Alone

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 shor When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda?s almost excited to spend the summer there. The groun...

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Title:Alone
Author:Cyn Balog
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:1492655473
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:277 pages pages

Alone Reviews

  • Kirsty
    Oct 28, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

  • Crowinator
    Aug 31, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

  • Tez
    Feb 05, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

  • Donna
    Nov 23, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

  • Trisha
    Mar 11, 2018

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

  • Josiah
    Jun 05, 2018

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Oct 01, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

  • Rachel
    May 04, 2018

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Aug 15, 2017

    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 a...

  • Tabby
    Oct 23, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

  • Megan (Under the Book Cover)
    Oct 16, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

    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...

    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... 2.5/5 Thank 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 toget...

  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    Jun 20, 2018

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

    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...

    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... 2.5/5 Thank 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 toget...

    you know i was gonna rate it 3 but the ending deserves a star on its own ...

    ***Spoilers included*** ?Places like this bring out the demons in all of us? (89). I gave Unnatural Deeds 4 stars when I reviewed it, but I think about it regularly, sometimes making me think I should up it to 5. I don?t think this book was as complete for me, but I wonder if i...

    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...

    So, I've had this book on the top of my Kindle TBR pile for a while. And since I bought a brand new Paperwhite the other day, I decided this was going to be my first read on this device. ? Seda lives in a rundown mansion in the middle of nowhere called Bismarck-Chisholm, with her...

  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    Oct 30, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

  • Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
    Nov 23, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

  • Shane
    Oct 24, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

  • Kris
    Oct 10, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

  • Gina
    Jun 20, 2018

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

  • Michelle
    Oct 01, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

  • Pamela
    Oct 11, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    Nov 06, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

  • Lauren
    Aug 25, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

    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...

    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... 2.5/5 Thank 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 toget...

    you know i was gonna rate it 3 but the ending deserves a star on its own ...

    ***Spoilers included*** ?Places like this bring out the demons in all of us? (89). I gave Unnatural Deeds 4 stars when I reviewed it, but I think about it regularly, sometimes making me think I should up it to 5. I don?t think this book was as complete for me, but I wonder if i...

    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...

  • Jessi ♡
    Sep 06, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

    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...

    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... 2.5/5 Thank 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 toget...

    you know i was gonna rate it 3 but the ending deserves a star on its own ...

  • Cillian
    Aug 16, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    Nov 08, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

    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...

    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... 2.5/5 Thank 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 toget...

    you know i was gonna rate it 3 but the ending deserves a star on its own ...

    ***Spoilers included*** ?Places like this bring out the demons in all of us? (89). I gave Unnatural Deeds 4 stars when I reviewed it, but I think about it regularly, sometimes making me think I should up it to 5. I don?t think this book was as complete for me, but I wonder if i...

    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...

    So, I've had this book on the top of my Kindle TBR pile for a while. And since I bought a brand new Paperwhite the other day, I decided this was going to be my first read on this device. ? Seda lives in a rundown mansion in the middle of nowhere called Bismarck-Chisholm, with her...

    ***This book as reviewed for Sourcebooks via Netgalley Alone by Cyn Balog is one dark, creepy psychological thriller. Bismarck-Chisolm House, a grand old mansion on Solitude Mountain, was once a murder mystery mansion, but has fallen into severe disrepair. Seda and her family inheri...

  • Colona Public Library
    Dec 14, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

  • Peaches
    Mar 08, 2018

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

    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...

    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co... 2.5/5 Thank 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 toget...

    you know i was gonna rate it 3 but the ending deserves a star on its own ...

    ***Spoilers included*** ?Places like this bring out the demons in all of us? (89). I gave Unnatural Deeds 4 stars when I reviewed it, but I think about it regularly, sometimes making me think I should up it to 5. I don?t think this book was as complete for me, but I wonder if i...

  • Michelle
    Oct 13, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

    I liked the premise of this book. It was a unique story line. The ending was chilling with a twist. ...

    I thought the premise of this book was really unique and interesting. I didn?t find it so much scary as creepy. I was creeped out the whole time while reading this book. I didn?t expect the ending at all which was a huge reason why I did end up liking the book. I also liked the fac...

    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, a...

    5th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Gothic + storm = maybe people die? ...

    "Welcome to the most haunted mansion in Allegheny County. The legend of this home says that no one has ever been able to live here through the winter without succumbing to the disorienting effect of Solitude Mountain." I liked the idea of this house and all these siblings locked in ...

    Fifteen year old Seda Helm, her 4 siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mother, an author and college professor, are spending the summer at an old mansion that her mother inherited from an aunt and uncle. It used to be a murder mystery hotel with it's many secret passages and many, many g...

    Twisted! I had no idea I would end up liking this story and all its craziness as much as I did, with how slow the first few chapters were and me not really being pulled in by the main character. But once things started to pick up and the situation went awry, I became well-investigat...

    I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story. The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and ...

    Seda's mom inherits a house from her aunt and uncle. The house is unique and has a storied history that runs back multiple generations. Her deceased aunt and uncle used the house as a Hotel Murder House. They would put on Murder Mysteries with their paying guests every weekend. When th...

    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...

  • dg
    Jan 19, 2018

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

    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 wa...

    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. ...

    this was honestly not what i thought it would be at all. things the blurb doesn't mention that i feel were pretty important: -seda has a voice in her head, her dead twin that she absorbed in the womb named Sawyer. presumably she has some mental illness that causes this, and he has to...

  • Brittany Lamb
    Dec 21, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...

    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 te...

    There's a special excitement to novels where the story isn't what it appears to be. Deception is hiding somewhere in the narrative, but where? Is the main character fooling themselves, or is someone else doing it? Is the conspiracy so broad that we're too close to the story to detect i...

    When Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion full of secret rooms and passages, Seda isn't thrilled to be leaving her home in Boston, but her mother swears it's just temporary. As more and more time passes, Seda's mom decides she wants to renovate in order to find the perfect buyer fo...

    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 yo...

    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 mur...

    3.5 stars Mostly predictable, but I liked the ending. ...

    Received from: SOURCEBOOKS Fire Received Via: NetGalley.com Why this book? Seemed interesting What I thought This 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 wh...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Seda'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 middl...

    Okay. So, it's been a few days (or six) since I finished this book. But I really had to get my thoughts together on this one. I am still struggling with the rating, because there are parts about this book that just scream, "3 STARS!", but there was so much that was good about this ...

  • Fidan Lurin
    Nov 22, 2017

    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 a...

    Alone by Cyn Balog is altogether thrilling, curious and strangely beautiful. Balog goes beyond authors to create a story that leaves readers puzzled, relieved, frightened, traumatized. The plot is unheard of. The writing style is quick paced and slow to climax; a paradox yes, a mistake...