Alone by Cyn Balog

Alone

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they're not going back to the city…or Seda's friends and school. As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from ...


Details Alone

TitleAlone
ISBN9781492655473
Author
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Young Adult
Rating

Reviews Alone

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    1970-01-01
    If there is one thing that Cyn Balog is famous for it is writing stories that are completely bizarre in the most perfect way. I can always count on getting something completely unheard of and something that more often than not, will throw me for a loop and make me think about it long after.When I saw that her latest was a horror book, I knew, just knew I needed to read it and without a doubt would love it. And I absolutely did love it. It gave me...
  • Crowinator
    1970-01-01
    Mini-review: This is the perfect set-up for a chilling tale -- an isolated mansion in the mountains, a lonely teenage girl with an oblivious family, and an unwelcome group of visitors trapped by an impassable blizzard -- and Balog puts its familiarity to good use, gradually building tension, manipulating reader expectations (through clever use of classic horror references), and subtly winding from one possible horror to another. She sets up sever...
  • Pamela
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. Young Seda feels so alone since her family has left Boston and is now living in a run-down macabre mansion with no-one nearby to help them. A snowstorm is coming, so now they're really trapped! Some teens arrive in need of help, but what lies ahead? Perfect creepiness for young adults. A nice little homage to "The Shining" for our younger readers.**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review**
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    1970-01-01
    So this is going to be one of those reviews which is hard to write because almost anything I say could give the entire thing away. Seda and her family, which consists of her mother and two sets of twins, move to a remote run-down home in the mountains which was previously used as a murder mystery B&B. That is important because all the creepy plots only add to the atmosphere of the dilapidated residence. Seda's father had no desire to stay on and ...
  • Tabby
    1970-01-01
    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS FireReceived Via: NetGalley.com Why this book?Seemed interestingWhat I thoughtThis book didn't really leave an impact on me. I'm forgetting it already, but I remember the twist was just really messed up. Especially because one guy seriously what an ass! I also didn't feel creeped out all.
  • Ms. Yingling
    1970-01-01
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineSeda's horror film professor mother has inherited a "house of horror" from an aunt and uncle, and has moved Seda and her younger siblings there to prep it for sale. She seems to be enjoying it to much to sell it, even though it is in the middle of nowhere and Seda hates being there. It doesn't help that Seda had a twin who didn't make it, and who sort of lives in her mind, making her think she is crazy, and ...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.Release Date: November 1, 20173 1/2 StarsAlone pays homage to The Shining, by Stephen King, yet it has several unique twists of its own that sets it apart. Seda, the unreliable narrator, kept me guessing as to who she was and what her motivations were. The descriptive setting is the best part of the story, and its eeriness and claustrophobic atmosphere...
  • Cillian
    1970-01-01
    Keep your eyes peeled for this one, children. Keep it at the top of your TBR if you enjoy subtle terror, unreliable narrators, and a unique setting: an almost dilapidated mansion in the middle of nowhere that used to be a murder mystery hotel.And I did not predict the ending; that was one big surprise.
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    A crumbling mansion on a secluded mountain during a blizzard sets the scene of Cyn Balog's novel Alone. This mansion was left to Seda's mother after her aunt and uncle die. Seda, 16, is desperate to get back home to Boston but her mom, a writer, can't seem to part ways with the mansion and decides they'll stay awhile. I should mention that when her aunt and uncle owned it they were using it as Murder Mystery Hotel and the devilish props and novel...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Omg I'm so confused! I'll have a rating and a review at some point. I need to think about what I just read.
  • Jessi ♡
    1970-01-01
    you know i was gonna rate it 3 but the ending deserves a star on its own
  • Megan
    1970-01-01
    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co...2.5/5Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for review! All opinions are my own.This is one of those books where the cover and the synopsis worked together to draw me in and make me want to read it. Unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment for me and...well, that's about it.Plot:I generally explain the plot a bit in my ow...
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.I absolutely loved Cyn Balog’s Unnatural Deeds, so when I saw that she was releasing a new book later this year I just had to read it. I was not disappointed! I was completely hooked on this book and read it in one sitting.We are introduced to our MC from the very first page – along with the problems she has (I don’t want to s...
  • Kirsty
    1970-01-01
    I'M SO DISAPPOINTED. Just bear with me while I cry about how I thought this was going to be the perfect creepy read for the start of October and it wasn't. I received this book via Netgalley for review, all opinions are my own.October for me means reading creepy books (also my birthday month but let's not get distracted). So when I saw this on NetGalley I requested it immediately, not only does the cover look super scary but so did the synopsis. ...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    I really loved this book! It's got one of the best settings for a scary story and I totally hate that I can't actually go to the house! More review to come later, but I guess I'm going back to read some of Balog's past novels. If you're looking for a good, spooky read this Fall, then I'm recommending the hell out of this one!
