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Chain Reaction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel Paperback – October 30, 2012
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Setting up for a scene on the Chain Reaction book trailer set.
The Fuentes brothers watching a soccer match on the set of the Chain Reaction book trailer set!
Alex Fuentes gets ready for his close up.
Author Simone Elkeles is always excited on set with her heroes--Alexander F. Rodriguez as Alex Fuentes and Giancarlo Vidrio as Carlos Fuentes.
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“The fast-paced story is a melodramatic roller coaster.” ―School Library Journal
“Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel.” ―VOYA
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Luis and his mother move back to Illinois to be near Alex and Brittany after their marriage and first son is born. Luis is immediately sucked into the pull of the Latino Bloods when they threaten to harm his family if he doesn't join. He has finally got Nikki, a hot girl from school to start trusting him and going out with him, and he promises her that he won't get involved with the gangs like her previous boyfriend Marco did. Marco left her for the gang and she has trust issues and other past grievances against Marco and the gang. Unfortunately, Luis has lied to her and his family and is one more Fuentes boy caught in the gang's fist. This is an exciting, romantic read with a twist that makes it hard to put down until the very end.
Just a warning, but just like "Perfect Chemistry" and "Rules of Attraction", this story contains profanity, sensuality and sex. If you have never read Simone Elkeles before, you might be taken aback that this is rated YA even though it deals with realistic high school drama. Although these are stand alone stories, they are more enjoyable when read in sequence as they do refer to past events that we have read in previous books.
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
I think it was my fault that this book got a 4.5 out of 5 from me, instead of a perfect score. I've been waiting for it for so long, pre-ordered it a while back, and got angry when they pushed the release month from May to August. During that time, anticipation and high hopes began to settle in. Does that mean Chain Reaction wasn't good??? Hell-to-the-no, it was fantastic and a great way to wrap up the series of the undeniably addicting Fuentes Brothers/Perfect Chemistry series! Simone only further proves exactly why she is high on my list of favorite authors.
Why a 4.5 and not just a 5, you might ask, well read on.
Where do I begin? Lets start with Eeeep! ^_^, ok, now that that's over and done with, let's move on to the next item on the list...the review.
Chain Reaction features Luis (pronounced Loo-eese) who is the softer side of the family compared to his older brothers. He has dreams of going up to space one day and exploring. He is well-educated and school driven, and overall a "good" boy. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have the flirt, wit, charm, humor, thirst for danger and adrenaline rushes, and alluring qualities that run deep in the Fuentes blood.
Nikki, of course, is the other main character/love interest. She suffers a traumatic experience when she was only about 15 or 16 and decides to swear off trusting anyone and gets the impression that "ALL guys are liars and will break your heart"--for about a little more than half the novel. That, I found, was just a little bit of an issue at least until she warmed up and easily became a likeable character. One can only take depression, or all of these "down" emotions that are dragged out for longer than they need to be for so long before they feel the need to slap someone or grab them by the shoulders and say "GET OVER IT!". It didn't work for me with Nora in "Crescendo" by Becca Fitzpatrick, and it just didn't work for me here either.
Nevertheless, by the end, I did end up liking Nikki and rooting her and Luis's relationship on. In the end all of these things were needed to further deepen the emotions between the two young lovers and for that I applaud Ms. Elkeles and her fantastic books. I really enjoyed Chain Reaction and would recommend it to all those who are fans of the series. It is definitely the perfect end.
Aside from the usual steamy scenes and the adorable flirting that are almost always guaranteed from a Fuentes brothers storyline, I found that the extra little scenes in the background--the scenes that focused on the other two brothers Alex and Carlos's life, were freaking awesome. It gives you a peek into their lives, and I cannot thank Simone Elkeles enough for giving us that. There were moments when I was literally yelling" NO!" or "OH MY GOSH!!!" I love when a book can get you to feel alongside the characters.
And the Epilogue at the end....OH MY GOSH!!!! YES! I couldn't help but tear up at the last page, it was beautiful, and now I am sad that this is the end of the Fuentes Brothers/Perfect Chemistry series :'(
Final Thought: A great end to a phenomenal series that I will never forget.....and still secretly want more of.
Characters: To be honest, I didn’t really like either Luis or Nikki. The beginning of the book started off with them being 15 and then the book fast forwards to two years later, but it sort of felt like they hadn’t matured or aged at all. I had to remind myself that they were, indeed, 17. And both constantly said one thing and then did the complete opposite which was frustrating. My favorite thing about these Simone Elkeles books is the intense and sexy romances. This book didn’t have either. The romance felt too forced and rushed to me which really took away from my overall enjoyment of the novel. They went from hating each other to loving each other in 2 seconds flat. It was a bit unrealistic because they didn’t even really know each other, I felt. There was a lot more emotional connection with the first two books and I really liked those romances better.
Cover: Of the three books, this isn’t my favorite cover. I didn’t really understand the whole shower thing, but I do like that all the covers are really similar and that each features the appropriate Fuentes brother.
Overall Impression: Alex and Carlos will forever be my favorites, so if you haven’t at least read the first book in the series, you definitely should.
Yes I would recommend this book but for only teens and young adults
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Simone tells a simple story and she makes it all magical.