The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: Movie Review

 

Last night I went to catch an early screening of Mockingjay at my local theatre. Originally, a bunch of my friends wanted to go with me today (Friday) but when I saw there was an extra screening on Thursday at 8 pm I promised my friends I’d re-watch the movie with them the next day and went with another friend a day early. I have no regrets.

For all of you who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of this series.HUGE. I devoured the books in four days and loved The Hunger Games and Catching Fire adaptions as well. I’ve seen them countless times and they never fail to amaze me. I love the themes the books and the movies explore, faith, the reality of war, politics, the power of one voice,  love, family and hope. Because of this I’ve always been very vocal about how strongly I agreed with the decision to split Mockingjay into two movies. I know this decision happened to anger a lot of people, some saw it as a way for the studio to just cash in more money and other’s were just angry about the year long wait in-between the two movies. I saw everyone’s points and even agreed with some but artistically I just always saw Mockingjay as two movies. I promise that after you see this one, if your uneasy about the idea of this one being split into two movies you won’t be afterwards. Of course, you’ll still be anxious for the year long wait until part 2 but we can’t always win everything.

If you’ve read the book (which you totally should have because it should be law to always read a book before watching the movie adaption) you know the first half of Mockingjay is relatively slow compared to the first two books. I knew this and loved it. I loved that part of the books because it let us understand the characters more and most importantly, Katniss. This was the characters time to finally break, to have everything they’ve been through catch up to them and I loved how that was explored in the movie. The character’s mental state’s are explored in this one so thoroughly it’ll surely break your heart.

Now, I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of adaptions that put in scenes that aren’t originally in the book. It’s a pet peeve of mine but I’ve found if they work with the story I can live with them. While Hunger Games and Catching Fire had a few of these scenes there were quite a bit more in Mockingjay.I did not see this as a ploy to fill up time. I actually think  that all the added scenes worked in the movies favour. It really gave it the power to stand on it’s own. The scenes that were added explored the politics in the story and how the revolution was spreading. It just made it easier for the viewer to properly understand how oppressed the people were in the districts and what they were planning on doing about it, also just how the political decisions by the leaders in Mockingjay were being made.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone whose read the books has some sort of idea of where the movies going to cut off. I promise you, it’s good and in the words of Jennifer Lawrence “You’re going to be really pissed”. Francis Lawrence, the director teases us a bit with the ending, a tease that made the theatre gasp. Literally. My heart may have also stopped for a few seconds there too.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to properly choose a favourite Hunger Games film. They’re all amazing and I have no doubts Mockingjay: Part 2 is going to be as well (it’s also going to break my heart, my spirit and my soul but that’s a discussion for another day). What I love about this film series is that it’s good and each movie stands on their own. They are all amazing in their own individual ways and the themes in the series grow steadily with each book.

This Night So dark (Starbound #1.5): Review

Release Date: October 7th 2014
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: These Broken Stars
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Tarver still has nightmares about the night, six months before the Icarus crash, when he rescued a group of civilian researchers being held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now Tarver and Lilac must reconcile his memories of that fateful night with the truth that they uncovered on a mysterious planet after the Icarus crashed.

Back in January I read  These Broken Stars and fell completely fell in love. Tarver and Lilac’s story was both incredibly entertaining and beautiful. I even managed to connect emotionally with The Broken Stars and was completely surprised since I usually don’t connect emotionaly with Sci-fi books. That being said, I completely loved it and have been eagerly anticipating it’s companion book, This Shattered World like crazy.

To tide over our wait until This Shattered World, Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman have released this super short (it’s only 109 pages) novella told from Tarver’s perspective that interconnects These Broken Stars and This Shattered World. While i’m still not a hundred percent sure how the events of This Night so Dark will affect the characters in This Shattered World it did raise questions on the mysterouis LaRoux industries and I can only expect it will heavily affect the plot in the second book!

