Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir


I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Suspicion will be available December 9, 2014.

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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?

After a month of participating in my first NaNoWriMo, it was a relief to get back to just reading. While Suspicion is not a perfect book, it was a quick and enjoyable read and served as a great transition from Writing Land to Reading Land.

Imogene loved spending summers with her English relatives at the palace-like Rockford Manor where her grandfather, a duke, and her uncle, aunt, and cousin live. She’s always felt drawn to the land of Rockford and her cousin, Lucia, is her best friend. However,  when she’s ten years old, a tragedy strikes leaving both Imogene and Lucia parentless. Lucia stays with her grandfather at Rockford and Imogene goes back to New York and avoids all contact with her remaining relatives.

Seven years later,  Imogene finds out that both her grandfather and cousin are dead and the Title is now hers. She must return to Rockford as the duchess, or the land will be taken over by the Government. She agrees to go and is excited to see her childhood crush, Sebastian, and tries to adjust to life as a Duchess. But while there she learns things about herself and her family’s history that’s hard to believe. And that Lucia’s death may not have been an accident.

The pacing of the book was a little off to me. Everything happened very quickly. Which is nice in a way, because the story was always moving and there never seemed to be any big lulls, but I would’ve liked more time spent on character development. While I felt Imogene was fairly well developed, I never fully cared about the other characters. I also couldn’t really get invested in the love interest.  There were also moments that I felt could’ve used more explanation or description for a greater impact.

I felt the overall storyline was a good one. It definitely had a bit of a Princes Diaries vibe in the beginning of the book, including lessons on how to be a duchess, which I enjoyed, even if it was a little rushed. I liked the timeline style. It started in the present and then backed up seven years to get caught up, then continued on in the present. I love non-linear timelines and I felt it was done well here. The plot involved some paranormal/supernatural elements which added a little something special to Rockford Manor, but wasn’t as big a part of the plot that I expected it to be. There was an extra mystery involving Lucia’s death that was thrown in towards the end, but I liked it and how it played it out. Again, though, I felt like it could’ve used a little more time spent on it.

Overall, I enjoyed Suspicion. It was a fast, easy read. I feel like it could be enjoyed by all ages, but maybe geared more towards the younger end of the YA spectrum.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3
Characters: 2.5
Readability: 3.5
Enjoyability: 3.5
Overall Rating: 3.125 Stars


NaNoWriMo Update – WINNER


So I won my first NaNoWriMo today! 2 days early! I’m not done with the story yet, but I’m currently at 51,133 words. I think I’ll probably take a break for a bit and take some time getting back to my real love, Reading!

Good luck to all those still writing! If I can do it, anyone can!


Monday’s Minutes + NaNoWriMo Update #4


Monday’s Minutes is where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.


The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing. I’m only 2 chapters into this so far, so it’s still a little hard to tell what I think of it. I’ve read a lot of unfavorable reviews of this, so I’m not expecting much, but I still want to give it a try. Mostly because the cover is so pretty!



Suspicion by Alexandra Monir. I was approved for this from NetGalley and it expires early in December, so it will be my first post-NaNo read.


NaNoWriMo Update

I had gotten ahead on my word count so I decided to give myself a day off. One day off turned into three days off and I had pretty much decided to give up. I didn’t go to a write-in because last time I went the people in charge spent the whole time on Google Hangout with someone who couldn’t make it due to weather and I only got two charms and it just didn’t seem worth the hassle. But yesterday I got a second wind and got over 4k words written so I am now just barely caught up to par. I’m going to try and power through and finish this thing up right!

What are you reading? And if you’re writing instead, how is it going?

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get. I thought this would be the easiest top ten list ever for me to do, but going through my TBR list, a lot of my favorite series finished this year or last year. However, there are still plenty of sequels to look forward to!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

1. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer. January 27, 2015.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

2. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Meade. February 10, 2015.

3. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han. (No cover yet!!) April 21, 2015.

4. The Bone Season #3 by Samantha Shannon – No cover, title, or release day yet! But I recently just finished The Mime Order and I’m dyyyying for the next one!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys #3) by Maggie Stiefvater. October 21, 2014. This is already out, but I still haven’t read it yet!

The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld, #2)

6. The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld #2) by Skylar Dorset. December 2, 2014.

Invaded (Alienated, #2)

7. Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers. February 3, 2015.

8. The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) by Huntley Fitpatrick. No cover or release date yet!

9. After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo. No cover yet! July 14, 2015.

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

10. Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5) by Dani Pettrey. February 3, 2015.

What sequels are you looking forward to?

NaNoWriMo Update #3


Since I am currently not reading a book right now (I know, it’s awful), I’m skipping Monday’s Minutes and just sharing a NaNoWriMo update. I went to another write-in on Friday night and got caught up on my word count and got some new charms and tags for my keychain. Sunday I got a good deal of writing done – 4,260 words! So I’m currently at 29,385 words! I’ve started “Part 2” of the novel and am getting a clearer picture of what I want to happen – though I’m still not sure where it’s all going to end up.

I’m having fun writing, but I definitely miss reading. I think I’m definitely more of a reader than a writer. I just got Yes Please by Amy Poehler from the library, so hopefully I’ll get some of it read in between writing.

What are you reading? And if you’re participating in Nano, how are you doing?

Taylor Swift Book Tag

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I’ve been a bad blogger lately since I’ve been spending most of time on NaNoWriMo instead of reading (books, I miss you!), so I looked through some “book tags” and decided to go with the Taylor Swift Book Tag. Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to do it!

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Pick a book (or book series) that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. I loved the first book! And liked the second! I was sooooo looking forward to the conclusion of the series, and then Allegiant came along and I HATED it! It ruined my enjoyment of the series as a whole and I was not excited at all anymore for the movies.

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

3. The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I was just as naïve about things when I was in high school as Lara Jean is in this book.

4. Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love.


Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I mean, it’s right in the name in everything. (While it’s a forbidden romance, I don’t think the song would be appropriate for it at all!)

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – The Darkling!

6. Innocent:  Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

Sentinel by Jennifer Armentrout. No one ruined the ending, per se, but finding out about the spin-off before reading this book definitely gave some things away.

7. Everything has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Juliette throughout the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Out January 27th!

 9. Forever and Always: Pick your favourite book couple.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys + Blue. They aren’t technically a “couple” but they’re all kind of love in with each other and me with them!

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It’s one of my all time favorites and has a signed bookplate sticker in it.