Monday, February 6, 2012

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles


Release Date: August 2011
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 308
Format: Hardcover
Shelfability: Aquire
Source: Bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

Chain Reaction is the third and last book in Simone's amazing Fuentes brothers' series.

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?

Luis was definitely a surprise to me because in the previous books we didn't get to see much of him and was shadowed by his older brothers. I liked Luis and that he had a little bit from both Carlos and Alex in him, making him totally fun. Nikki was also unexpected and I loved her! I loved how she didn't take shit from anyone and was her own. No one push her around or told her what to do. I loved it.
This story is filled with action and romance and there is definitely some juicy/steamy scenes in there ;)
After book one and two I thought Simone wouldn't be able to suck me in as before but she kept up that fun and expected twist to the story alive. And even though I like Luis, Alex is my favorite Fuentes brother :)
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