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This was not for me Having said that, the intended audience is teenage girls I read because it was part of a series of advanced reader copies I was given and decided to complete the set regardless of my judgement of the covers Most of these books do not even have back cover summaries This one did printed crooked on the inside front cover and I found it very misleading All this and that about tearing the sisters relationship apart but then that never actually happens in the story At the v This was not for me Having said that, the intended audience is teenage girls I read because it was part of a series of advanced reader copies I was given and decided to complete the set regardless of my judgement of the covers Most of these books do not even have back cover summaries This one did printed crooked on the inside front cover and I found it very misleading All this and that about tearing the sisters relationship apart but then that never actually happens in the story At the very end one sister calls the other pathetic, the other calls her jealous BIG DEAL I m one of 3 girls, 4 siblings total My GOD, the shit we ve said to each other could fill volumes The Title The Innocents merph In this book every character was innocent, there was no contradiction to this term I interpreted from the title that we were meant to challenge our initial concepts of who was innocent and who was guilty Not the case The events, I should really say knowledge since aside from a few crappy, Waspy parties no action happened in this book, that were revealed only lead to immediate Iago affects where you really couldn t be angry or blame the not so innocent characters The unfolding knowledge was just plain dull to add The only interesting part of the book could have come after the paternity revelation, but sadly did not I don t think the author appreciated that many readers would have already come to this highly foreshadowed event and what we really wanted to learn was how that information would change the world around these characters This entire book was one long preview into a series of teen novels that was already being advertised on the back cover of this book I don t know how well this series is going to be received when the initial book leaves its reader frustrated and irritated I will not be continuing with the book The style of this book is aggravating to me The narrative is omniscient, but the point of view changes from one sibling to the next These two girls are complete opposites cliche The chapters alternate from one sister to the next until the middle of the book where it just falls apart We end up following the one sister around and maybe check back in with the other every 4 5 chapters What was the point of this My thoughts were that the author was trying to capitalize on having her reader s identify with one of the two very commonly used personality types in order to suck in as many audience members as possible The one sister shy, smart, reserved, conspiracy loving, with an unshakable identity What teenager do you know that never questions her feelings or choices The other sexy, bold, daring and mostly in regret of what she says and is in waiting for the fall out As an adult, I could easily point the finger at teens I see acting like this, but what teen would admit she is this personality My reason for saying that this change in point of view is pointless is that, it felt as if the author realized that her other character was just so petty and narcissistic that even the author couldn t spendtime on her The other thing that drove me completely nuts I m not even sure I can fault the author on Nothing and I mean nothing was left to the imagination Every thought, every single little thought was second guessed by the main characters and then given 1 2 paragraphs of further wish washing and roll playing such as maybe this will happen or maybe this will happen, maybe I should have said done this, what s he thinking maybe this, can he tell, blah blah blahI can say as a teenager I over analyzed everything and maybe still do, so I have to admit that the author had the mindset of a teen girl in check, but this is a fiction novel aren t we the readers supposed to fill in blanks, visualize the scenes, enjoy that we ve recognize a foreshadow, perceive as the main character and then feel along side them I can t do this when minor beyond minor hypothetical nuances are thrown in the way of the story YA is my guilty pleasure, one which Im not too keen on advertising, but occasionally I will come across one book so fabulous that it compels me to come out of the YA closet, go on public record so to speak The Innocents has me yodeling The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name or should I say gay for YA oh zut pardon ma francaise Now normally I have to say my expectations are never high when it comes to YA but thats why I like them and the fact that I have a cherished friend who works in the YA is my guilty pleasure, one which Im not too keen on advertising, but occasionally I will come across one book so fabulous that it compels me to come out of the YA closet, go on public record so to speak The Innocents has me yodeling The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name or should I say gay for YA oh zut pardon ma francaise Now normally I have to say my expectations are never high when it comes to YA but thats why I like them and the fact that I have a cherished