Thursday, 18 August 2011

Review and giveaway- Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction
(Perfect Chemistry #3)
Simone Elkeles
Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 16th August 2011
My rating: 4 out of 5

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.
Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

Chain Reaction is very similar to the first two books in the series, almost completely samey in fact, but Simone Elkeles writes such yummy characters that I can't help but drool over them and devour her books the minute I get them.

Luis is a super confident, adrenaline junkie and although he is supposed to be a smart cookie (he wants to be an astronaut) he hasn't exactly learnt much from his older brother's mistakes. It almost seems inevitable (is that Simone's point?) that he will end up involved in the Latino Blood's in order to protect his family. At one point, I thought he was going to use his brains to out smart the bad guys but it doesn't really work out like that. Nikki's character was also instantly likeable, she's feisty but has had her heart broken in the past and refuses to fall for another Southsider but that doesn't exactly last long with Luis around!

My favourite part was seeing all of the brothers together and although the peak into their future at the end was the ultimate in cheesiness I still loved it.
I have one copy of Chain Reaction to giveaway

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  1. I still need to get a copy of this! I'm the most nervous to read this one, because Perfect Chemistry is the best out of the first two.

    Nice review! I hope to connect with Luis like I did with Alex and Carlos ;-)

  2. I keep seeing this author's name mentioned. She must be good. Great review!

  3. I really want to read this!!

  4. I sooo want to read this series! These brothers sounds sexy as sin ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    queen_tui at hotmail dot com

  5. Omg thanks for this amazing giveaway! I really want to win this lol

  6. She does use a formula for this series, but I think it works. I love those Fuentes brothers. Can't wait to read this book. :)

  7. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  8. Thank you for the giveaway.

  9. Your review is spot on! This book is a bit cheesy, and predictable but so much fun. This series is totally addictive!

  10. Woohoo! thanks for thinking of us internationals! :) I have been looking forward to this review, awesome as always.

  11. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  12. Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  13. I've never read Simone's books so far..but it looks really intriguing!

    Thanks for the fab giveaway!

  14. Fabulous thank you!!


  15. I just became your 800th follower :) thanks for the giveaway


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