Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Title: Suspicion
Author: Alexandra Monir
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Delacorte (December 9, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

"There's something hidden in the Maze." Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family's English country manor.

Haunted by her parents' deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin's untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion's aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself--and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.









Even though I have read retellings before of Rebecca, I have never actually read the original, which just might be why I seem to like the retellings so much and why this worked so well for me.

Throw in a well done retelling with just enough hint at a solid mystery and a paranormal aspect and you pretty much have me at “go”. Not to mention the alluring synopsis and of course that absolutely gorgeous cover and okay, I was pretty drawn in from the get go. But, I have been deceived by a pretty face before and burned so I did try to go into this with very little expectation.

Did I mention the gorgeous England setting in an even better manor house? No? Well I should have because that too just added to the appeal of the story. The beauty of it and of course the atmosphere.

Like I said, I haven't read the original tale of Rebecca so I didn't have any expectations at all going into this other than I knew it had a gorgeous cover and a synopsis I just couldn't resist.

And I know this read just won't be for everyone but, it was for me. I loved it and the crazy part is that I can't even tell you why other than I just really did.

It has just enough mystery, a hint of romance, danger, and of course the unknown paranormal side that it had me completely enthralled even though it wasn't even fully explained. But once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down. I was constantly guessing what was going to happen next and I loved it.

This might not be a great piece of literary work or will ever become a classic and that is okay because I had a great time reading it and it was just so much fun not to mention entertaining and because of that, I can't possibly rate it any lower than the four stars that I think it deserves.



50 comments:

  1. The most important thing is that you enjoyed reading this book, so I doesn't really matter if you have or haven't read Rebecca.
    Great review!

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  2. I love how many genre elements it has. And that cover is amazing.

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    1. It was fun because of all the mixing.

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  3. I agree completely Ali! This one didn't blow me away with it's literary brilliance, but that's not typically why I read. I want to be entertained and this one more than did that, so it gets a 4 from me as well! I haven't read the original Rebecca either, but I was definitely a fan of this retelling:)

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  4. I'm not familiar with Rebecca's story, so I was pleased to learn that reading it isn't essential to enjoying this retelling. Plus, the locale sounds divine! You can't go wrong with an entertaining book with a pretty cover. Nice review!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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  5. Sounds interesting. And I LOVE the purple maze!

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  6. I adore Rebecca! But I haven't read any retellings. This book is on my radar for that very reason. I'm glad you loved it, Ali! <3

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    1. I have no idea how accurate of a retelling it is but this was an entertaining read so that counts for something!

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  7. This is the first positive review I'm seeing from friends for this book and I'm glad you've managed to change my mind about not reading this book. I'll have to check it out for certain. I want to be entertained as well! :D
    Great review, Ali!

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    1. Thanks Nick, I know a lot of people didn't like it but maybe that is because they read the original? I have no idea. It does have flaws but for whatever reason I was okay with them all.

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  8. I actually haven't read Rebecca so if I were to go into this one i'd be completely blind but i'm loving everything you had to say about it. I'm so thrilled that this one worked for you! I'll have to give it a try!

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  9. I haven't read Rebecca either, but I've definitely been intrigued by this one. Such a beautiful cover! Sometimes you can just enjoy a book for what it is and not worry about its "literary worthiness" - glad you enjoyed this one!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I totally agree! I think sometimes we get too caught up in other things and don't spend enough time on the fun and entertaining aspect of what books are suppose to be about. ;)

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  10. I don't know Rebecca's story either. I've seen some pretty low rating reviews on this one but seeing your great review makes me want to read this now!

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    1. Thanks Eileen and yeah, this probably isn't a story for everyone.

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  11. I've never read Rebecca either. This sounds like an exciting read though!

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  12. I haven't read Rebecca, but this sounds AMAZING!

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    1. I think if you do into expecting very little but having a good time, you will enjoy it. :)

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  13. I think the covers quite gorgeous. I've also never read the original "Rebecca" story either. Sometimes I feel we are lucky if we have not read the original so stories like this are not ruined for us. I guess it all depends on the original story.
    I am reading a slightly similar, if not a lot scarier story called "angel manor".
    A girl inherits a large mansion type home in Europe, the home is surrounded by a lot of mystery and supernatural type stuff, she's very leery of taking on this task of running this home was such a mysterious past and present, it's quite beautiful and people think she's nutso for not wanting to embrace it fully, etc.
    My book is not young adult themes. At least I kind of hope it's not because it's quite scary but in that really creepy kind of graphic way. If that makes any sense. Anyways I'm glad to have a new book to read based on your review I would definitely check this bad boy out.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation as well Bella, I will definitely be looking up Angel Manor.

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  14. Is it weird that this cover gives me the urge to go out and garden? I don't think I've read Rebecca either. Now I'm curious about it and this book.

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    1. Nope, not weird at all. It makes me want to go outside!

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  15. I love atmospheric reads esp if it's set in Europe or the South with its plantation houses. So romantic in a creepy/dark/mysterious kind of way.

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  16. never read the original tale either, but this book looks interesting. Plus I enjoy retellings either way I guess heh.. odd.. since I never read the original huh?

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  17. I don't think I've read the original story either but this one is intriguing, plus, I love the settings! I'm glad you had a great time with it. Thanks for the review!

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  18. This book sound interesting ,, I haven't read the original book either but i don't care as long as the retelling is interesting that enough for me :)

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  19. Kindlemom, great review. Wow that cover is so gorgeous. Is it set today because the cover could be now or earlier. I have read the original Rebecca and let me tell you it's a great psychological thriller/drama.
    thanks for putting this on my radar!

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  20. I super love this cover! I am so glad you liked it. Great review as always Ali :)

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  21. This wasn't for me unfortunately, but I am so glad to hear you liked it so much! I definitely agree about the English setting - there was so much attention to detail in it! Thanks for sharing Ali, and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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  22. I read Rebecca in middle school and it stayed with me. I've read a few retellings and loved them. I had no idea this was related, I definitely want to read it now. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Maybe I will have to try the original.

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  23. I've never read Rebecca either. I am so glad that you enjoyed this one.

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  24. I've never read Rebecca either. (Even though that's my sister's name and she owns multiple copies of the book. I don't think she's read it either though)

    The cover for this one is just so pretty! I agree I like added paranormal (mystery is good too)

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    1. That little twist of something different or unexpected it always fun in retellings.

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  25. I'm so glad you enjoyed this as well, Ali! I just finished it, and was surprised by the hit and miss with reviews. But, like you mentioned I ended up enjoying the yummy Gothic atmosphere, and the mystery. I SO wanted more of the cool paranormal element to be explained and the history, but I still thought it was a very enjoyable read.
    Lovely review!! :)

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    1. I think that seems to be the biggest complaint about it Kim but even then, I am so glad you still liked this!

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