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WELCOME TO YOUR NEW GIRL GANG {ft. books, music, movies, and tv series}

Welcome book galaxy travelers! Today is all about those girl gangs, strong women who support each other and deal with their ups and downs together. The other day I was listening to one of my favorite songs ever called Girl Gang and got the brilliant idea for this blog posts. In this blog post, there will be awesome girl power music, books that feature amazing female friendships and movies and tv series that show you the most amazing girl gangs you have ever seen. I really hope you’ll enjoy all of my recommendations.

I want to thank my very close friends Diep and Sue for helping me with the book recommendations. I would like to think we are our very own Girl Gang (we have a name and everything, the only thing missing is the matching jackets, to be honest). I love you girls, thank you for everything. If you haven’t already, you really need to check these two out. Sue can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and on Hollywood News Source. Diep can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. Now onto the Girl Gang recommendations.

Music Recommendations

Let’s start this post with the playlist I made. It’s filled with powerful songs that make you just want to celebrate yourself and all the women in your life. Check it out below.

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You can listen to the playlist on Spotify here or YouTube here, and you should totally listen to it while reading the rest of this post. There is nothing like good music to set the mood. The playlist is filled with songs I’m sure you’ll all have heard before plus some new goodies I hope you’ll really enjoy. You can also listen to the playlist down below.

Book Recommendations

To go with the playlist I also have lots of books to recommend you, with lots of different kinds of female friendships and girl power in them. I love all of the books I’ve read out of these and can’t wait to read to the ones haven’t since they come highly recommended from dear friends. These books range from middle grade to adult in age category but amazing girl gangs and female friendships exist in them all.

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Zodiac Recommendations #12 Capricorn Books

Hi everyone, and welcome to my twelfth and last week of Zodiac Book Recommendations. Every week I’ve recommended books for one of the zodiac signs, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, after chronological order. This week I have three book recommendations for Capricorn.

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The earth beneath you is the element of Capricorn, and it’s the one you should embrace this week with my book recommendations. Like every other zodiac sign, the Capricorn have their strengths and weaknesses, and with these qualities in mind I have tried to find suitable book recommendations. I hope that whoever you are, whether you are a Capricorn yourself or someone who knows a Capricorn, you’ll enjoy these book recommendations.

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For the Zodiac sign Capricorn I’m recommending the following books,

The books I’ve chosen are ones that I think celebrate Capricorn qualities in one way or another. I hope you’ll love these books, and maybe even find a new favorite. Thank you for staying with me throughout this recommendation series, if you missed a zodiac sign or want to see them again, then you can see all of the previous recommendations here.

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Zodiac Recommendations #11 Sagittarius Books

Hi everyone, and welcome to my eleventh week of Zodiac Book Recommendations. Every week I’m recommending books for one of the zodiac signs, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, after chronological order. This week I have three book recommendations for Sagittarius.

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This week we are embracing fire, the element of the Sagittarius, the one that they carry inside of them. Like every other zodiac sign, the Sagittarius have their strengths and weaknesses, and with these qualities in mind, I have tried to find suitable book recommendations. I hope that whoever you are, whether you are a Sagittarius yourself or someone who knows a Sagittarius, you’ll enjoy these book recommendations.

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For Sagittarius, I’m recommending the books below,

The books I’ve chosen are ones that I think celebrate Sagittarius qualities in one way or another. I hope you’ll love these books, and maybe even find a new favorite. Check out my book recommendations for the other zodiac signs too. Next week I’m doing Capricorn, see previous recommendations here.

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Zodiac Recommendations #10 Scorpio Books

Hi everyone, and welcome to my tenth week of Zodiac Book Recommendations. Every week I’m recommending books for one of the zodiac signs, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, after chronological order. This week I have three book recommendations for Scorpio.

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We are talking about Scorpio this week, the zodiac sign that embraces the element water. The Scorpio have their strengths and weaknesses, which can be read about in the graphics, and with these qualities in mind, I have tried to find suitable book recommendations. I hope that whoever you are, whether you are a Scorpio yourself or someone who knows a Scorpio, you’ll enjoy these book recommendations.

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For Scorpio, the books I’m recommending are the following,

The books I’ve chosen are ones that I think celebrate Scorpio qualities in one way or another. I hope you’ll love these books, and maybe even find a new favorite. Check out my book recommendations for the other zodiac signs too. Next week I’m doing Sagittarius, see previous recommendations here.

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Zodiac Recommendations #9 Libra Books

Hi everyone, and welcome to my ninth week of Zodiac Book Recommendations. Every week I’m recommending books for one of the zodiac signs, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, after chronological order. This week I have three book recommendations for Libra.

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Since we are talking about Libra this week, I hope you’re embracing the air around you so that you can take in the element of the sign. Like every other zodiac sign, the Libra have their strengths and weaknesses, and with these qualities in mind I have tried to find suitable book recommendations. I hope that whoever you are, whether you are a Libra yourself or someone who knows a Libra, you’ll enjoy these book recommendations. May at least one of these books help you channel your inner Libra.

