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  1. Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ] Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ] says:

    Book description on the CHAIN REACTION jacketLuis 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 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 rulesGetting 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 uestioning 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?June 29image error

  2. Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* says:

    IN DECEMBER 2010 BEFORE READINGMuy caliente HOT cover To be released 24th May 2011 16th August 2011 Bring it I've had LUKE PASUALINO in my mind as my Luis Fuentes ever since I saw him on UK Skins Seasons 3 and 4 LOVED him as Freddie Mclair sighs And now strangely I think he kind of looks like the guy on the cover ^^ Really looking forward to reading this Loves me some Fuentes brothersMy Luis Luke Pasualino and now my Nikki Victoria Justice ^^^I wish the Lake scene had been as hot as this picture^^^ SEPTEMBER 2011AFTER READING 45 of 5 Stars Also reviewed at Lady Jayne's Reading Den This is an Adult who enjoys reliving the stirrings of first love and self discovery during the teen years through YA books review CONTENT WARNING Since this is a YA book I will include a warning that this book contains some Sexual Drug and Alcohol Course Language and Violent Content Recommended for Older Teens and Adults who enjoy YA bookssighs Still loving ‘em Fuentes brothers ^^I was totally drawn into this read it uickly and really enjoyed it but Perfect Chemistry is still my favourite What can I say I ADORE Alex and Brittany Now about Chain ReactionIn August 2010 in an interview for Return to Paradise Simone Elkeles had this to say about the third “Perfect Chemistry series” book “Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn’t live with the angst that his big brothers Alex and Carlos have always lived with Luis is smart funny and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut But when he falls for the wrong girl Luis enters a dark world he’s never known and just when he thinks he’s got life all figured out learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?” Link to interview hereWhen I read this I was interested to see Simone Elkeles turn around the “bad boy – good girl” formula of the first two books to a “good boy – bad girl” story in Chain Reaction This is not what she ended up with however While mostly everything else in the above blurb remained unchanged Nikki is not the “bad girl” that Elkeles had originally planned on and Luis certainly isn’t such a “good boy” Please see the link below where Ms Elkeles talks about why she changed this Link to interview hereIn Chain Reaction Simone Elkeles gives us shades of gray in both Luis and Nikki instead ie ordinary teens who make some grave mistakes that they can overcome and which need not directruin the rest of their lives I really liked that she did that Luis Fuentes is considered the “good boy” in his family but what the Fuentes family didn’t know until Luis gets injured in a stupid stunt two weeks before Alex’s and Brittany’s weddingpause for a SUEE SUEEE Uh Huh^^is that Luis is an adrenaline junkie So it is Luis’ own risk taking nature that leads him to make some stupid decisions when he returns to Fairfield Illinois involving the Latino Blood Alex and their father’s old gang This misadventure leads to Luis to discovering some horrible truths that shake his very foundations causing him to spiral out of control While I suspect some may think this book is too similar Perfect Chemistry and may be dissatisfied as a result I felt that Elkeles was trying to portray that even for the so called “good boy” of the family he couldn’t run away from the legacy of the past of his family’s involvement in the Latino Blood Also for me other aspects were different enough not to be an issueOf course there were some parts when I was like “What??? Luis nooooooooo Don’t be such a pendejo idiotdumbass Aaarggh”Yes I clearly went on an emotional ride because of Luis LOLAnd Nikki Out of all the girls in this series Nikki has the most “baggage” from a painful life experience which she suffers at the age of 15 I really connected with Nikki and felt for her Nikki is