Thrive (Addicted 2.5) by Becca and Krista Ritchie

3.75 thriving stars 
“We’re going to have our happy ending. It just may take us a while to get there.”

So I waited about a week and took my time gathering my thoughts on this one. I also watched a good portion of the Live Chat with the twins and that helped, thanks girls!…

Thrive is a filler novel, and while this sounds bad, it isn’t. Thrive gave the reader Lily and Lo’s side of the story throughout the sister books, Kiss the Sky and Hot House Flower (***note, you must read those books before reading this one). Lily and Lo continue to wrestle with their addictions and try their best to take control of their own lives.

“We don’t think they’ll understand, and we’re both exhausted from all the voices in our lives. For once, we just want to do this together. Alone. Lily and Lo. Like it was before. Only better this time. We’re stronger now.”

I was actually fairly happy to get LiLo’s side of things, especially because all throughout HHF I felt like Lo was a total dick to Ryke. It’s great that the authors were able to provide the readers with both sides of the story, because one’s perception of an event is always different from someone else’s.

My absolute favorite aspect of this book was the amount of nerd references in it. So much Harry Potter!!! And I loved it! All of the nerd references made me smile pretty darn wide.

“‘I’ll never understand Ravenclaws,’ he tells me. Connor and Rose would belong to the smartest house in the wizarding world. No question. Before the sorting hat even touched their heads, it’d scream Ravenclaw!”
^^^ I totally concur.

“‘I know nothing.’ I wait for someone to mention Jon Snow and Game of Thrones, but I realize that Lo’s the only one who’d understand the reference.” (honey, I totally understand. I’m usually that girl at the party)

The development of the relationship between Lo and Ryke was pretty darn amazing. They may not always understand each other, but they love each other, and I look forward to what becomes of their relationship in the next book.

“Penance-that’s what I am to him. For all those years he never met me. I’m his way into heaven. Do right by me and all of his sins are absolved.”

In fact, I loved the development of Connor and Lo. That scene in the kitchen? Actual tears in my eyes. So the bromances were amazeballs in this book.

Overall, this book was my least favorite of the books, but that mostly stems from the fact that this book only expanded upon the story and did not further it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still wonderful and you should read it, but I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

“The perseverance to do anything, to be anything. To thrive.”

Buddy read with all of these lovely ladies:

||✿||Amy ||✿|| Sportsmom1 ||✿|| Bella ||✿|| Erika ||✿||X-tina ||✿||Tori ||✿||FMA ||✿||Sara ||✿||blueJae ||✿||Laura ||✿||Livvie ||✿||Polly ||✿||Bev ||✿||Imani ||✿||Sonya** ||✿||”Hopeless” Giselle ||✿||


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