I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alone by Cyn Balog
Genres: YA, Horror
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 1st 2017
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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 the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.
Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…
Here is what I thought
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 isolated place and winter is about to happen. The mansion used to be a murder mystery location and so it has a lot of very strange things in it. One night a group of teens show up and Seda doesn’t want them to stay, she is afraid of them staying, but they do. It’s Seda’s 16th birthday and her mom wants to put on a scavenger hunt and things get a little strange once that starts and that is all I am saying. 🙂
I think the author was trying to draw us in with a bit of atmosphere at the beginning but to me it feel a little flat and just started to fill a bit repetitive and just didn’t really feel as eerie as maybe it was suppose too. There is a certain element that I wish would have played a bit more in things because I think it would have made the ending a bit better.
I think if the last part wouldn’t have been so cool I would not have given this book as good of a rating but I really enjoyed the last part and the WTH ending. 🙂
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