Alone by Cyn Balog is a YA Horror novel that is coming out next week!
“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…“
So I am happy, and a little creeped out, to find a YA Horror novel that actually started to creep me out. Granted, I read the majority of this book in the dark, but there were moments that I felt that tingly, don’t-look-behind-you feeling, and I really enjoyed being connected to the story like that!
Not to say that this book will make you want to forever have the lights on, but sometimes it can be a little hard to get a book YA Horror that doesn’t have the typical, predictive side to trying to creep the readers out. So if you are looking for a scary novel to pick up this fall, I highly recommend Alone.
But this novel is not just captivating through the spine-tingling moments. What I loved about reading this book was the mental health aspect with Seda and Simon. The main character does battle an inner struggle that just intensifies the story because this is something that people definitely struggle with in your real world. I think that this is what brought myself to find the book captivating with the horrors not only inside the mountaintop, murder mystery house, but also the horrors that the mind can exert on the beholder.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Let me tell ya, I could not put this one down. Just overall, the author did an awesome job picking a setting and situation that flowed together from cover to cover while also trying to scare you in the process. The characters slayed their parts and made the book fly by through a non-predictable storyline.
Published: 7 November 2017
Genre: Young Adult Horror
How I Read It: eArc from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nothing in my reviews have been influenced in any way.*
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