Alone (The Girl in the Box Book 1)

ByRobert J. Crane

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is the BEST BOOK EVER..!?!
I would recommend this book to my BEST FRIEND Kailie. She would read this book like a million times a DAY!
I gave it a high rating because I am IN LOVE WITH BOOK :D Cant wait to read THE NEXT SERIES!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
elizabeth gimbutas
I was looking thru the free books for something interesting when I came across Alone. It didn't really excite me but I figured I'd give it a try. I was very glad I did. Especially for the price, this was a good book. Enough so I wanted to by the rest of the series which are very reasonably priced as well. I enjoyed the good character development and the intriguing plot twists. By the end of the book your still not sure who are the good guys and who are the bad. Definitely leaves you wanting to read more!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
sonny hersch
I began reading this book in Kindle. Because of interruptions due to life happenings I have not finished it. I hope I am able to finish it as this book seems to be a mystery and that is what I enjoy.
Dreamsongs: Volume I :: Dying of the Light: A Novel :: The Dragon Songs Saga: The Complete Epic Quartet :: Witch's Reign (Desert Cursed Series Book 1) :: Part 2 After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire) - A Dance With Dragons
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andriy rushchak
Catches you from the first page and won't let you go. I loved this different approach to another paranormal story. The main character is very likable but difficult to understand. When I got to the end I had to have Book 2 and Book 3. I love it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
soroor sarafrazi
This is a great read! It is hard to capture my attention in new books, and this story does that immediately...I read the first paragraph and I was hooked. It has a bit of a sci fi twist, but even if that is not your normal choice in reading (it's not usually mine), I think you will love this series. Action packed from the get go, never a dull moment, and never a good spot to put the book down. Was a quick read because I had to know how it ended! Now that I know...I can't wait to see what book two in this series has to offer! Fabulous author that gets better with every piece he publishes!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Starts off good, but it gets boring fighting the same guy over and over and over and over and over. It has plenty of violence, very little actual story. I really wish I could give this less than a star.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen.

1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Sienna is an interesting main character. I like her independence and how she can defend herself against the big bad wolf. She is feisty, loving, and refreshing, especially compared to the weak female leads that are out there in plenty of books. She defies the notion of a damsel in distress, because even though she is in danger, she is the only one who can protect her. She is self-sufficient, but also a little boy crazy. But hey! She has never before laid her eyes on a real boy in the flesh before. The only reason why her character is not getting five stars is her never ending saucy tongue. She never stopped making fun of people and being rude. I found her to be the ultimate mean girl and I mentally distanced myself from her. Her attitude kept me from really getting close to her and identifying with her as well. 3 out of 5 stars

2. Strong Minor Characters: I found all the minor characters really boring and uninteresting, except old man Winter. Other than that, they all seemed like bad guys to me. I do not think that that was the author's intention, but that is how I interpreted it. 1 out of 5 stars

3. The Setting: The setting in this book is not all that interesting or intriguing. I did not enjoy the places or the descriptions. It was a let down from the previous books that I have recently read that were very good, when it came to the setting. Every author has redeeming qualities; however, nothing really redeems this book in my eyes, when every page I read, I encountered a problem. 1 out of 5 stars

4. The Plot: Is it just me or does this book contain zero plot whatsoever? I could not for the life of me find a plot in this book. Sienna just does a lot of things, comments about the two boys' hawtness that she has met, defeats the bad guy, discusses before said hawtness, and the end. There was not much substance, except in the blood and gore. Two things that made this novel worth reading for the fight scenes; otherwise, there was not much action or much plot. I think the no action of it contributed to the no plot aspect. It seems like I only have negative things to say, but I cannot really think of anything good about it, never mind great. 2 out of 5 stars

5. The Artwork: The cover is not ugly, but it is not exactly eye-catching either. The title is what got me to read the story and buy it. 2 out of 5 stars

6. The Writing: It has been a long while since I have read a book as poorly edited as this one. There were so many grammatical mistakes that it literally drove me insane to the point where I would have to take breaks from this book, in order to avoid smashing my kindle fire to smithereens. There were places where instead of a #, there would be a random 3 hanging in there, not centered or anything. Minor words like "the", "a", "or", and "and" were missing all the time. The misspelling of names that were spelt right, and then wrong were everywhere. The writing style was definitely unique and stuck out to me for all the wrong reasons. I was too distracted by all of the mistakes (some missing periods as well) to enjoy the story, which did not seem like much of a story. Maybe, I was too distracted to tell or no longer cared, whatever is the case, I did not find the writing enjoyable whatsoever and this book was supposed to be a fun read for me. 1 out of 5 stars

