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SHHHH!
Don't spread the word!
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...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Wendy Darling
A group of teenagers arrive on an isolated island for a party weekend. But one by one, they all start to die...

If I'd never read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, or as it used to be called, Ten Little Indians (view spoiler), this retelling of that classic mystery might've been a more agreeable surprise with its many twists and turns. Even though my recollection of the specific details of who did what in the original story are fairly fu...more
karen

this isn't going to be one of my two-star reviews where i trash the book and scream and moan about how terrible it was. because it wasn't that it was terrible, it was just...trite. if you have read a million books, like i have, there is nothing here that is going to surprise you (except for the fact that the people in this book put TOMATOES in the FRIDGE!! - why would you ruin a perfectly good tomato???).

it is sortof kindof a retelling of and then there were none, but not really, not at the end...more
Blythe
Vengeance is mine; I will repay.
For the time when their foot shall slide.
For the day of their disaster is near.
And their doom comes swiftly.


Ten is the story of ten (ha! Get it? Because the book is called Ten? Ah. I'll just stop now...) teenagers who are all invited to a secret house party on a secluded island over the course of a three-day weekend. Expecting to have a fun, drunken and hormonally stereotypical time at the party, best friends Meg and Minnie decide to go, despite Meg's reservatio...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)

The words were centered on the title page, written in red ink. It should have been ominous. It should have kept Meg from turning the next page.

Not so much.


The word (review) was my own addition.

Who ever listens when told to stop doing something? The words "keep out" aren't much different from waving a red cape in front of an angry bull. It only dares us to charge right in.

You know, I can't even fault her for doing it. If people were dropping like flies all around me (this is not a spoiler...I w...more
Evie
I think I need a cold shower, cup of hot choco and a teddy bear to snuggle up with.
This book destroyed my mental stability.
Suck on a thumb much?

Mitch
The last time I remember seeing this setup - a seemingly random group of people is lured to a remote mansion where they’re killed one by one in ever more gruesome fashion in a half-crazed bid for revenge, it was an episode of Family Guy. Seth MacFarlane cribbed the plot from Agatha Christie, sure, but it was still a damn funny parody. In Ten, Gretchen McNeil takes that exact same well-worn story of horror and revenge, but adds nothing new to it really.

The only thing this book doesn’t lack for is...more
Nikki Katz
I just had the amazing opportunity to read Ten ... and that's a feat in itself, because (as I've told Gretchen one hundred times) "I don't do horror!" But this book was perfect. It had just the right amount of romantic tension, character quirks, and mystery thrown in with the horror elements to keep me from cowering under my blankets with all of the lights on. Okay. Maybe I did cower under the blankets with a couple lights on. Shh, don't tell anyone.

The twists and turns kept me guessing until th...more
Jill Heather
Have you read And Then There Were None? Congratulations, you've already read this book, except it was better the first time. The plots are identical, except all the vengeance is about high school stuff and this book is even more offensive about mental illness.

On the other hand, did you desperately want Christie's book to end with an entirely unearned happy ending and without the "here's how it all went down in clever detail" chapter? Even then, you don't want to read this book.

Also, and most o...more
Reynje
2.5 stars

I’m not familiar with And Then There Were None, though I understand that it served as the basis for this contemporary story of teen murder during a weekend house party. Now I kind of wish I’d read the Agatha Christie first, and not completely spoiled myself with Ten, as I have it on good authority that the original is brilliant.

Which is my roundabout way of saying that this was not brilliant.

But not terrible either. Being unaware of the plot twists made me curious enough to read Ten q...more
Carrie
I read this. And it was so effing good that I'm jealous of MYSELF for having read it.
Brad
I can't even begin to explain how much I love TEN! TEN is a fast-paced thriller, with jump-out-of-your-seat moments, secrets that will shock you, and an ending that will terrify you until the very last page.

