Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles

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Title: Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Started: 4/1/12
Finished: 6/1/12
Medium: Hardbound
Publisher: Walker & Company
Genre: YA: Romance
Buy: Amazon / The Book Depository / Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

Waaaaaaaaah! I can't believe its over! I don't want it to end! Why is it the end?! Damn. I'm going to miss the Fuentes brothers. This series is the best reads I've had since Vampire Academy.

To be entirely honest, this installment wasn't as good as the first two. I'm a Team Carlos all the way. I'm guessing Simone lost some juice after writing the first two awesome books. :D But I don't mind. Reading about a Fuentes is good enough for me!

I took a little longer reading this part probably because I still saw Luis as an 11y/o instead of an 18y/o. He's the youngest Fuentes and I definitely just saw him as that.

As much as I would love to say that I liked Nikki all the way. I didn't much. Her feelings were conveyed confusingly and she did stupid things just to reassure herself she's not feeling what she's really feeling. I mean come on! Just be true to yourself. =.=

Overall, Luis is hot and Nikki and him are amazing together but the flare that was in the first 2 books weren't present in this installment. It didn't disappoint me as much as I thought it would. I think its purely because of how much Fuentes this book is filled with. Haha! Another plus is this book still managed to be a real page-turner!



  1. I'm gad you enjoyed this one even if it wasn't as thrilling as the first two books .. =) !!
    I loved reading about the other Fuentes brothers too .. It's nice to know what is going on in their lives though they're not the main characters anymore ..
    WOW, good job girl, you read the whole series in like a week :) !!
    Great review ;)

  2. Naj, I totally agree with you! I'm SO sad the series is over and am completely Team Carlos too! haha! I think that this was my least favorite out of the three and I also had trouble not seeing Luis as a little kid! Awesome review! :)


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