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This Side of Jealousy by Lili Peloquin

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie. If by nothing, you mean everything. The sisters haven’t been able to stop fighting since they arrived in Serenity Point two weeks ago. Those two weeks changed their lives. And Serenity Point has changed them.

Friends didn’t. Charlie has a new group of friends and a new life. Jude and Cybill are beautiful, exciting, and dangerously seductive. And though Sasha is proving to be a friend and confidante to Alice, Alice can’t get away from the people, places, and events that mire her in the past.

Boys couldn’t. Alice loves Tommy, but the memory of Camilla, dead and gone, is driving a wedge between them. And Alice’s ex-boyfriend Patrick won’t give up on her, no matter what she says to keep him away. Jude is slowly giving up his bad boy ways for Charlie—but it’s not smooth sailing if Cybill has anything to say about it. And then Nick arrives: Dr. Van Stratten’s former intern seems to know things about last summer— things that Jude and Tommy would rather not be revealed. Alice is determined to find out what.

Their family falling apart never would. While the sisters grapple with the terrible truth about their family, the one-year memorial of Camilla’s death looms. The tension mounts and sparks fly as bright as July Fourth fireworks—and Alice and Charlie team up to find out the truth that everyone seems to be hiding.

Until they got to Serenity Point. Is Camilla their enemy and rival—even six feet under? Or is she their sister, whose memory they have to protect? And what really happened to her that night on the bridge? In a town built on secrets and lies, can the truth stay buried for long?

Goodreads Blurb

This second novel in the Innocents series is filled with drama and action.  If my high school days were this exciting, I doubt that I would have made it out alive.  This review is going to be brief, but not because the book has little to write about.  The complex plot is mysterious and dark; those who compare it to Pretty Little Liars are correct.  A well-rounded cast of characters kept me on my toes and led me on a wild ride.
The main characters, Alice and Charlie, are sisters that were once best friends.  When their lives were changing, their friendship was a constant.  New boys and a new town are altering the sisters’ relationship... warping it.  The sisters are close to learning a truth about their family, but this truth could prove to be dangerous.
This Side of Jealousy is a book that requires thought and has some content that younger readers might not be ready for.  High school students, YA lovers, and fans of Pretty Little Liars are the perfect audience for Peloquin’s new novel.  Lili Peloquin’s writing style is similar to that of Sara Shepherd, suspenseful and descriptive.  Normally, this type of novel does not appeal to me, but the story combined with the rare writing talents of Peloquin had me rapt.

4 Stars
*Reviewed by Kristin*

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  1. bn100 said...:

    Interesting series

  1. Susan T. said...:

    I love Pretty Little Liars so this type of High school drama appeals to me. I'll check it out!