Liz Rienhardt is the first ever author to ask me to read and review their book so from the beginning this book was special. I was kind of anxious to read it though because I was scared I wasn’t going to like it and since Liz is just THE sweetest person ever, she’s so nice and I’m so glad I got to talk to her it would have been plain awful writing negative review. But thank goodness, I was spared from having to deal with that because this book ROCKS!
What I love about this book:
*It’s about as realistic (from MY perspective) as realistic YA fiction can get.
-Brenna wears make up. I know this is not big deal but as a make up freak that just adores make up I’m actually glad for once that a character doesn’t describe herself as plain Jane. Brenna knows she’s pretty though she’s not arrogant about it. I’m so tired of every female MC not caring or not knowing how to deal with their looks and they think they’re ugly and end up with THE hottest guy imaginable. Good for you plain Jane but the other girls have stories too.
-Brenna has a backbone. I’m sure you don’t know what that is because the majority of the books you and I read have plain Janes as MC’s and usually they keep to themselves and their outspokenness is limited. I will tell you what a backbone is, it’s the factor that makes you stand up for yourself, say what’s one your mind and take no bullshit from anybody at all cost. Brenna has this so very rare backbone and the only other MC I can think off who does too is Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy series.
-I can relate with the book! More then once I came across a scene which I have been in the situation as or said the same thing/had same reaction.
Ex: “‘HAGS’ in my yearbook at the end of eight.” If I wasn’t lazy, I would get up right now and take a picture of my eighth grade yearbook and show you all the HAGS over you.
Ex 2: “Even though it was about a bunch of killer school boys, I never managed to get into this one.” Lord or the flies was one of the books I had to read last year and I definitely couldn’t get into either!
Ex 3: “Run, forrest run.” I say this phrase everyday I’m at school and see someone running. So those words per year come out my mouth approximately 555 times per school year, I thought I was the only one making Forrest Gump references,
Ex 4: “I checked your Facebook page.” Let’s face it, we all have Facebook’s. You’re probably going to go write your status right now about how you read the world’s stupidest review but in the end we (REALTIY) use the site known as facebook but how come it never shows up in realistic fiction books? Uhmmm, people propose to other people to facebook nowadays. It’s basically the most important communication tool in world. You see those riots in the Middle East? Wonder how they were planned? If you guessed Facebook good for you, if not then go back to the cave you live in. Just kidding:D
More things I love:
-As I told Mary from @anxirium about this book, Brenna did not come about this earth through random pollination. She has parents, yes a father (well a step dad but nonetheless, there mention of the sperm donor) and a mother (once again, yes a mother body) who carried her in her womb for nine months and these parents are HEXA-GASP! present in the book. Good god, an actual YA book with ACTUAL guardian’s or and parental figures who actual play a role in their child’s life in it? 2012 is real; get ready for an apocalypse…!
-The mature and realistic way sex was handled in the book. To be honest, I’m starting to like adult contemporary romance more because sometimes YA books get me so mad from how not YA they are! They take place in an ideal world and are nowhere near what actually happens in a teenager’s life but thanks to Reinhardt, Double Clutch doesn’t suffer from that. The book doesn’t shy away from tackling sex to what it is and I love that. No it’s not graphic, but it’s honest it’s portrayal of sex which made me so damn happy I can combust! For once sex in YA is not just “it happened and then later…” I would kiss Reinhardt if I can.
Overall: I can go on and on about all the things I loved about this book, it’s absolutely one of my favorites of the year. It was funny, cute and realistic and I personally believe if you don’t like it, you should get yours head checked. From the writing, to the characters, the dialogue and the details I couldn’t find anything wrong:D And this is coming from a person who hates hype!
With the Plague of Paranormal, every time I come across a YA contemporary book fireworks of happiness go off and fireworks definitely erupted when I came across The Next Door Boys for the first time and can you just imagine how I felt when I saw this on netgalley, requested and got it accepted. It was a complete squeal fest and phew, thank god I wasn't disappointed!
To be honest I picked this up and one chapter into it, I put it down. I had no idea that it wasn't going to shy away from religion and I was a little scared that the further I read on, the more it was going to turn into a Christian read only. It's nice to see writers not shy away from religion but I don't want to read only about it, I'm not even Christian but later that day I decided was going to suck it up like a big girl and keep going. I can't judge a book by one chapter only and again, phew, I'm glad I didn't!
Sure religion drives the plot of the book to a certain extent but I found myself not minding at all and I can't imagine the book without it! It actually added charm to the book and it wasn't that thick of factor in the book so worry not, even if you don't like reading about religion in books I'm sure it won't bother you in The Next Door Boys.
I'm going to get this out of the way first since I seem to be singing praises so far, why did I give the book 3 hearts only if I liked it so much? Well I didn't like how Leigh judged everybody. She judged Brian at sight, she judged Kim (her roommate) on sight and she judged Meghan's (her other roommate) sister after one second in their presence. It seemed to me that quiet & nice = down to earth and amazing while loud & boy crazy = not so great of a person.
Also the fall of Noah's and Leigh relationship bother me. To be honest Perry built Noah too perfectly and it was completely out of character to do what he did at the end, I couldn't believe that sweet person at the beginning could something like that! I wish there was another way around their break up and it's the same thing with the judging here, I got the vibe that just because Noah was ambitious about his acting career that turned him into an ugly person. Fame = not a good thing. When in reality Noah was just trying to reach his goals! Just because Leigh might have not really found them great doesn't mean they're bad.
Complaints aside, I really did enjoy this book to extremes♥ I loved how Leigh had hobbies like sewing and I liked to see her grow more independent. I loved the relationship between Jaron and Leigh and Brian and Leigh. For once, an author took the time to actually DEVELOP a romantic relationship!! It made me so happy((': Brian and Leigh's relationship is probably one of my favorite romantic relationships of all time! I wish we had an epilogue though, I felt the book ended too abruptly. I was not ready to leave the characters! I will say though, I will definitely be looking forward to Perry's book and I almost died from happiness when I found out there will be TWO more books added to The Next Door Boys!!
If you have not added The Next Door Boys to your to-be-read pile, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! A great debut by Perry, this is a must read for contemporary fans!
My Rating: 3 hearts~ very good, I enjoyed it immensely!
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for me to review and giveaway*
Wow, wow, wow. This book is extraordinary. It truly is. I have never read a book with as many realistic characters and realistic situations, realistic...moreWow, wow, wow. This book is extraordinary. It truly is. I have never read a book with as many realistic characters and realistic situations, realistic going about things in general as this book. I just loved this one so much it kind of suffocates me! This is definitely certifiable for complete, utter devouring, once I started I just couldn't put it down.
I read Jenny Downham debut novel and while I did like it, it wasn't 5-plus-I-want-to-make-love-to-this-book love materiel so going into this one, I didn't have the highest of high expectations but Downham has made a crazed fan out of me because this book definitely fall into the 5-plus-I-want-to-make-love-to-this-book love category!
This book is about the worst pair of people fallling in love- Ellie and Mikey. Ellie's brother Tom might have raped Mikey's 15 year old sister and Mikey got murder on his mind so as you can tell this is a match made in hell. From the start of the book I felt a real connection to the characters. My heart went out to Mikey from that first sentence, I just wanted to give him money myself and as the book progressed I fell more in love with Mikey. He isn't your typical cocky hero that got major swagger. Mikey has problems, Mikey makes mistakes but Mikey has a big heart and he tries to do what he thinks is best even if it's not. Every time he put his sister and family before himself my heart just skipped a beat. He's just so lovely.