I should start off by saying that i read TEN in one night: start to finish. I couldn't put it down! McNeil composed a mystery novel in which all of the events in this book actually made sense. She did a terrific job with this novel, and I would recommend it to anybody -- mystery lover or not...more
Aditi
The opening scene of TEN spills onto a heaving ferry being tossed around by dark waves. The rest of the story tosses around the reader in tides of mystery, suspense & eerie thrills.
Nothing about TEN is original. The atmosphere, characters and main plot have all been done before. They have all succeeded in making the reader shiver and thus be highly entertained. TEN does precisely the same. Reading this book is like going to another Haunted House. You know it is going to give you its fair sh...more
Kate
My full review won't be up until a little closer to publication date, but this has got to be one of my favorite reads of the year! It reminded me a lot of old school YA, the horror/thriller stories of my own youth. The style is more Christoper Pike (and ya'll know I love Pike) than R.L. Stine, with teens actually behaving in a teen manner.

I was a bit afraid that this book would end up watered down and that only one or two people would die off screen, but nope, McNeil brings the horror! I was th...more
Rayne
Mini Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil This book is exactly what my Halloween night tradition with my boyfriend, siblings and friends is all about. Horrible and painfully predictable slasher/mystery/horror movies full of cliches and stereotyped characters, with no structure or brains to the plot. It's stupid and silly; you know it, I know it, we all know it, but there's a part of us that still enjoy them regardless of how predictable and silly they are. That alone is why I gave it 2 stars, because...more
Me, My Shelf and I
Once you open this book, you will be unable to set it done until you turn the last page! It was completely and totally, unputdownable!

Ten is a terrifying, bloody and suspense filled roller coaster ride, you'll get back in line for again and again!

YA definitely needs more Horror/Suspense novels, and Gretchen McNeil just set the standard by which all future books in the genre will be compared!

(Full review to come closer to release date! Watch www.MeMyShelfAndI.com for blog tour, interviews and gi...more
Mith
I made the mistake of reading this late into the night and ended up sleeping with my door locked tight.

Ten is a retelling of Agatha Christie's famous 'And then there were none' with a YA spin on it (That should make you want to read this book, right there!).

If you haven't read Christie's version (and you really, REALLY should), ten random strangers end up on an island, each of them having been called there by a friend/acquaintance they haven't heard from, in a long time and find themselves myste...more
Gabrielle Carolina
I could write a long, ranting review, but here's the skinny:

If you loved Gretchen McNiel's debut and love angsty teen stories, no matter how they take shape, or even if they take shape, then keep this one on your TBR and enjoy every melodramatic minute.

If you're a Gretchen newbie intrigued by Ten's premise and haven't read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None yet, push this one back on your must-have list and grab the original then decide.

If like me you're new to McNeil and wanted to try T...more
Lindsay Cummings
sooo good and creepy. I was completely taken off guard by who the killer was! Loved it!! Read it while I was home alone for an entire weekend. Big mistake, because I spent the entire night huddled by my shotgun while it stormed outside! I swore I was going to die, lol. Great book!! Quick, fast-paced read!
Jorge
AL FINAL DE LA RESEÑA HAY UN SPOILER Y DESVELO PARTE DEL FINAL. AVISADOS QUEDÁIS. LUEGO NO QUIERO QUEJAS.

Opinión rápida: no me ha gustado nada. Increíble, mal explicada, aburrida...

OPINIÓN ALGO MÁS LARGA

Se acabó. Por fin. Sin sorpresas ya que sigue fielmente la estructura de "Diez negritos" (más la película que la novela). Y sin credibilidad. Resolución poco creíble, personajes planos, nulo ritmo... Al menos se cargan a varios de estos cargantes personajes y algo se anima, pero tampoco como para...more
Jon
Find this review and so much more at Scott Reads It

Thank you to Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC!

What a book! I'm so glad that I read this horror/thriller because it was awesome. Ten is a fast paced thriller that I read in a couple of hours. There is never a dull moment in Ten and you're eyes will be glued to the page. I know that when I was reading I ignored everything else around me because I was so immersed in Ten.

Ten is the story of ten teens who are invited to an island for a p...more
Veronica Morfi
Ten teens travel to a secluded island to attend a private party. No one knows where they are and no one can imagine that soon after they arrive one by one they will start dying.

