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This is the Story of My(Reading) Life
4.0 out of 5 starsReview from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life
Reviewed in Canada on April 25, 2015
Very very satisfying ending to Lily and Lo's story. The growth and strength these two have continued to show is pretty admirable. Addiction is a life long battle but these two will definitely persevere. I loved seeing their relationship and family grow(babies!). Some of the story was a little repetitive over the coarse of their books, but overall a really raw look at two individuals dealing with addictions.
I cannot talk about this book without acknowledging the brilliance of the books that have led up to this point. I cannot even believe how amazing this series is. These characters feel so real because while I'm reading, I forget they're fictional. They're incredibly human because they're flawed just like any human being. But I love them all so much. This series is not about just love; Its about family, friendship, society and modern culture. Loren and Lily worked so hard to get to this point in their lives. Their love is inspiring and raw. Connor has learnt to love, not just Rose, but also his friends. His love for Lo is so genuine. Lily's relation with her parents, Daisy's love for her sisters, Ryke's acceptance for his father. All wonderful examples of growth in these characters. Lastly, Loren Hale. I just love him so much. His whole mindset in this book is such stark contrast from Loren we first met. I love him so much because he never thought he was worthy of anyone's love but he is.He deserves all the love. I cried pretty much through this entire book because I feel like these 6 character are actually my friends who's lives I've been looking in on for years. But to be honest, if I did meet Connor Cobalt in real life, I'd faint. (Also, some amazing LOL&OMFG moments. I'm talking about that limo scene and that truth or dare scene. Ahem)
5.0 out of 5 stars... am very proud to say that this is my favorite book of all time
Reviewed in Canada on November 7, 2014
I am very proud to say that this is my favorite book of all time.
And fantastic conclusion to Lily&Lo's journey.
This book made me cry and laugh. I don't want to ever let these characters go.
Lily and Loren have grown so much, they true examples on character development. My love has grown for them each book and I'm very proud with how much they've grown and over came their addictions and standing up for themselves. Thank-you Becca & Krista for creating realistic and relatable characters. I don't think I've ever loved any characters for than the addicted gang.
ps. If you didn't like Addicted To You, I HIGHLY recommend continuing on because the books do get better as they go on.
4.0 out of 5 stars4.25 stars-passionate and spirited
Reviewed in Canada on November 20, 2014
4.25 stars--ADDICTED AFTER ALL is the final book from Lily and Loren’s points of view in B&K Ritchie’s new adult, contemporary romance storylines. The continuing series, including spin offs and interconnected storylines focuses on the Calloway sisters and the Hale brothers. ADDICTED AFTER ALL covers approximately twelve months where Lily and Lo’s (aka LiLo) life will see dramatic changes and continuing struggles. Lily is a sex addict whose addiction remains out of control; Loren is an alcoholic who must face his own demons one day at a time. This is NOT the end of the series, but the final installment told exclusively from Lily and Lo’s points of view. THE ADDICTED series must be read in order including the interconnected storylines that build upon, or run parallel to, many of the scenarios and plot points.
ADDICTED AFTER ALL is an ensemble storyline (Lily, Loren, Ryke, Daisy, Connor and Rose) told from alternating first person points of view (Lily and Lo). The reader is pulled into the daily battles of addiction where their personal lives have become fodder for the paparazzi and exploited; where privacy is no longer a right and protection comes with a cost; where the public ensures that the Calloway and Hale families remain front and center in a life mismanaged and desecrated by social media and personal sins.
Lily and Lo are two people lost in a world of hurt and betrayal. Best friends since childhood, Lily and Lo come from affluence and wealth but money means nothing when our couple is caught up in a spotlight where heartbreak and pain are a fact of life. Nothing is off limits; no one is safe from exposure or ridicule; their lives are no longer their own to control. Every day is a struggle against the unknown and there are new members of the household whose lives are threatened on a daily basis.
Becca and Krista Ritchie’s imaginative ADDICTED SERIES is passionate, spirited and captivating. There are emotional highs and heartbreaking lows for a family caught in a social media vortex of their own making. The reality and destructive nature of addiction is built upon the lives of a generation who have been left to their own devices.
5.0 out of 5 starsA real tearjerker, an amazing end to a series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2014
So we're finally at the end of the road for LiLo. In Ryke's words (and mine): It's the best f-ing road.
