The Tenth Girl
Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

The Tenth Girl Details

TitleThe Tenth Girl
Author
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherImprint
ISBN-139781250304506
Rating
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Tenth Girl Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this SO excited, but came out feeling extremely let down. This ended up being 450 pages of nonsense?????? Maybe I'm just dumb, but nothing about the plot (especially the EXTREMELY out of left field ending) made any sense to me. On top of that, I also feel like this book handled certain situations and scenarios in really harmful ways and it just did not work for me. It felt like the author was trying to go for shock factor and it just ended up coming off more insensitive than anything I went into this SO excited, but came out feeling extremely let down. This ended up being 450 pages of nonsense?????? Maybe I'm just dumb, but nothing about the plot (especially the EXTREMELY out of left field ending) made any sense to me. On top of that, I also feel like this book handled certain situations and scenarios in really harmful ways and it just did not work for me. It felt like the author was trying to go for shock factor and it just ended up coming off more insensitive than anything else.TW: child abuse, rape, pedophilia, miscarriage, goreBuddy read with Melanie and Jocelyn!
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  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 114I love Gothic horror and the fact that this is set in a creepy boarding school in Patagonia with Argentinian characters seemed like a slam dunk. I'm sad that it wasn't, because I was really, really looking forward to this book and was so sure that it would be good. Here's the problem, though: good writing is like a carrot on a stick. You want to withhold enough information to keep the reader interested and make them think that Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 114I love Gothic horror and the fact that this is set in a creepy boarding school in Patagonia with Argentinian characters seemed like a slam dunk. I'm sad that it wasn't, because I was really, really looking forward to this book and was so sure that it would be good. Here's the problem, though: good writing is like a carrot on a stick. You want to withhold enough information to keep the reader interested and make them think that they have a chance at catching the carrot; but if you hold the carrot too far away and don't reveal enough information, the reader will be bored and confused and will wander away in search of something more interesting.The plot of this story is very difficult to explain. There are two timelines (I think, although both appear to be happening concurrently), with two narrators. One is a young teacher named Mavi, the other is a mysterious crystal being named Angel. There's a curse on the school. There's a student missing. Something creepy is happening. And don't worry, the book will keep reminding you how creepy it is; even when it isn't.I found the timeline really confusing and the storyline was really disorganized. I kept waiting for things to click into place, but that never happened. I know people harangue authors for info-dumps, but I would actually prefer a well-written info-dump if it was interesting to keeping the reader totally in the dark. I love the cover for this book and I thought the atmosphere of this book was really well done, with regard to the arctic setting and the dilapidated mansion, and I really wanted to love it for being infused with South American folklore, but the pacing and story were just totes off.Your mileage may vary with this one, and if this ends up being one of your top books for fall, more power to you. I guess it depends on how you feel about going into a book totally cold and-- based on other reviews I saw-- not getting to find out anything until the end. A similar book to this is HOUSE OF LEAVES, which I also couldn't get into. So if you like HOUSE OF LEAVES, you will probably like THE TENTH GIRL. I have so many other ARCs that I'd rather read than spending anymore time with this one, so I'm sorry to say I'm ghosting THE TENTH GIRL and leaving it on unread.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!1.5 stars
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    "The Tenth Girl" deserves to become, with time, a horror classic.. And also __________ and __________. It deserves it.Sara Faring's writing is literary and beautiful and clever. The world she has created is wholly original and the book is remarkable. Intrigue becomes suspense which turns to terror and back to intrigue and fear and it doesn't let up. And here and there there's a little gift or inside joke for horror fans. It's a book to read over and find more in it every time.ABOUT THE BOOK (SOR "The Tenth Girl" deserves to become, with time, a horror classic.. And also __________ and __________. It deserves it.Sara Faring's writing is literary and beautiful and clever. The world she has created is wholly original and the book is remarkable. Intrigue becomes suspense which turns to terror and back to intrigue and fear and it doesn't let up. And here and there there's a little gift or inside joke for horror fans. It's a book to read over and find more in it every time.ABOUT THE BOOK (SORT OF):This is a book about a haunted house. An enormous house built on very tall rocks on an ice field at the tip of Patagonia. Isolated. Insular. Faring has created a perfectly forbidding setting.It's also a book