Innocents (Dusty #1) by Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth 

3 stars

“Don’t you get it, baby?”
“What’s there to get?” she asks.
“That I love you.”
“Well, you have a shitty way of showing it.
I smirk. “That doesn’t make it any less true.”

Whelp. That was quite the story. Dusty Innocents is a book that has been sitting on my kindle for ages. I decided it was finally time to give this book a shot. I had no clue what to expect from it other than drugs and a frustrating male lead. And I got a huge amount of both.

Innocents is the story of a young girl named Bliss, spanning from elementary school aged to early high school years. She has been in love with her best friends brother for as long as she can remember and he loves her back. But Thomas is surrounded by drugs and bad influences and he himself succumbs to both. The two also have their families who would not be okay with them being together.

“We’re attached in ways I can’t comprehend. While everyone else expects me to fuck up … she just loves me. And I’m reckless enough to let her.

She’s my softer side, and I’m her motherfucking monster.”

I have to say, this was a very compelling book with interesting characters. While reading I found myself really needing to know what would happen with Thomas and Bliss. What I didn’t care for was the writing style, it felt like I was trudging through mud to get to my destination, in fact this book took me three times as long as it normally does to read a book. I didn’t like the constant switching of names for nicknames or describing words. Plus, I felt the plot was very weak as it never really went anywhere. I know there’s a second book, but I didn’t really get the point of this book.

I felt this book also portrayed how bad parenting can ruin a child for life. If I ever become a parent I pray I will never be like the ones in this book, letting their children get away with what they did, and even encouraging it. Our actions affect others and it’s important to remember the impact we can leave on a person.

As I said before it’s very compelling and unique which is why it still merits a 3 star rating from me, despite my issues I did enjoy reading this book for the most part. There’s just a lot going on that made it a difficult book to read. I definitely want to see where this goes and I am going to read the next book asap. Hopefully it clears up some things.

“Because love is a lot of things, but above all, love is what we make it. And we’ll make this never ending.”


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