduced in the beginning of the book without sufficient details or unique personalities that could help us to tell them apart. I swear that I was 150+ pages into the book and I was still like, “Who the hell is Nathan??? Which one is Kenny?? Or Gunner??”
On the bright side, the mystery aspect of the book was something that I could enjoy. It was fun reading about the clues and guessing which one was the real killer. Actually, it was the only thing that kept me reading, otherwise I would have definitely stopped long ago. I must admit that the killer identity was so shocking for me. Though the ending of the book fell kinda flat and a bit anticlimatic.
Overall, it was an okay read. Ten wasn’t a wholly terrible book, but it didn’t impress me much either. The mystery was definitely this book’s saving grace.