feisty and vulnerable at the same time In order to protect herself Nikki has built walls around herself and has severe trust issues with boysand who could blame her? But Luis Fuentes makes her want to believe in a happily ever after even though she fears trusting her heart to him Luis is just as sexy as his older brothers I enjoyed the chemistry between Luis and Nikki and there were some very hot scenes between them Hot Daaaammnn Although it wasn't as strong as definitely Alex and Brittany and perhaps Carlos and Kiarafor me anywayI loved that Luis wanted to reach for the stars literally and I loved the special gift that Nikki got for him And his poem? sighs Luis is a romanticI loved Nikki's after school job and I adored GrannyI loved how Luis was with Nikki's brother Ben I loved that while Nikki had been born in Mexico she wasn’t in touch with her Mexican culture and it was Luis who showed her the importance of not forgetting where you come from to be proud of your culture while not letting it confine you eitherI enjoyed seeing Mrs Peterson the “hard ass zero tolerance” Chemistry teacher againI really liked Nikki’s best friend Kendall and her boyfriend Derek But OMG I seriously wanted to smack Nikki's ex Marco soooo many times Grrr No love here for that total pendejoI loved the brotherly bonds between the Fuentes brothers I loved LOVED seeing Alex and Brittany with little Paco who we met briefly as a teen in the epilogue of Perfect Chemistry and is an adorable toddler here I loved seeing Carlos and Kiara a few years down the track and how Carlos can still be an idiot LOL Thank you Simone Elkeles for giving us readers this continuity in the later books I love this aspect of the seriesOh and I loved the epilogue I love seeing the snippet of the Fuentes family many years down the trackSo that's a whole lotta love huh? WHY was this a not uite 5 Star read for me then? You mean besides the times I was yelling at Luis? ^^ Well mamacitas I still had some uestions surrounding the shocker in this book It just felt a bit unresolved and rushed for meAlso I must say that I was a little disappointed that the shower scene on the cover while was a cute scene was not the hot scene I expected it to be C’mon Ms Elkeles how could you tease us like that? LOL Though I never thought there were handcuffs involved; having always thought the chain in the picture was the shower pullAnd while I love the Mexican Spanish words included in all the books I do wish Simone Elkeles would have included a Glossary of those terms in the books so I wouldn't have had to google themI was actually debating giving this book 4 Stars but seeing as I loved a lot about it was so happy with the Alex and Brittany and Paco parts and I'm re reading it soon after well I had to give it 45 StarsBeing a huge Alex and Brittany fan I just have to share this scene I loved ‘”I got Peterson for chemistry Feel sorry for me?”Brittany and my brother smile at each other“Definitely She’s brutal” Alex says “Brit didn’t she give us detention every day?”“I’ve tried to block those days out” Brittany cringes “I really hated you back then Alex”He slides the back of his hand slowly across her arm “Come on chica You wanted me but you were afraid to admit it”Brittany bites her bottom lip as she looks into my brother’s eyes He cups her cheek in his hand and pulls her close then kisses herI slide my nephew off my shoulders and shield his eyes “Seriously guys aren’t you past the honeymoon stage by now? You’re on your second kid already”“I don’t want to get past this stage” my brother saysMe neither Brittany coos' sighs I love you Alex mi corazon If Ms Elkeles does do any Fuentes next generation stories I will certainly read them what with how she’s completely whetted my appetite with the epilogues in this series Though I hope she mixes up the formula Keep the Fuentes swagger but no gang related stories please ^^Reading Order for the series1 Perfect Chemistry Review here2 Rules of Attraction Review here3 Chain Reaction DISCLAIMER I do not hold the copyright to any of the images used in this review They are posted to add visuals to the review and for fun If any of these images are yours and you would like me to remove them please let me know and I will do so as soon as possible If I can identify the copyright I will do so