about __________ and ___________ and ____________.Which is why I say DON'T READ ABOUT IT. JUST READ IT!It isn't just that there are spoilers everywhere, which there are. Now that I'm done with mine I've read a few reviews and THERE ARE "SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS" WITH SPOILERS. I ran into one without even reading a review.I want to be like that person in the movie who warns everyone going into the house to STAY AWAY. I don't want to save you from the house. I want you in the house.I want to save you from knowing anything going in. It's better that way.Even when you know about the __________ or the __________ or the __________ it may not diminish the mesmerizing, petrifying, immersive experience that is "The Tenth Girl." But it would be a shame if you found out before you read it about the ___ with the ___________s or any of the others.For horror fans, this book is a must.And it's also a book that _______ _______ ___s and ________ ____s. may love And more. Maybe every ____ would love it.It may not be on their radar. So when you're done, please make sure they hear about it. If you have to, talk them into it. Or buy it for them. It's that good.ABOUT THE YA CLASSIFICATION::My early impressions were that this should not be YA. But I was wrong.You're a horror fan. Like me you were probably reading the classics and bestsellers at a young age, some would say too young (but not), for me about eleven. My parents shared theirs with me. Some I sneaked in. I always loved to be scared.In this way you probably weren't like me, maybe nobody else was: because the best ones, my favorites, the scariest, before I went to sleep I had to move them into another room. By day and night I savored them but I didn't trust them near me while I was sleeping. Ha. I laugh about it now. As if the book couldn't come and get me from the living room. Kids!This is a book I would have put in another room at bedtime and then by day been sent to the principal's office for hiding it behind my textbook.There is material in here that some parents will find objectionable -- because the parents object to it.Like you and me,, a young, smart literate fan can handle it (see Potter, Harry) and will probably love it. Unfortunately this kid may need therapy sometime, but it won't be because of the book.Kids are smarter than adults in many ways, they process things differently and they're growing up in a different world with a totally different culture.So the right kids, the horror fans and the ____s and the _________s and even the ________ ones, deserve to read it.I can't give an age since some younger ones can handle it, like eleven-year-old me, and some older ones can't and some adults can't either.I'm also sure the right YAs will ______ __ ___ quickly, faster than so-called grownups. I did, sort of (sure, not as well as a ___ or a __________) and it didn't take away anything, it added. Sara Faring plays fair.I've thought a lot about this book the whole time I've been reading it and having finished it last night, about how to review it. Never written a review like this one.I have a wish:I wish there was time travel and I was a ghost and I could spy on Lovecraft and Poe reading this on their Kindles. (Or maybe like me they would still read paper books)You know what I mean?I'm not saying she's in their league, she's not, they're in a league of their own. I want to see their reactions (and ______'s too.)I want to believe they would love "The Tenth Girl," have fun with it, admire it, even say goawaydon'tbothermenow while they're reading it.It's that good.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Every time Dennis and I buddy read a book:*Many thanks to the publisher for providing our review copies.
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    So here's my problem with THE TENTH GIRL. If this was a more straight-forward, yet twisty, gothic horror, I think it would've been amazing. Parts of this were really good. The atmosphere, the creepy factor, the isolated strangeness of the setting, the eerie encroaching darkness of it all.. it was great.But instead this book is a lot more than meets the eye. Infact in hindsight you see a lot of the clues, or at least I do, but even had I noticed, even if they had got me wondering, nothing could h So here's my problem with THE TENTH GIRL. If this was a more straight-forward, yet twisty, gothic horror, I think it would've been amazing. Parts of this were really good. The atmosphere, the creepy factor, the isolated strangeness of the setting, the eerie encroaching darkness of it all.. it was great.But instead this book is a lot more than meets the eye. Infact in hindsight you see a lot of the clues, or at least I do, but even had I noticed, even if they had got me wondering, nothing could have prepared me for that this book actually is. It's a very.. risky choice. Bold, even. Particularly for a debut.The good thing is you get a sense early on that things aren't quite as the appear. But the problem is just how not as the appear things really are. It didn't work for me. My mind was trying to make it work but I had certain expectations about this book and the story as a whole didn't meet them. So maybe that's on me.This is a spoiler free zone. This is the only kind of review you will, get the vaguest of vague, which will either intrigue or scare you off. Either choice is valid. I might read this author again but unfortunately I can't say this book gave me what I wanted.** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    OKKKKKKK... I need this book like NOW!
