Get Even Cover Reveal!
I’m so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Gretchen McNeil’s newest masterpiece, Get Even, which is set to release on September 16th of this year! Plus it is her BIRTHDAY!!! *streamers, balloons, and confetti fall from the sky* So let’s get right to the awesomeness! ^.^
Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors – Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree – at an exclusive Catholic prep school.
To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don’t move in the same social circles; at worst, they’re overtly hostile.
Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League.
Kitty Li – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls’ volleyball team, she’s been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.
Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she’s been voted “most eligible bachelorette” two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm.
Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don’t want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike.
Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don’t Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM “events”, the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden.
That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder.
Now the girls don’t know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they’ve hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing.
Pre-Order Links Will be available in the coming months, keep an eye on your favorite retailer for more information!
Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. She is a founding member of vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as “Monday,” and she is an active member of both The Enchanted Inkpot, a group blog of YA and middle grade fantasy writers, and The Apocalypsies, a group blog of 2012 children’s debut authors.
Summary From Goodreads:
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?
Ten is a tough book to review for me. As I was reading through the first part of the book all I could think was “man this is playing out like a cheesy horror movie” which is not a fantastic way to start. I kept reading anyway and though it really was pretty cheesy almost all the way through I still enjoyed it for the most part.
The characters are a bit iffy for me. Meg is a bit too dependent/obsessed with T.J. for my taste. She’s all over him from the get go despite constantly saying how she needs to avoid him since her best friend loves him too, yet she keeps being drawn to him like there is some invisible force making her. It’s a tad annoying to say the least. T.J., however, I do like. He’s genuine, a bit over-the-top-perfect but not so much as to be irritating (or to warrant Meg’s obsessive tendencies) and he feels the most real out of all of the characters. Minnie is probably the worst. She has a lot of problems to be sure, but she still flip flops like crazy, more so then is reasonable even with someone with issues like she has, and her swings are erratic at best and badly timed at worst. The minor characters are over-simplified and stereotypical as well, especially Kenny and Nathan. I’m not even going to get started on those two.
The plot as I said earlier does feel like a cheesy horror movie is going on. They even make references to horror films in the book, it’s just…ugh. If it weren’t for those elements, mostly in the beginning of the book, I think I’d really like this story. The pacing is great, you will fly through the book and never feel like you aren’t engaged or there isn’t something new to discover. The ending saves it to be honest. There are enough twists to make it interesting, and although some of the very end scenes I could do without, they are worth reading the whole book to get to.
McNeil definitely can paint a picture. The setting feels real and like you are actually there with them, the horrors inside are well set up and the descriptions are impressively done. The scene if you will, is set beautifully and you can feel the dreariness and the dread that the characters all feel because of it. The world building in this area doesn’t feel overdone in the slightest, and though you have to come up with a lot of factors to keep them isolated it doesn’t feel forced either. Easily my favorite part of the book.
Overall it was a good story that felt like it could have been better if it wasn’t seeming to draw from old horror flicks so much. I’m not saying that was her inspiration, I don’t know what was, but it felt like it and that was unfortunate. The setting and the ending, as well as T.J. kept the book interesting enough for me to continue and the excellent pacing helped move me along through the parts I didn’t feel inclined to read. A solid book. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for day 18! ^.^