Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: The Innocents by Lili Peloquin

Summary/Cover Image from Author's Website:
NOTHING ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie.

But then their lives were ripped apart when their parents divorced and their mother married again so quickly they didn't even get refills on champagne. Richard Flood (the third) has major skeletons in his closet: a wife and a daughter -- now dead -- both from a previous life that still haunts him. Reserved, slightly older Alice and feisty, younger Charlie don't trust their stepfather, and they dread moving to his summer estate in the old-money coastal town of Serenity Point, Connecticut -- a place they refuse to like and where they know they'll never belong.

The sisters promise to stand by each other for the rest of the summer. Come Labor Day, they'll be shipped off to boarding school. But their arrival at Serenity Point disrupts the power dynamics of the carefully constructed summer social scene.

BOYS couldn't.

For Tommy and Jude, the sisters reopen old wounds and reignite a vicious rivalry. For Cybill, they're a reminder that some memories never stay buried. There are friends the girls aren't sure they can trust -- and boys they know they shouldn't.

THEIR FAMILY falling apart never would.

Before Alice and Charlie can begin to understand the rules that come along with money, the depth of their strange family history, and just how closely they're connected to their dead stepsister Camilla, they're sucked into this strange and seductive life. A life that threatens to tear them apart the harder they fight to stick together. A life they can't help but hate, and can't help but love.

UNTIL they got to Serenity Point.

The Innocents has been setting in my TBR pile for a couple of months now, gathering dust, and to tell the truth, I'm not really sure why. It sounded like just my kind of read, but I just wasn't getting around to it. However, one snowy day this January, I decided to give it a try, and boy, did I enjoy it! It was mysterious as well as suspenseful. Most importantly, it was a lot of fun!

The Innocents tells the story of Charlie and Alice, two ordinary sisters who are now living extraordinary lives. It all started a couple of months ago when their mother suddenly meet Richard Flood, a rich yet mysterious man, and soon enough, their mother and Richard not only marry but uproot the girls to Serenity Point, a luxurious and wealthy beach town, for the summer. Charlie and Alice don't know what to think. Raised in a middle class neighborhood in Boston, they never expected something like Richard Flood and Serenity Point to happen to them, but it has, and quite simply, it has rocked their world. Making new friends and falling for swoon worthy boys, both girls start to fall into their new lives quite well. However, after some surprising revelations come out, Alice realizes there's more to their new home and stepfather than they could have possibly ever imagined. But will she be able to save herself and her sister before they fall too far?

One of my favorite things about The Innocents was the plot. As a lover of the Pretty Little Liars series, I'm always on the look out for new ones just like it, and thankfully, this one fit the bill quite well. The premise was   interesting and managed to keep me on my toes throughout. Better yet, I loved how Lili used alternating POVs with the girls. It managed to show too things to everything, and really, it made everything double the fun, as I got to see Charlie and Alice settle into their new lives.

Talking about Charlie and Alice, they were fun characters to read about! Alice was probably my favorite of the two. She was quiet yet when she decided to talk, she really managed to make it worth it. Charlie, on the other hand, was feisty and lively, always managing to throw herself a bit too far too soon. However, I always enjoyed her funny remarks. The aspect I liked the most about both girls, though, was that they weren't perfect. Instead, throughout the book, they made mistakes. Some they fixed while others they didn't, but at the end, it made the book even better because of it.

Lastly, Peloquin's writing was decent as well. I loved the way she revealed new plot twists and turns, especially when it was something I didn't see coming. Better yet, I enjoyed the setting of Serenity Point. I'm a huge fan of beach towns so seeing Serenity Point come to life within the pages of The Innocents was always a high point for me.

In all, The Innocents by Lili Peloquin is a fun, fast paced mystery, perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. It's nothing incredibly new or fresh, but if you like a good guilty pleasure read as much as I do, you're certainly in for a treat!

My only compliant? I have to wait so long for the next one...okay, well not that long but still :D

Grade: B+

The Innocents (Amazon, BN, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Publisher


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