  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    I suspect that the The Tenth Girl is going to be a very polarizing book. There is a twist at the end I did not expect, and I think some readers will dislike that twist, while others will love it. Unfortunately, I can't really tell you what factors might make you likely to appreciate what this book is doing without spoiling things! If you really want to know, there will be a spoilery section below where I get into what the twist is, what it means, and why I think it is so smart and thematically b I suspect that the The Tenth Girl is going to be a very polarizing book. There is a twist at the end I did not expect, and I think some readers will dislike that twist, while others will love it. Unfortunately, I can't really tell you what factors might make you likely to appreciate what this book is doing without spoiling things! If you really want to know, there will be a spoilery section below where I get into what the twist is, what it means, and why I think it is so smart and thematically brilliant. For now, what I can say is that this debut novel is being billed as a gothic thriller set at a girls boarding school in 1970's Argentina. I really loved it, but I don't know that this is something that will necessarily work for typical readers of mysteries or thrillers. For some it will, but I think to really appreciate what this book is doing, you need a particular set of reference points. Ones which I had, but other reviewers I know did not. But again, spoilers!In general, I can say that this book is atmospheric, creepy, engaging, and includes some horror elements. It follows a young teacher beginning at a girls boarding school in Patagonia, in a house built by colonizers on land that formerly belonged to the Zapuche, an indigenous people in Argentina. The book is own voices for the Latinx representation and includes actual mythology from the Zapuche, a real life group. It is also peppered with stories from the author's family members, recalled from living under oppressive rule in 1970's Argentina. That mythology is rich and unusual, which makes this book feel quite unique and gives voice to a group of people not previously known widely. The teacher is trying to escape the Argentinian government, but it seems that she may have gotten herself into an even more dangerous, disturbing situation, where "The Others" present an ominous force. There are going to be a whole bunch of content warnings listed below as well, so recognize that this is quite a dark and violent book. That said, I'm going to move on to talking about why I think this book is doing something important and why I love it more the more I reflect on it, but also why this may not be the book for everyone. (view spoiler)[ The big twist we find out at the end, is that the school is not real. It is a virtual reality RPG video game that allows players (the Others) to upload their consciousness to a closed system where they interact with AI NPCs (non-player characters) and earn points by haunting and possessing them. So here is the thing: some readers are going to hate this and feel like it's a cheap attempt at a sci-fi'ish twist that wasn't well-planned. I would beg to strongly disagree, BUT I do think that to appreciate the brilliance of what the author has done here, you really need to have some experience playing RPG video games and have some familiarity with discussions of morality and ethics taking place in the gaming world. Both of which I have!As soon as I realized what was going on, a whole lot of things clicked into place for me. The school is basically set up like a horror RPG and a lot of the things that feel strange through the story, make perfect sense given that context. The way the house changes, the dangerous and hidden paths to make it to new, important locations, the fact that the Others ganged up on Angel at one point etc. Even the way that the prologue is written reads like a video game intro setting the stage. I think the author must be very familiar with these sorts of gameified experiences, and quite intentionally build the house to reflect that. What I love is, because you don't know from the beginning that this is a VR game, you have the chance to be horrified at what is happening to the characters. There are great discussions about the morality of the choices made by the Others as part of the gaming experience (this is something Angel wrestles with frequently) and near the end, Mavi (the teacher) even asks the very pertinent question of why anyone would create a loop entirely based on the torture and trauma of women and girls. This book takes a pretty strong stance on significant philosophical issues discussed in the gaming community. Does it matter if you make moral choices in a game? Is it okay to use a game as a place to let loose dark urges? RPG's typically allow for a range of choices, moral, violent, and otherwise, and those decisions impact your character in various ways. Personally, I have always followed a pretty strict code of in-game ethics when I play as a character, but others feel it is fine to murder, torture, sexually assault, engage in infidelity etc. because it doesn't matter if it's a game. This book engages with those questions in a powerful way, adding to that the increased stakes given the advance of artificial intelligence (AI) and specifically, engages in the ways that parts of the gaming world promote toxic masculinity and the normalization of violence (sexual and otherwise), particularly in gendered ways. (hide spoiler)]Okay! So half of this review and discussion includes spoilers, but I thought it was really important to talk about what this book is doing and why I find a lot of value in it. The one thing I can say more generally, is that part of what it does is tackle toxic masculinity and the ways that can present in aspects of Millennial culture. Sorry if that is vague but I think it is the best I can do without spoilers! I know this won't be the book for everyone, but I definitely think there is an audience for it and I think it is a fantastic debut.Content warnings in this book include violence, death, depictions of blood, dark magic, possession, spirits/ghosts, torture, sexual assault, violence towards children, pedophilia. Maybe more, but those are some big ones!
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    I should say up front that this as a debut has a lot of promise-- I think the author builds a sense of atmosphere, incorporates indigenous culture/mythology effectively, and definitely has a bold premise/plot pay off which, though I did not like how that ultimately ended up, was not boring. This is not basic YA mystery or horror or fantasy, and for that I salute it.That said, I think the disparate elements of this book just do not come together and the twist that folks allude to in this is both I should say up front that this as a debut has a lot of promise-- I think the author builds a sense of atmosphere, incorporates indigenous culture/mythology effectively, and definitely has a bold premise/plot pay off which, though I did not like how that ultimately ended up, was not boring. This is not basic YA mystery or horror or fantasy, and for that I salute it.That said, I think the disparate elements of this book just do not come together and the twist that folks allude to in this is both unsatisfying and not executed well IMO. This book never came together in a cohesive way that paid off for me, and that's really too bad, because a lot of the individual elements were really interesting. I really wish this book had been more straightforwardly aligned to the back cover description-- I think a slightly less ambitious book would have ultimately been more successful. I would check for more from this author, because there's a lot of promise here. The book itself though... kind of a mess IMO