7. The Dialogue: ...I do not know how to put this delicately, but the dialogue was really stilted and boring to me. The only interesting part that soon got annoying is the saucy language from Sienna...but then she never stopped talking that way and it seriously irked me. With the big bad wolf, the language was very crude and sexual. There should be a warning in this book about mature content, especially since this might appeal to a younger audience. 2 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this book a 1.7, so I will round it up to a two. Might read the second book, if it was for free to see how the story ends, but otherwise, I am not interested.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
billie kizer
A refreshing X-Men like novel start of a very fast-pacing and fast-reading series. Good to be read on a beach. Entertaining, but do not expect too much depth. Still, a surprising good book from an author unknown to me before. I will check his other serie as well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kara leung
Just finished your Book Alone: Girl in A Box.
Good reading. Did not miss the usual bedroom scenes.

You left us hanging about M-squad and what happened to the missing mother and why Reed left.

I look forward to the next segment

Paul Madsen
Orem, Utah
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
susan russell
This NOT Fantasy. Fantasy is The Hobbit. Fantasy is The Lord of The Rings. This is plain horror like Chainsaw Massacre, Saw or Hostel. I did read the entire book, but have no desire to read further ones of this genre by this author. The only redeeming factor, and how it gets 2 stars instead of 1 from me, is that in the end the heroine wins in her battle with Wolfe. But, that still doesn't justify the brutal torture and wholesale killing carried on throughout this story. Especially how Wolfe practically disemboweled Sienna, in his perverted notion of rape.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jose leal
This was my first mythical read and I would have to say I enjoyed it. I enjoyed how truth was associated with fiction and how the story unfolded. I would have liked to know more about Sienna's mother but nevertheless it was a good read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
benjamin heslin
This is a completely new genre for Crane and I have to say that his venture from epic fantasy into the supernatural sci-fi world is very good. Not one iota reminds the reader of where the author has once trodden upon the paths of trolls and magicians. Often it is hard to leap from a genre one is comfortable in. Instead it is as if he was never anywhere other than in the mind of this meta human girl.
A young hybrid with extraordinary skills and unknown dimensions of abilities yet to be discovered. She has been kept hidden away in a house, by her mother, for her entire existence. One day her mother doesn't return home and she is introduced to a world of unimaginable monsters and people who want to treat her like a guinea pig.
The story is fast paced and gritty with a balanced proportion of sci-fi and supernatural, without the usual suspects one tends to finds in books of this genre. I found it engrossing, perhaps because the main character wasn't your typical little girl please feel sorry for me type. Instead she was tough with a smart alec attitude, but still managed to act with the carelessness of an inexperienced youth.
I thought the end was brilliant, so much so that it made a shiver run down the back of my neck. I look forward to reading where the author will take that cliffhanger.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I devoured this book and all of the other books in this series and in the series that follows this one. The action is non-stop in this extremely well written page-turner. The author uses humor well, balancing it with the horrific trials that the 17-year old protagonist, Sienna Nealon, undergoes as she discovers her true nature and supernatural powers. You will laugh, you will (almost) cry, and you'll sit on the edge of your chair while Sienna works her way through the maze of people and creatures who pursue her. And just where has her mother gone, a mother who often locks her in a steel box for days on end in order to teach her a lesson. Read the book and you'll find out!

The characterization of the female protagonist is so well done that I was convinced the author had to be a female using a pseudonym. It's so hard to believe that a man could capture the angst of a teen girl so well. Robert J. Crane did, though. Ans I now know he is, indeed, a man because I saw him on a You Tube video talking about his many books in his three series.

If you want days and days of entertainment, read this book and fall into Sienna Nealon's crazy world. You won't be disappointed!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erika bailey
This fantasy, featuring meta-humans, and told from the point of view of the female protagonist, is full of tension and action. But it is also a fascinating character study of a unique individual. The reader is given information through the unreliable narrator, who appears to be confused by what is going on about her. As events unfold, she becomes increasingly internally conflicted; initially determined to put right the wrongs committed around her but unable to recognise who she can trust.
The settings are described with detail that allows the reader to picture and inhabit the locations. And the characters are properly padded with flesh, blood and personality to build them into fully formed players in the drama.
The story follows twists and turns, introducing shocks that lead toward a swift denouement with a conclusion that is at once both surprising and inevitable.
This is a well-told fantasy tale that stays with the reader after the last page is done. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted. An absorbing read that lovers of dark speculative fiction will enjoy and appreciate. Recommended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karen frank
As I stretch and blink my eyes to get ready to start book 5 I felt the need to pop off a review. Number one .. this is a great series, seriously, the author has made a heroine that has smarts and is powerful. Not just in the meta way but in the ability to be a strong character. I Thank the author for creating a powerful female lead. I have dumped many a series because of hoe so many authors write females as brainless dupes. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
beth tedford
Why in the world I would get a book to read that this awesomely good is totally beyond me. When you pick up Robert J. Crane's "The Girl in the Box, Book 1, Alone"? I do not know what you expect. I promise you this, it will not ever, ever be what you expect. It's better.