This Shattered World is both incredibly short and entertaining. If you’re eagerly anticpating This Shattered World than I definitely encourage you to check this one out. It helps remind you of a few important elements from the first book and checks back in with how Tarver and Lilac are doing after the ending of These Broken Stars (and I promise they’re incredibly cute).

Sublime: Review

18805916Release Date: October 14th 2014
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Publisher: SimonPulse
Series: Standalone
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Summary: When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.
Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

Christina Lauren are terrific writers who have a knack for creating hilarious, complex characters who you both want to strangle and hug. I loved Christina Lauren’s adult Beautiful Bastards series and was so excited when I heard they were making the jump to YA fiction with a paranormal romance. Add in the beautiful cover and I was sold.

When I say Sublime is a YA paranormal romance I mean it’s literally a paranormal romance. I didn’t expect this one to be as romance heavy as it was (which was silly considering these authors books are known for being romance heavy) but I think because it was paranormal I wasn’t expecting it to be as romance heavy as their other books. The paranormal  factor is woven into the story quite nicely and I did enjoy it overall but I still felt like there was something missing from it in the story. I needed something extra to really make me love it.

I really enjoyed Colin and Lucy as characters. They were both interesting enough if only just a bit too naïve in the story for me (There were some instances where I felt they were a bit too oblivious about certain things). Since Lucy is a ghost and Colin in a living, breathing human I didn’t expect this one to end well or even in a Happily Ever After. If anything, I was looking forward to finding out how things would end for them (sounds morbid, I know) but after finishing Sublime I can’t quite say if i’m fully happy with the ending. Was it happy? Was it sad? I think it was left for the reader to decide and I know it worked for tons of other readers but i’m still not sure how I feel about it.

All in all I did enjoy reading Sublime and reading some paranormal by Christina Lauren. While this one wasn’t my favourite of their books I could appreciate the change from their other books.

I Sailed My Ship…And Than Sunk It

We’ve all been there. We read a book, it has a great killer romance. It makes us feel ALL THE THINGS because it was slow burn and we all enjoy slow burn. We took a journey with these characters and waited FOREVER for them to kiss, than for them to admit their  true feelings to one another, than have them finally be together AND than…the book ends *cries*.

We haul ourselves in our room and have a good long cry because we have to wait a year for the sequel to continue this marvelous journey with these characters. Of course, we wait this year patiently because we love this ship and we want this ship to succeed. We busy ourselves by attempting to live a normal life and doing normal mundane things like eating and showering. We read a few other books, some we like and some we don’t.  We do everything we can to continue living until we can get our hands on the sequel we are patiently waiting for because even though we don’t remember much of the plot other than the fact that it had a killer slow burn romance that made us feel ALL THE THINGS.

Finally, the book comes out and we rush to get our hands on it to read. We think everything is going to be fine and dandy but it’s not.

You see guys, the problem i’m noticing with romance these days is just that I’m getting bored. I feel like romances are all following the same formula and I feel like most of that formula is always in book one of a series. The angst, the slow burn, the sexual tension and the teasing we all love is always amazing and very much present in the first book but than completely disappears in the later books. It’s like “Okay so the characters have declared there undying love for one another in book one so for book two and three they will be”together” but nothing really swoony worthy will happen” and I don’t want this.

Of course, I’m a plot reader. I like my stories and I love them to have a real driving force. I want there to be substance in my books so of course reading a book that’s fantasy or dystopian and have it ignore everything and just have the romance as the focal point isn’t going to cut it for me. It’s boring and not what I want. But if a romance is there in the story. I want it to be there. I want it to be present in the book and I want to completely root for it. Lately I haven’t been rooting for many romances though.