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz *Thank you so much to Sara and Imprint for the opportunity to read THE TENTH GIRL!****I tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible! But please read at your own risk!*** Hi. Hello. It's been three days and I am still trying to wrap my head around the last 150 pages of The Tenth Girl. I been working with Sara on an interview for The Tenth Girl and I was thrilled when she sent me a copy to read so I could ask more specific book relat The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz *Thank you so much to Sara and Imprint for the opportunity to read THE TENTH GIRL!****I tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible! But please read at your own risk!*** Hi. Hello. It's been three days and I am still trying to wrap my head around the last 150 pages of The Tenth Girl. I been working with Sara on an interview for The Tenth Girl and I was thrilled when she sent me a copy to read so I could ask more specific book related questions! Jessica and Emily had the opportunity to attend a Fierce Reads event at BookExpo where Sara was a keynote speaker and met her when she was signing ARCs of The Tenth Girl! (I was on another signing line, so Jessica got a copy signed for me and then told Sara how much I loved The Tenth Girl!) I was hoping to meet her another day of BookExpo but I had sadly cut my trip short do to an injury. The Tenth Girl is a dark and twisty horror novel set in Argentinian Finishing School in the 1970s, where Mavi becomes a teacher to ten young girls. Only, there is no tenth girl and no one seems to know about her or her whereabouts. Besides the darkness The Tenth Girl is rich in history and myth from Argentina and is written by an Argentine-American author. As Mavi's students and fellow teachers begin to show symptoms of possessions and the headmistress' son suddenly befriends her, Mavi knows she must get to the bottom of what ever is haunting the Vaccaro school. I really enjoyed Sara's writing style. It is different then what I am use too and was quite refreshing. It also made her characters more relatable. The Tenth Girl is told from dual point of view. We have Mavi and Angel in alternating chapters. In the first few chapters, I wasn't quite sure what was going on with Angel. Who is she? What is she? Why is she at Vaccaro School? Is he a ghost? These are questions that I know readers are going to long for. But ALL of them get answered in the most brilliant of ways. My biggest advice going into this novel: Keep your mind open and take in every single detail. Also, take a look at the aspects of the cover real closely. They don't stand out right away, but look at the fading edges of the cliff and the shading and you'll see them! I am completely blind sided by the climax and the plot twist in The Tenth Girl. What. The. Hell. My mind was completely blown. With the pieces you are given in the novel, you come to your own conclusion on how you believe that this novel is going to end and then suddenly BAM! Everything is revealed and you are flipping through the pages to see what is going to happen next. You also might look like me who according to my sister, "Looked like a fish out of water."I really loved The Tenth Girl and I can't wait to read my by Sara in the future. She has a unique writing style that is going to suck you in at the first page and spit you stuttering and in shock at the last page!
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  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Before I get into my review, I do want to acknowledge that I think this is going to be a very polarizing book. While it didn't work for me, I know there will be plenty of readers that find more success. So here's the thing with The Tenth Girl: that twist everyone keeps mentioning? It completely changes the first 75% of the story. That can sometimes work, but here it felt a little half-baked. The few clues that were left throughout I had initially read as errors in the writing. I didn't find them Before I get into my review, I do want to acknowledge that I think this is going to be a very polarizing book. While it didn't work for me, I know there will be plenty of readers that find more success. So here's the thing with The Tenth Girl: that twist everyone keeps mentioning? It completely changes the first 75% of the story. That can sometimes work, but here it felt a little half-baked. The few clues that were left throughout I had initially read as errors in the writing. I didn't find them charming, they didn't make me wonder where the story would turn; I was annoyed and believed we were being intentionally left in the dark. And to be quite honest, I still am annoyed and believe we were being intentionally left in the dark. When I'm hit with a twist, I want to be excited, I want to gasp, I want to get pulled in even deeper. Here I was just frustrated. I'd been along for this ride for nearly 400 pages. I was invested in these characters - no matter how confused I might've been by the specifics - and then the rug was pulled out from under me. Instead of getting any answers at all, I'm left only with the question: Why. I wanted to love this book. There were so many topics that were brought up in the text that I think could've made this a favorite of mine. However, the sheer amount of issues I had with the writing and story telling especially made this miss the mark. I am interested to see what Sara Faring will come out with in the future, but I'll be sure to temper my expectations. Heavy trigger warnings all around here, friends. Abuse of all kinds, gore, talks of murder and suicide, statutory rape, miscarriage... I think that's most of it.Buddy read with Chelsea and Melanie.
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  • Francina Simone
    January 1, 1970
    It’s so hard to write a review without spoiling. I enjoyed this immensely. Many have said it’ll be a polarizing read and I do think that’s true....but omg I LOVED IT.Trigger warnings: it’s a dark world there are lots of reviews that have the trigger warnings so heed them if reading a horror that involves children and heinous alluded to acts would at all bother you.
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  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    January 1, 1970
    3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review! When I first read the synopsis for The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, I thought to myself; "A gothic psychological thriller about an isolated finishing school that's cursed, AND has a twist that you'll supposedly never see coming? Sign me tf up", because that just about ticks off all of my boxes! This might've been my second most anticipated read of the year (second only to Darkdawn), and now it's my most di 3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review! When I first read the synopsis for The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, I thought to myself; "A gothic psychological thriller about an isolated finishing school that's cursed, AND has a twist that you'll supposedly never see coming? Sign me tf up", because that just about ticks off all of my boxes! This might've been my second most anticipated read of the year (second only to Darkdawn), and now it's my most disappointing! I promised I'd be honest, right?This wasn't a bad book by no means! It was entertaining, the atmosphere was everything I hoped it would be, and the ending blindsided me- as promised! (In fact- the ending might've been the reason I'm giving this book a 3 star rating instead of a 2!) I just didn't get what I wanted to out of it in the end, and that's okay, because I'm sure what didn't work for me will work for others!
