Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Title: Chain Reaction
Author: Simone Elkeles
Narrator: Roxanne Hernandez & Blas Kisic
Series: Perfect Chemistry #3
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: 1/15/2012
Length: 8 hours, 11 minutes
Format: Digital Audiobook
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Challenges: 2012 Audiobook Challenge, 2012 TBR Challenge
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Audio CD | Digital Audiobook
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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?

I’m not 100% sure why I didn’t like this one as much. It’s not really that much different. It just didn’t have the same intensity as the two previous books. It wasn’t bad or anything, it just didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Now that all the Fuentes brothers have found their loves, I can safely say that Alex and Brittany were my favorite. Carlos and Kiara make a close second, but Nikki and Luis are definitely third. I just feltl like something was missing.

As much as I love the Fuentes brothers, it’s a little redundant for them all to have the same experience. They’re all forced into gangs and threatened and every one of them makes the same mistake. They think no one can help them. They think it’s their duty to protect their family and there’s no other way to do it. It just seems strange to me that Luis would watch his brothers go through this and then make the exact same mistakes. It’s sort of a digrace to all youngest siblings (trust me, I know).

If there was one thing that pulled this one out of the gutter it was meandering into, it was the huge plot twist toward the end of the book. I mean, where the hell did that come? It was awesome. It got me a little more pumped about the book.

I just love listening to Blas Kisic talk. I could listen to that man talk all day. It’s a shame Roxanne Hernandez doesn’t match him. I sort of like her guy voices, but I hate her girl voices. She just never sounded like Brittany or Kiara or Nikki to me. Her voice was sort of annoying and I usually didn’t like her delivery. It never quite felt sincere.

All in all, I was a little disappointed. It was good, just not good enough. It didn’t live up to the previous books.


Previous books in this series:
Perfect Chemistry
Rules of Attraction

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