Ten by Gretchen McNeil

tenIn this mystery, ten teens are invited to an island mansion for what they think will be a weekend full of eating, drinking, and merrying. Unfortunately for them, one of the guests has other plans which include seeking revenge for past crimes and, well…murder. When guests start dying one by one it doesn’t take long for the them to start pointing fingers at one another in a desperate attempt to discover the real killer. Do they succeed? You’ll have to read to find out!

Gretchen McNeil’s Ten reminded me a lot of the Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine books I read when I was a teenager. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sure, bookworm Meg does do a lot of longing for superjock and good friend TJ (and his dimples) and Minnie’s drama queen hysterics make you kinda’ hope that she’s next on the killer’s list tend can get a little tiresome, but I thought there was enough suspense and action to keep me around until the end. I must confess, I got a little edgy when they went to the neighbor’s house in search of help.It’s also not shy during the murder scenes–if you like your mysteries bloody, then give it a try.

Have YOU read it? What did you think? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Battle of the Books – Booklist

I’m so excited to announce the books for our FIRST EVER Battle of the Books!

Okay, so the books aren’t really fighting it out to survive. Instead it will be YOU proving  just how much you know about the books to others. With help from the League of Extraordinary Teens, we’ve put together a list of books for people to read. During the actual Battle of the Books we will have a trivia show as well as some physical challenges inspired by the books.

More details to follow soon. But for now…here are the books (click on the cover to see more about the book and/or add your own reviews and comments):

Ten by Gretchen McNeilI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill YouEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph DelaneyUnwind by Neal Shusterman