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    well sh*t
  • Cande
    January 1, 1970
    Update: The book goddess has blessed me and I got an ARC of this beauty!!! I'm not ready, someone held my hand!!!-----Set in Argentina? by an Argentinian-American author? PLEASE GIVE ME PRETTY PLEASE
  • Boston
    January 1, 1970
    Bro what the FUCJ
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper. “Something in the atmosphere is wrong here, a something I can’t articulate— I only feel a discomfort in the hollow of my chest, the same one that tells you you are not alone when you want to be, or that you are entirely alone when you shouldn’t be.” The Tenth Girl was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Not only I love me a good YA thriller, but also the premise of this novel sounded like the perfect book for fall/Halloween, and I You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper. “Something in the atmosphere is wrong here, a something I can’t articulate— I only feel a discomfort in the hollow of my chest, the same one that tells you you are not alone when you want to be, or that you are entirely alone when you shouldn’t be.” The Tenth Girl was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Not only I love me a good YA thriller, but also the premise of this novel sounded like the perfect book for fall/Halloween, and I was so looking forward to read it. Overall I think this is a very polarizing book, that either you’re going to love or hate, and sadly for me it was the latter one.I think that The Tenth Girl had such an amazing and intriguing concept, but it was a bit of a lackluster for me. The first few chapters of the novel were actually very interesting and left me wanting to continue with the story, but as I kept reading I found that it was a bit repetitive. I think that was done on purpose because the author was trying to keep the reader in the dark and make everything appear more mysterious, but I’m pretty sure when we started to learn more things about what was going on was after the 50% mark, which made the first half quite boring, to be honest.I also thing that some of those triggering situations that happened at certain parts of the story were only there for shocking value, but didn’t add anything to the story. They could have perfectly been left out of the book without any repercussions on the plot or the characters. And that thing exactly could be applied in 30% of the things that happened in this book. There were scenes where I didn’t understand what was going on and felt so incredibly confused, and that didn’t add much to the plot, and it was the same with some interactions between certain characters. “Hers is a certainty about the world I crave but refuse to feel blindly. Hers is a certainty I could have used in Buenos Aires, and that I could use now, in this otherworldly place, but I’ve never felt more removed from it.” But the cherry on top that made me lower my rating and said “oh, gosh, I’m not liking this book at all” was everything that happened in the last 20% of the book after a major plot twist. To be honest I don’t know what I was expecting to see or how everything was going to end, but for sure it wasn’t like that. I think that that big twist at the very end of the novel made the other 80% of The Tenth Girl seem insignificant and senseless. It felt as if I was reading more than 300 pages for nothing, and for the story to completely change tone and plot. I don’t know, it was super weird the way everything was done, quite anticlimactic and a bit of a mess.The characters were pretty flat. I was expecting much more from them, but I think they were quite simple and most of them were underdeveloped. I enjoyed certain interactions between some characters, but maybe because the plot was so focused on the mystery elements and going back and forth between POVs, the layers of these characters weren’t as explored as I wanted or hoped.Something that I really enjoyed was the mythology and the Argentinian elements that were introduced in the book. They were so interesting and dark, and I would love to read more about that, and I liked how it was own voices on that representation.Overall, I was pretty let down by The Tenth Girl. I thought I was going to fall in love with this book, but I had so many issues with the plot and the characters, and the ending was definitely a no for me. The writing was very beautifully woven, so I would like to pick up another book by her in the future and give her another chance.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own. “Souls aren’t like steam, I realize. They’re like viruses, spreading to the surrounding organisms, infecting them with their unfulfilled dreams and inescapable worries.” TW: pedophilia, rape, miscarriage, gore, child abuse, mention of cannibalism in page......Thank you Macmillan and Imprint for the ARCBlog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’
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  • Morgan Jessman
    January 1, 1970
    ** I received an early copy from the FierceReads booth at BookCon on June 1**Uh, wow. I needed time to figure out what I was going to say. You know when you just know that a book, movie, or T.V. show is going to have a cult following? This is that. I’m part of the Sara Faring cult after reading this book. I have so many thoughts that I wish I could talk about with someone besides the one friend I forced to read my copy. I have to be satisfied with reading the GoodReads page until all of my frien ** I received an early copy from the FierceReads booth at BookCon on June 1**Uh, wow. I needed time to figure out what I was going to say. You know when you just know that a book, movie, or T.V. show is going to have a cult following? This is that. I’m part of the Sara Faring cult after reading this book. I have so many thoughts that I wish I could talk about with someone besides the one friend I forced to read my copy. I have to be satisfied with reading the GoodReads page until all of my friends finish it. For now I have two things to say:*I would be surprised if this book doesn’t break out in a big way. I’m not even talking about the twist which you might love or hate, though it disrupted my view of what it means to live, in a way I won’t forget. There is just a lot packed into this (complicated characters, psychological insight in spades, chilling and unique atmosphere) especially if you take the time to read between the lines. For example: Angel is never described in a gendered way. *This book is also going to piss some people off. My friend who read it after me threw it across the room at a certain point. But we are both still talking about this book weeks later. I think that’s the sign of a real accomplishment.Just read it, ok? Read it so we can talk.