Lily and Lo have been through so much as both people and as a couple and to see all their hard work come together so beautifully. In addition, this is the first book where we get to see Raisin Raisy as an actual couple and it makes me both excited and scared for where they're gonna go as a couple but I just have believe in that happy ending. Coballoway were hilarious as always.
My guess on the babies genders were actually correct but I'll leave that to you to find out ;)
I'm not going to spoil the plot in anyway, especially as this is the last of 5 books in a series but I do have to say this:
Lo- I've gotten to know you very well since I started this series in January and I have to say you have exceeded expectations (Harry Potter reference for you) there!) and become one of the greatest men I will ever read about. I wish I could tell the 13 year old Loren that hated himself how incredible he'd be but sadly I think he needed the lows to truly experience the highs. You have an amazing girlfriend, amazing friends, and brother that would pull out his own beating heart for you. You've managed to beat life,I promise you.
Lily - This whole thing started in your POV and if I hadn't loved you so much I wouldn't have continued. You're one of the strongest people I've ever read about and you don't even know it. The amount of love you exude is a ray of brightness and your compassion makes even the worst situation not as bad. You're an amazing friend, sister and girlfriend and you don't even realise how easy it is to love you. If I could tell the girl in the first chapter of Addicted To You how her life would turn out, she probably wouldn't believe me because she was still too ashamed of how she lived her life but you really and truly do not know your own strength. You don't know that your best friend will become the love of your life, that your sisters will be the closest relationships you have, including your sister's husband and your boyfriends' brother. You don't know that your boyfriends' brother is determined to hate you but will end up loving you as much as he loves Loren, and you will love him as much as you love Rose. You're going to be an extraordinary woman, and you didn't even need superpowers to get there.
I'd like to say thank you to Krista and Becca for this amazing series and the ability to make me cry while reading a book, then again when saying goodbye to two of my favourite POVs. I cannot wait for the rest of this series!
Recommend to: fans of New Adult (who have read the series), fans of realistic fiction
5.0 out of 5 starsA story that will make you cry..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2014
F*ck. I'm just crying like an effing madman now (I thank you Ryke, for teaching me such an awesome vocabulary).
Man, I don't even know what to say about this book, about this series. I have said many times that I am IN LOVE with this series, the story, the characters. I just can't get enough of it, and just thinking about the fact that this series is going to end soon makes me want to cry even more. I'm pretty sure I know another reason why this series is called the Addicted series. Because it is addictive as hell and I can't get enough, I just can't let this world go (not yet anyway).
Ever since 1st July 2013, on the day of the Addicted To You tour (book 1 in the Addicted series), I just fell in love with this series. I remember signing up for the tour, being one of the first few people to read the book, and man I have to admit, it was the best choice I've ever made. Because ever since that day, I was in love with Lily and Loren. I began my journey with them back in 2013, now here we are in September 2014, with me loving them even more than I did the first time.
Krista and Becca did an amazing job at creating up this world of Lily and Loren. Not only did they made me fall in love with LiLo, but they also made me fall in love with Rose and Connor, and Daisy and Ryke (RAISIN I LOVE YOU!! I'm siding with Loren with this one, "Raisin" sounds cuter, haha). Throughout the series, we get to see all of these characters grow as not only a person, but also a friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, and mums and dads.
Some of you might be wondering, why am I crying? I'm crying because this is the last book we'll ever see that it is Lilo's POV. Yes, we still have 2 more books (Fuel The Fire & Long Way Down), but they are in Coballoway and Raisy's POV. We started this journey with LiLo, so when we end with LiLo; we cry.
And we cry like some f*cking ugly sh*t (thank you again, Ryke, I love you).
I'll make sure to let you guys know when I've actually stopped crying because my nose is killing me right now while I'm writing this review. Thank you so much Krista and Becca. Not only have you became one of my absolute favourite authors of all f*cking time, but you also became two people who have affected my life in the most amazing way. So I'm going to copy Lily and say: thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou so f*cking damn much.
I f*cking love you (final time: thank you my beloved Ryke :D ).