Why, you ask? Let me get back to the problem with my ship sinking. In the first book in a series there’s just so much angst, slow burn, sexual tension and teasing that keeps me entertained and laughing/swooning. I love slow burn romances and when I read one I immediately start to feel ALL THE THINGS but after that first book is over and I have to wait and entire year for book two I unconsciously start to forget why I love X couple so much. I mean, I remember I loved them and them together and their sexual tension/banter/witty lines but I need to read all that again in all the sequels to remind me again. Just knowing I loved them in book one isn’t cutting it for me anyone. I need to remember why I loved them.

 

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2):Review

Release Date: Oct 21st 2014
Genres: YA,Paranormal
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: White Hot Kiss
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Every touch has its price
Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Earlier this year White Hot Kiss got me out of a huge reading slump I had been in. So, naturally I was eagerly anticipating Stone Cold Touch to completely rock my world. A few weeks ago on twitter JLA throw out a major bombshell…she was letting the readers decide who Layla should end up with. Yeah, you read that write. JLA hadn’t decided who Layla would END UP WITH. Crazy, right?

So, what does this mean? Well, considering White Hot Kiss was pretty Roth heavy I went in thinking Zayne would probably have centre stage in this one and I was totally right. Well both boys are fully present in WHK and STC I very much think WHK was Roth’s book and STC was Zayne’s time to shine. Of course, that didn’t stop both of them from leaving major impressions on me (and Layla).

Going into STC I got a pretty good recap of everything that went down at the end of WHK (it had been a few months and I have a suckish memory but JLA refreshed everything) which was handy. Obviously, Roth makes an appearance early on (this isn’t really a spoiler since it was kind of obvious) but he has some pretty bat shit crazy news that messes up everyone’s plans. What ensues is pretty epic actually. Warden/Demon fights. Lilith appearances. Witches. And students beating the crap out of one another in the middle of class. Yeah, like I said, epic.

Layla, Roth and Zayne were as present and amazing as ever. Layla continues to be a strong heroine that isn’t afraid to speak her mind and have her voices heard. I loved how even though she starts off the book in a pretty bad state after the events of WHK she wasn’t hauled up in her room crying her heart out. She was trying to move past it. Roth was..well…Roth. He was a jerk but a lovable jerk and made me laugh on several occasions. That being said, his attitude at the start of STC was a bit weird in this one but I guessed early on the reason and could understand it (even it this is a  frequent occurrence for love interests in series *shakes head*). Zayne really left an impression on me in this one and I was surprised by just how much I ended up liking him in STC. He believes in Layla and doesn’t look down on her for being half demon. He definitely has my vote.

The secondary characters were also as present and fleshed out as ever. Layla’s two best friends had several funny scenes and played a pretty big role in STC. While we only got a bit out of the secondary Warden character’s the ones that were present pleasantly surprised me *cough*Danika *cough* (It’s official.. I don’t hate her as much as I thought I was going too).

Plot wise STC was pretty fantastic. It moved at a pretty quick pace and did not suffer from second book syndrome. While some revelations weren’t completely mind blowing the ending proved to be pretty explosive and game changing. I can’t wait for the finale book in The Dark Elements series. and to find out how everything ends once and for all.

Snow Like Ashes(Snow Like Ashes #1): Review

Release Date: October 14th 2014
Genres: YA, High Fantasy
Publisher: Balzter & Bray
Series: Book one of series
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary:A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is a book I’ve had on my radar since the cover was first revealed months ago. I remember a bunch of blogger friends getting their hands on it from Edelweiss and reading their status updates on Goodreads and thinking “I feel so left out. I want to get in on the fun! Everyone’s loving this one and I want to learn why!”

Fantasy in general is a very difficult genre for me. While I’ve read a bunch of really really good fantasy books in the past I haven’t been able to really emotionally connect with many of them. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed reading Snow Like Ashes, this happened to be the case for this one too. That didn’t manage to take away my enjoyment of the book though, I devoured this one in just three days and did not want to have to put it down unless I absolutely had too.

