Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 294
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
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.
I'll be the first to admit that I expected very little from Ten going into it. At first, before its publication, Ten had received raving reviews, and was at my top priority ARC list for quite a while. But then, after its publication, Ten started receiving many two and one star ratings, some from very trusted friends of mine, and my anticipation grew less and less to the point where I went into this expecting to be frustrated and to let my snark out with Ten, only to, in the end, be genuinely surprised by it in almost every way imaginable.
What I originally expected Ten to be upon reading its synopsis months ago was a fun read that would resemble a campy eighties' slasher flick, but afterwards, judging by the negative reviews, I expected it to be a predictable, melodramatic and boring read. This instance, among many, is one where I should have gone with my initial expectation, because let me tell you, I had a whole lot of fun with this campy little book.
You may not know this about me, but I love horror. I read it; I watch it; I love it; I live it. I grew up reading Goosebumps by R.L. Stine (they are practically the basis behind my love for horror), watching Nightmare on Elm Street as a child (I may or may not own the Collector's Edition with all eight movies), and reading Stephen King as a teenager (to this day, he remains as my favorite author of all-time, and I highly doubt he will ever be replaced). As a horror fan, setting is everything to me. Small town, carnival, or, in Ten's case, secluded island - whatever the setting is, if you manage to get it and its atmosphere down, I'm putty in your knife-wielding hands.
And that's where I feel Gretchen McNeil hit a home run with Ten. Immediately in Ten, we're brought into a big storm, crashing the waves around Henry Island onto the coast, swaying the ferry carrying two party-goers in for the weekend of their lives