Dusty Innocents (Dusty, #1) by
Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth
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.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
This book is everything I imagined it would be, everything I hoped it would be... and more.
A deep and honest portrayal of those first real life experiences that all play a pivotal role and shape the person we are to become. A tale of friendship, family, love, innocence, confusion, bad choices, heartache and everything else in-between. This is a story of real life!
Dusty Innocents is that step back in time, as we experience all those firsts all over again in the voice of a young girl and an adolescent boy, whom due to a three year age gap hide the escalating feelings they hold for one another. Hormonal, confused and scared, the effects of keeping a secret so tight lead to both characters taking different paths that ultimately still lead back to each other. A fork in the road; one that is selfless and forgiving, the other destructive and dangerous.
Bliss and Dusty are opposites, yet two sides of the same coin. Love is beautiful as much as it is painful and for these two kids, it is certainly never going to be easy.
A beautifully written and deeply compelling story that will have you turning the pages late into the night.
A must read!!!
Emma - 4.75 Crowns
Get ready for an emotional journey; Innocents is book 1 in the Dusty series.
Where do I start with this wonderful book?
Innocents starts in childhood. Having just moved across country with her family, Leighlee or 'Bliss' as she's known to friends and family is just ten. She soon meets Rebecka; a Tomboy who will become her best friend. This is also the first time she meets Thomas, otherwise known as Dusty; Becka's older brother.
This story is a journey from childhood, through puberty and into early adulthood. It chronicles the growing relationship between Bliss and Dusty, who is 3 years her senior. As we know, when you are so young an age gap is so much wider and for that reason, they keep their love and need for each other secret. However, secrets are hard to keep and they each struggle under the pressure, resulting in them both making decisions and accepting paths that aren't good for themselves or each other.
This truly is a heartbreakingly beautiful depiction of young love, family struggles, finding independence, friendship, loyalty and trust. It is gritty and honest, touching upon subjects that do indeed effect young people growing up, leading them onto the path of success or down the path of destruction.
The characters are real and true to life and although you will at times love to hate characters, you will also remember the feeling of making decisions for all the wrong reasons purely down to the lack of knowledge of the happiness a harder path can lead to.
Bliss and Dusty are as opposite as you can get. whilst she is very naïve, he is super street wise. Where she can see the wood through the trees, he is stuck in the memories of days long past. They are however connected and they need each other, they just have to make that work in the reality that is their lives.
Innocents really is a masterpiece in the YA/NA genre. Yes, I knocked .25 off and yes I feel a bit stingy doing it to such an amazing book. I umm'd and ahh'd over it, but I need to be honest and there was a couple of occasions when I would have liked the story to move on a little. This is in no means a criticism though, just me being an eager beaver and wanting to know what happens next quicker... LOL!
A perfect ending leads the way for book 2, Delinquents. I will be counting down the days
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
My dear God! This book is raw, emotional and deeply intense. Painfully sweet and rash and heartbreakingly beautiful... I loved Dusty Innocents and I can't wait for the next book.