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The Innocents (The Innocents #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  602 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie.
Friends didn't.
Boys couldn't.
Their family falling apart never would.
Until they got to Serenity Point.

In a town built on secrets and lies, it's going to be hard to stay innocent.
They'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 a
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Razorbill
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MeMe Belikova First lady Ivashkov
I HATE to do this but.........I really didn't like this book *waits for tomatoes to be thrown* I'm sorry to say I COULD NOT GET INTO THIS BOOK!!!! At first I was so excited to read this book and really wanted to like it because I thought "Oh, maybe this will be another Pretty Little Liars type book" BUT NOOOOO!!!! Don't let the cover and the synopsis fool you! This book is not what it seems!

The book introduces sisters Alice and Charlie who lived with their single mom when their dad abandoned the
Hazel Dobkins
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 ...more
Joni Thomas
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 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
Annabelle Marie Veronica

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.

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
"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!
Molly Sureman
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
Susanne Winnacker
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 more.
Petty bitchiness abounds. And the mother is a creep.
Lauren (Likes Literature)
I wasn't expecting to like this, to be quite honest. On the other hand, it was a nice, entertaining vacation read. I liked the characters and the stroy drew me in, but I'll admit it was kind of vapid and reminiscent of a soap opera. That was the biggest downfall, and justifies a three-star rating, I think: although I enjoyed the novel, the events were over-dramatized and at the end i guess I expected a bigger payoff. All in all though, a pretty solid piece if you're looking for some brain-rottin ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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I was instantly captivated by the premise of The Innocents because it was touted as a true gothic mystery for the younger crowd. And, surprisingly enough, I wasn't disappointed in that regard. The mystery, itself, was surprisingly well put-together, and I found that I actually enjoyed - and was stumped by - several of the puzzle pieces that made up the novel. I also must say that Lili Peloquin has a beautiful writing style. A thir
What. The. Heck? This book was complete trash. It was horrible! Here is why:


Alice: A wimp. Wimpy wimp wimp. She just follows her younger sister around, hanging out with her sister's friends who aren't really her friends, and drinking so she doesn't look like a loser. She's apparently an artist, but never in the whole book does she do anything artistic. She's supposed to be a reader, and there's a lot of talk of her sitting pretending to read, but not really. She wants to go to this pr
Jenna Steele
I found this book very bland two-thirds of the way through, but it did get better as secrets were revealed and things came to light. I found myself very connected to the older sister Alice, because I am very introverted myself and I understood where she was coming from with her shyness. Charlie, on the other hand, was very hard to feel sympathetic toward. I found her to be a dumb-ass whore who only cared about herself. I mean seriously, getting drunk off your ass, doing drugs, and brainlessly fo ...more
Didn't like the fact that Charlie is a spoiled bitch. I mean, I wasn't so fond of Alice either, cause I just didn't get WHY she has to go after Tommy. I think I'd be a little creeped out and put off after so many people telling me the resemblance she has with a death girl. Like, I don't know, be more careful or something.
But back to Charlie, dude, if your sister is telling you about her suspicions, maybe you should try to at least take her a bit more seriously or be more considerate of her feeli
Julie Devons
This is the best! I'm obsessed. I just ordered 4 copies on Amazon for my college roommates.

Why do I love it? Because it's everything I want in a book - fun, fast, mysterious, sexy. You get the picture. I basically think anyone into fun smart books will love this.
Monica :)
I want to slap everyone in this book except Alice. I want to just --UGH. Dammit, guys. I'm just feelings are just a mess.
Me wanting to slap everyone (except Alice) is a good and bad thing so bear with my blabber.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a fun mix of Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game and The Private series. It ends with a cliff hanger, and the author gives a little excerpt from the upcoming sequel at the end. Which I am very much looking forward to reading!
Gelo Salinio
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Judith Laney
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.
Paula Rush
I love alice and charlie! It's me and my sister, but with hot guy love triangles and a dead girl. Can't wait for the next book!
Hailey Goodman
I really liked this.
I liked this book, and am anxious to read the other books in this series. While reading this book I was reminded of the movie Cruel Intentions (I think because of the relationship between Cybil and Jude). Of course the more I read the more I saw that their relationship was not the same as the relationship between Sebastian and Katherine in the movie. I was also reminded of books written by VC Andrews...except these characters weren't nearly as screwed up (though they came close). Anyway. The poi ...more
Ashley Hill
Jun 22, 2012 Ashley Hill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage girls
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The synopsis of this book REALLY doesn't explain what it's about at all. Rather than focusing on the relationship between Alice and Charlie, this book is about serious secrets--secrets that threaten to unravel everything...

Alice and her sister, Charlie, have just moved to Serenity Point, a highly affluent neighborhood full of the rich and overprivileged. They were forced to make the move when their recently divorced mother married Richard, a recently widowed man who also had to bury his teenage
A Beautiful Madness
I guess this novel wasn’t really for me. I’ve seen it compared to Gossip Girls (a series I haven’t read), and I can see why, but I found that this book was really hard to get into. The thing is, there’s not much going on during the first half of the book. I like a book that has a goal the main character is looking to reach until the end, this one didn’t really have (and the “goal” doesn’t have to be really extreme. It can be something as simply as finding a truth.) The feeling I got with The Inn ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: A rags to riches story filled with dark secrets and drama.

Opening Sentence: Her sister’s last words hung in the air: “You’re just jealous because I belong here and you don’t.”

The Review:

I didn’t know much about Lili Peloquin’s The Innocents when I first received the book. The beautiful cover lured me to quickly read the words behind it. And after reading the synopsis, I couldn’t wait to dive in. The bi-line for the book is “She hated her sis
Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, The Innocents combines enough mystery and suspense to have nearly any reader hooked from the first page to the very last. Can't wait for book #2! :)


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
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
If you liked Gossip Girl, then odds are you will love The Innocents. In her debut novel, Lili Peloquin creates a lush, decadent, and utterly devious world where back-stabbing is as commonplace as coffee in the morning and secrets pop up faster than tulips in the spring.

Let me start by saying I enjoyed Alice more than Charlie. Charlie seemed bratty and pretty entitled for the bulk of the novel. I found myself multiple times wanting Alice to slap her. Alice seemed the more sweet and innocent (and,
Lisa Collins (Lisa Likes Books)
MAYBE 2.5 stars.

I went into The Innocents with basically no insight to the story whatsoever. I knew it’s Young Adult Contemporary, so you can imagine the type of thing I was expecting (summer romance, school troubles, family troubles, maybe an accident or something). While there is some of that in this book, it’s completely different from what I had thought it would be. Maybe if I hadn’t have reserved any expectations for it I wouldn’t have been disappointed or disgruntled. (Obviously.)

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Lili Peloquin grew up in New England, where the beginning of summer still reminds her of that moment right before someone tells you a secret. The Innocents is her first novel.
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