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this debut YA Horror novel since the concept sounded like it had so much potential. Unfortunately, it didn't really work for me overall. What I did like was all of atmosphere and the author's style in the beginning especially. Of the two perspective characters, Mavi was the only one I was particularly intrigued by. As this overly long novel progressed I wished that we didn't have split POV chapters. Also just a fair warning about the ending - the twist really comes at you I really wanted to like this debut YA Horror novel since the concept sounded like it had so much potential. Unfortunately, it didn't really work for me overall. What I did like was all of atmosphere and the author's style in the beginning especially. Of the two perspective characters, Mavi was the only one I was particularly intrigued by. As this overly long novel progressed I wished that we didn't have split POV chapters. Also just a fair warning about the ending - the twist really comes at you from nowhere and a lot of readers are probably going to find it to be very polarizing. I, for one, am firmly in the what-kind-of-ending-was-that camp.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy read with Chelsea!
  • Jennifer H.
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Imprint! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.😱😱😱 This is by far the hardest review I've probably had to write to date for the simple fact that everything mentioned could easily stray into spoiler territory very easily. I don't think I've ever read anything like it under the YA umbrella before. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I was sorely mistaken in the b Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Imprint! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.😱😱😱 This is by far the hardest review I've probably had to write to date for the simple fact that everything mentioned could easily stray into spoiler territory very easily. I don't think I've ever read anything like it under the YA umbrella before. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I was sorely mistaken in the best kind of way! I'll be the first to tell you that I am a big, fat chicken when it comes to being scared - not a fan of horror movies whatsoever. So I also choose wisely when it comes to reading this type of story. I thought for sure I could handle a YA "thriller". Ho boy! I had to stop reading before bed because the descriptions were so vivid and goose bump inducing that I just knew it would give me nightmares. Again, big, fat chicken here!The story itself is so unique, complicated and layered. The characters are fascinating, mysterious, and even despicable. The atmosphere is dark and deliciously creepy. The aforementioned twist mentioned in the blurb definitely got the ball rolling. AND! THAT! ENDING! had me doing double takes and rereading. I honestly don't think I've wrapped my head around it yet. My jaw remains on the floor!The release date could not be more appropriate as The Tenth Girl is the perfect Fall read especially around Halloween!
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Really hoping Netgalley comes through with an ARC of this because it sounds hella spooky, creepy, and fucked up aka my brand. 🤷♀ Really hoping Netgalley comes through with an ARC of this because it sounds hella spooky, creepy, and fucked up aka my brand. 🤷‍♀️
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight The Tenth Girl is a super atmospheric book with some stunning twists based on some really intriguing folklore. So, I shall break down all my feelings for you, as one does. What I Loved: • Holy incredible atmosphere! Right from the start of the story, the tone is set by the setting and how well the author develops the entire vibe. From the first page, the reader feels like they are legi You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight The Tenth Girl is a super atmospheric book with some stunning twists based on some really intriguing folklore. So, I shall break down all my feelings for you, as one does. What I Loved: • Holy incredible atmosphere! Right from the start of the story, the tone is set by the setting and how well the author develops the entire vibe. From the first page, the reader feels like they are legitimately in this Argentinian boarding school, isolated from the rest of the world, shrouded in secrets and mystery. But at the same time, it's clear to see the allure of the place, why Mavi didn't just get the hell out of there. It's peaceful at first glance, and a seemingly perfect place for a fresh start. • The twists were pretty epic. I admit, I saw none of this coming, and for that I must applaud the author. And I liked the twists. A lot. So if you're looking for surprises and jaw drops, this book delivers. • The characters were quite well developed and I was really interested in all of their stories. Even the most minor character seemed to have some kind of backstory to explore, and I loved that. Especially since the setting was so mysterious, it increased my yearning to learn more about all the things. • Gorgeous writing. It was beautiful and painted such perfect pictures. I will definitely be reading whatever the author does next! What I Didn't Quite: • So there's really only one thing I didn't like: it was draggy at times. I admit, I almost DNFed a time or seven. The beginning felt like a bit of a slog, albeit an atmospheric slog. The twist, for me, definitely made the last bit of the book fly by, but I know not everyone will love where it goes (when I looked at reviews upon finishing, the end is... polarizing, to say the least). Regardless, the pacing is definitely slower, just something worth mentioning. Bottom Line: Haunting and full of surprises, this will appeal to fans of a slower, more poetic journey.
