Oct 23, 2012

Review: The Innocents by Lili Peloquin

Title: The Innocents
Author: Lili Peloquin
Publisher:  Razorbill
Publication Date: 10.16.2012
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Yes (The Innocents #1)
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: B+

Summary (from Goodreads):
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. 

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, OK, sometimes she was a little too sweet and innocent), but I felt like her character had the most growth.

And the biggest secret. Whoa. While most of the book was fairly predictable, I just didn’t see the one big secret coming.

The novel is this bewitching dichotomy of fluff and dark. In a lot of ways I breezed through it like a normal, light contemporary novel. But there are these shady twists and turns that made me take pause several times. I loved that I could read this easily in one sitting, but it wasn’t the usual contemp where a couple rides off into the proverbial sunset on their mopeds. There’s a delicious angst to this book that just drew me in, and I hope that continues in the next book.


  1. This sounds like something my daughter would love, I will have to recommend it to her thanks

  2. This definitely seems like a book I'd like. I'm adding it to my to-reads list on goodreads!

  3. This looks interesting! I am usually not a huge fiction fan, but I might look into this one. Thanks!

  4. Great review! Looks like the start of an interesting new series.


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