Our heroine, Meria is an orphan from the destructed city of Winter. While she lives with the other eight remaining people of Winter and her best friend Mather (the king of Winter) she becomes increasingly frustrated with her inability to seem important to those around her. All she’s ever wanted to do is help Winter and it’s enslaved people. I admired Meria from the start and both her strength and courage. While I guessed a certain plot twist regarding her very early on I still loved how she didn’t let anything or anyone deter her from her need to be important.

At the beginning of the book there seemed to be a love triangle forming (it made sense in context with the story why Meria developed feeling for the two boys) but that quickly faded away and it became apparent who was right for Meria.

Like with any High Fantasy novel lots of world building details need to be explained. At the beginning of Snow Like Ashes I felt very overwhelmed with all the information about the cities and the differences between the Seasons and the Rhythms as well as the relationships between all the cities and their magic. To be honest i’m still not quite sure I understand all of it but as the story gets going I found myself going with the flow and really enjoying the complexities of the world. While i can’t explain to you all the politics that happened in Snow Like Ashes and whose against who (too many names to remember) I can remember all the important key points that contributed to the story. I even found myself really going with the flow and enjoying the story.

Book Tag: The GIF Tag

Okay, on Halloween I was tagged by Jess @ My Reading Dress to do this tag and i’m only now just getting around to actually participating in it. Now you guys all know I love my GIFS so choosing the right GIFS for this tag was pretty fun on it’s own. I’m doing the ten books she choose for me and I’ve got a few people i’d love to tag as well!

So, let’s get started.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

l just finished The Retribution of Mara Dyer yesterday so this was really my reaction when I saw The Unbecoming on my list. This series put me through so much and rereading Unbecoming a few weeks ago in preparation for the third books release was hard. SO MANY FEELS.

The Raven Boys by Megan Stiefvater

Oh boy. This series you guys. I remember being really annoyed with the first hundred or so pages of this one because it was painstakingly slow but that quickly after the a hundred page mark. Everything started happening and I began to fall in love with Blue and Gansey and the entire gang. OH MY HEART <3

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

So I loved Anna and The French Kiss but haven’t read Lola and The Boy Next Door or this one *hides* BUT now that they’re both out I promise to binge read them soon so please don’t give me that glare. I’m adorable and you’re going to forgive me for not reading this one ASAP.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This one was so good. A book about a world where everyone believes love is a disease? COUNT ME IN! Plus, the ending in Delirium was pretty out there. Unfortunately everything sort of went downhill after book one and don’t even get me started on that non ending we got for the series *shakes head* don’t get me started.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

When this one came out everyone was gushing about it so naturally I ordered it at the library and patiently waited for it to be ready for me to pick up. When I got to the library and saw the sheer size of this one I knew it just wasn’t for me. Nope, too long. I’m not afraid to admit I’m intimidated.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I don’t know what I was expecting from this book but after suffering through the first 30% of it I had to put it down. This one just wasn’t a Lily book.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by  J.K Rowling

Saying goodbye to the gang and this world and the beautiful lessons I learned at the hands of J.K Rowling was hard. This GIF says it all.

Legend by Mary Lu

So I read this book and only got to about half of it before I had to bring it back to the library since I had started it so late. I had every intention to read this one ASAP but I kept forgetting and now years have passed and I feel so left out since EVERYONE LOVES THIS ONE. And the first half of this book was sooo good! I need to read it fully!

Findings so many GIFS was extremely difficult but I spent a few hours completely laughing at the amount of hilarious GIFS out in the internet. Seriously, internet people are my favourite people. On that note, I’m going to be passing this task to a few more hilarious people!

Allie @ Little Birdie Books

Melliane @ Between Books and Reality

Lexxie @ (Un)conventional Book Reviews

Your books are:

Pivot Point
Shadow and Bone
The Winner’s Curse
Dorothy Must Die
Burn for Burn
Black City
How to Love
I’ll Give You the Sun
Mud Vein
Snow Like Ashes

 

Burying Water (Burying Water #1):Review

Release Date: October 7th 2014
Genres: NA, Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Book one of duet
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

Burying Water is easily K.A Tucker’s darkest book yet. While i’d been eagerly anticipating this one since it was first announced (if you’ve read her Ten Tiny Breathes series before you know how awesome K.A Tucker is at creating amazing characters) i’ve been patiently waiting to get my hands on it. When my order finally arrived a few days ago I immediatly cancelled my plans and started reading.

