Chain Reaction- Simone Elkeles

Written By: Kellie - Sep• 01•11

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?

Review: Somehow I had the wrong idea about what Luis’s story was going to be like. For some reason I thought this time the girl, Nikki, was going to be the bad-ass and Luis was just kind of a happy go lucky kid who actually learned from his brothers mistakes. It would have been an interesting change but instead we got more of the same. Thankfully, I love this series so it was still a lot of fun to read.

The Fuentes brothers Alex, Carlos and Luis are all essentially the same, bad boys with heart. That being said they each have their own flavour and Luis is definitely a charmer and a thrill seeker. Nikki on the other hand was pretty unexpected and I really liked her. She’s been through a lot and can hold her own. Their relationship isn’t all wholesome and wonderful and their is a lot of deception, miss trust and kept secrets but the two of them have obvious chemistry and it’s a lot of fun to watch it develop.

Another big plus is that Alex and Carlos both play big roles in this book. Since Luis never really factored into their books, it was nice to really see the dynamic between the three brothers. They’ll defend each other no matter what and can be pretty hilarious to watch when they’re giving each other a hard time. I love these guys!

This book is obviously a must read for anyone who has enjoyed this series in the past, and even if you haven’t read either of the first two books Chain Reaction is its own story so don’t be afraid to jump right in and then back track later. Luis and his brothers have been some of my favorite YA hotties this summer and you will love them as much as I do.





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  1. You’re right, Simone intended for Luis to be good and Nikki to be bad. She told us after an interview we did with her that she was having a hard time writing this book, that the publication was pushed back – so, this is what we have. I love it!! It may not be what she intended, but I still devoured it in one sitting!

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