Sienna has never been let out of her house. Ever. She has never seen the sun. Her windows are barred. She has rules she must live by, She has martial arts training she must do every single day with her mother. She has a box in the basement, similar to a coffin except much stronger, where she is put when she is rebellious. The last time she was there a week before she garnered the inhumane strength to break out. She is stalked not only by a monster named Wolfe, but people who want to put her under a microscope because she actually is inhumane.

Talk about a character. She leaves you breathless as she becomes stronger, more determined and abilities you have never thought of begin to emerge. Somewhat like the ability of an author that is this good at what he does.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michael cordell
For a while now I've been harassed by a friend of mine insisting that I read the Girl in the Box series by Robert J Crane. It seemed like every other day she would telling that I need to read this series - she is completely hooked and is waiting very impatiently for book #10. So I've eventually got around to reading the first book (I had to move it to the top of the list of my books to read just to stop the harassment!).

This series is all about a girl called Sienna Nealon. This first book pulls no punches and gets straight into the the action with no set up or hesitation. She wakes up to find two men have broken into her home, she manages to render one of them unconscious and distract the other one long enough to escape her house to find someone else outside her home in car wanting to help her escape (later on we find out he's called Reed and knows all about Sienna). It's not long after this that she comes across a creature called Wolfe who is very aptly named. Wolfe wants Sienna and becomes obsessed with her, stopping at nothing to track her down and wanting to 'play' with her before handing her over to his boss. She barely manages to escape him and finds herself with the two men which had broken into her home and are agents with an organisation called the Directorate. They whisk her away and this is when she realises that there is something very special about her. She is a Metahuman but hasn't quite matured into her powers yet. Of course by the end of this first instalment she realises just what they are.

Sienna is a very interesting character. She shouldn't be as confident and as self assured as she is after her childhood (which we learn about as the book goes on). Whether this is a consequence of her powers or not I'm not sure. But anyone else who had been treated like she had would be a mess and totally incapable of reacting the way she does and adapting to life outside of her home so easily. This is probably the only issue that I had with the book otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the other 9 (I'm hoping that book 10 is out by the time I'm ready for it!!). I'm also interested in how her relationship with Zack develops and whether Reed can really be trusted.

There are plenty of questions left unanswered, like what happened to Sienna's mother, who is Reed, what is the Directorate really all about, should Sienna trust them, who was her father, just how old is Old Man Winter, who hired Wolfe and plenty more. This introduction to the Metahuman world - which seems very X-Men like - has been very cleverly written. There's just enough information so that you don't get too lost or confused but not so much that you don't need to read the next book and think well that's the end of that story no need to read anymore.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I got this in a 3 book series, when looking it up to do a review, I saw that there were many more. Well I am glad I got the 1st 3 in a bundle because I want to go right to the 2nd one. Very well written story of a young girl who knows no one but her mother. Her Mom has disappeared and she is left on her own. Through a series of events she begins to find out she is not a normal girl. They call her kind Meta Human. She finds that she is pretty much on her own since every one hates her because of the death that is pilling up because of her. I really need to go to book 2 and see if her life can see any semblance of normalcy. This is going to be one of those series that I get into like I did Jim Butcher's and Jennifer Roberson.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
karen garrison
I downloaded this for free thinking if nothing else, I would get decent story of self discovery and learning about life from young superhero point of view. Argh! What I found is a banal work with a simple central character who is stunted in every way. This turned into a slog that requires the reader to suspend reality and common sense. The plot is contrived and the characters flat, the only character who displays emotion correct for the murder of eight agents is Kurt, who is enraged. Old Man Winters reason for their sacrifice is that, she is worth more than a hundred agents. Sorry, but that is as flat and unbelievable as a one sided pancake. I did not find this an enjoyable or entertaining read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
timothy brown
"Alone" is the first book I have read by this author. I have read reviews written by other readers and discovered that he has written books in the past that were in another genre. That explains the reason this story is so well written.

