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review 2016-09-24 15:44
Nox, Nox…who's there???
3:59 - Gretchen McNeil

Book Title:  3:59

Author:  Gretchen McNeil

Narration:  Tavia Gilbert

Series:  Stand Alone (I think)

Genre:  YA, Sci-Fi, Love & Stuff

Source:  Audiobook (Library via Hoopla)


✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 





Disturbia by Rihanna  --I know, I just used this song a little bit ago…but it fits this one too.♫


Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  3.5/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 4/5

Ending:  4.3/5 Cliffhanger:  Sort of…but it’s a stand alone, I think


Will I read more from this Author?  I could…



3.8/5 STARS



My Thoughts


First Impressions:  The title and the cover are super awesome…and the synopsis is too.  I have a thing for parallel universes…


This didn't exactly live up to my first impressions.  While mostly entertaining, you just have to not think too deeply about it all, otherwise it's sort of unbelievable or just off kilter-ish.   The science of it wasn't always easy to follow, but I comprehended well enough most of the time.  The Nox…those monsters were freaky crazy, maybe too crazy…



The narration wasn't bad it's just narrated by the same girl as The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and it threw me off because they have similar plot lines.

Sex Factor:  While mentioned, there is no actual explicit sex going on.




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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-23 21:27
Ten - The Actual Review
Ten - Gretchen McNeil

All right, folks, the wine is out of my system and I had a good night's sleep. It's time for an actual review!


As I said last night, I wasn't happy with this one. There were some parts I like, which I'll talk about in a bit, but for the most part I was disappointed. I finished the book just to finish it and that's not a good feeling for me to have towards a book. 


One of my biggest problems with the book was just how predictable it was. I figured out who the killer was fairly early on, which I didn't like. My favorite thing about mysteries is that moment when I feel like a total idiot because I didn't see the ending coming. That's what makes mysteries so much fun for me. I don't like it when they're obvious and this one was painfully so. So that took away a lot of the fun from me. 


Another thing that bothered me the longer I read was Minnie's bipolar disorder, mostly because it didn't feel like bipolar disorder to me. Now, I do not have the disorder or know anyone who does. So I could be wrong about this and am fully willing to admit it. I just know what I learned in my psych classes, and Minnie's behavior didn't seem to match up to the accounts we read, the DSM, etc. This bothers me because it seems more like the writer created an unstable character and decided to slap a label onto her, rather than try to genuinely portray a mental illness. If nothing else that comes across as lazy and that bothers me. 


One smaller peeve, the writer put in so many bits about calling out characters (i.e. Nathan) as being racist or sexist or whatever. Yet she wrote some things that seemed just as problematic as the behavior the characters were calling out. Like, Kumiko felt a lot like a stereotype to me, based on what I know about common stereotypes. I hate when books turn preachy, especially when it's obvious and the writer is doing the same thing they're preaching again. 


Everything else that bothered me about the book has already been covered in past posts, so I won't waste your time with the repeats of those.  So let's talk about what the book did right. 


I actually really liked the pattern to the killings once it became apparent. That I didn't figure out, which was nice. The people dying the same way they hurt Claire was a fun twist and it was creative the way they went about it. It did make things a little predictable, especially with Kumiko's death, but it was fun. And it was a nice similarity between this book and And Then There Were None, since their death's followed the lyrics to the song
"Ten Little Soldiers".


On that note, I did really like the similarities between Ten and it's source material. McNeil did a really good job in that regard. The red herring, the killer being someone we thought was already dead, another person helping the killer out, they all were nods that made me smile. So I think those parts of the book were really successful and made it not a total failure. 


Overall, what stings about this book is that it could have been REALLY good. The foundations were all there, McNeil had some fun ideas of how to twist a classic, and the premise itself is a good one. She's not even that bad of a writer. A little too simple for my tastes but not bad. But with the weak characters, predictable plot, and tedious drama, it just didn't come through. So I give it 1.5 stars out of 5, because while it did make me smile, there just wasn't enough to redeem it to me. Such a shame. 

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review 2015-10-23 06:57
Ten - Gretchen McNeil

Finished Ten tonight. I did not like it guys. It felt painful to read it after a point. In fact, I sped through it as fast as I could because I wanted to get it over with.


I'd like to write a fully fleshed out review for this one. However, I have had WAY too much wine (hooray for wine!) tonight, so I think I'm gonna go to bed instead. I'll try to get coherent thoughts up tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a brief overview of thoughts. 


- Saw the killer and the twists coming a mile a way

- I actually liked the pattern once I figured it out

- I'm really sad that this was an adaptation of a book I love so much. It could have been so great

- Ben actually turned out to be pretty cool. As far as characters go, I liked him


That's all for now. I'm off to avoid a hangover! 

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