friend who works in the giltzy monde celebre of publishing and slips me advanced copies dont worry NO SPOILERS here though Je jure as they are almost always fabulously low brow, charmingly unsophisticated, and therefore, completely innocuous and relaxing for yours truly Basically, I almost always know exactly what to expect cheap thrills and bawdy reveries Usually But with The Innocents, oh Mon Dieu, the unusual is, franchement, de rigeur Most YA novels provide me with a certain sort of bland comfort, much like the bag of Chips Ahoy and Snickers I just had dont tell Jenny But with The Innocents, I was reminded how much I love to be thrilled and shocked by a novel Without giving anything away, I will say that Peloquin s spooky, gothic, haunting, hip, edgy, modern roman a clef is one of the best in its class Its completely engaging without taking itself too seriously which I appreciate Its tawdry yet compelling, modern yet timeless, stylish yet substantive, fantastical yet true to life If youve ever had a sibling rivalry, if youve ever felt like a stranger in your own house or your own skin for that matter , if youve ever found yourself looking from the outside in or looking from the inside outof a gilded cage , if youve ever found yourself struggling to attract and keep that special Valmont zut alors , then this coup d eclat from the charmant Madame moiselle Peloquin is for you Bisou,Hazelp.s Im a new member on here trying to cherherbooks like this one, so if you think you can help a dame out Id love to hear from you FINAL RATING 3.45 STARS CATCHALL So, I found The Innocents to be very genuinely enjoyable It s a suspenseful thriller full of mystery and intrigue, love and romance It actually reads a lot like a historical fiction book, although it s set in the modern day It was incredibly unputdownable and definitely a page turner I certainly wasn t bored reading it There were definitely some things I didn t like about it, but overall it was a good, solid book with a good story to tell THE HER FINAL RATING 3.45 STARS CATCHALL So, I found The Innocents to be very genuinely enjoyable It s a suspenseful thriller full of mystery and intrigue, love and romance It actually reads a lot like a historical fiction book, although it s set in the modern day It was incredibly unputdownable and definitely a page turner I certainly wasn t bored reading it There were definitely some things I didn t like about it, but overall it was a good, solid book with a good story to tell THE HEROINES ALICEOf the two sisters, I definitely liked AliceShe s usually cool headed, reserved, but lately, not so much She wants answers, and she doesn t want to just sit around She knows it s up to her to find them She sometimes got annoying, but mostly, she used her head Mostly She could be rash and impulsive, but she really didn t try to hurt anyone, and she just wanted to know the truth, which I can absolutely respect She s not a bad girl, but she also doesn t follow all the rules She s just a little bit of a rebel.CHARLIEHonestly, I mostly didn t like Charlie There are moments when she s okay, but for like at least 75% of the book she s a self centered brat who makes stupid decisions and gets herself caught up in dumb things She also constantly chooses her fake friends over her sister, which is just not cool at all It s like she s trying too hard to be rebellious, but inside, she s just a scared little girl, and I didn t like that at all No, Charlie held no appeal for me She was far too hard to like THE LOVE INTERESTS TOMMYSadly, Tommy felt very flat as well I like him and all, but there really isn t much to him We get a lot of his back story, but we don t get what I feel are the important parts I think he dwells on the pastthan he lets on, and he also I think doesn t make the best decisions It s clear enough that he cares about Alice, but he s hesitant to let other people know about that, and that is his first mistake.JUDEI also didn t like Jude He s definitely the bad boy type, but not the hot kind as far as I m concerned He s a complete jerk to both Alice and Charlie Alice, thankfully, has taste and doesn t like him, but Charlie, the not so smart one, is naturally drawn to him I just don t understand his appeal He s rude and self absorbed, but of course it seems like he might have a vulnerable side, too He also appears to be a very clich character THE PLOT The Innocents is suspenseful,so than you d think There s a lot of mystery What happened in the past Where do the lies begin and end There are so many questions Some are still unanswered at the end of this novel, but it s the first book in a series, so I suppose that s to be expected Still, I wanted to know.A lot of the story is based on the past, and there was so muchof it than I realized It doesn t just go back a few years No, this story has been woven since before Alice was born, and she s only jut starting to realize that Charlie wants no part of this digging up the past, but she might not have a choice After all, the answers that Alice finds affect her, too And even though I don t like her, I know that Charlie is a good person at heart and loves her sister Some of this knowledge just might be enough to break her.The romance is also a huge part of the story It s part of the now, but no matter what the characters might want, it is irrevocably intertwined with the past and there it nothing that can change that.I like the way we slowly get our answers, and that Alice has to work for them It s