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  • Will
    January 1, 1970
    WOW. I picked up a copy at YALLWest yesterday because of the cool cover without knowing what to expect and I was just blown away. I started reading when I got back home and finished it this morning because I couldn't stop (and this is NOT a short book). I don't normally write reviews but I haven't had my mind blown by an ending like that in a while. Haven't read something this crazy original since some of my David Mitchell favorites. Can't wait to see what the author comes up with next.
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    *Spoiler free*I've been delving into creepier books and books that can be classified as horror and thriller. I guess I enjoy freaking myself out haha. This book seemed like it would be a really great, really creepy ghost story. The secluded mansion, with dark secrets, made it a book I knew I wanted to try. Trigger warnings: pedophilia, self-harm, grief, gore, mentions of suicideWow, wow, I don't even know where to start. This book is something else. Throughout the book, I didn't love it. The wri *Spoiler free*I've been delving into creepier books and books that can be classified as horror and thriller. I guess I enjoy freaking myself out haha. This book seemed like it would be a really great, really creepy ghost story. The secluded mansion, with dark secrets, made it a book I knew I wanted to try. Trigger warnings: pedophilia, self-harm, grief, gore, mentions of suicideWow, wow, I don't even know where to start. This book is something else. Throughout the book, I didn't love it. The writing style felt a little heavy to me, the plot was lagging, and I just didn't understand why certain aspects where apart of the story. It seemed like a typical haunted house story with a lot of cliches thrown in. I got kind of bored at more than a few parts. There was enough to keep me reading. I really enjoyed the setting and a lot of the characters were interesting. This book has an amazing feel to it. It feels like a haunted house, secluded, and surrounded by ice.I thought about DNFing a couple times, but I was hoping there would be a twist that would tie everything together and the aspects I did like were enough to keep my going. AND WOW WAS I REWARDED FOR PUSHING THROUGH. I didn't see the twist coming. It's the kind of idea your brain might come with in passing, but you'll discard the idea because it's ridiculous and would never work. But, wow. Faring is able to pull it off absolutely incredibly. It fits with the rest of the story, it doesn't diminish what happened beforehand, and it makes everything more stark and horrifying.I feel like people might DNF halfway through. But, I'm here to tell you that it is 100% worth it to finish the book. The ending completely changed what I thought about the book. I went from kinda meh, to absolutely adoring it.And even looking at the cover after finishing it, I was able to see that the seeds are planted even there and it's SO COOL. The designers (Jeff Miller, Natalie C. Sousa) did such an incredible job. I just stared at it in awe after I finished the book.I also really loved that this book is set in Argentina! I'm so happy there are more books being published that don't take place in the US.Some of the aspects that I didn't love, turned out to be really smart and really amazing after everything was revealed. I love when books do that, they take something I'm sort of meh about and turn it into something really important for the plot and something that works really well.The characters were fantastic. They're messy, they're hurt, they're real. They give so much depth to the book. They make the book so much better. They make it more terrifying, they make it more heartbreaking, and they make the book work. Even the most minor characters play such an important role.Just, this book left me a little speechless. I don't know how to describe how good the ending is or how everything wraps up in such an amazing way. The little details that turn out to be important and the how characters development wraps up  in such a great way. This book was terrifying and so smart. I really, really liked it.
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  • Lillian Clark
    January 1, 1970
    This book is brilliant. It's not like anything I've ever read before. It's a chameleon of a book, one thing and then another, twisting from historical to fantastical to horrific like a contortionist. I was absolutely blown away. If you like Shirley Jackson, Blake Crouch, Charlie Jane Anders, anything that stretches your imagination, takes your expectations and flips them on their head, you'll love this book. Faring is a master at drawing you in, then gradually tightening the spiral, pulling you This book is brilliant. It's not like anything I've ever read before. It's a chameleon of a book, one thing and then another, twisting from historical to fantastical to horrific like a contortionist. I was absolutely blown away. If you like Shirley Jackson, Blake Crouch, Charlie Jane Anders, anything that stretches your imagination, takes your expectations and flips them on their head, you'll love this book. Faring is a master at drawing you in, then gradually tightening the spiral, pulling you deeper and deeper into the story until you finally lift your head and shout, WAIT, WHAT?Highly recommended, and I can't wait to follow Faring wherever she takes us next.