I will admit that I originally tried reading this story a couple of months ago and had trouble getting beyond the second chapter. I ended up picking the story up where I left off earlier this morning and finished reading it just a few minutes ago.

I am glad I did as I enjoyed the story. I do have to say though, that while I was reading all I could think about is the X-Men movies and how similar the story concept is to that one. Though the characters are different, the theme is the same.

Overall a decent read and one I would recommend to fans of this genre.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
meredith nagy
I tried reading this before and gave up, but I'm glad I gave it a second chance. It's different from anything I've ever read - and I mean that in a good way. It definitely took a bit for me to really get into this, but once I did I couldn't put it down.
Siennas' mother has kept her locked up in her home since birth. She knows she has rules to abide by to stay alive, though she's not sure why she's being hidden from the world. When her mother doesn't return and she's almost abducted by a man who looks just as wolf as human, she sees her mother wasn't exaggerating about the outside being a scary place. This is her first time outside, she doesn't know who to trust or why she's wanted, and she's not going to find out in a manner you'd enjoy...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nikhil choudhary
I wish the book was longer! The main character is introduced in such a way that you are only gradually informed of her meta-abilities. In fact, the reader and the heroine learn about her at the same time, but it is entirely believable. A very unique and well-written plot develops, but never overshadows the compelling Sienna.

Some of the supporting characters could have been more developed but, at the same time, since the story is written in first person. The title is extremely apt, the lonely life and non-interaction with the world around her make the less-well formed secondary characters seem natural. Sienna cannot really explain them beyond her own observations and, since she has virtually no human interaction, has nothing with which to compare the behaviors she observes.

I truly enjoyed this short novel and look forward to the next instalment. Kudos to y poo u, Mr. Crane!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elizabeth biehl
Was a great read. I slammed through it and never felt bored. The book has a lot of action, and moves quick. I really sympathized for the MC because it seemed like an impossible situation for her throughout the novel. I liked how she was active, made decisions, and consequently, mistakes.

She seems super mean, but I think that is a good thing. It makes her feel more like a real person rather than just a made up character on paper.

Only thing that gave me some pause was the whole mythilogical element. I rolled my eyes a little bit when it revealed her class, but then I was further intrigued by the ending, so I'm over-looking it.

Looking forward to reading more from this author.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
warren cartwright
I got the 1st 3 books free and I did really like the plot and premise. However, I am not going to pay $4.99 for every section of what is really just a book split up to get more money. By the time you read these 'books' you will have spent about $80. I want a beginning and ending before I have spent that much money. Frankly, I am going to quit reading books that I see are in this format of charging for every few chapters. Too bad, because I really did like the idea behind these books...
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I guess I'm a little late to the party since this came out in 2013. But let me tell you this story hooked in right in. I want to know more and all the characters are interesting. Can't wait to read book 2.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
adel maher
I admit, I didn't get past p. 60. By that point I was a bit drawn in and found the 'meta'-story compelling, but the main character is just so detestable I couldn't continue. I'm assuming she matures over time, but in the first instance her arrogance, bullying, and even verbal cruelty made her someone I couldn't imagine following and rooting for through the book, much less several. :(
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
If you are tired of the same old trope about over the top superpowered teenagers saving the world, inspite of all the ineffectual adults, all while wondering which boy was cuter, then this may not be for you.

For a better story of adults doing the same thing, no toddlers involved, try The Rook.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alysa mulcahy
Got this book cause of the good reviews but never had the time to read it. I picked it today and finished reading same day. It's a weekend. I enjoyed the read very well and would recommend to anyone interested modern day super hero stories ( like xmen). Glad I already bought 4 of the books in the series and will dig into book two after dropping this review. Its cause of books like this I read novels at all. I respect the work that's gone into this. Good read. Good read!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kellie combs
A young woman has been locked away her whole life by her mum, but she doesn't resent her for it. She 'knows' her mum did it for a good reason. Then the mum disappears, someone breaks into the house and a stranger shows up to rescue her.

Not sure what to say about it because I accidentally started to read it at the final chapter so the whole 'surprise' was ruined. It was a decent read nevertheless. Will check out the next in the series.