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2015
This book series is my favourite ever! I can't understand why more people aren't raving about these books. I could not move until I had finished this. Was an unproductive Sunday! The best six characters ever. Funny and touching and real. Just love it. Can't wait for the final two books!
ich fand die ganze Reihe sehr gut und habe sie schnell hintereinander weggelesen. Aus der gesamten Reihe fand ich "Ricochet" am schlechtesten, da für mich einige Sachen nicht nachvollziehbar waren (ich hatte die Spin-off Bücher nicht gelesen). Die Thematik ist spannend und auch durchgehend behandelt (leider manchmal nervig viel, wenn man fünf Bücher hintereinander liest). Ich fand, dass die Autoren versucht haben, alle Aspekte einer Sucht zu beleuchten und gleichzeitig auch eine Weiterentwicklung der Charaktere aufzuzeigen. Die Serie ist für mich in sich recht schlüssig, auch wenn das gewählte Setting ein wenig dick aufgetragen ist, aber gut, tut dem Lesevergnügen kein Abbruch. Ich mochte die Schwester Rose nicht (ging mir gegen den Strich, zu selbstherrlich für mein Geschmack) und auch manche Gespräche waren für mich überflüssig (daher Sternabzug).
This is the final installment in Lily and Lo's story but thankfully not the last book we'll see them in with two more books planned in the Calloway sisters series! This book, like all written by Krista and Becca to date is exceptionally well written and the story is beautifully and flawlessly executed! These girls are amazing writers. If you haven't started the series yet, DO IT! You will not be disappointed, this is easily my most loved series for a whole number of reasons but if you love well written and well paced books that fit effortlessly in to a series (7 books so far and all of them are brilliant) then get clicking!!
Wonderful final book in the Addicted series- thankfully there is still spin off books!
The final book from Lily and Lo's point of view is everything the Fizzle Force have come to expect from the Ritchie twins- character development, plotlines and writing that is exciting, emotional and honest. In my opinion, the Addicted and Calloway series stand as an example of everything contemporary New Adult romance series should strive to be in a genre that produces amazing books but has a tendency for over-reliance on common tropes, distinguishing this series from the vast majority. Along with the excellent as always editing/formatting etc it's easy to forget this is an indie series- each book feels like a bargain! (Please stay indie- I'm terrified you would release less frequency with a trad pub deal!)
I devoured this one so quickly- I was going away on holidays, but couldn't stand to put it down- got some weird looks for not putting it down while crossing the tarmac! But such is the power of the Addicted universe- I couldn't read fast enough, and when I finished I just went right back to page one and started again. So much so that I honestly forgot I hadn't posted a review yet!
I don't particularly want to comment on the plot- this book is truly best left unspoiled for those who love the series, and if you have never read one head right over to buy Addicted to You. The most powerful thing about Addicted After All is in contrasts- Lily and Lo started the series like Peter Pan- refusing to grow up and in denial about their addictions. AAA is the culmination of their journey, and their growth and development is inspiring (it's hard to remember they aren't real people!). Everything I could have asked for for Lilo is in this story- but it is far from mere fan-service that is tempting in final installments. I was surprised by some unexpected plots, but the strength of this series is in characterisation and relationships, and this was what made AAA a brilliant read.
Was it perfect? Probably not- like some others I didn't love or feel the necessity for some plot details. But everything this book made me feel definitely was. Anytime I get to spend 7 hours reading, laughing and crying and feeling like I spent that time as part of a group of friends and family- I find that perfect.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnd this is how you end a series.
Reviewed in Spain on November 9, 2014
I think I spent most of this book crying. Not in a sobbing mess kind of way but in a "I'm so overwhelmed with emotions I just can't help shedding a few tears" way. If that makes any sense... The point is, Krista and Becca Ritchie did it again. This is such a beautiful written book (series) and I've come to love these characters so much that I hurt when they hurt and I'm so extremely happy when good things happen to them and that really isn't an easy thing to achieve. The Addicted series has become one of my all time favourites series and I think it's probably the best NA series out there, so if you haven't read it you should start now.
Addicted After All was PERFECT. Everything I wanted and more. It's a bit bittersweet because I love Lilo, they are my faves and it's sad to know this is the last book we get from their POVs. But I'm so proud of how far they've come and how strong they are now, I just couldn't have asked for a better "ending" for them. Besides Lily & Lo relationship, and their development as individual characters I loved how we still got the whole gang together and their interactions were priceless. I especially loved the focus in Lily and Ryke's relationship, I really loved seeing that side of their relationship.
Those 5 stars are really well deserve and I can't wait for the next two books with the other two Calloway sisters. I'm especially looking forward to Long Way Down (Raisy is alive!)