I can't figure out how to write a review for TEN without giving anything away, cause trust me you don't want any spoilers, the twists and turns are what make this book awesome. So, I will try to keep my review small and to the point.

As I already mentioned this book is awesome. We get to travel to a creepy island inside t...more
Kelly
The first half of the book had many missteps, the biggest being a lot of unnecessary hand holding of the readers (and by extension the characters). We didn't need to know things were weird; just show us they're weird. That's what happens in a thriller -- and this is solidly a thriller and not a horror. There were also a few odd spots in the beginning that read more like first person than third person, which is the POV through which the story is told (and this is a narrative choice I commend McNe...more
Christine Fonseca
I was lucky enough to read an early version of the book - and let me tell you. FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for this one to be released to the world. SO excited.
Erin
Dear Gretchen,
Agatha Christie, Lois Duncan and R.L. Stine called and they want their formula back.
To be fair this book was creepy and fun. I read it in a day of compulsive reading and was quite spooked when I finally teared myself away to go to sleep last night. If you are looking for a scary, attention-keeping book to blaze right thru then this one is perfect for you. If you want an original and unpredictable plot, and well-developed characters then you should keep on walking. If you have read...more
Kyle
Jan 27, 2013 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of And Then There Were None
Better than I expected actually. Not exactly quality literature or anything, but it was pretty fun.

I'm not a fan of teen slasher flicks.

Or horror movies in general since this is me during even the most cheap, non-scary gore fests:



I don't even like horror movie commercials because they creep me out so much, especially the ones with real life psycopaths instead of monsters, just because it makes me more convinced that Leatherface is standing outside my house getting ready to kill me.

Ten is a cheap...more
Mandy Sickle
I’ve had Ten on my shelf since the week it came out but haven’t been able to find the time to get a chance to read it yet. I picked it up because it’s a remix of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None which was a book we read in school that I loved. So of course with this week’s challenge it was a perfect book to read plus I was on vacation and who doesn’t love creepy books while on vacation. Meg and her best friend Minnie have been invited to a house party on Henry Island by Jennifer. It’s...more
Sarah
Ten really reminded me of the Christopher Pike I obsessively read when I was 13. (For the record, my favorite was Die Softly--that was super creepy and now I kind of want to re-read it.) This is a retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which is a really messed up story (and very much worth reading if you like horror/scary books) and Ten isn't as disturbed as the source material (particularly the ending); Ten also isn't faithful to the nursery rhyme like the original, though it...more
Sandra
Ten is about 10 teens that are invited to a party. It's not an original party, because it's a party on an island.
' SHHHHH! Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party. White Rock House on Henry Island. You do NOT want to miss it'.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives, but soon, it turns into a game of Hide and Seek and a very good place for a killer to hunt his prey.

' And their doom comes swiftly'

Ten had me hooked from the very first page. I brought this book for Halloween...more
Sub_zero
1.5/5

Revisión del clásico 'Diez negritos' cuya autora bien podría habernos ahorrado el insufrible lastre de su existencia absolutamente insustancial. Una isla prácticamente desierta, una invitación a la fiesta más salvaje de la temporada y un grupo adolescente de hormonas vergonzosamente hiperdesarrolladas que van siendo despachados poco a poco ante la indiferente mirada del lector. No lo vamos a negar, la propuesta de Gretchen McNeil tiene cierto encanto noventero heredado de los slashers holly...more
Jessi
Was this groundbreaking? No. Did I have fun reading it? Why yes I did
It is revamp of And Then There Were None but high school version. See to some people that would be nails on a chalk board, but for me I love teenage angst, tension, the drama !!
Oh the Drama!
I mean is there anything better then teenage girl shit.. well there is but I love those bitches!
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Way harsh Tai

But seriously no one takes a teen girl down worse then another teen girl, viscous stuff.

Now add dead bodies everywhere, well t...more
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Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS about a teen exorcist debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth,...more
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