not as easy as turning a page or anything like that But this need consumes her, and she realizes that she needs to know about the past She ll risk anything for that.At the same time, some things in this novel seemed just a bit too coincidental Like, they just worked out a tad too perfectly, or things just randomly happened by random chance when it seemed too calculated Not quit spontaneous enough It was just kind of stiff, I think.But it scores major points for originality It s a dark gothic mystery, and that s just old fashioned fun There s so much of wanting to know what s next, the search for puzzle pieces and then trying to make them fit together It was really, really fun I m not gonna lie I loved working everything out along with Alice, and I know why she s become so enthralled with it THE ROMANCE Tommy and Alice have a romance that starts out slowly Softly They just kind of sit and talk, and I love that They re both drawn to one another, and though Alice sometimes doubts the reasons, they have excellent chemistry It s not lout, but it s powerful I love the way it progresses, too, and the way that it s rocky but they both fight for each other It s not easy, but it s all they have I don t care too much for Charlie and Jude s romance, probably because I don t care much for either of them It feels very stereotyped as well the bad girl and the bad boy giving up their ways for each other and it just wasn t very compelling at all THE WRITING Lili has lovely writing It s easily the shining glory of this book Alice and Charlie s voices aren t always divided evenly, which I didn t like Sometimes they kind of blurred one into another, which was frustrating and weird But other than that, it s awesome The third person managed to make me feel connected to the characters, and the descriptions are super vivid and realistic Her writing made the book come alive All of her characters, whether likable or not have distinct personalities and voices THE ENDING Actually, this book ended in a really good plea I m not complaining Also, talk about unpredictable There was so much that I did not see coming Looking back, of course there d been hints at it, but it simply wasn t something you think about All the drama suddenly comes together and clicks with this new information, and many of the events that take place during the novel make that muchsense There s something of a cliffhanger, though I wouldn t call it that exactly, but I know for sure it left me wantingWRAPUP Overall, I really did like The Innocents I had a problem with half of the main characters, but I managed it I was certainly disappointed, but I was still entertained I will definitely be reading This Side of Jealousy I m curious too see where the story goes, and even the worst characters always have a shot at redemption If you re into historical fiction or suspense, you ll probably adore this, and though I m not saying to go out and buy it this second, I do give it a good recommendation.FINE.Findof my reviews on Sparkles and Lightning I had an issue with THE INNOCENTS that I don t think I ve ever had before Basically, Lili Peloquin did one thing so well that it left me wanting too much.Sisters Alice and Charlie Alice being slightly older move to Serenity Point in New England when their mother marries Richard Flood the III shortly after divorcing their father The girls middle class upbringing didn t exactly prepare them for living in a town where everyone is a member of the country club Charlie has the social skills to c I had an issue with THE INNOCENTS that I don t think I ve ever had before Basically, Lili Peloquin did one thing so well that it left me wanting too much.Sisters Alice and Charlie Alice being slightly older move to Serenity Point in New England when their mother marries Richard Flood the III shortly after divorcing their father The girls middle class upbringing didn t exactly prepare them for living in a town where everyone is a member of the country club Charlie has the social skills to carve out a place for herself, but she honestly finds it easier to hang out with one of the waiters.I absolutely loved the atmosphere of THE INNOCENTS Although there are no science fiction elements, there s a bit of that Stepford Wives feel there has to be something nasty beneath the glossy surface of their new life Their new stepfather is touchy about the oddest things and has removed all pictures of his late daughter Camilla from his home His late daughter who looks amazing like Alice Dun dun dun It s a great setting and feel for soap opera type shenanigans.And a soap opera is basically what happens But at the same time, I felt kind of disappointed at the reveal It s clearly something that will affect Alice and Charlie deeply, butit isn t super crazy I mean, as I think about it, it isn t normal, butthere isn t, for instance, anyone who contracts amnesia and is mistaken for a princess and marries another royal before remembering her husband back home who meanwhile thinks she s dead and has been seduced by her archenemy I cut my eyeteeth on soap operas Basically, it would ve been a great reveal in a normal contemporary, but the atmosphere of THE INNOCENTS was so creepy and exaggerated that I was expecting something less mundane Perhaps Peloquin is saving the true craziness for future installments Book two, THIS SIDE OF JEALOUSY, comes out this summer Both sisters get a romance I m hoping their romances will be fleshed outThere s obviously something hinky about Alice