Thursday, April 16, 2015

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Perfect Chemistry
       When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. 
      Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

Rules of Attraction
    Carlos Fuentes doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Boulder, Colorado. He wants to keep living on the edge, and carve his own path-just like Alex did. Unfortunately, his ties to a Mexican gang aren't easy to break, and he soon finds himself being set up by a drug lord.
     When Alex arranges for Carlos to live with his former professor and his family to keep him from being sent to jail, Carlos feels completely out of place. He's even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor's daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he's usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.
     As the danger grows for Carlos, he's shocked to discover that it's this seemingly All-American family who can save him. But is he willing to endanger their safety for a chance at the kind of life he's never even dreamed possible?

Chain Reaction
      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?

I’ll be reviewing the whole series in here. This review may contain spoilers. If you have not read the whole series, please read at your own risk. 

Perfect Chemistry: Let me start by saying, Perfect Chemistry was my first Simon Elkeles book but it wasn’t my last. The whole book is just a wonderful read that shows you how much there is to learn about the hardship of life. I loved the main characters Alex and Brittany: both Alex and Brittany have responsibilities in their household to keep everything together. The other character I really loved was Paco; he sacrificed himself for the sake of Alex...but especially for the sake of Alex and Brittney's relationship. The storyline and the characters are great and witty. I don’t want to choose between the series, but I can’t help say that Perfect Chemistry is my favorite from the three books. Definitely a great read!

Rules of Attraction: Rules of Attraction certainly lives up to the bar that Perfect Chemistry set. I loved that this story is centered on Carlos and Kiara, but it also includes Alex and Brittany. Rules of Attraction will keep you engrossed until the last page. I found it very interesting how Elkeles was able to create different characters that deal with the same problems as Perfect Chemistry but still make readers want more. Kiara and Carlos are both very likeable characters. Also, I really liked Tuck. Rules of Attraction is a funny and quick book you don’t want to miss. 

Chain Reaction: The plot is slightly similar to the other two books, but has a love/hate relationship that made it interesting. I also liked how each book is set about a few years after the previous one, and involves the original main characters, so we can see how the couples' relationships have progressed. I would love it if Simone Elkeles would write more books to this series about the sons /daughters of the three Fuentes boys.

Overall, there are parts that are predictable but this is still an incredible series! I love the cocky/sweet attitude of the Fuentes’s brothers. There are storylines that never get old and this is one of them. I’m sad it’s over but the Fuentes’s brothers are unforgettable!

P.S. I have heard that Simone Elkeles might be coming up with a 4th book for the series. I know I'll be reading it whenever it comes out. 
Rating: 5/5 (Recommend them; so buy them, devour them, love them!)

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