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  • Ludwig
    January 1, 1970
    "I came here to escape, I remind myself."I don't think I was the right audience for this book. The Tenth Girl has one the best synopses I've read this year: a girl on the run, a school with a history of hauntings, possessions and a plague that washed away its first residents sixty years ago...In the present time, Mavi doesn't understand the reason behind all the rules in this place. When other residents start acting strange and she realizes her life is threatened, she sets on finding out the tru "I came here to escape, I remind myself."I don't think I was the right audience for this book. The Tenth Girl has one the best synopses I've read this year: a girl on the run, a school with a history of hauntings, possessions and a plague that washed away its first residents sixty years ago...In the present time, Mavi doesn't understand the reason behind all the rules in this place. When other residents start acting strange and she realizes her life is threatened, she sets on finding out the truth.The setting is stunning. Set in a dark, enormous building surrounded by nothing but clouds and ice. The claustrophobic feel to this place added to the chilling effect of its unsettling past. Faring's talent shows evidently through her writing and smooth pacing of the events. The story got to a point where it had the potential to become something extraordinary, but the twist that I found myself contemplating...it needs a particular audience that appreciates an intricate combination of Sci-fi and Horror, both of which worked very independently in this story (1st 70%: horror ; remaining 30%: sci-fi) that the ending felt a bit tangled. Like puzzle pieces struggling to come together. This book might’ve worked for me if I believed in what it stood for. What I was hoping for was an unraveling of the connection between the secrets of the school and the past that our protagonist was running from, or at least a big revelation to who the "Tenth Girl" was. I loved the concept, but I didn't find its construction just as appealing. However, I'm certain there are readers out there to whom this book - and the decisiveness put into it - will appeal to. ***Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC of THE TENTH GIRL in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Kelsea
    January 1, 1970
    I'm having such a hard time rating this book, so I'm going to cop and out... not rate it. Heh heh. Here's the thing: the ending to The Tenth Girl is the love it or hate it kind. I'm predicting polarized ratings.Of course, I say that and yet I somehow see both sides. Part of me thinks this book was absolutely flippin' BRILLIANT and the other part of me feels tricked. And I'm not sure if I should clap because the author managed to fool me quite thoroughly, or if I should be disgruntled because it I'm having such a hard time rating this book, so I'm going to cop and out... not rate it. Heh heh. Here's the thing: the ending to The Tenth Girl is the love it or hate it kind. I'm predicting polarized ratings.Of course, I say that and yet I somehow see both sides. Part of me thinks this book was absolutely flippin' BRILLIANT and the other part of me feels tricked. And I'm not sure if I should clap because the author managed to fool me quite thoroughly, or if I should be disgruntled because it felt a little unfair. Can I be both?Ending aside, I will say that the story is extremely atmospheric. I loved the setting and the premise so much - an isolated, haunted boarding school in Patagonia full of society's cast-offs, a tragic history and a disturbing local legend. I read the book with a friend and we both enjoyed uncovering the mystery. This is not a fast-paced book. It's long and a bit drawn out, but I did find myself interested enough to continue reading. There were enough hints and strange occurrences along the way that I found myself needing to know what happened next.The characters are numerous and were a little difficult for me to track, but that may be a case of "it's me, not you", because I always have a hard time tracking characters. I liked the way the romance played out, adding to the danger and suspense. And I loved the way historical events were incorporated and the way the main character's viewpoint allowed us to consider how women, natives, minorities, and others were treated and exploited during the time and in certain circumstances.This was one of my most anticipated reads for this year and I think my expectations for it were a bit too high, to the point where feeling let down was to some degree likely, if not inevitable. That's on me -- and it's a large part of why my tone for this review is lukewarm. I do think this was a pretty solid debut novel and I would definitely consider reading more from Faring in the future!ARC provided by Imprint Reads in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    This book blew my mind! I haven’t read a creepy book like this for months and it was refreshing. I’m still sitting here wondering if I missed something. How did we get to where we were by the ending? It officially messed me up. Like I said above. Mind. Completely. Blown. This story narrates between Mavi and Angel. Angel is an “other”. But she likes to think of herself as something more than that. Mavi gets accepted to teach English at Vaccaro School. It’s everything she’s ever dreamt of. At leas This book blew my mind! I haven’t read a creepy book like this for months and it was refreshing. I’m still sitting here wondering if I missed something. How did we get to where we were by the ending? It officially messed me up. Like I said above. Mind. Completely. Blown. This story narrates between Mavi and Angel. Angel is an “other”. But she likes to think of herself as something more than that. Mavi gets accepted to teach English at Vaccaro School. It’s everything she’s ever dreamt of. At least that’s what she thinks. She doesn’t expect the creaks and shadows to be more than a play of the eyes or an old house settling. It’s so much more than anything she ever thought and she’s not sure she’ll survive it or any of the other girls. I really hope Ms. Faring writes another book. I need to know more about my favorite characters and what happens next. The Tenth Girl is creepy, full of twists and turns and unpredictable. If you want shivers running up and down your arms then this book is for you. It’s full of surprises, some good and some bad. It’s so much more than a creepy book also. It’s about love and friendship. Finding yourself in even the darkest places.
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    ALL OF THE STARS.I MEAN, WHAT DID I JUST READ. this book surpassed my expectations in so many ways. i thought it was a gothic mystery, and... aldjsakjalasdj. whatever you do, don't stop reading. (full review to come)(thank you macmillan/fierce reads for the advanced copy at yallwest festival)
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Reviews for this are so mixed. I wonder which way I'd go........guess I have to read this then. 😊
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