  3. Jo Jo says:

    Warning If you are a fan of this book you may want to avert your eyes I like to think that I am open minded I read the first book and eh it was ok I read this second book and I liked it than I am willing to admitThis book?UmWith my warning in mind let’s proceed“Her words slam into my libido like a bucket of water on a flame full of testosterone I think my dick just twitched in protest”That above uote pretty much sums up this bookMate what does that even mean? A flame full of testosterone? What is his dick twitching in protest to? Being hit with a bucket of water? I just I just don’t knowThis bookThis bookThis book slammed into my intelligence like a bucket of water on a flame full of intellect I think my eye just twitched in processI know I shouldn’t complain but I mean come on I am a complete advocate for reading books that should technically be classed as ‘guilty pleasures’ even if I don’t believe in them If something brings you pleasure why should you feel guilty?This book did not bring me pleasure not matter how much this Fuentes brother triedLet’s talk about the charactersLuis Fuentes come on dowwwwwnMate I don’t like you Seriously I have a lot of tolerance when it comes to the Fuentes brothers HEY I have boobs it’s in my nature Right? RIGHT? All the girls love the Fuentes ALL OF THEM With your washboard abs and your violence and your sexually aggressive tendenciesBut you mi chava you were so dull and infuriating at the same time It was like the boringdullhorrendous parts of Carlos and Alex had been smushed together and we’d been given you GahI don't know if it's a good idea to get involved with me right nowThe only time I want a YA boy to say that is if he is actually a insert supernatural creature here who will EAT his lady love Not an adrenaline junkie gang bangin’ poet who can’t keep his la tengo duro to himselfSpeaking of lady lovesNikki come on dooooowwwwnI wanted to like you really I did I relate to you so much I know exactly what’s it like to be broken up with because I’m not Mexican enough It’s awful isn’t it? It’s happened to me so many times I’ve lost count You’d think it wouldn’t bother me now but you’re wrong It’s rough yeah?You taught me a lot though darling Nikki because now I know as long as I have a bicep to cling onto I’ll be reet and I’ll be able to face the world with my head held high and what notAlso was it just me or did the italicised Español get ridiculous? I have no idea what half of this book said Oh and every time someone says ‘andale’ to me I get this song in my headThis book made no sense The characters and story lines were just flung together in the way I imagine the ingredients would be if I were to ever make enchiladasI have so many uestionsWhy was Luis in a gang?Why did Nikki hate boys so much and then kiss them in pool houses?Or OK fair enough A bit of a distrust but why did she think that Luis was going to be the same as Marco? Not every Mexican boy is the sa Wait Just got a call from Latino Boys In YA Official Group of Gangbanging and Officialness and I’ve been informed that yes every Mexican boy is the same as Marco and they are all affiliated with a gang and they all take drugs and gangbang each other did I use that right? and shoot people and fall for rich girls who they see as a ‘challenge’I have uestions but I get too angry to ask themIn a sentence I wanted this book to be about a shy Latino boy with two badass gangbangin’ brothers who meets a sassy Mexican gal who is all sassy and um sassyIn a paragraph I wanted this book to be about a shy Latino boy with two badass gangbangin’ brothers who meets a sassy Mexican gal who is all sassy andum sassy I would love to have seen Nikki completely sass him is that a thing? and have had a Fuentes brother who didn’t know what to do with a full blooded mamacita Instead I got a book with two unlikeable characters that I didn’t understand a completely unfeasible plot tell me again why Luis is in a gang? angst thrown in for no apparent reason HEY MARCO and scabby dogs Oh and character assassinations of people that I loved Carlos crying? You’re having a giraffe right?I have no words so I’m going to post random snippets of the commentary my fellow readalongers and I created They aren’t in any order and they don’t make sense kind of like this bookI’m keeping this bit anonymous so we can play a game of Pin the Snark on the Reviewer Out of Reynje Flann Trin and I Who said what?SPOILERS I would vomit on someone if they proposed to me like that She sounds like she lets her PANTIES drop for any Mexican around If I was Kiara I would kick Carlos in the face while he’s down on one knee I’m just skimming for biceps now This hey hey business is the worst EVERYTHING IS THE WORST this ing book Because all gangbangers are awesome at sex and not one of them ever was not anything less than a facepunch of sex awesome according to Elkeles I couldn't stop laughing thinking about driving over there and just picking up a Mexican guy for sex I always think of other boys when I'm in bed with a gangbanger I just can’t stop straddling things It’s a real problem WHEN HE LOOKS AT ME I ALMOST BREATH This is so tense you guys I hate it when my boyfriend's beautiful mesmerising eyes pierce my soul If someone got gangbanged I'd think they were in a porn video rather than in the hood The way the Elkmeister uses it is such a secondary meaning for everyone And it makes me chuckle everydamntime May the gangbangers ever be in your favour As much as this review is full of snark and negativity I want to reiterate something I finished this book Yep I finished this book Thus the power of Ms Elkeles she will always get the last laughAnd it seems I am and always will be a sucker for gangbangersThat sounds so wrong to my fragile English brain I can’t even deal with it

