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Ten

McNeil, Gretchen (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast ... only for them to picked off by a killer one by one"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: McNeil, Gretchen
Title: Ten
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: "Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast ... only for them to picked off by a killer one by one"--Provided by publisher.
Alternate Title: 10
ISBN: 9780062118790
0062118781
9780062118783
Statement of Responsibility: Gretchen McNeil
Subject Headings: Horror stories. Revenge Fiction. Murder Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Horror stories.
Revenge
Murder
LCCN: 2012014342
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This book is scary and totally engrossing! I read the whole thing in a matter of hours because I couldn't put it down! I would definitely recommend this to someone!

This was the most fun I had reading a book in a while. Fast-paced and suspenseful! If you enjoyed And Then There Were None as much as I do, then you'll love this updated retelling!

Dec 30, 2012
  • Kristen Merke rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the story a lot, but as I recounted the tale to my mother she called all the shots and guessed the ending to a T. It is very similar to And There There Were None (by Agatha Christie). Though I knew it has a similar premise, I didn't think they would be as close as they were.

Still a fantastic read and I highly recommend the book.

Dec 09, 2012
  • allisonallain rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Meg and her best friend Minnie are making their way over to Henry Island for a party taking place over the long weekend. The only way to and from the island is by ferry which has been chartered specially to take them over. The guest list is very secretive so they aren’t even sure who will be there with them. Without telling their parents where they are going they set off in anticipation of a great weekend of fun. The exclusive house party was supposed to be the best weekend of their lives, but it quickly goes downhill. When they arrive on the island they find that there are 10 people staying at the house. They find a strange DVD and watch it to find a disturbing video with a prominent message ‘Vengeance is mine’. People don’t pay attention to the DVD until people start turning up dead. Now with a storm raging outside, and cut off from the outside world they have to survive the entire weekend until the ferries come back. This is probably going to be a ten minute gush fest of how much I loved this book. Prepare yourself. This book is based on Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ (Originally published as Ten Little Indians) which was first published in 1939. This is the first thing that I’ve read by Gretchen McNeil and I loved it!! 10 reasons that I loved ‘Ten’ The writing was amazing. The characters were believable. They felt like they were actual teenagers. They spoke like normal teenagers and acted like them as well. The murderer was a mystery. I was constantly second guessing my thoughts. I was positive that I knew who the killer was from the very beginning. Then I kept changing my minds and I was genuinely surprised by the reveal. It was creepy, scary and slightly gory. I found the fright level was perfect. It was just enough to creep me out, but I wasn’t too scared to read the book alone. It was a modern re-imagination of the original but not a copycat. I think that Gretchen McNeil took the good parts of Christie’s version and repurposed them, but it was done so well that I didn’t feel like she was just trying to be the same. The ending was logical and wrapped everything up nicely. It was nice to have the explanation of how everything happened and how and why the killer did it all. The book was so exciting that it kept me engaged the entire time. I literally didn’t want to put it down, and thus I finished it very quickly. Quick read. This book didn’t take very long as I mentioned above. This is the type of book that people could sit down and finish easily in a day. The story wasn’t heavy so a good read for vacation or weekend. Lots of people will enjoy this book. This book knows no gender bounds. I know that both guys and girls will enjoy this book even though the main character is a girl. I am going to recommend this book to my brother even though he isn’t a very big reader. I know that he will like it. I love the cover it’s very fitting to the story. It’s creepy and you see this island in the middle of the sea. I love the tag-line , and even the font is fitting! So as I said this is based on the Agatha Christie book which I’ve also read. I found that they were both amazing and I rated each of them 5/5 stars. I thought that both have surprising endings but I personally found that the end of Christie’s version really came out of nowhere. I want to tell everyone about this book because I loved it so much and I think that more people should read both ‘Ten’ and ‘And Then There Were None’. Check out my blog for more reviews: http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/

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Dec 30, 2012
  • Kristen Merke rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kristen Merke thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 18

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