Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: January 31, 2017.
Publisher: Independently published.
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, and Romance.
Selling points: Amazing characters, family oriented story and lots of epic circus moments!
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Synopsis: 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. Luka Kotova is introduced in Amour Amour, and Infini takes place in the same acrobatic world. However, it’s not necessary to read Amour Amour prior to Infini.
Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie tells the story of Jamaican-American Baylee Wright and Russian-American Luka Kotova and takes you on a captivating and unexpected journey that will sweep you away to the sound of the circus. Infini is nothing like I expected it to be, and everything I needed it to be, and more. It’s beautiful, full of culture, music, raw emotion and battles impossible to overcome. But as they say, the circus is where the impossible becomes possible. This book has a lot more angst than I expected, and with both the bff-to-lovers trope and the forbidden love trope, I’m absolutely certain that this book will move readers just as much as it has me. I was mesmerized from beginning to end, with not a single dull moment in sight. Infini deals with a lot of heavy topics, that are in no way romanticized. It deals with depression, kleptomania, bulimia, and abuse. All of this is mentioned in a detailed trigger warning in the beginning of the book. All of the topics are dealt with in a very respectful manner in the book but should be taken into consideration before reading.
I absolutely fell in love with Luka and Baylee in this book. Their story is very unexpected, and we are thrown right into the middle of it. There are so many unexpected twists and turns, for them and for the people around them. Their friendship, their love, it’s not easy. The journey is one filled with so much angst, but also with so much love and support. They have a healthy relationship, where they constantly push each other to take care of themselves, and just thinking about it makes my heart swell. Their love for dance is so special to me, and almost a bit magical. The way dancing and music moved within them, and how important it was to them, was one of the most precious parts of their relationship.
However, I think what will truly catch readers, and make them completely hooked on this book, is the amazing and huge cast, and the big family they all are. The Kotova siblings and cousins all play a huge part in this book, and yes there are a lot of them, they basically rule the Aerial Ethereal universe. We also see a lot of Baylee’s family. Nonetheless, what truly bonds all of the characters is the circus, the ties they make through all of the ups and downs, and that is why circus is family. The art is what makes them family, and it’s far from easy at times, but seeing all the work that goes into the relationships is what makes them so precious and worthwhile in the end. A strong sense of family exists throughout the entire book, and you will fall in love with so many characters, a lot more than just Luka and Baylee. The cast in Infini is huge and diverse and will have you rooting for so many people, and consequently craving more books about the Aerial Ethereal universe. I know I am.
I think personally though, what I love the most about Infini, and all books Krista and Becca write, is that they have this way of always keeping you on your toes and always making you so emotionally invested in the story, the characters, the moment right here, right now in the book. I guess you could say I’m a very emotional reader, but Infini truly made me cry several times throughout the book. Through the good moments and the bad, Infini pulls you in like few other books can. I have such a hard time describing what it is that makes this book so special to me, I love it so much, and Krista and Becca’s characters have a way of making you feel a part of their world, of them essentially. You are not only reading about Luka and Baylee, and the circus, but you are also a part of their magical and tough world. Every struggle, every achievement, you feel it as if it were your own.
I can barely express how much this book means to me, I just know that Baylee and Luka will always stay in my heart. All the tears shed, the laughs I’ve had, and all the special moments in between, have made me so happy and I’m really thankful to have Infini and its characters in my life. I can’t wait for the world to read Infini and love it as much as I do.
Thank you, Krista and Becca, for my ARC of Infini, I appreciate this opportunity so much. I can’t wait to see what more books you both put into the world, you have a forever fan in me.
P.S. Fangirl Time. After I finished Infini I started listening to the official Infini playlist on Krista’s Spotify, and it’s so amazing. I highly recommend it. Also, I’m dancing around my house to it, thinking of all the epic moments in Infini, and the songs fit the book so well *crying* I’m surprised the review above is actually somewhat composed, BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU I WAS NOT WHEN I READ THIS BOOK. IT WILL GUT YOU AND MAKE YOU CRY AND LAUGH AND SQUEAL, LIKE A LOT. I had so many fangirling moments, and I still can’t believe this book is real AND THAT I READ IT. I have a lot of pent-up emotions, and happiness, AND I JUST NEED TO DANCE AND CELEBRATE THE AMAZINGNESS THAT IS INFINI. Okay, thanks that were all *dances away*