Synopses & Reviews
Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie. But then their lives are ripped apart when their parents divorce, and their mother marries again so quickly they don’t even get refills on champagne. Richard Flood (the third) has major skeletons in his closet: a wife and a daughter—now dead—both from a previous life that still haunts him. Reserved, slightly older Alice and feisty, younger Charlie don’t trust their stepfather, and they dread moving to his summer estate in the old-money coastal town of Serenity Point, Connecticut—a place they refuse to like and where they know they’ll never belong. Friends didn’t. The sisters promise to stand by each other for the rest of the summer. Come Labor Day, they’ll be shipped off to boarding school. But their arrival at Serenity Point disrupts the power dynamics of the carefully constructed summer social scene. Boys couldn’t. For Tommy and Jude, the sisters reopen old wounds and reignite a vicious rivalry. For Cybill, they’re a reminder that some memories never stay buried. These are friends the girls aren’t sure they can trust—and boys they know they shouldn’t. Their family falling apart never would. Before Alice and Charlie can begin to understand the rules that come along with money, the depth of their strange family history, and just how closely they’re connected to their dead stepsister Camilla, they’re sucked into this strange and seductive life. A life that threatens to tear them apart the harder they fight to stick together. A life they can’t help but hate, and can’t help but love. Until they got to Serenity Point. In a world built on secrets and lies, it’s going to be hard to stay innocent. THE INNOCENTS is the first in a series of young adult novels that weave a saga of nail-biting drama, breathless romance, and gothic mystery.
“The fast-paced story is a melodramatic roller coaster.”—School Library Journal
“Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel.”—VOYA
"Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel." —VOYA
on Chain Reaction
"Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter." —School Library Journal
on Perfect Chemistry
"Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day." —Bulletin for the Center of Childrens Books
on Perfect Chemistry
"Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes . . . that keep the pages turning." —Kirkus Reviews on Perfect Chemistry "Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon." —School Library Journal on Rules of Attraction "Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments." —VOYA on Rules of Attraction
Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?
Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers lives. But that hasnt stopped him from other thrill-seeking behavior—like scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut. Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, dont trust a boy who says "I love you," and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alexs wedding, and suddenly shes tempted to break all her rules.
Getting Nikki to take a chance on a south sider is Luiss biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luiss family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything hes ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world?
Continuing all the steamy romance in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, Simone Elkeles wraps up of the Fuentes brothers family saga with a new twist... this time a good boy goes bad when Luis Fuentes, the younger brother Alex and Carlos, meets Nikki Cruz, a girl with a troubled past who lives life on the edge. After learning a long-held secret about his family, can smart, funny Luis find his way through this newly dark world to the bright future he always dreamed of? Or will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance?
Even the innocent don't kiss and tell...
the quick pacing will keep readers engrossed in this series kickoff as Alice and Charlie try to sort through the soap opera that is their new lives and figure out who they can trust. Its Gossip Girl for Connecticuts Gold Coast.
” Publishers Weekly
The Innocents weaves a saga of nail-biting drama, breathless romance, and gothic mystery perfect for fans of ABC's Revenge.
Though they share the same blood, Alice and Charlie couldnt be more different. Alice is older (by one year and one day), shy and reserved, a cool blonde, a painter, a reader, a thinker. Charlie is feisty and uninhibited, a wild brunette, the kind of girl who punches a bully right in the mouth. They hate each other. They love each other. They stand by each other, when no one else will. Theyre sisters. Then their parents divorce. Soon, Alice, Charlie, and their mother are leaving their old life behind. Theyre saying goodbye to their cramped Cambridge apartment and driving along the rocky Connecticut coastlineto their stepfather's summer estate in the wealthy town of Serenity Point. The minute they drive through the gates, they wish they never had. Their arrival reopens old wounds, memories of lost loves, best friendsand bitter rivals. The people of Serenity Point thought the past was dead and buried. They were wrong.
The final book in the Perfect Chemistry trilogy now in paperback
Simone Elkeles' New York Times
a unique urban twist on the classic star-crossed lovers story—
is now repackaged with a fresh new cover.
About the Author
Simone Elkeles is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, the Perfect Chemistry series, Leaving Paradise series, and How to Ruin series. All three books in the Perfect Chemistry series have been YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Simone 2008 Author of the Year. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama.