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It's been quite awhile since we got a new story focused mainly on Lily and Lo. Sure, they were always in the background (and sometimes foreground) of the spinoff Calloway sisters novels, but I couldn't help but wonder what was happening to them while the other characters took center stage. Well, the answer is A LOT. And that's all I'm going to tell you. Don't fool yourself into thinking that there's not much story untold, even if you've read Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower. Because I can't stress just how wrong you are if you think that. The good, the bad, the ugly. The sweet, the sexy, the heartbreaking. Thrive tells it all.
Thrive delves deeper into addiction and all the effects it has on a person and those in their life, but it does it in a way that, while heavy, wasn't unbearable. Yes there were moments that had me in tears, but there were also the little moments that made me laugh and swoon. The Harry Potter references were plentiful and I grinned every time, particularly over "alohomora." I loved each and every single one of the geeky references. Because, let's face it, Lily and Lo are geeks and I effing love them because of it. I love Lily's awkwardness and Lo's raw sexual power. When Lo calls her "love," I melt every single time. Seriously, these two are so OTP it almost hurts me.
As was true with every other book in this series, the secondary characters play a huge role. As I've read (and LOVED) both Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower, I was fascinated by reading all the events from Lily and Lo's POVs this time. Those two definitely knew a lot more, a lot longer, than anyone thought. I had truthfully forgotten just how much I loved Lily and Lo, as the last books focused on Rose and Connor and Daisy and Ryke. But, they really are the perfect couple. Yes, they're co-dependent almost to a fault, but they make my heart sing when they're together. But, each and every one of these characters, these couples, holds a special place in my heart and I could never, ever pick a favorite. They each bring something so special, so uniquely them, to the table. I can't imagine this series without every single one of them just as they are. Each new installment in their stories gives me more reasons to love them even more than I did after finishing the previous book.
I had very, very high expectations for Thrive and they were exceeded. What's a stronger word for exceeded? Because that's what they were. I highlighted about half the book. I couldn't even narrow down my favorite parts to include them in my review. Just know they were plentiful.
Earlier today I was writing up a fun survey post and one of the topics was "most recommended books." Clearly the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series hit the list. Like I said on that post, if you're a fan of new adult books with grit and unforgettable characters and you're NOT reading this series yet, you really need to reevaluate your life choices.
When I think this series can't possibly get any better, Krista and Becca find a way to blow me away and make me feel things I didn't know I could feel. Then they leave me wanting more. And boy, do I ever want more after finishing Thrive. How long until Addicted to After All...?
There are only three books left in this series and I'm already dreading it ending. Regardless of how it all shakes out, it's going to really suck to give these characters up. This is a series I'll be rereading for a very long time to come.
Look away if you have to."
Rules. People watching, scrutinizing your every move. It would be enough to break any couple, but not LILO. These two seemed to be destined for failure from the beginning of time, but their all-consuming love and devotion for one another was a steel barrier keeping the obstacles at bay.
"This is the second best day of my life. The director just accidentally touched my pinky finger!!! - Lily
I text back: "What's the first best day?" - Loren
"The day I fell in love with you." - Lily
"Two years will change them forever."
This book covers a very large time frame - 2 years and 5 months, as well as recapped material from several books, (refer to the time frame on my blog --> http://wp.me/p4a7Qq-dx, I did numerous times as I read this book) so if you have not read the first three books of the Addicted Series, as well as the first two books in the Calloway Sisters series, I believe you will be lost. They must be read before this one!
As you can imagine, that was a lot of material to cover and do well. The Ritchie sisters are brilliant writers. It's clear they have a wonderful working relationship as their chemistry comes through in their writing. They have an uncanny insight for being so young.
"Revenge isn't a benefit, Lo. It's self-gratification, an emotional response with very little logic and even less reward." - Connor
Thankfully, the magnificent one liners and delicious banter between characters carried through to this book.
What I found that stood out most to me while reading was that I appreciated Lo and Lily's insight into the other character's. We learn what they like, love and hate about them and themselves. So, I did a little "soul-searching", and here is what I discovered about each character.
I love *Connor's confidence! There is not an ounce of self-doubt in this man. He is strong, physically and mentally. He is a protector. He would do anything for the ones he holds as special in his life. Love, not an easy word for him to say, nor a concept easy to grasp, so if it is bestowed upon you by Connor, grab it and don't let go!
*Ryke, is simply HOT. He is broody, fierce and tells it like it is. He doesn't care what people think about him. He has a carefree spirit that is rooted from the anger of his childhood. He too is a protector of the ones he loves, although the list of people he allows to be close to him is small.
*Lo, is a sad, self-deprecating soul. He has no sense of self-worth and feels the weight of the world dragging him down daily. His love for Lily is the only thing keeping him from falling below the surface.
*Rose, is misunderstood. Forced to be the responsible one - by her mother - a role which she takes on full force. Intelligent, always in control, the fixer. But, underneath that harsh exterior is someone who loves fully, unconditionally and will have your back without question.
*Daisy, it could be said is the way she is because of her age, or her placement in the family dynamics - youngest child. But it is largely due to her mother's over-bearing rule. Daisy is a full-of-life, thrill seeker. She is full of love, caring and devoted. A kind, gentle spirit, she wants nothing more than to be free, and to be loved for who she is.
*Lily, is sweet, tender, shy and so dang FUNNY! Her one-liners left me with tears in my eyes as I laughed. Her transformation was inspiring. She is a true soldier, she powers ahead with a quiet courage that takes others by surprise.
And, lastly, I can't forget Poppy. I LOVED her! The maternal one. Supportive and realistic, full of insight. She was awesome!
When you look at the sheer volume of material that has been written, and their attention to detail, it is no wonder the Addicted/Calloway Sisters is one of the best series out there. With three more books in store (giving a total of 9 books for the series), there is no doubt the faithful fans of these two sisters will be waiting on pins and needles for their release. I know I will!
I freaking love Conner. Yes, I'm aware that this is a Lilly and Lo book but that doesn't change my love for my favorite character. I'm usually a higw fan of the dark and twisty and normally would be all for Loren or Rye but..... Conner. Love love love. He kind of steals the show. So glad him and Rose have a couple books in the Calloway Sisters series.
Now, this book, I'm not done reading it but... couldn't resist commenting on my favorite character lol. So far, I am enjoying this series. I've been in a M\M kick lately and it's how I came across this series actually, the first book in the Like Us series (: or I'm not sure I would have ever discovered this gem. It's really great (: the plot itself in the firs three books is a little more about their addictions than i'd like but the characters themselves actually make up for that. Except Lilly... she reminds me of Elena from The Vampire Diaries. In the sense that I like her but she is also kind of annoying. But I still kind of like her too. I know.. I'm weird. It's ok.