s, considering she s dating Camilla s ex Tommy acts like there s nothing odd about the resemblance, but dating someone almost identical to your tragically departed girlfriend is strange Charlie s romance didn t interest me much, mainly because I didn t get the appeal of Jude He may be super hot, but he s an alcoholic And not a charming, hiding it alcoholic, but a vomit on yourself and pass out alcoholic Maybe that s hot when you re a teenager and don t have experience herding drunks as the designated walker Herding cats is easier I know I sound like I m complaining a lot, but I m definitely going to read THIS SIDE OF JEALOUSY I m just hoping Peloquin takes the series off a simmer and turns the crazy up to eleven [ DOWNLOAD ] ♍ The Innocents ♇ Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and CharlieFriends didn tBoys couldn tTheir family falling apart never wouldUntil they got to Serenity PointIn a town built on secrets and lies, it s going to be hard to stay innocentThey re sucked into a strange and seductive world a world they can t help but hate, and can t help but love A world that threatens to tear them apart, just when they need each other the most The Innocents is the first in a new series of young adult novels that weave a saga of nail biting drama, breathless romance, and Gothic mystery I LOVE this novel To be completely honest, I never would have picked this up for myself I am not a big fan of books such as Pretty Little Liars, etc and that is what immediatly came to mind when I heard about this book I put off reading it for a while because I truly didn t think I would like it I was so wrong.This book is part family drama, part romance, part mystery all rolled into one incredibly fast read I read it in one day, almost one sitting It was easy to keep up with the pace of t I LOVE this novel To be completely honest, I never would have picked this up for myself I am not a big fan of books such as Pretty Little Liars, etc and that is what immediatly came to mind when I heard about this book I put off reading it for a while because I truly didn t think I would like it I was so wrong.This book is part family drama, part romance, part mystery all rolled into one incredibly fast read I read it in one day, almost one sitting It was easy to keep up with the pace of the story, even with the twists and turns it offered around every corner I loved the dynamic of the sisters and I even have a favorite I absolutely love the character of Alice I relate a bitto her than I do the Charlie, her sister Charlie is the wild one while Alice is muchdown to Earth When they move to Serenity Point with their mother and her new husband, they have no idea the changes that will happen in their lives And then secrets that they will uncover.The ending left off with a slight cliffhanger and I am so excited for the next book in this series I have found a series that I can look forward to the next book s release and think about it all the time, something I have been missing the last Harry Potter was released I am so excited about this series and can t wait to see where the author takes the characters Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars in Peloquin s dishy debut Teens and adults alike won t be able to get enough of this addictive new series I m counting down the days until I get the sinister sequel Ok so I know all my friends secretly watch Revenge on TV When we realized this someone pointed to Lili Peloquin s facebook feed and we ve been flipping over these amazing posts and commentary about the show We ve even followed her tweets live during the show.Anyway, this writer is amazing We re sometimes in tears laughing at what she says and how she perceives all the oddities on the show So one of my co worker s husbands works in editing and got his hands on an early copy of this book fo Ok so I know all my friends secretly watch Revenge on TV When we realized this someone pointed to Lili Peloquin s facebook feed and we ve been flipping over these amazing posts and commentary about the show We ve even followed her tweets live during the show.Anyway, this writer is amazing We re sometimes in tears laughing at what she says and how she perceives all the oddities on the show So one of my co worker s husbands works in editing and got his hands on an early copy of this book for us and we ve just passed it around I m reviewing this on all of our behalves since I m the only one on Goodreads This book is a 5 star A Ok, so it s true we re not reading Anna Karenina literature here, but it s good Clearly a great writer and it s so absorbing Most of us read it in one sitting and now we call each other Charlie or Alice based on how we re acting toward each other if bitchy, it s charlie, if innocent and sweet, it s Alice.So, I hope all of you enjoy it too Fingers crossed they make this into a tv series too I didn t think I d like this book as much as I did I usually don t read books in the vein of gossip girl and when I got a copy of this book I was sure that that was what I would get, but I was pleasantly surprised I actually couldn t put the book down and I wasn t annoyed by the two sisters as I feared before I started reading I ll definitely read the next book in the series I can t wait to find out. Mucho mysterioso I just loved this one I love not knowing what comes next, and this eerie little number kept me on my toes It s a blend of Gossip Girl in a summery setting like Revenge I totally pictured Blake Lively as Camilla.