Clever idea to give away the first book free and then charge for the rest if you liked it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
When you find a writer that gives you everything you want in a book: emotion, mystery, humor, and of course, some kick ass fight scenes you have to become a fan.
Every book I have ever read from Mr. Crane has given me this. These worlds that he creates are so complex and descriptive it is hard not to want to just step inside and go there.
Alone is no different. I felt Sienna's pain, emotionally, as she struggles to figure out what she is, who she is, and most importantly, why she is treated the way she was treated.
This is a strong female character, even though she is young, who listens to the many hard and brutal teachings her mother instilled in her. And they save her life countless times.
If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing to very end, but will also leave you satisfied beyond your wildest dreams, you NEED to get this novel!
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Thank you for such a wonderful series, now hurry up and finish the next book! I am dying to read the next, and the next, and....well you get the picture!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
daniel smith
Absolutely totally and completely enthralling first book in this series about Sienna, a seventeen year old who has been protected all of her life by her mother and discovers why at the same time as we do. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to read more of this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zephikel archer
This book surprised me! I really enjoyed it. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. The writing is flawless. The story just draws you in. You start to identify with the characters. I like Sienna. She was smart and brave. I felt bad for her because she had been isolated all her life. I understand now why though. Hope the next book is out, can't wait to see what happens next as she figures out all her abilities and the ending was ahhh... Suspicious!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michael holm
A good read enough to keep the pages turning! An interesting concept, although I wonder if someone who had been locked away for so long would be able to cope with the outside world so easily.

However, this story was well written, gripping in parts, entertaining and thought provoking, filled with mystery and twists and turns so that it must be read to the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
anne mcmillan
Although I love the story,I was hoping for more in a little romance thrown in.There seems to be a little connection for two of the characters but it's not enough to hold on to.There is tons of action though.So that's a plus. Hoping to find some romance in the next book.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
serves you
If sadism and torture are your thing this book is for you! I could only do about 15 % then quit. I think there was a good story line possible but I could not find it under all of the blood and bodies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I really enjoyed this book very much! The plot kept me guessing whether or not Sienna would face Wolfe. I could not put this book down and will be buying the next books of this series. I Could not believe that people would treat a 17 year old girl the way they did. I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book to this series. Can't wait to get it.Alone: The Girl in the Box, Book 1
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
poppota geum
I was unsure at first, so after a few pages, I put it down. Later that day, I found myself wondering about what was going to happen. I picked it up and finished it within a day. It is fast paced with just enough description. I have downloaded the second one already and will gladly pay a few dollars to continue when I finish this one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This book was ok. But it was not horrible. loved how the author made the characters relatable but I hated the ended I felt like the author just did not want to write anymore. So great book horrible ending.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natalie moon
I started reading this book a few weeks ago...and couldn't stop. I just finished book 9 and can't wait for the author to release book 10! This is the best series I've ever read, and I will be reading the rest of Robert J. Crane's books. I have had some good luck with free e-books, but some are so poorly edited, with misspellings, punctuation errors, etc, that I just delete them without finishing. I felt like I'd won the jackpot when I started reading the Girl in the Box series. I enjoyed it immensely!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nina flournoy
Solid writing with a fresh story makes this book enjoyable. The action is expertly handled and the idea of meta-humans is very cool. Other than a few unanswered questions (which should be cleared up later in the series), the book is a satisfying read that I highly recommend for fans of X-Men, Buffy, and strong female characters. The reasoning behind the capabilities of the protagonist are believable and the author did a great job of adding a sense of realism to an otherwise fantastical story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mohamad hasan farazmand
this book was so good i couldnt stop reading it the story plot and the twists its a stunning book hands down... trust me if you like vamprires and werewolf and greek mythology you will love this book i could see them making a movie or miniseries off this book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hsinlan wang
I was hooked from the first chapter, it starts with action and the fight scenes are very descriptive. When I wasn't at work I couldn't put it down until it was finished. My wife has been trying to get me to start reading this book for a while cause she loved it so much, so I finally relented, and I'm glad I did. I'm fixing to start on the second book as soon as I finish this review. Great job Robert Crane, looking forward to finding out what happens next.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
This book was annoying. Sierra was a snobby unrealisyic selfish brat. she didnt care about anyone else. i would reccomend it to someone looking for a ceap read but not anything rlse. i abandonded this book becayse it was poorly developed
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nora lester
this book was okay. far too short for any other comment. i was just starting to get into the story and enjoy it when it was over. didnt grab me enough to warrant paying for the next just incase they are as low value for money.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
molly frisinger
I felt it was a good book and it did keep me intrigues I never got bored during the book and I thought Robert J. Crane did a grate job but I did think some scenes in the book were a little predictable
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather guerena
When I was looking through free books, I ran across this one. I got it cause it was free, you know. I started reading it and it was awesome. I really liked this book because you're dealing with a storyline that could really happen. (Maybe). The characters were awesome. Mr. Crane is a really fantastic author. I really want the next one.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
sule bilgic
I love the Sanctuary series so I was excited for Crane's switch to a new genre. I brought this book along for a week-long work trip expecting it to keep me company through several airports across a couple of continents. It only lasted me a layover in JFK - I couldn't put it down.