Within the first few pages of Burying Water i was hooked. While K.A Tuckers  prevouis books are known to have had darker themes before they have nothing on Burying Water. Within the first fifty or so pages there was so much devastation for poor Water (who at this time is going by Jane Doe since she has no clue what her name is) I couldn’t stop reading. Reading about Water’s physical injuries from the attack and everything she had to then go through mentally and emotionally after was difficult. But throughout the entire book Water showed so much resilience and strength. She was not going to let her attack define her and she was going to move on.

“He said the truth is like that water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”
― K.A. Tucker, Burying Water

My favourite chapters were hands down Jesse’s. His POV was completely different from Water’s and I loved being inside his head. His chapters were also always the most insightful and heartbreaking. Everytime I read one of his chapters I could literally feel my heartbreaking.

Burying Water is completely different than a lot of NA’s out there. If there’s anyone out there who is reluctant to start NA’s I highly recommend picking this one up since it’s just so different. Burying Water is so much more complex and interesting than I was able to get into my review (so many things I wish I could mention could easily be considered spoilers and I don’t want to take anything away from yours guys reading experience.)

Addicted After All (Addicted #3):Review

18308270Release Date: October 31st 2014
Genres: NA, Contemporary
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Series: Addicted to You & Ricochet, Addicted for Now
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Two addicts. One epic love story. Prepare for the worst.
That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.
In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst. Her sex drive is out of control. Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve. In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

I hate starting off a review by saying “This may just be one of the hardest review’s I’ve ever had to write” but it’s so so true. As I sit here, approximately 3 hours after finishing AAA I just have so many emotions and I don’t know how to express any of them. IT’S KILLING ME! After a lot of writing and rewriting this review I’ve decided that AAA just won’t get a proper review out of me. It’s too hard. Too personal. Because of this I’ve decided that the best way to send off Lily and Lo is with a proper letter.

Dear Lily & Lo,

This is unbelievably crazy. It’s the end and I don’t know we got here. I mean, I know how I just never realized how fast we were getting till the end until we got here. Time goes by so quickly, it’s both a blessing and a curse.

I’m going to begin this letter with an apology. A pretty big fat one for you Lily. I avoided reading this book because of you for so long. I kept hearing such good things about this series from fellow bloggers but whenever I read the words “She’s a sex addict” I couldn’t imagine reading Addicted To You. I don’t like tons of sex scenes in my books and a book about a sex addict had that written all over it. I didn’t outright think “Ew, gross she’s a sex addict.” but part of me feels like I may as well have and I feel like I owe you an apology. It wasn’t that I was turned off about the fact that you were a sex addict, it’s just that I felt weird wanting to read about a sex addict. What did that say about me? At first I kept thinking it just made me a bit weird (but I’ve always been weird and I guess for a while I forgot how much I loved my weirdness) but now after going through this journey with you I’ve realized it just makes me human. You taught me that Lily. You did! There’s nothing wrong with reading about a sex addict and there’s nothing wrong or gross about being one. You were so brave Lil. From page one I knew you were capable of standing on your own two feet and were strong in all that ways that mattered. I mean, i’m so proud of how you got to where you are now. You’ve been so brave and strong in your recovery and you’ve come so far. You’re loved, Lil and you love and it’s such a beautiful thing to see. But I don’t only love you because that. I love your humour. Your geeky marvel knowledge. I love your Wampa hat (which I really really want as well) and your heart. You’re kind and selfless (even when you don’t think you are–plus, you want to be sefless and not many people can say that). And the love you have for Lo is unlike any love I’ve ever witnessed before. It transcends everything and everyone.

