Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme
created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic was pretty open for interpretation. Ten Reasons Why I Love (fill in the blank). It could be a book, an author, a TV show, a hobby. But, having just seen Krista and Becca Ritchie over the weekend, what immediately came to my mind were all the reasons I love their Addicted series. (Note: If you have not read the Addicted series, be warned that spoilers abound in this post! Seriously, they're *everywhere.*)
So there you have it - ten reasons I love the Addicted series. And, yeah, this practically turned into a novel the size of one of the Addicted books, but when it comes to these books, these characters, and these authors... I can't help sharing the love. I know at least two friends/fellow bloggers have started the Addicted series at my urging (pushing, insisting... ) but if *you* haven't yet - what are you waiting for?!
1. THE CHARACTERS
At its heart the Addicted series is all about the characters. A group of six flawed individuals who make mistakes and grow and live and love and laugh. With each book every character has grown and developed. They each have such distinctive voices and personalities that leap from the page. As I'm reading I can feel it all: Lily's awkward shyness as she blushes, Rose's anger and frustration simmering when she's been wronged, Daisy's mock gasps and her laughter, Lo's sarcasm and biting wit, Connor's cool demeanor as he calmly assesses every situation, and Ryke's fierce protectiveness of Daisy and Lo. They have grown from names within the pages of a book to characters that I love and cherish.
2. THE REALISM/TACKLING TOUGH TOPICS
Krista and Becca are such incredibly talented writers and storytellers. And it's a testament to their abilities that every character and every plot feels completely and utterly realistic - never venturing into melodrama or over-the-top situations or characters.
Hand in hand with that realism is their willingness to approach serious topics with honesty and sensitivity while never shying away from the truth. It all started with a sex addict and an alcoholic but throughout the series these characters have also dealt with invasion of privacy, verbal and emotional abuse, depression, post-traumatic stress, betrayal, celebrity culture, the ethics (or lack thereof) of the media/paparazzi, and so much more. And it's never salacious or overblown but always in line with the natural progression of the characters and their stories.
Oh yeah, you knew this had to be on my list. :) Because love and romance abounds throughout the Addicted series. From the soul-deep unconditional love between Lily and Lo, to the cerebral connection between Rose and Connor, to the wild and passionate love between Daisy and Ryke... it's always there. And while they show it different ways... it's always there. When Lo carries Lily in a piggyback, when Connor and Rose speak terms of endearment in French, and when Ryke ruffles Daisy's hair and calls her Calloway... it's there.
I love the focus on family in the Addicted series - whether it's biological family or the one you create by choice. And among the family it is the relationships between the sisters that shines. Having two sisters myself, I love the way their bond is portrayed and the fierce loyalty they feel for one another.