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
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 7th 2017
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Thrillers, YA, Young Adult
Format: ARC, eBook
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…
It almost reminded me of a movie I watched as a Teenager. I thought I creepy house, feelings of dread and a group of teenagers? Yes, please! That was until I read it.
Ok so don’t get me wrong this book wasn’t bad…BUT….it takes quite a few pages to get to the really good parts, about 60% in. I understand what she was trying to do but I think instead of focusing on how creepy the house was, the characters needed more of something. There is a part in the book that explains that Seda has an inner voice. I felt that wasn’t explained enough and didn’t really go anyplace. I will tell you the Twist at the end totally had me like, WHAT!?!?! but I also felt it needed a lot more build to get to that end. It was shocking and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I actually read it like 3 times. I just felt it was really missing something.
I am adding a spoiler at the end of this post. So if you read the book feel free to read the spoiler, I am only adding it because I need to explain what annoyed me about this book. It has so much potential and just when it was getting good it was over. I felt like 30% of the book could have been the build of house and character but I wanted more of Seda and the teens that come to the house. Maybe even adding more to the creepy factor of the house and the rooms being so odd.
Overall I liked it, it wasn’t the best book ever but I enjoyed it. I really thought the end was like WOW and I wasn’t really expecting what happened. I do recommend even just to read the end. 🙂
Here is a sort of spoiler….View Spoiler »Sawyer was Seda’s infused Twin. When she was born her twin was absorbed into her. So now she hears his voice in her head. However the author didn’t expand on it. He was sort of pushed very far into the background and only pops back up at the end. I felt like with how it ended and the big reveal it needed more of him. He should have been a major factor throughout the book. « Hide Spoiler
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