Authors: Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
The girl with an innocent heart knows all about bad choices, but has yet to make them for herself. Searching for freedom, she finds it in the delinquent down the hall.
The troublemaker with summer-sky blue eyes knows he should stay away, but can’t resist the blissful wonder who makes his house a home.
She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s just hopeless.
She’s his reason, but he might not catch her when she falls.
She loves him. He loves her crazy.
This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises
Flirty Review: FIVE LIP BITES
Anyway. Innocents (Dusty #1) is by far one of the best books I have ever identified with in my life. It's becasue it through me back to a time that I thought I forgot, but reading this book I got to relive through Bliss and Dusty. Heck, all the characters. Back in the day, I knew a Becka, a Petey, a Tommy or Lucas...a Valerie. I knew them all. I remembered being young again while reading this book. The things that made it great and the things that made it suck so hard. I was Bliss in a way. I remember thinking like her, feeling like her. I had that boy that I loved and thought about all the time. It was so romantic then and still is, but the thing that happens as you age and grow up is that those firsts that you experience, the life that is so innocent laced with adult things, just doesn't matter anymore and you forget. Innocents made me remember and it made me feel young again. Even if it all wasn't good memories, mind you. That was the one of the things I loved about this book. You got it from the beginning to the end with Bliss and Dusty. You got experience their history as you read. It was powerful.
I never read this when it was a fanfiction so I'm new to the Innocents, Dusty, Bliss train, and I wish I would have read it back then, too. Both authors are incredibly talented. You aren't just being told a story, you're living it with the characters. All the feels! It's so hard to capture that essence in a book. So many books are all formula, but this was like reading a daydream. The authors developed very deep, personal, and complex characters. And I mean all of them have their own thing. Not one character is a fern in the corner. It's awesome! The editing is very good and for being an ARC, I was very impressed with that. You can tell all the hard work that both the authors put into Innocents. It should be commended. The books is also just plain beautiful. The writing is utterly handsome.
Innocents isn't just a book about youth or lost youth, it's about coming of age, reliving your past, feeling what's it like to see the world through new eyes, and being free again. And how times were so much simpler but yet so dramatic back then. It's a book that I couldn't put down and I know anyone reading this blog would love it too. I suggest buying it ASAP.
About the Authors
Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua.
yelly. yellowglue. poet half. sun half. squeak. cuppycakes. precious pinks. sarahbear. warren. little grey. and a girl named ben. secret keeper, love's listener -
lone wolf born a unicorn with a red panda soul and a heart i drew myself.
friend, sister, elizabeth, and truelove.
synesthete, heart-junkie, compatriot, and messenger.
truth seeker and shiner.
i like people who make me feel like dancing, and i'm in love with limerence.
i make art with words and love with my art.