  • Kirsty
    1970-01-01
    So I always knew I didn't really like silly, cheap twist endings, but this book has made me realise that it's more than that: I actually bloody hate them.
  • Nicole
    1970-01-01
    Scary, heart pounding, bloody, a crazy train that holds on until the very end... We follow Seda in this story since the story is told from her point of view. This creepy old house which she has deemed the "BUG HOUSE" out in the middle of nowhere, her aunt and uncle use to own it and run a murder mystery out of it. Seda just wants to go home to Boston, go back to a normal life, but that dream gets further and further away. She has 4 younger brothe...
  • Kevin
    1970-01-01
    The Nerd Agenda ReviewsDISCLAIMER:This is an ARC review. I received an uncorrected advance copy of this novel. Neither the publisher nor anyone who is connected to the writer and the publishing house has paid me to do this review. Everything that I will say in this review is entirely my own opinion.THE REVIEW:The inverted triangle. That's the title that we're going to give this review because Alone by Cyn Balog, like any other novel, has a plot l...
  • Kimberley
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of Cyn Balog's book , Alone, via NetGalley. This advanced e-copy was granted in exchange for an honest review.***4.5 STARS ...for that ending alone. What a ride! I swear this story kept me guessing until the bitter end ...and even now I find myself pleasantly surprised by all the clues I missed along the way. Seda is a girl on the verge of a breakthrough or a breakdown--either was a possibility in this story. When Seda's horror-...
  • Ashley Supinski
    1970-01-01
    I'm not sure if it was me, but this was a quick read.  I could have read it in a sitting, if I had the mental capability (and time) for it.  So if you like quick reads, this definitely fits that.Okay, so for the actual review...I loved it.  Honestly -- I'm a big horror book fan, and this really has it all.  The creepy house in the middle of nowhere; the main character who doesn't know if she's crazy or not; the mother who's a little out there...
  • Mandi Wasmer
    1970-01-01
    WHAT A RUSH. This book was insane! Alone by Cyn Balog follows Seda, her 4 siblings, and her mother. The family lives in a secluded mansion at the top of a hill, which Seda's mother had inherited and originally set out to refurbish and sell. The kicker here is that the mansion was previously a murder mystery inn, with props, hidden passageways, and secrets lurking around every corner, and now Seda's mother is thinking of keeping it and living ther...
  • Olivia Farr
    1970-01-01
    Balog is an absolute master of suspense! I knew I absolutely needed to read "Alone" after her amazing "Unnatural Deeds," and it absolutely did not disappoint. Here, we follow Seda who lives with her mother and four young siblings in a decrepit mansion which was used for murder mysteries. Her mother dragged the kids there from Boston after their aunt and uncle passed away and left it to them. She is determined to sell it to someone who can see the...
  • Danielle Rose
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC from NetGalley to read and review. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Cyn Balog, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the est...
  • angharad mair
    1970-01-01
    Alone by Cyn Balog tells the story of fifteen-year-old Seda, a girl who is not the least bit excited to be spending her winter break in the middle of nowhere atop a mountain surrounded by twenty inches of snow. Yet here she is, in a half-burnt-out murder-mystery mansion that her mother has just inherited from her recently deceased aunt and uncle. With no cell phone service or internet access, Seda learns that life atop Solitude Mountain may just ...
  • Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
    1970-01-01
    Alone is about a girl named Seda. What was supposed to be a vacation turns into moving in to an old murder/mystery house that her great aunt/uncle left her mom. Her summer turns into fall and then the snow starts. Seda feels all alone. Isolated from her friends and the outside world, she’s left with her thoughts and her little brothers and sisters to keep her occupied. This book was nothing like I thought it would be. Nothing. I didn’t expect...
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    Fifteen-year-old Seda thought it was cool to spend the summer at the old mansion her mother inherited, but now it's starting to snow and she just wants to go back to Boston, back to school and her best friends and her crush, back to civilization. The mansion is in the middle of nowhere, it's falling apart, there's no cell service, no landline and it's just plain creepy especially since it was last used as a murder mystery hotel. And Seda's mother...
  • Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
    1970-01-01
    Okay so this is going to be a very short review because I don't want to give away anything and I can't think of how to review it without saying something I shouldn't...lol.So 60% of this book was a little slow and at times kind of boring and I kept thinking when will the horror part of this YA horror happen and then the last 40% happened in a rapid fire pace and I couldn't quit reading until I was finished.Seda and her family are living in a very...
  • Teri
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsThe setting of this story is really a character in itself, and is reminiscent of The Shining - in fact, several characters mention it.  The MC even has two sets of twin siblings - twins!  There's even a huge freezer and pantry just like in The Overlook.  Secluded old hotel that previously hosted murder mystery parties, creepy secret passages, several feet of snow, no cell reception - you get the picture.  A perfect setting.  I was ...
  • Erica
    1970-01-01
    I received a free ARC of this novel from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!Seda and her family are staying in an isolated and run down mansion that her mother inherited after her aunt and uncle died. The house, which was used to host murder mystery parties, is still filled with macabre props and tales of residents who met their untimely demise. Seda's mother had said it would only be temporary until the ho...