Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Infini (Aerial Ethereal) by Krista & Becca Ritchi [REVIEW]

Some love is infinite

"Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl" — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, "friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her."

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past. 

“You can help me fix it,” she says. 

And then she hands me a list. 

Recommended for readers 18+ for mature content.

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4.5 Never Too Late Stars
I love the KB twins. If you are like me, you have read the Addicted series multiple times and even listen to the audio books more than once. 

Infini is part of the Aerial Ethereal series and can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend you read Amour Amour first to get the full experience, but it’s not necessary. 

Infini is just like the Addicted series and is completely opposite of the Addicted series as well. It’s the same in the way it has the KB signature style writing, with a huge cast of characters that are well develop with complex issues and the book is filled with angst, but the good kind. Infini is also different because it’s different people, with different storyline and it’s the circus people!

The circus is a unique theme for a book. It’s not the first theme I look for, but it works. The circus is magical, fun and mysterious.

What really worked for me was the writing style. The KB twins just know how to write a good book. There’s so much story, meat, drama and emotion. They suck you into this world and you want to be part of it. You slowly become the characters and you feel for them. 

Luka is the younger brother who was presented in Amour Amour as the brother that steals. I wasn’t really keen on the whole stealing thing, but it wasn’t the main point of the story. I found Luka very endearing, lovable and an all-around stand-up guy. He doesn’t always make the best choices, but he takes responsibility for his actions and I love that. 

Baylee and Luka form a relationship fairly young, so young that it was forbidden by the company and they got caught. 

Because of those actions they aren’t allowed to see each other anymore or there would be major consequences. 

It’s years later and Luka and Baylee are performing together and they only can maintain a work relationship, but you know how it goes.

I love the forbidden / Romeo/ Juliet kind of story line. I gobbled it up like mad. I usually am not an angst junkie, but there was something about the tension and dynamic between Baylee and Luka that I could not get enough of. 

You also get huge chunks of storyline with the side characters, which I also love because it’s about the family right? It wouldn’t be a KB book if you didn’t get a family out of it. 

Amour Amour is still my favourite in the series, but I was very happy with Infini. The book was intriguing, angsty and 100% romantic. 

AN ARC was provided

Author Interview
Oh my gosh, I got to ask K and B questions. Here they are ...

Do you guys have that twin physic thing? My sister is my best friend and sometimes I think she reads my mind.

Becca: I wish we did! I feel like we should play it up more, but if we do anything of coincidence, it’s usually just because we’re best friends and know each other really well.

Krista: And we live together. I think spending so much time around each other makes it feel like we can read each other’s minds.

I love how you guys are so humble. I read once you didn't even want to mention you guys hit the best sellers list bc it felt like bragging. How do you guys keep it real?

Becca: I’m not sure it’s a good thing all the time. I wish I felt like I could shout about our successes instead of feeling “braggy” but I think women are so often judged in general—and that judgment festers something inside of us. Or at least, it does for me. If you’re too loud, you’re bitchy. If you’re too quiet, you’re weak. So when we do reach a milestone, I almost feel guilty for speaking about it. I want to be the kind of woman who always keeps in perspective where we started, but when I do reach a new milestone, I want to be the kind of woman that can roar too. It’s something I’m constantly working on, and I may always be striving for a stronger voice—but I’m learning how to speak more freely than I used to.

Krista: I agree with Becca. It’s very difficult to kind of find that happy medium between too “braggy” and too quiet. And then you have to pull away, and ask yourself why do you have to live in a happy medium to begin with? It should be possible to be both without judgment. I think right now we’re both working on being more comfortable with ourselves and owning our successes.

You guys have mega fans, what's the craziest thing a fan has done to/for you. I know you have dinners with fans when you do signings. Which I think is awesome.

Becca: We’ve had so many amazing fan experiences! I think Jenn, who was really the first fan to ever even FB message us, has to be one of the sweetest, most generous people I’ve ever met. When we were pretty much under the radar, she treated us like we were already superstars. (I’m crying thinking about it.) And for our twenty-third birthday she sent us a box of twenty-three things that we loved. It was one of the most thoughtful presents we’ve ever been given.

Krista: All of our fans mean the world to us, but I agree with Becca. We had no super fans before Jenn. She was literally the only person asking us Tumblr questions. She made a fan website and started the Fizzle Force Facebook page. Before her, we didn’t even believe people could love our books like that.

How do you handle negative reviews or do you not read them? Or negativity on social media, like Facebook.

Becca: I don’t read them much anymore. We used to when we first started the series. Some, not all, negative reviews can be really helpful criticism, and we always tried to better our writing as we went along. Now though, we’re so far into the series that most negative reviews wouldn’t do anything but sadden my mood. The worst kind of negativity happens when it reaches your inbox, and you can’t escape it. The kind that people tag you in. That’s happened quite a bit, and I’m really grateful to have Krista because we try to be cheerleaders for each other, especially when we’re feeling blue.

Krista: I still read reviews, even the negative ones. I think they hurt more during the beginning of a release, but they don’t get me down as much as Becca. I understand that reading is such a subjective nature, so not everyone will like our books. It just comes with the territory.

Have you guys ever disagreed to a pivotal point in the book? Who wins?
Becca: Yes. Sometimes to the point that one of us is so distraught. We really have to sit and talk and hash out everything so we clearly understand where the other person is coming from. It’s not usually “who wins” but how can we come to the best solution together. I think these conversations always make the book better.

Krista: We’ll have long discussions if we disagree with each other, and by the end, we’ll both come to an agreement of which direction is best for the book. Like Becca said, they definitely make the book better.

Any secrets can you reveal for the next book? 
Becca: I’m hugging tightly to all the secrets for now! Gotta keep some suspense :)

Krista: I wish I could spill them!

What are Five fun facts about yourself?
Becca: 1) My first time snowboarding, I broke the entire ski lift. It was on a bunny slope, and I had to grab onto a rope. I swung out too far and the entire thing screeched to a half for a good half hour.

2) I’m a Hufflepuff!

3) I’ve been on a 21 day road trip with my older brother. We fought in Utah, and I left him for a 7 mile primitive hike and thought I was going to die. (not really, but kind of really). Like a good older brother, he chased me throughout the hike—even though we were fighting—just in case I died. I didn’t. I’m alive!

5) I never learned how to dive into a pool. I feel like I missed out on something spectacular.

Krista: 1) My first kiss was in Kindergarten and Becca tattled on me. The entire class had to be sat down and given a lecture on inappropriate behavior (thanks, Becca!).

2) I was sorted into Ravenclaw when I was 11 and in college, but I recently took the quiz again and now I’m a Slytherin. But since you can’t change houses (I think) I’m still technically a Ravenclaw.

3) Before becoming an author, I almost went to medical school. I took the MCAT and had an interview and everything.

4) I broke my arm when I was two by jumping off a golf cart. I was following my brother who jumped off before me.

5) most of my clothes in my closet are black.

I just want to say. You guys are so sweet. Your book releases on a day I have off from work and I plan on snuggling in bed with Long Way Down

Becca: thanks so much for interviewing us, Jacqueline!! I loved all the questions!!

Krista: thank you for having us on your blog!! *hugs*




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Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.


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