  4. Ari Ari says:

    Ay carajo There are only so many times you can enjoy the same old story in my opinion it gets down to probably twoI loved the first book because of the characters and the chemistry and the action and I enjoyed enormously the humor in the second one but when it comes to this one I am terribly sorry to say that it was such a big disappointmentPlease Simone Elkeles I know you can write better than this I've seen it before just come up with something new the next time I just feel like I've seen it all and I have no interest in reviewing the same story from different anglesOne thing that I liked is the cover yes it's hot but can someone please tell me where the hell did the scene from the shower go? Did I get the wrong copy or what? I was expecting it damn it The only shower I've read about is the one from the chemistry class and God help us all I don't know what's the point of thatAnother thing I was expecting is a bad girl vs good boy thingy going on Am I the only one realizing that there is no such thing? I know Simone had to rewrite the whole story but I didn't think that this was suppose to change tooBecause there is the same good rich girl now called Nikki the only difference from the previews books is that she is suppose to be Mexican but she doesn't know Spanish and for 999% of the time she is denying her origins so it doesn't really count and the same bad boy this time the young Fuentes brother Luis we only have a few glimpses of his family beliefs that he is a good boy but he is definitely not in fact he is not a bad boy either he is like an average boy with a bad attitude or something along these lines And he was suppose to be smart so why I mean WHY did he do the same mistakes like his older brothers? The I must be with the Latino Blood to save my family crap is getting so old I want to scream so is the fact that he must lie to his girlfriend and his brothers because they would not approve Didn't you wonder why?? You smatra could have learned from your brothers and saved us from this retelling you know?Now the characters are the ones that really got on my nerves They change their mind and they switch principles like really dirty socks ten times a day I didn't feel like they were the same ones through the story It was like they had no personality at all and they simply went with the flow changing their mind for convenience I am mostly talking about Nikki and Luis but it is the same with the others Minor SpoilersI wanted to shoot Luis and Alex at the wedding I suppose you know about the wedding between Alex and Brit so it is not much of a spoiler it happens right at the beginning it was suppose to be sweet and romantic and it ended by being really embarrassing hiding my face in the pillowThen I wanted to shoot Carlos when he said that he was single to another girl just in front of Kiara Then I wanted to shoot Nikki's parent for liking Luis a moment and being against him the next oneThen I wanted to shoot the Chemistry teacher why did she had to change her personality in this book? Zero tolerance policy mean ZERO none And then I wanted to shoot the Fuentes mother because she was totally UNDER protective in this storyWhat's wrong with these people? Well I'm out of bullets so I didn't end up by shooting myself because of this big disappointmentTo end on a good note I feel that I should tell you that there are also a few funny or sweet moments and also there are some hot scenes between the main characters but I was too annoyed to enjoy them so I don't know just read the book if you want to and judge it by yourself Maybe you will love it25 stars This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnightcom Blog EN | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog RO

  5. Arlene Arlene says:

    Rating ClarificationFirst half 3 starsSecond half 25 starsEpilogue 0 stars Couldn’t even finish it Seriously was that necessary?Well unfortunately for this series the third time is definitely not a charm BummerI was so looking forward to this final installment and I was probably one of those raging fangurlz that was climbing up the wall when the release date was pushed out Now that I’ve had a chance to read it well it was definitely not worth the wait DisappointmentBut I will be generous and give it 3 stars because I have to admit Luis was fun to read about at times but if he called the other protag mi chava one time I was going to screech I mean I love nicknames and endearments Love them However that one made me cringe every time he used it Bleh There were a few scenes too that almost killed it for me view spoiler Alex and Britt’s wedding was just awful I can’t believe Luis did what he did Booo Carlos’s disrespect toward Kiara when he raised his hand and wagged his finger yelling “single” Booo Luis joining the Latino Bloods Booo There’s a few scenes but I’m boo’ing like a fool so enough hide spoiler

  6. Ayla Ayla says:

    Definitely NOT good I don't understand how the author made first two so amazing and now this one good lord the romance just felt plastic and forced somehow But of course I had to read it in order to have some closure Ugh My advice? Read the first two and then go into a bookstore and pick up this book read the epilogue at the back of the book put the book back on the shelf and walk out

