Innocents by Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth
Published: July 14th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Part Of A Series? Yes!! This is book one in a two book series: Dusty
Other Books From Author: Closer (Mary Elizabeth)
Why I Picked This Up: About a year ago I read the Twilight FanFiction “Dusty” and I was just thrilled to hear it was being published. It was angsty, soul-crushing, and absolutely brilliant and I had to know if Innocents held the same spark.
SO, WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
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.
REACTION UPON FINISHING
WHAT I THOUGHT
A book about love. Love that is fucked-up, jealous, unpredictable. Love that turns a blind eye. It’s a tightness in your chest and an extra beat of your heart. It’s completeness. Because love is a lot of things, but above all, love is what we make it. And we’ll make this never ending.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.”
Dusty is raw and real. It has your heart melting and breaking. It makes you cry with the pain and unfairness of it all. All it does is make you feel. It leaves you with a battle of the mind and heart.
The writing is spectacular. It’s almost like this whole book is a song. Something that flows so beautifully and makes you experience so much. These aren’t just words on paper.
“Do you feel that? Do you feel how fast it beats?”
“You make my heart flutter, princess.”
I feel it.
It’s this, our secret. We’re the drug.
Dusty and Bliss’ character, and therefore relationship, is a very complicated thing. They’re both so passionate . . . letting it consume them both. They’re imperfect and ignorant, young and naive. Bliss and Dusty are so co-dependent, so consumed with each other.
They have, what in time could be, a great love. Something that transcends past pains and heartbreaks. Something that’s beautiful. Not beautiful and ugly. Not something that when it’s good, it’s great but when it’s bad, it’s fucking shit.
They both made shitty choice and frustrated me to the point of baldness in the forceable future. That’s how much hair gripping was going on. You’re really rooting for them, despite everything you’re desperate for things to work out. And that’s what was most frustrating.
If you’re wondering if you should read the fanfic . . . I’d say yes. It’s not necessary but it gives you the intense feels that comes with reading these characters grown for a 1,000+ pages.
This is not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for a light, uplifting read then turn back now.
If you’re looking for an all-consuming, put-in-a-coma-because-feels-are-too-intense read then this is for you!
Love for him doesn’t listen to logic, practicality, or consequence. It’s a lot like him in that way, our love. It wants what it wants, when it wants it. And when in wants, it needs.
FACTORS FOR RATING
★ ★ ★ ★ INTENSE STARS
+ The Writing. Absolutely out of this world. Everything felt like a song . . . it flowed perfectly and ensnared you into the plot.
– The Feels. I didn’t get the all-consuming, tidal wave of feels that was so apparent in the fanfiction. I guess it’s something you have to sacrifice when shortening a 1,000+ page story. I was still heartbroken, but not in the now-I’m-in-a-two-week-book-slump way.
WHO WOULD I RECOMMEND TO?
Anybody who loves a good, swift kick in the feels. Innocents brings out nitty gritty subjects that leaves you begging for the characters to get a HEA, whichever way it comes. It’s the perfect time to read it, too, since the second and final book will be released in a few, short months *sighs in relief*