The story was fast-paced and the plot was thick, similar to X-men but still original and riveting. The only difficult part about the story is that it's obvious Crane has never been a 17 year-old girl. I'm not sure too many people would be able to write for the perspective of a teenage hermit mutant, and I trust it will come together in time, but it was a little distracting.

Regardless, Alone has all the necessary parts for a great series. We love and hate the agents protecting Sienna, there's the promise of a super-elite team of fellow mutants, a heinous super villain, mysterious allies not allied with the super-mutant agency, and an ending worthy of the best facepalm.

You'll regret not reading this book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
brooke palmer
This is an odd book. The premise is a good one, the pace rattles along and there is real originality. But you can't help picking up on three problems that stop the book scoring five stars. Firstly the heroine is too socially aware and too smart mouthed for someone who has never been with people. Secondly, the 'directorate' was not credible as a non governmental agency. Thirdly its not a complete story in its own right.

So its an odd one. More than good enough to keep the pages turning but lacking enough in credibility to spoil to some degree.
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abigail heiser
this book started out promising but feels really fourced about halfway through. the main charactor is unbelivingly snotty,thinks only of herself and has annoying predictable mood swings. i would like to see more improvement from this author--they need to learn to express themselves more fluently!
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kati giblin
A very interesting start to a fabulous series. Interesting plot scenarios, intriguing character developments - keeps me on the edge of my seat awaiting the next book. Highly recommended for all ages, it's a great, easy read. Props to Robert J Crane, keep em coming!!
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richard retyi
Loved this book. There was great anticipation within the story, and the plot lived up to it. I found the storyline enjoyably unpredictable at the appropriate times. I can`t believe I got this book for free! Very suspenseful.
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Absolutely loved this book and went on to purchase the other 4 available in the series. Would recommend you read this book .. but be warned, you wont be able to put it down until you have finished and it leaves you thirsty for more :D x
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john maresco
Gripping book, wish it was a bit longer. The Supernatural element was just about right. Some great characters and not too graphic, fast moving too we please me, I can't stand getting bored part way through! Best part was it was free.
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fatma omrani
This was a well written story in most part. However.. Yeah I'm gonna be honest.

The author needed to research real life long-term captivity and abuse scenarios more. Speaking from experience this character had zero signs she had ever lived through what she supposedly lived through. She wouldn't communicate as well, wouldn't function as well. Nothing added up. I would have scratched that entire idea -- and the whole box issue and discussion in the cafeteria... what the heck happened to that young agent anyway??? Never came back. Hello? Where did he go?
What happened to all the characters that hated her? Literally they entire compound. She came back and wanted to stay? What the heck? Stay where hated? Like REALLY hated? What was up with that insane hate too?? The whole killing spree was kinda ill placed/shoved into the story too. Would have scratched that also.
It really dragged in the middle there. Could the M-Squad be mentioned anymore in that middle time-frame. M-Squad this and M-Squad that.. you must wait for M-Squad. Wow. Hair-pulling-moment. Please stay, let us protect you. Then... NO M-Squad!!!!! Never mentioned again, never saw them, never heard about them. Nothing.

Now for the biggie.

It felt heavily ripped from RMeads The Vampire Academy and succubus (tossed in at the end, wtf??). Not so much the storyline but the structure and many details. It's not a boarding school but a compound for 'betas' --- they aren't guardians but beta agents --- RMead characters Adrian, etc met in dreams... then to suddenly toss in succubus at the end. Wow. Weird. Then Rose... RMeads main character... this main character might as well have been her. Same quips, same body description, same attitude... everything. Might just tweet the author a link to this story..

So yeah. I ripped this one up, but I think with good meaning. It needed more editing, better storyline... less ripping off other popular authors/more originality (yes, the readers will know it when you do it)

I might have read the two following in this series just to see what else went wrong... but this one was free and those.. are not. I won't pay for something that feels so badly ripped.
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dan martin
this book was some what entertaining but it was totally predictable. nothing surprised me and frankly many parts were just plain creepy. needless to say i will not be reading any future books in this series.
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