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The books I’m recommending this week, in the name of Libra, are the following,

The books I’ve chosen are ones that I think celebrate Libra qualities in one way or another. I hope you’ll love these books, and maybe even find a new favorite. Check out my book recommendations for the other zodiac signs too. Next week I’m doing Scorpio, see previous recommendations here.

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Zodiac Recommendations #6 Cancer Books

Hi everyone, and welcome to my sixth week of Zodiac Book Recommendations. Every week I’m recommending books for one of the zodiac signs, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, after chronological order. This week I have three book recommendations for Cancer.

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We are talking about Cancer this week, the zodiac sign that embraces the element water. The Cancer have their strengths and weaknesses, which can be read about in the graphics, and with these qualities in mind I have tried to find suitable book recommendations. I hope that whoever you are, whether you are a Cancer yourself or someone who knows a Cancer, you’ll enjoy these book recommendations.

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For Cancer, the books I’m recommending are the following,

The books I’ve chosen are ones that I think celebrate Cancer qualities in one way or another. I hope you’ll love these books, and maybe even find a new favorite. Check out my book recommendations for the other zodiac signs too. Next week I’m doing Leo, see previous recommendations here.

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Zodiac Recommendations #5 Gemini Books

Hi everyone, and welcome to my fifth week of Zodiac Book Recommendations. Every week I’m recommending books for one of the zodiac signs, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, after chronological order. This week I have three book recommendations for Gemini.

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Since we are talking about Gemini this week, I hope you’re embracing the air around you so that you can take in the element of the sign. Like every other zodiac sign, the Gemini have their strengths and weaknesses, and with these qualities in mind I have tried to find suitable book recommendations. I hope that whoever you are, whether you are a Gemini yourself or someone who knows a Gemini, you’ll enjoy these book recommendations. May at least one of these books help you channel your inner Gemini.

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The books I’m recommending this week, in the name of Gemini, are the following,

The books I’ve chosen are ones that I think celebrate Gemini qualities in one way or another. I hope you’ll love these books, and maybe even find a new favorite. Check out my book recommendations for the other zodiac signs too. Next week I’m doing Cancer, see previous recommendations here.

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ARC Review of Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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686979_orig.jpgInfini by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5

Selling points: Amazing characters, family oriented story and lots of epic circus moments!

Purchase here: Amazon | iBooks

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.

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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 was all *dances away*

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Zodiac Recommendations #1 Aquarius Books

Hi everyone, and welcome to my Zodiac Book Recommendations. Every week I’m recommending books for one of the zodiac signs, starting with Aquarius and ending with Capricorn, after chronological order. This first week I have three book recommendations for Aquarius.

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Since we are talking about Aquarius this week, I hope you’re embracing the air around you so that you can take in the element of the sign. Like every other zodiac sign, the Aquarius have their strengths and weaknesses, and with these qualities in mind I have tried to find suitable book recommendations. I hope that whoever you are, whether you are an Aquarius yourself or someone who knows an Aquarius, you’ll enjoy these book recommendations. May at least one of these books help you channel your inner Aquarius.

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The books I’m recommending this week, in the name of Aquarius, are the following,

The books I’ve chosen are ones that I think celebrate Aquarius qualities in one way or another. I hope you’ll love these books, and maybe even find a new favorite. Check out my book recommendations for the other zodiac signs too. Next week I’m doing Pisces.

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Welcome To The Ballet World (+Book Recs)

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Welcome to the ballet world, filled with beautiful dancers, pink shoes, and lots and lots of secrets. Being a ballerina can be both the most wonderful and most rewarding thing, but it’s a vicious world and comes with a lot of darkness as well. If this is something that interests you, let me present to you my first book recommendations for ballet themed books.

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When a ballet is being performed, the beauty, the coordination, the steps, yes everything is planned and trained for perfection. Months, even years, go into perfecting a move for a performance, and sometimes you only see that move for a few minutes or seconds. If you want to see behind the scenes of the ballet world, the hard work, the scary parts, but also the amazing parts, read one of the following books,

Another thing you have to know about ballet is that it’s a lot more complex than what first meets the eye, my friend. Ballet is an old art form, with lots of different styles and types. Afterall, it exists all over the world, and has existed for hundreds of years.

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Of course, with something so old, and something so very set in its ways, one might think that it’s a world only for straight people, but that is not the case. The ballet might be old, but the people who take part in the art form are no longer conforming to all of the old norms, nor are they hiding who they are. The ballet has a long way to go, but as the books in this post will show you, there is, and there can be, a place for everyone.

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These books have so many unique and lovely individuals that all struggle with love, with themselves and sometimes even their connection to ballet. Sometimes when we get to know the people behind the lights, and the ballet shoes, we realize they are just like anyone else with goals, dreams and fears. No matter one’s sexuality, if you have passion and want to dance, then that is what you should do. Down below are books with LGBT+ main characters that are also ballerinas,

Now that I have taken you behind the scenes of the ballet world, are you ready for the show? Sit down and relax as the lights go off, the curtains open, and the greatest show of your life begins…

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