- Hardcover: 308 pages
- Publisher: Overseas Editions (16 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802720870
- ISBN-13: 978-0802720870
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.1 x 0.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 822,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry Novels (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 16 Aug 2011
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"The fast-paced story is a melodramatic roller coaster."--"School Library Journal"
"Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel."--"VOYA"
"Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel." --"VOYA" on "Chain Reaction" "Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter." --"School Library Journal "on "Perfect Chemistry""" "Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day." --"Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books "on "Perfect Chemistry"
"Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes . . . that keep the pages turning." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "Perfect Chemistry" "Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon." --"School Library Journal "on "Rules of Attraction""" "Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments." --"VOYA" on "Rules of Attraction"
Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel. "VOYA on Chain Reaction"
Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter. "School Library Journal on Perfect Chemistry"
Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day. "Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books on Perfect Chemistry"
Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes . . . that keep the pages turning. "Kirkus Reviews on Perfect Chemistry"
Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon. "School Library Journal on Rules of Attraction"
Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments. "VOYA on Rules of Attraction"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
SIMONE ELKELES is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series, Leaving Paradise series, and How to Ruin series. All three books in the Perfect Chemistry series have been YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Simone 2008 Author of the Year. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama. You can find her at www.simoneelkeles.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Firstly, I found that the main plot was waaaaaaaay too similar to the one in Perfect Chemistry for my liking. It didn't feel like anything original, and I found it to be a bit of a drag because it was something I had read before except with a more likeable main character.
That said, I really enjoyed seeing more of the other Fuentes brothers and their mother and their other halves. Alex is adorable, and while I don't really like Carlos that much, he was still fun to read about.
I wasn't a fan of Luis at all. I think I'm tired of the whole arrogant bad boy attitude he - and the other Fuentes brothers - had going on. His character didn't really change that much throughout the book, so that sucked in the development department.
I did, however, really like Nikki, but I think her character suffered from the amount of focus that was on Luis. Nikki had huge issues with sex and love and the male gender, and I would have liked to have seen her deal with those things and to grow more. Instead, the gang plot and Luis took over.
I also didn't really like the epilogue. Call me a sceptic, but I didn't find it very realistic that the series wrapped up how it did.
Anyway, I know it sounds as though this was a bad book, but it wasn't. Not by any means. It just lacked the originality of its predecessors and as I am such a huge fan of the first book, I was left disappointed.
Luis is an adrenaline junkie but living far away from his family's original home town has allowed him to keep away from the gang culture that sucked in both of his older brothers Alex and Carlos. Luis is the smart one, the one the whole family has high hopes for and the one who dreams of doing something important with his life. As much as his brothers have both turned their back on the gang culture they have always tried to protect Luis so he was never drawn into that life in the first place. But returning to the family home in Fairfield with his mother means reuniting Luis with all his old friends - friends who are now in gangs and who want Luis to join them. Luis first met Nikki at Alex's wedding but she doesn't want anything to do with a boy from the wrong side of town who is hanging out with gang members. History has taught her that boys like Luis are bad for you so no matter how hot she finds him she isn't going to give in to him easily. Luis is drawn to Nikki but are his feelings for her enough to stop him from following in his brother's footsteps and making the worst mistake of his life?
I really can't resist the Fuentes brothers and Luis was no exception to that.Read more ›
Luis Fuentes is a risk taker, he loves the adrenaline rush that runs through his veins when he takes the ultimate risk. Nikki Cruz has been made a full of once by a boy who said "I love you" and she is sure as hell not going to let it happen again. Then she meets Luis at Alex's wedding and she's tempted to break her rule. Luis and Nikki meet each other two years later, and well...sparks start to fly.
I love, love, love the first two books, they are incredible! I had to wait a whole year for this one to come out in the UK and boy was it worth the wait. Elkeles has delivered everything readers want on a gold plate. Be prepared to fall endlessly in love with this Fuentes brother.
Luis is determined, hot and clever. He tries his best to not follow in his brother's footsteps because he has a goal; he wants to be an astronaut. I know, I know, the hot Mexican wants to be an astronaut, don't judge. I really admire his courage, strength and the lengths he would go to to protect his family.
When he meets Nikki, he turns his charm on and it is absolutely hilarious. I can guarantee that you will laugh uncontrollably at some point in this book. The characters are witty and very entertaining. If you have not read this series then go and buy it now! However much it costs, IT'S WORTH IT!
Overall, Chain Reaction is the perfect conclusion to this trilogy. The Perfect Chemistry trilogy has been an exciting and thrilling roller-coaster that will stay with me for a very long time. I would recommend this series to everyone and I cannot wait to read more of Simone Elkeles' works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I still like Alex's book best, though these 26 years later epilogues have been pretty awesome in the last two books too.
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I truly loved Chain Reaction! Although after thoroughly enjoying the first two books of the perfect chemistry trilogy, I had no doubts that this third and final book would be an... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sarah (whispering words)
I really liked this book, exciting, romantic and a little action. But I liked the first two books better.Published on 10 Sept. 2014 by Cecilie
I feel a bit mean rating this 2 stars but compared to the other 2 Fuentes brother books, this one didn't work for me. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by jedge
This is book 3 in the series, I read 1 and 2 last year and really enjoyed them. In book 1 we followed eldest brother Alex and Brittany, book 2 was middle brother Carlos and Kiara... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by Barmy_Bex