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The Innocents

(The Innocents #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  877 ratings  ·  159 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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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

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.

Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Hazel Dobkins
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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! ...more
Molly Sureman
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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. ...more
Judith Laney
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: merde, young-adult, 2012
Petty bitchiness abounds. And the mother is a creep.
Nicole Wang
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Summary
Alice and Charlie’s mom just married Richard Flood the Third, an insanely rich man who’s wife died of cancer and who’s daughter, Camilla, died merely months after. They almost immediately move to Serenity Point, a beach area filled with rich people, all with their own sinister secrets surrounding Camilla and her demise. But even more creepy, Alice happens to look exactly like Camilla and there’s no way she can let those secrets stay hidden. Not when her sister is pulling away and these
Ashley Hill
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teenage girls
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Mel Books
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
As always: SPOILERS.

Before I get into my typical format, I have one large and very specific hang up with the book. Have any of you heard of doppelgängers? A person who looks exactly like you, but is oftentimes a darker version of you? Well, this book is a doppelgänger of the Daphne du Maurier novel, Rebecca. I'm serious, this book's main plot is just a teen remake of the book.

Rebecca: A young woman known only as the Second Mrs. de Winter marries a much older widower, Maxim de Winter, whose wife
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've had this book for about two years and never read it. Every time I went to pick it up I decided against it. The Innocents was a very quick read. The first day about a fourth through I flipped through all of the pages and already knew what happened. I only continued reading because I have owned the book for over two years and felt like I should. My copy has the first chapter of A Side Of Jealousy, I read that and had absolutely no desire to continue. I do not like Lili's writing style when it ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is part of a series, but I regret to say that I will probably not continue with it. I found myself to be bored throughout most of the narrative. I basically gave the story 3 stars, only because I believe it had potential to be something better. I kept feeling like something big was going to happen, and then nothing. The twist in the end, well I already saw that coming too. The writing style was bland as well.

This book simply was just not for me.
Julie Devons
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Paula Rush
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Hailey Goodman
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this.
Whitney Atkinson
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kind of predictable and the conflict between Alice and Tommy was kind of petty. I enjoyed the suspense and the writing was nice, though, so i'm gonna read the second one this month. ...more
Mangaka (Manga) girl  aka Katie
It was kind of girly
Ava Lewis
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I almost thought I wouldn't finish this book. I took a long break from it half-way through. Partly due to the lack of momentum, partly due to life. I decided today I would continue reading it through. I am glad I did. I felt discouraged by the beginning thinking it had a slow-pace and didn't seem to be leading into much other than the day-to-day life of two teenage sisters, transplanted into a new life, due to their mother's new marriage. The mysteries that seemed to be hysteria in the mind of A ...more
Hishi Mochi
Feb 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
My Rating For This Book : 1 out of 5 stars.
I hate giving this book 1 star, but I'm just not interested into this book.
First of all, I did NOT enjoy the book. My cousin gave me some of her books. And this book is one of the books she gave away.
And I was really excited to read this book. The book doesn't seem what it's supposed to be.
Also, this book introduces two sisters, Alice and Charlie who lives with their single mother, when their dad abandoned them. Now, their mother remarried a wealth
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Interesting concept - two sisters summering in an affluent seaside vacation town with their mother and new stepfather. As the summer progresses, they learn there’s more to their mother and her relationship with their stepfather than they’d ever suspected. While this main plot was interesting, the angsty moments where these rich teens ran around taking drugs, drinking, and acting spoiled and self-centered had my eyes rolling and my blood pressure rising. Would I have liked this had I still be in ...more
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
I've had this book on my shelves for years, just waiting to be picked up. I can honestly say that I'm glad I finally did even if my rating is so low. There's nothing particularly remarkable about the story or plot, but the writing is so smooth and the book is short enough that it makes it easy to fly through this book in one day. The major downfall of this novel is that it's painfully predictable. I had guessed the "big twist" by page 10. The foreshadowing is so heavy that it justs makes the rev ...more
Cherise Aquilina
I absolutely adored this book! Apart from the fact that it kind of reminded me of Pretty Little Liars, as it is full of secrets, the story in general is very interesting. In fact, it makes you want to keep reading on and on. Apart from the plot and characters (especially Alice) which I love, I really enjoy Lili Peloquin's writing. I can't wait till I get my hands on the next book in the series <3

100% would recommend this book to anyone (even those who might dislike Pretty Little Liars/ don't kn
Jaida French
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
In the beginning I wasn't the biggest fan of the plot or the characters. However, halfway through the book I was unable to put it down. I fell in love with the characters and the mystery aspect of the story. The ending was incredible and left me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! I love this book and think it is very underrated. ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

The Innocents (3 books)
  • This Side of Jealousy (The Innocents, #2)
  • Summer of the Vanities: An Innocents Novel

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