  7. Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner says:

    before reading STOP EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING FUENTES BOYS ARE BACKafter readingSoI gotta say Chain Reaction is a huge disappointment It lacked that 'spark' previous two had I did not like Luis and Nikki I couldn't felt their love for each other I didn't enjoy them as much as I did Alex Brittany and Carlos Kiera Luis was too much of a good boy for me to even think about him as a person who would join a gang Nikkiwhat to say about Nikki? I had a feeling she was depressed all the time Where is the sassy Latina? And suddenlynear the endher behavior changes drastically when she's like I'm gonna fight for my man After I was done with this book the only thing I kept thinking was How am I going to rate this one? I couldn't be one of those people who rate all the book from seriestrilogy 5 stars just because they feel loyal to the author or something like that I refuse

  8. Reynje Reynje says:

    Note I went into this book with good intentions Please note my enthusiastic hashtagging in honour of the Fuentes boys along with my fellow readalongers Flannery Jo and Trinity Alas I did not like this book as the following review statesLook I’m sorry but every once in a while I just need to get my rant on and Chain Reaction has the dubious honour of being in my ranty sights right now I’ve read Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction and while they weren’t precisely my cup of tea I can’t lie – they were entertaining and fun I expected something similar from Chain Reaction if a slightly different take on the previous formula of bad boy meets girl from the right side of the tracks What I didn’t expect was to read the mutant spawn of the previous two books a Perfect ChemistryRules of Attraction fan fiction style mash up ExpectationsIn hindsight I don’t know where I got this idea from but I thought this book would be about Luis – the intelligent sensitive and somewhat shy youngest Fuentes brother – being brought out of his shell by a confident challenging Nikki replete with trademark Elkeles flirtatious tension Haha Those were the daysRealityLuis is basically a hybrid of Alex and Carlos – which makes him what? The Ultimate Fuentes? An intelligent tough risk taking wannabe astronaut badass with perfectly ripped abs who sets fire to the underwear of all girls in a 2 mile radius without even breaking a sweat His key differentiator appears to be his perfectly spiked hair Luis sets his sights on Nikki super hot girl from the right side of the tracks with a secret determined to break through her cool exterior and make her his mamacita while also shaming her for not being a “real” Mexican Throw in some gangbangers a scabby dog a game of panty discus a plot that defies logic and ridiculousness ensues Things get straddled Mostly furniture though Characters make absurd decisions We are told plenty of things about the characters but not really shown anything Terrible poetry is written Misunderstandings are rampant Alex and Carlos bust shit up Luis gets busted up Nikki view spoilertotes a gun and saves the day hide spoiler

  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    Rating clarification 25 starssighI was SO sure that I was gonna love this but sadly I didn’t hangs head For me Chain Reaction was lacking the unbelievably hot and sizzling chemistry that made the other two books so special I enjoyed “seeing” Alex and Carlos again and learning about their lives – hence the 25 stars – but otherwise I didn’t really care for the storyLuis is a hottie and uite swoon worthy but somehow he didn’t have the same effect on me as his brothers had in the previous books The fact that I couldn’t relate to Nikki at all and that I wanted to strangle her most of the time probably didn’t help eitherI don’t know if it’s only me – and I’m really looking forward to hearing what my friends think about this – but to me the writing felt very choppy I also found myself frowning often than not because I just couldn’t understand how one event led to the other Altogether a real disappointment I guess my expectations were just too highOh and the shower stall scene was SUCH a rip off I’m really miffed about that

  10. Kim Kim says:

    Wow could this book be any cheesier? I is disappointI remember reading about Alex absolutely unaware of how my clothes had spontaneously combusted while I was sitting there completely engrossed and hanging on to every word I re read certain parts again and again feeling my stomach to back flips and various other tricks that you only see in a Cirue Du Soleil performance but Chain Reaction I don't know I'm still kinda waiting for some reaction AnythingThe most exciting thing about this book is the cover and that thing is a complete lie A LIE I TELL YOUI spent so much time looking forward to this What a waste

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Chain Reaction ➞ [Epub] ❥ Chain Reaction By Simone Elkeles ➨ – Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers Alex and Carlos have always lived with Luis is smart funny and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut But when he fall Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers Alex and Carlos have always lived with Luis is smart funny and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut But when he falls for the wrong girl Luis enters a dark world he's never known and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father.