Monday, March 25, 2013

Ten By Gretchen McNeil

     Wow.  I just finished Ten by Gretchen McNeil, and I am literally shaking from how amazing, exciting, and terrifying it was.  It's one of those books that you just can't stop reading!
     Basically, ten teenagers (Meg, Minnie, T.J., Gunner, Kumiko, Lori, Vivian, Ben, Nathan, and Kenny) are invited to an exclusive party at a popular girl's house over President's Day weekend.  She lives on an isolated island in a beautiful house made of white stone.  The kids find a DVD labeled Do Not Watch, so naturally, they watch it.  It is full of sinister messages, promising death and revenge.  Then the deaths start happening, one by one.  Any one of the party guests could be the killer, or maybe even someone lurking outside.  The deaths are all linked to a mysterious girl's notebook.  And just when you know you know who the killer is, and you are freaking out because you can't believe it was him or her, well, another surprise comes along and takes your breath away.  Let me just say that the end is definitely unexpected.  I would recommend Ten to anyone who likes a scary (and usually I'm not a fan of scary novels, but this one is different!), well-written, super exciting book to read.  I would say you should probably be at least thirteen because there are lots and lots of creepy murders and scary situations.  My rating is five out of five stars for sure!  
     The next books on my to-read list are The One And Only Ivan, My Sister's Keeper, and Paper Towns.  Comment below and tell me if they're any good!  And I just finished Flowers For Algernon, which is a very unique and interesting book!  Thanks for reading, guys! :)

                                                           ✕    Rosalind    ✕  

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Hey y'all! So it's been a really long time since I blogged last... and I guess I've been reading a little... So lately the books I am most attracted to when I go to the public library are all those futuristic dystopian novels that everyone is talking about, like, of course, The Hunger Games and Divergent, etc. So I read this book called Uglies - yeah I really want to call it The Uglies - for a book report a couple weeks ago. I really liked it.

So the main character is an almost 16 year old girl named Tally Youngblood. According to Wikipedia and a few other sites (because you should never trust Wikipedia, kids!) it takes place in California, about 300 years from now (I know, I hate it when they say what year it's in, too). So in Tally's society, when you turn 16 you turn "pretty". Basically you have plastic surgery that turns you from normal looking(today) to all fake and perfect. Like those people who turn themselves into live barbie dolls (they're so messed up!!!) So most people on this planet would be considered ugly. Yes, that means you. No offense or anything.

So after the operation you will go live in New Pretty town and live a very "Bubbly!" life where you party all night and drink a lot and then wake up with a hangover. Most people have tons of "surges" (operations) to change little things such as the way your eyes look or to get a moving tattoo. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Anyways, Tally is anxiously waiting to become a pretty. All her friends have left, and she has nothing to do in boring old Uglyville. Then she meets Shay. Shay is a rebel. She knows things that other uglies don't, little secrets that have been passed along from older, wiser uglies who escaped from the city to go to the mysterious Smoke. The Smoke is where, every once and a while, some uglies will run away to before their 16th birthday. Duh duh duh DUH......

Anyways, y'all should definitely read it, it's super duper good and I think everyone should read it... yeah! Bye y'all! (Y'ALL! Y'ALL! Y'ALL! I LOVE THAT WORD!)