Lo, my sweet and beautiful Lo. You’re not worthless. I never believed it for a second. When I met you in Addicted to You I knew life had thrown too many shit storms your way but I also knew you were special. I never believed you were broken, either. At the start I knew you had a broken spirit, a spirit that had been through the ringer so many times you were unconsciously trying to hold it together to keep it from breaking but YOU weren’t broken. I knew this but didn’t fall in love with you because of it. I didn’t start loving you because you were some broken boy and us girls like things we can fix. I started really loving you because I knew you were the boy who could fix himself. And you did. You had help. We all need others to tell us to get off our asses and get our shit together (yes, eventually Connor Cobalt will one day need you to tell him to get his shits in order and you will have to tell him) and you did. You got better. You started believing in yourself. It wasn’t easy. God, I could break down all over again thinking about how much you went through but that just it, you went through it. THROUGH. You’re over, you’re done. You’re in a better place. You got all those shit storms life kept throwing at you and you threw them right back. You got better. You got the girl. You got the loved ones and you’ve got the kid. You’ve got the confidence to take on anything and everything now and most importantly you finally understand you’re worth and that Loren Hale is my favourite thing about you. Your worth.

Reading your story Lily and Lo has been a joy of it’s own. You’ve made me cry/laugh/rage/frustrated/roll my eyes and completely swoon. I’ve loved every second of it and can’t imagine never reading anything told by you guys again. But at the same time i’m at peace. I’m happy. Nothing is going to stand in the way of your guys epic love story anymore. You guys have your family, you have your kid and you have each other. It’s crazy and beautiful and exactly what I want from you.

Go and believe in yourselves.

Love, Lily (Lo’s other Lily *wink*)

 

Thrive (Addicted #2.5):Review

Release Date: July 18th 2104
Genres: NA, Contemporary
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Series: Book 2.5 of Addicted
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Two years will change them forever.When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.

Thrive is number 2.5 of the Addicted series and takes place over the course of two years. While I loved this book so much it is a bit repetitive in the sense that it takes place over during the events in both Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower (the two books in the spin off series about Lily’s sister’s Rose & Daisy) but this was not a problem for me at all. First, because Thrive is told from both Lily & Lo’s POV’s so I was able to get a different view of everything that went on in the previous books and second, because there was so much we didn’t know and understand about Lily and Lo in the spin off books that Thrive really cleared up for me.

At the very beginning of Thrive I got very worried because it almost seemed like Lily had regressed in her recovery. Both Lily and Lo were at such a good place after Addicted for Now that I couldn’t believe that was the direction Krista & Becca were taking with them but after being calmed down by Siiri I quickly realized that wasn’t the direction the story was heading in at all. In Thrive, Lily and Lo really try to combat their own addictions themselves. A part of me was completely angry at them for being so irresponsible and possibly careless about their addiction but the larger part of me was so happy that they were making some real progress and finding a balance between a good place and a bad one. They really just wanted to live for themselves and I loved it so much. I almost cried during one scene dealing with Lo’s sobriety that was just so painful to read *wipes away tear just thinking about it*

“Our love is rare. It’s one I can’t abandon, even if I tried. When she screams, an identical one rips through me. When she cries, my world rains with grief. When she loves, I truly, truly fly.” ― Krista Ritchie, Thrive

The relationship between Lo and Connor really grew in Thrive and even between Rose. I loved the moments between Connor and Lo in Kiss the Sky and even in Hothouse Flower but I felt like they were just developed so much more in Thrive. I also loved the banter between Rose and Lo (like in every book) they only get funnier and funnier and I love them for it.

It hurts to write this review because I keep thinking about the fact that there is only one book left in the Addicted series. As in… there is only one book left in Lily and Lo’s story. How am I expected to remain calm and be okay with this? I love these two so much!