Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in series.
Summary:(from book jacket) Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brother's 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 meet Luis at Alex's wedding, and suddenly, she's tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to take a chance on a south sider 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?
Review: I was excited to read this book because I enjoyed the first two in this series, which followed the stories of Luis's two older brothers. I liked this one as well, but there were a few things I didn't like. I thought things were little slow moving in the middle of the book. The beginning was my favorite part and the ending really made the slow parts worth getting through. I loved the banter between these two characters which was funny and entertaining. Another thing I liked was the appearance of the characters from the previous two books. That really connected the series as a whole and I think this series fits together nicely. There were few things in this book that I wished had been explained more thouroghly and I think would have made the story mpre complete. I also have to say the epilogue was so awesome and funny. I really liked Luis as a character. I could appreciate his struggle and was rooting for him the entire time. Nikki, on the other hand, I thought was kind of annoying. I could understand why she had trust issues at first but after a while it was just annoying and frusturating that she couldn't let go of the past, not matter what the cost. overall, this book was good and I think anyone who wants some exciting romance stories shouls start with this series.

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