Sunday, March 20, 2016

REVIEW & PLAYLIST: Innocents by Mary & Sarah Elizabeth (Dusty #1)


Title: Innocents
Series: Dusty #1
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth, Sarah Elizabeth
Publication Date: July 14th 2014
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age
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.


I normally don't make playlists for books I've read and reviewing, but this one just couldn't go without a playlist. These are some of the songs I was listening to while reading this book and felt like they connected to the story. This is probably my first time making a playlist for books, but I might often do this when I feel like it.
Hope you enjoy the songs!

  • Zella Day - Shadow Preachers
  • Zella Day - Compass
  • Zella Day - High
  • Brick + Mortar - Hollow Tune
  • Imagine Dragons - Dream

My Review

This book was just...heartbreaking.

I haven't read a book that made my heart break within the first 50% in a very long time, and this book sure did. From the start of this book, it was already starting to burn itself into my heart, and as every chapter went on, the burn just got bigger and deeper until it was so gut-wrenching that I couldn't read anymore. Of course, I had to know what happened, so I carried on, and never in my life did I expect it to end like that. 

This is a story about love, but it explores love in such a realistic and exquisite way that you can't help but feel exhausted just reading it. It tells the story of Leighlee Bliss and Thomas, and although their love started almost like any relationship, it went down a really complicated path. 

Our love is not perfect. We are fucked-up and bleeding, but neither one of us is powerful enough to walk away from it like we should.

The kids in here, Bliss, Thomas, Becka, Ben and Pete are all fucked-up. Whether they were messed up in drugs and alcohol, or messed up in being trapped in one place for too long. I couldn't help but feel attracted to them, and I connected to them all in a specific way because I've experience what they've experienced at least once in my life. Not only that though, the plot and story line wasn't what connected me to them, it was the writing.

The writing of this book was absolutely beautiful. It was stunning up to being almost poetic. I felt pain so clearly through Elizabeth's writing that my heart ached. Everything that characters went through, I felt it all. And since this book deals with a very fragile topic, love and drug abuse, the writing made it feel frail and delicate, a definite heartbreaker.

Innocents was a beautifully tragic story, and I loved every single moment of it. When I first picked up the book, I had no idea what it was about because the blurb literally gave nothing away. And I'm glad it didn't, because I wouldn't be feeling the pain of the beauty of this story right now. It was so raw and sensitive that when it came to love, it was like a kick to my heart. 

It's the way he opens my lips with his lips to kiss me deeper, and the way my pulse feels like his name is in my veins.
It's the way I can't stay hurt or mad or jealous, and the way he can't stand for me to.
It's the craving that never goes away, the need for more that grows as we feed it. It's the tolerance he was talking about and knowing he's right.
It's this, our secret.
We're the drug.

Elizabeth explored the world of teenagers, how they are pushed and plunged into the adult world filled with adolescence, sex, booze and drugs. And in the midst of it all, the purity and pain of love. I felt like I connected to Thomas the most in this book, because of how he felt and what he did to try to get rid of the pain but only to plunge himself further into the mass abyss. I can't think of another word to describe how I feel after reading this book other than Pain. I feel so much pain because of this book, and I hate it but love it at the same time.

This book won't be one I will want to read again, but it will be a book I will not forget. I don't want to ever re-read it because I don't want to go through this pain again, but it will never leave my heart.

I loved this book, and the 5 stars are not enough to rate how much I loved it. This is forever now one of my favourites of all time. A heart-wrencher, heart-breaker. Directly next to Saving June by Hannah Harrington. I'm dreading to read Delinquents because I know it will put me through the same painful journey, but I have to know what's going to happen in this messed-up love story. 

Mary and Sarah Elizabeth, thank you for writing such a beautiful and emotional book.

About The Author

Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets.
Known as The Realist, 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. She's a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it's perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she's not letting go until every story is told. 

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