Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Hardcover, 308 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by 
Walker Books for Young Readers 

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?

My Review
I’ve been thinking of how to express just how much I LOVED this book. I mean it was just so AMAZING!! I had been waiting for this book for what  seemed like forever. The day it was released I was seriously considering calling into work sick just to get my hands on it right away.

First of all, I absolutely love, love, LOVE the Fuentes brothers. This has to be my favorite realistic fiction trilogy. The reason for my obsession is the seriously HOT guys in these books and their cocky attitude. And, the fact they are Hispanic just make it that much more enticing (for me anyway).

The wonderful thing about Simone’s writing is that one minute you are laughing out loud and the next moment crying yours eyes out because you fall in love with her characters. I also think its great that she gets the Hispanic family bond down realistically.  I know that other ethnicity are similar but it's fantastic that someone gets it right about the Hispanic culture.

My favorite character out of this book is Eleana. OMG!! She is hilarious. I could not stop laughing in her scene (take a look at the quotes below). I love that we get to see Alex, Brittany, Carlos, and Kiara again with some added characters. The main characters in this book are Luis Fuentes and Nikki Cruz. What I really liked about Luis is that even though his is so smart he still makes dumb decisions which makes him human and young. He uncovers the truth about his family history while Nikki has some major obstacles to over come.

I really enjoyed this book because of all the twist, turns, and surprised around every corner. I surly didn’t see most of them coming. If it wasn’t one thing it was another. I can’t say enough good things about this series and it’s fabulous author Simone. You just have to read the books to get what the obsession is all about.

Nikki- "I won't have sex with you," she blurts out.
Her words slam into my libido like a bucket of water on a flame full of testosterone. I think my dick just twitched in protest. "Like, ever?" I ask.

Elena- "He's a friend? Since when did you become friends with cops? Wait, maybe this is a sign!" She plasters a big smile on her face and turns to Reyes. "I need yo to arrest my cheating husband."

Carlos- "Holly s-h-i-t, Des. It's been a long time. How the h-e-l-l are ya?" He points to Paco. "Gotta watch the language around my nephew."
Other Books in this Series
Perfect Chemistry (book 1) 
Rules of Attraction (book 2) The Trailer

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Simone Elkeles  

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