by Cyn Balog


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This must-read for lovers of Stephen King's The Shining will leave readers breathless as Seda and her family find themselves at the mercy of a murderer in an isolated and snowbound hotel. Get ready for what Kirkus calls "A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride."

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda's almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it's fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they're not going back to the city...or Seda's friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They're about to be cut off from the outside world, and she's not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492660866
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 161,113
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

CYN BALOG is is the author of many young adult novels, including Alone, which received a starred review from VOYA Magazine. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters. Visit her online at

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Alone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Terrible book! You think Seda’s twin Sawyer is really alive and is a monster yet an unexpected twist comes at the end. This is a Young Adult novel but I do NOT recommend it.
xokristim More than 1 year ago
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 as much as I did. I also liked the fact the the story didn’t drag, it was just the right pace. As always short chapters with cliff hanging endings in thrillers or horror book always make me happy, so I was glad that was a characteristic of the book. I didn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters, which usually frustrates me, but in this case I think it was because I didn’t want to. I didn’t genuinely like any of them, I was questioning their every move and motive the whole time, especially Seda. I wasn’t a fan of Seda as a narrator at the beginning, but about a quarter of the way through I completely understood why she made the best one. Overall if you are looking for a solid, creepy book this should definitely be a contender. It kept me at the edge of my seat most of the time, and I really enjoyed the ending. I love when a book can shock you, and this one did just that.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read and review Alone by Cyn Balog. A desolate mansion, a girl who hears voices and an eccentric mother open this story with a feeling of Stephen King’s Shining. The more I read about this family, the stranger they seem. Seda had a twin that died before the two of them were born. His name was Sawyer. Seda has four younger siblings who are sets of twins. Winter hits and a group of teenagers ends up stranded at the mansion after a car accident. They’re invited to enjoy a scavenger hunt with the family and everything goes from strange to crazy with twist after twist. Alone is a suspense-filled thriller and a perfect read for young adult horror fans. 5 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary consideration.
AshleyReadsALot More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if it was me, but this was a quick read.  I could have read it in a sitting, if I had the mental capability (and time) for it.  So if you like quick reads, this definitely fits that. Okay, so for the actual review... I loved it.  Honestly -- I'm a big horror book fan, and this really has it all.  The creepy house in the middle of nowhere; the main character who doesn't know if she's crazy or not; the mother who's a little out there; the siblings who are normal and so cute.  (Like, you're just WAITING for one of them to get it...)  Spoiler: They don't. Seda is a great character.  She's 16 and not only going through all the normal teenage angst, but she's also dealing with the fact that she thinks she's crazy.  (Not a spoiler, this is pretty much known as the basis of the book.)  And everyone knows that when you put someone who might be crazy in a secluded house during a snowstorm, nothing good can come out of that. The plot was well-done.  Not only did Balog add a twist to the end, she actually added THREE.  There were things I did not expect, even when I thought I'd actually figured it all out.  (Honestly, this is what always makes me give her a little nudge in the rating factor.  I love a good book that completely surprises (and shocks!) me.)  That being said -- and I won't spoil you! -- I freaking love this book solely on the last 20 pages or so.  Not that the rest of it isn't awesome, it is!  But the last pages really make it stand out. Other things I loved?  The fact that Balog calls out King's The Shining.  There are several characters who comment that "Bug House" is actually like Overlook Hotel.  I love that it doesn't take itself seriously, and she comments within the story her homage to King. I also loved that Seda's mom is a horror fanatic and college professor.  I mean, how cool is that?  She's definitely the prof. I would have wanted at college! Overall Recommendations- Definitely read this...if you like horror.  If you're not a horror fan, or murder-mystery, you won't enjoy it.  So if you prefer sappy romances, don't go near this book.  This book will eat your romance for breakfast and burp it up for lunch. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next! Full review (with GIFs!) at ATLP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because of the cover. It looked creepy and spooky and just slightly scary, a great book to read when getting pumped up for the Fall. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was though. I loved this book! It’s all about a girl named Seda, who moves with her family to the middle of nowhere to a run down mansion that belonged to her Aunt and Uncle, who recently passed. They plan to stay long enough to fix it up and find a buyer, but it turns into a much longer stay than they anticipated and they end up stranded there during a snow storm. Seda’s former Aunt and Uncle ran a Murder Mystery Hotel, so the whole place has a creepy “The Shining” vibe going on. It’s a HUGE house, and it’s only occupants are Seda and her siblings (2 sets of twins) and her mom, who writes horror novels for a living. One day a group of kids show up, looking for shelter because their car broke down during the snow storm. Seda’s mom decides to entertain everyone by throwing a scavenger hunt party, breaking them up into teams and giving them clues to follow. But along the way things start to seem a little too real. People disappear and then dead bodies start to turn up. Seda is eventually left alone to unravel what exactly is going on. Her family is probably all dead, and someone is after her too. She’s snowed in and can’t leave this horrible place she calls “Bug House.” I was on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put this book down. I thought I knew what was happening but then there was a twist, blowing my theory to pieces. In the end it reminded me A LOT of a Goosebumps book. It’s scary, there is a twist and you think the story is over and everything is good, but then there is another twist and it leaves you wondering what the heck just happened. It was very well done in my opinion, and when this book comes out in November, I definitely would like a physical copy!
onemused More than 1 year ago
Balog is an absolute master of suspense! I knew I absolutely needed to read "Alone" after her amazing "Unnatural Deeds," and it absolutely did not disappoint. Here, we follow Seda who lives with her mother and four young siblings in a decrepit mansion which was used for murder mysteries. Her mother dragged the kids there from Boston after their aunt and uncle passed away and left it to them. She is determined to sell it to someone who can see the potential to carry on with the house the way it was before, and thus, Seda has been stuck in this town for way longer than she anticipated. Not to mention that the house doesn't get cell phone reception and is practically a health hazard. All of Seda's siblings are fraternal twins, and she has a twin of her own, Sawyer, who she consumed in the womb and interacts with in her head (believed to be an imaginary friend she never grew out of). Things begin to change when some teenagers break down on the road and show up at the house needing a place to stay until a snowstorm blows over. I had about a million guesses for what was going to happen, and Balog once again blew me away with the ending. Balog is truly a master of twist endings that you cannot see coming. The pace of the book is absolutely perfect, and the interspersed tidbits from ads for the house are fascinating. The book slowly ramps up its pace until the stunning conclusion, and the flow is simply masterful. I absolutely recommend this book to any fans of suspense/thrillers, regardless of the YA category. I won't say too much as I think it's an experience all-around, and I don't want to give anything away, but I absolutely could not stop reading this book and loved every shocking second of it! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The setting of this story is really a character in itself, and is reminiscent of The Shining - in fact, several characters mention it. The MC even has two sets of twin siblings - twins! There's even a huge freezer and pantry just like in The Overlook. Secluded old hotel that previously hosted murder mystery parties, creepy secret passages, several feet of snow, no cell reception - you get the picture. A perfect setting. I was ready for a chilling, twisty, good time - but it didn't occur until around the 70-75% mark. The first part of the novel casts shadows and hints, so there's plenty of opportunity to form theories and entertain suspicions. Once the action starts, it doesn't let up, so the ending was rather brisk, but when all was said and done, it just didn't sit right with me. Yes, it was a surprise, but my reaction was more of disbelieving 'Really?' than shock. This is a fun read that contains some gore (just a warning to those who are squeamish), and the snippets of marketing materials from the murder mystery inn at the beginning of each chapter are quite humorous, but just be ready to settle in with this book for a little while before it takes off. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.
LaurieBeemer More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I was expecting at all. Very different, very interesting. This isn't the type of book that you can rush through that it for sure, if you miss a part of it you can become very confused; at least that is what I believe. The main character Seda (awesome name by the way) begins to question everything around her, especially if she will survive living I that creepy house that she swears has an evil presence. There are so many interesting directions that this story takes the reader in that you are not sure which way is up. Interesting read and I look forward to reading more of Cyn Balog's books. I enjoy finding books that I would not think I would ever read and I am glad I gave this one a chance. Than you NetGalley and Cyn Balog for allowing me to read and review this book.