*REVIEW* The Innocents
Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie.
Their family falling apart never would.
Until they got to Serenity Point.
The Innocents is the first in a new series of young adult novels that weave a saga of nail-biting drama, breathless romance, and gothic mystery.
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 daughter, Camilla. Camilla has left her mark not only on Richard, but on the whole of Serenity Point...
While Charlie seems to instantly fit in, becoming frenemies with Cybill, the Queen Bee in town, Alice remains more on the sidelines, minus the secret relationship she's been developing in the moonlight. As the sisters drift further and further apart, Alice realizes how much she and Charlie have been keeping from one another.
One of Alice's biggest secrets is the major sleuthing she's been doing into the past, a past that just doesn't quite add up. As shocking revelations come to light, will Alice have the nerve to reveal the truth to Charlie? And will she be able to come to terms with what the truth means for her? Serenity Point... where under the surface, things are anything but serene.
The Innocents was a surprise for me mainly because I REALLY didn't like it halfway through. I've discovered that I really do not enjoy books about spoiled rich kids, probably because I cannot relate to that at all. So the book really turned me off in the beginning. The drugs, the drinking, the complete lack of parenting... *shudder*. But halfway through, I got more invested in the story and it helped me put aside my reservations about the kids of Serenity Point.
While I didn't think that the revelations were SUPER shocking, if you read it carefully you'll be able to see them coming, I am curious to see where the author plans to take things next. And don't worry, not everything gets wrapped up so there's plenty left for the characters to unravel in the sequel. If this book sounds like something you'd enjoy, be sure to scoop it up when it releases October 16th. Enjoy! *XOXO*
Expected publication date: October 16, 2012 by Razorbill