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.

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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