Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Alphas Like Us (Like Us, #3)

Alphas Like Us (Like Us, #3)Alphas Like Us by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a HUGE fan of Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie. My sappy, cheesy romantic self lives for the "soul mate love" that these authors write about. I felt that type of love in every single one of their books since Addicted to You, and I think it's the type of love that we all secretly (or openly) crave; to have someone love you that deeply, truly, unconditionally.

I tried and failed to prolong this story, reading it slowly to make it last. I want Moffy and Farrow's story to keep going. The "soul mate love" feeling in this book is so intense, I don't even know how to describe it. I feel every action and word spoken by the MCs from every fiber of my being. Moffy and Farrow's love for each other is so deep that I feel like my heart is on capacity overload! Love, love, love the cute romance!!!

As always, this book has everything I absolutely love about these authors' works. The banter: check. The strong familial bonds: check. The strong friendship bonds: check. Interesting first and secondary characters: check. Makes you want more: check check check.

I don't know how these authors manage to do it, but every single time I want more of the side characters! Their writing is truly magic. They make everyone so interesting that I swear, not one single character is one-dimensional. I'm so excited for more books to come in this series and I can't wait to hear some news about possible books for other characters (just throwing this out there in case KB reads this *wink wink*).

My review of Damaged Like Us
My review of Lovers Like Us

------- Initial Reaction: March 16, 2014 -------

Seriously you guys



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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: Lovers Like Us (Like Us, #2)

Lovers Like Us (Like Us, #2)Lovers Like Us by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so engrossed in this book that I didn't realize when I turned the last page that I had reached the end of the story.


I hate it when that happens.

So, I love how this book starts right where we left off in Damaged Like Us. I love how the issues that were left hanging from Damaged Like Us and from the beginning of Lovers Like Us were resolved by the end of the book. I love the depth of each character that Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie creates; they seem like "real" people and it's what makes them so relatable and what makes me want more. Krista and Becca are seriously the only authors I know who give us that "more." Each character's traits and personality, the way they speak, the way they act, and every little thing that makes them who they are...I can't help but wonder how in the world these authors keep track and not get confused. Krista and Becca are wonder twins for sure.

Their writing is phenomenal. I'm not only interested in the main characters but the side characters as well. I loved getting more of Jane and Moffy's siblings. And Sulli too! I loved getting to know more about the bodyguards. I loved the friendship and family bonds. I just love so much about this book! I can't wait till the next book in the series is out!!

My review of Damaged Like Us
My review of Alphas Like Us

------- Initial Reaction: Mar 16, 2014 -------

I can't. I mean. OMG.


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: Damaged Like Us (Like Us, #1)

Damaged Like Us (Like Us, #1)Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, this is my first MM book and it is seriously one of my favorite romcom reads this year. Just like the authors’ previous books, I immediately loved the dialogue and banter between characters from the very start. I like how the story starts off giving us a bit of a background about Maximoff and Farrow’s history. Kind of laying the foundation, if you will, and setting up the atmosphere between the two of them. I love their chemistry! The UST is so thick you can cut it with a knife!

Having read the Addicted Series beforehand, I feel so much more connected to the characters in this story. I’m deeply invested in them and they affect me a lot more than just any other book because I feel like I witnessed them grow up through the years. I can see how growing up with 3 very strong men and 3 very fierce women (his parents and his aunts and uncles) in his life influenced the person that Maximoff has become, and it’s so wonderful to read about.

There are so many laugh-out-loud moments and some very intense moments. It was such a fun read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the friendships, bonds between family and the bodyguards, and the super cute romance. It's stories like this that make me love reading so much more because the authors create such realistic characters that they transport me into that universe and I love to get lost in it. I’m re-reading the book again simply because I can’t get enough of this world and my favorite characters. The next book can’t get here soon enough!!!

I'm just gonna leave this right here...
James Franco smile

------- INITIAL REACTION: MARCH 16, 2014 -------




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Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday, Daisy Calloway!

Today, we celebrate our youngest Calloway's birthday.  Daisy turns 21 in the Addicted world and we couldn't be more proud of the woman she's become.  She's been through so much and yet she still somehow creates a ray of sunshine for everyone around her.  She's the light in the dark days and to some, she is the sun.

