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??the quick pacing will keep readers engrossed in this series kickoff as Alice and Charlie try to sort through the soap opera that is their new lives and figure out who they can trust. It?s Gossip Girl for Connecticut?s Gold Coast.? ?Publishers Weekly
Even the innocent don't kiss and tell...
“ the quick pacing will keep readers engrossed in this series kickoff as Alice and Charlie try to sort through the soap opera that is their new lives and figure out who they can trust. It’s Gossip Girl for Connecticut’s Gold Coast.” Publishers Weekly
The Innocents weaves a saga of nail-biting drama, breathless romance, and gothic mystery perfect for fans of ABC's Revenge.
Though they share the same blood, Alice and Charlie couldn’t be more different. Alice is older (by one year and one day), shy and reserved, a cool blonde, a painter, a reader, a thinker. Charlie is feisty and uninhibited, a wild brunette, the kind of girl who punches a bully right in the mouth. They hate each other. They love each other. They stand by each other, when no one else will. They’re sisters.
Then their parents divorce. Soon, Alice, Charlie, and their mother are leaving their old life behind. They’re saying goodbye to their cramped Cambridge apartment and driving along the rocky Connecticut coastline—to their stepfather's summer estate in the wealthy town of Serenity Point.
The minute they drive through the gates, they wish they never had. Their arrival reopens old wounds, memories of lost loves, best friends—and bitter rivals. The people of Serenity Point thought the past was dead and buried. They were wrong.
Posted April 17, 2013
I loved this book. It is a suspending story that has great details. I am 15 almost 16 and I would totally recomend tgis book for any girl my age!
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Posted November 27, 2012
Good build-up but the end left something to be desired
What I Liked: 1) The Gothic Mystery element. I read so much paranormal fiction that often I forget how mysterious contemporary novels can be. This one is a nice example of the gothic mystery (albeit pretty easy to figure out, I think I figured it out about 100 pages in.) 2) The secondary characters. The secondary characters of Jude, Cybill, Camilla, and Tommy fascinated me, probably more than the two MCs did. Their lifestyle, which MCs Alice and Charlie are just learning about, is one of indulgence and extravagance, like being dropped into some overdramatic reality tv show. Or a soap opera is more like it. 3) Alice. I connected with Alice a lot when she was doing all of her sleuthing to try and figure out what the big secret was about Camilla. Alice seemed to think she was being sneaky about it, but to me it was just research, and she wasn't giving up until she knew the truth. I'm like that when I'm curious about something, I will research and research until I get my answers. And since her curiosity became my curiosity, that was a big part in keeping me interested.
What I Didn't Like: I hated the way it ended. Hated it. It was like being dropped off a cliff. Not like a big cliffhanger, in fact there wasn't really a cliffhanger at all. But there was a big reveal (of the answers to Alice's mystery) and then nothing. She goes a little crazy in a Henry James kind of way in making all sorts of assumptions, none of which made any sense to me at all. And then the book was over. Really? REALLY? That's how you're going to end it? It's not an ending that drives another book at all. I was very disappointed in that. I also did not like Alice and Charlie's mom at all. But people who completely change their personalities because of some new person in their life bug me in real life too.
Overall thoughts: There is a lot of promise in this debut as it picks up to a great start with fully developed characters and an intriguing mystery. The overindulgent lifestyles of the youth (and the adults) in Serenity Point adds a flair of the dramatic and a lot of fun. The ending was very disappointing though, as the author was simply tired of writing. Yes, it answered the questions that had been developed throughout the course of the story, but there was no gradual let down. It was BOOM, The End. The saving grace for the series is the fact that an excerpt from the next book is included at the end. My belief in Lili Peloquin's talent, plus that mysterious little excerpt have convinced me to give the series another shot.
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Posted March 13, 2014
While I agree with several points you made, i also disagree. Alice's obsession and her similar appearance is part of the plot. In this book, charlie played a minor part, but her role will change in book 2Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2014
I'm a little bit at a loss for what to say about this. At the end I was really pleased, but at the same time the whole rest of the book felt a little lost to me. We followed the story of the two sisters, but it felt like it was a book more about Alice, the older sister. We got a glimpse into Charlie's life, but at the end it felt like we hardly discussed her. I got attached to her sprialing out of control story, and wanted to know more.
I did like their sisterly bond until it did fall apart as they both adjusted to their lives in this new town. Considering that the book only takes places over the span of only two weeks, it would seem that their bond isn't as strong as they thought. Both of them were interesting and distinct not only in their looks, but also their personalities.
A lot of the characters in this book had great personalities, but to be honest, it reminded me of Gossip Girl on the beach. Jude reminded me a lot of Chuck although the whole cousin love thing was a little bizarre. The other thing that was strange with Alice and Tommy and how she looked just like Camilla, her dead stepsister and how Tommy seemed to love her.
This book also attacked me with some insta-love, which was a little ick. Luckily it wasn't in your face, but it got under my skin when these two characters said I love you. As I said, this book takes place over two weeks. I felt that Alice was very morbidly obsessed with Camilla, which was strange in the least.
I liked some of the techniques that Peloquin used when writing this book, and I am excited to check out the second book in this series.
Posted December 27, 2012
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