My heart hurts for everything Daisy has been through.  She's been dealt a really shitty card but she persevered.  She stayed strong and kept her head above water.  She may not have been lucky in life, but she's definitely lucky in love.  She's surrounded by family and friends who love and care for her so very much!  Most of all, she's got Ryke.  Her protector.  Her wolf.  Hard to her soft.  Rough to her sweet.  Stone to her wild.  To paraphrase Samantha Calloway, they are lightning you can't bottle up.  Together, they make the perfect storm.

If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have something special for you!  So be sure to stop by and check it out!  Also, don't forget to pay a visit to Krista & Becca's blog for any updates.  If you want to, you can also check out the fan made trailer for Hothouse Flower that I put together just a little over a year ago. 

Please join me in wishing Daisy the most cake-worthy birthday!  In celebration of Daisy's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one "Two Feral Creatures" Mug (pictured below)!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Review: INFINI

Infini (Aerial Ethereal, #2)Infini by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my most highly anticipated books this year and it's now available for pre-order! The book releases on 31 Jan 2017.  This is the second standalone book in the Aerial Ethereal series which is set in the same universe as the Addicted Series.  So, expect to see mentions of our beloved core 6 from the Addicted world as well as some of the same products and merchandise from that world!

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I feel like I've been waiting for this book forever and I was even more anxious after re-reading Amour Amour, the first standalone book in the Aerial Ethereal series. I came in without any real expectations except for the known fact that this is a best friends-turned-lovers trope. I wish I could write about every moment and every emotion I felt throughout the story but I would spoil everything and I want you to go into this like I did, with little to no expectations or pre-conceived notions. I want you to experience all the highs and lows of this story. If you’ve read Amour Amour, I’ll tell you that the tone in this book is very different. Whereas in Amour Amour, we get to see and experience the beauty and excitement of the circus through a newcomer’s eyes; in Infini, we get a whole different perspective from someone who grew up in the industry and we get a different sense of what happens behind the closed curtains, away from the audience’s eyes. In that respect, Thora (the main character in Amour Amour) has a very different personality from Luka. They come from different backgrounds and have different life experiences so don’t go into Infini expecting it to be anything like what you’ve read, felt, and experienced in Amour Amour. Whereas Amour Amour was more upbeat and fun, you’ll notice that Infini is more…emotional with lots of angst. I don’t want to elaborate any more than that; you’ll see what I mean when you start reading the book.

This book touches on some very real and very serious issues and I’m glad that the authors recognize this and wrote a trigger warning at the very beginning of the book, so it’s no secret. You know what you’re getting yourself into from the start but even so, each moment will hit you like a ton of bricks when you get to each point in the story when these issues are revealed. It took my emotions through one hell of a rollercoaster ride and Luka and Baylee’s love is just so deep and significant that the feeling is so overwhelming at times.

I love Luka’s character. I want to protect him at all costs. He’s got secrets that he keeps from his family and the people he loves, and his way of dealing with his issues makes him the least liked Kotova. But the thing that caught me off guard is that no matter what he does, he takes full responsibility for all his actions. He doesn’t back down or cower, or make any excuses. He doesn’t take his personal issues with him when he’s working. He keeps an easy-going attitude and it just makes you want to protect him even more.

I love meeting Baylee. Off the bat you get who she is and she’s such a wonderful, fun, character. She’s shy and doesn’t like any attention on her, good or bad. And no matter what life throws at her, she tries to keep a positive attitude. I think her love for soca music really fits her personality and I very much enjoyed discovering this type of music. It’s very upbeat and energetic that you can’t help but dance to it. There’s no way you can listen to soca music and not bob your head to the beat.

Some Love is Infinite

Infini has all of the essential elements that I absolutely love about Krista & Becca’s books. As I’ve already mentioned above, it touches on very real and very serious issues and they don’t just throw it in there for the sake of drama or to give the character the “troubled past” that is often expected. They actually put their all into it and it shows that they’ve researched the crap out of these issues to make them realistic and very much a part of the story. Also, as you may have noticed from above, I love the main characters and they are very relatable. The other elements that truly make this one of my most favorite reads this year are:

Family dynamics. I’ve been looking forward to reading more about the Kotova family and what better way to get an in-depth look at them than through a Kotova’s eyes. There’s such a strong family bond and I love getting to know more about Timo and Katya and Dimitri. Dimitri really stood out to me in this book and there’s just something about him that makes me want to know more. Apart from Dimitri’s very crude, abrasive, and unapologetically rude attitude, I feel that there’s also a loveable side to him that we don’t get to see. He’s Nikolai’s (Nik is the male lead in Amour Amour) best friend for a reason and I’d like to think that Nikolai is a very good judge in character.

Infini Family

Strong friendship. With most of the books I’ve read, the focus is always on the main characters, which makes sense, but sometimes the secondary characters are forgotten or don’t play as huge a part in the story. Not with Krista and Becca’s books. If they’re the main character’s best friend, then you better expect that you see them a lot in the story and to play an integral part in the main character’s life. After reading Amour Amour, I wanted to know more about Katya and Camila. I’m so glad to see them return in this story and I now I want both of them to have their own book. I want to know more about Katya since she’s the only girl in the Kotova clan. She seems fierce and I can understand why after growing up around her brothers and male cousins. And Camila is just too flippin funny and cute and outgoing and I like that she’s all about love. She also seems to have a keen sense of things around her that no one else notices. I would love it very much if Camila got her own book. There's some strong female bonding moments that I absolutely LOVE and as always,  I love the sense of humor and banter that the authors add to their stories.

It was fun to get to know more about characters introduced in Amour Amour and I also love the addition of new characters. Krista & Becca never fail to give us an unforgettable cast of characters. They’re all very well developed and not one-dimensional. I honestly don’t know how they create a new world of characters and give us more than we ever asked for, yet still leave us wanting more in the end! Seriously. I feel like there’s so much left to be told about the secondary characters. I hope Infini isn’t the last book in the Aerial Ethereal series. This is the second standalone book and you don’t need to read Amour Amour before you read this one. Infini stands well on it’s own and you won’t feel lost if you haven’t read the first book. However, if you want to go back and read about Thora and Nikolai, get a different perspective of the circus world, or just want to read more about the Aerial Ethereal series, then I highly recommend reading Amour Amour.

Krista, Becca, thankyouthankyouthankyou for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! You've done it again!! You are still superstars and superheroes in my eyes.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Connor Cobalt!

It is 2017, can you believe it!?  And January 3rd of this year marks Connor Cobalt's 28th birthday in the Addicted timeline.

LiLo may be my #1 OTP but I swear a lot of my favorite motivational quotes I find are from #Coballoway, such as this one from Fuel the Fire:


Connor is by far one of my most idolized characters in the history of all characters.  He inspires me to seek knowledge and be smarter, to stand for what I believe in and for myself, and to reach high and kiss the sky.  He exudes confidence that only his rival, nemesis, lifetime companion, and love of his life, Rose, can match.  I only wish I could come close to being as confident and intelligent. 

I remember making this video of Connor a couple of years ago.  That was around the time when Krista and Becca's dream cast for Connor, Oliver Altman, acknowledged us and even responded to some fans on Instagram.  That was a pretty big deal.

If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have something special for you!  So head on over there and check it out!  Also, don't forget to pay a visit to Krista & Becca's blog because I'm sure they wouldn't forget Connor's birthday.

Every year, Connor has successfully avoided celebrating his birthday. But this year is different and I'd like to ask you all to help join me in wishing him the most wonderful birthday!  In celebration of Connor's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one "Pour Toujours" Mug (pictured below)!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Birthday, Loren Hale!

One of my absolute favorite male leads is celebrating his 26th birthday today!  At this point in the Addicted timeline, Lo (and Lily :)) have overcome so much and are continuing on a positive path.  Sure, they still struggle everyday with temptation but let's face it, they will be struggling with it for probably their entire life.  What's important is how much they've grown and how much stronger they've become.  Lo's transformation and character progression is one of my favorites to witness.


I look back and remember how amazed I was (and still am) at Lo's unconditional love for Lily.  He truly is one remarkable human being (ha! listen to me talk like he's a real person. He's real to me, I don't care what people say! :P).  HAVE ONE HECK OF A BIRTHDAY, LOREN HALE!

** Flashback to the very first videos I made (keep in mind, I was still a novice in video-making)**

When Lo was one of the nominees for the NA Crush Tourney in 2014

Okay, okay, enough with the nostalgia (*sniff* I have something in my eye).

Be sure to head on over to the Fizzle Force group on Facebook for an exclusive treat!!  And don't forget to visit Krista & Becca's blog, as I'm sure they won't forget to celebrate Lo's birthday today.

In celebration of Lo's birthday, I am giving away one mug - winner's choice!  Winner can take their pick of one of the following two designs:

Everyday is TACO day

"Souls fused together"

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