Next we have Ellie and before I get into that I have to say that usually I'm not a big fan off 3ed POV, I much prefer 1st but I have never loved 3rd POV more then I did in this book. I loved the tug of war between siding with Ellie to protect her brother or siding with Mikey to want to kill Tom. I never feel too strongly with characters and never relate too much but throughout this entire book I was going though every emotion with every character. Now Downham has a way of capturing real adolescence, Ellie is on hell of a real character. I bet if I went out and looked for a person like her I would find someone. She goes though all the basic teenage emotions, the angst, the awkwardness, the need to be treated like a grown up... everything gosh it's so perfect!
The writing is so well done, again I cannot repeat how realistic it is, especially how real the characters. I loved the plot, the twists and the emotion.
Overall this is one of my new favorite books and definitely favorite of the yea. Ms. Downham, you got major talent!
UPDATE, 4/4: it was everything I ever wanted and MORE! Julie James does NOT disappoint!!!!!!! Absolutely 100% LOOOOVED it!
UPDATE, 9/29: IT HAS A COVER...moreUPDATE, 4/4: it was everything I ever wanted and MORE! Julie James does NOT disappoint!!!!!!! Absolutely 100% LOOOOVED it!
UPDATE, 9/29: IT HAS A COVER OH MY GOD I JUST DIED A LITTLE WE FINALLY HAVE A COVER AND AN EXCERPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A SUPPPPPPER SEEEEEEEEXY HOT COVER CAN APRIL 3 PLEASE HURRY UP, I WANT TO READ THIS SO FUCKING BAD JUST GIVE ME A COPY NOW! THIS IS DEFINITELY THE #1 BOOK I'M WAITING FORRR!!!!!
Cannot wait until this comes out, Kyle's story *squeals* maybe the heroine is the red head agent from A lot Like Love? Agents Simms if I remember correctly. Cannot wait for the summary of this!(less)
I was very excited to read this and when I when I learned I had the chance to read it early I squealed. Moi is not a squealer!! No doubt, I was not disappointed one bit because this book = amazing debut.
Martinez knows how to convey emotion like no body's buisness. When Carmen was stressed, I was stressed. When Carmen was happy I was happy. When Carmen was describing her passion for the violin, I wanted to play the violin my self.
I was in this book. I didn't just read about Carmen's story. I went through every little emotion through every page with Carmen. I laughed because Heidi and Clark are the definition of quirky character, I had a tug of war about Diana, Carmen's momager (mom/manager) and my heart skipped too many beats at every mention of Jeremy. Who's funny and vulnerable at the same time, he's dedicated, passionate and 100% perfect Carmen. I truly saw their relationship blossom and how Jeremy helped Carmen through the difficult parts of what she was going through is very believable and couldn't been handled better. Speaking of that, this book is all about Carmen finding herself. Does she love violin as much she thinks she is? Is taking anti-anxiety pills okay? Should she wield her own life? These problems are understandable because of Carmen's position in the music industry. I loved just turning to the next page and going through with Carmen as she learns more and more about what she truly wants, as she learns about reality.
As you can see I loved how well the emotions are conveyed but that's not all that made the book. The gorgeous cover, the great character names, the butterfly-in-my-stomach romance, the conflict about decisions, Carmen's inner conflicts, a big shocker, and perfect resolution all add up to once again what turned out to be a great debut!
I loved the writing, I loved from the prologue to the chapter before the last (that tie- if/when you read the book you will know which one;D- is AMAZING) and the epilogue? I had a grin of a fool the entire time so yes, Jessica Martinez, you have made a fan of me. One pre-order of your second book please!
*Thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing me a copy to read + review!*
This book made me want me to beat myself for not starting the VA series earlier. I regretted not devouring it the day it came out (I didn't even know...moreThis book made me want me to beat myself for not starting the VA series earlier. I regretted not devouring it the day it came out (I didn't even know about the series then) but I didn't waste any time to eat it all up from cover to cover in a day (if food and going to the bathroom and sleep weren't necessary it would have been hours) the sequel to Vampire Academy is even better, it begins a few weeks after the Victor drama is over.
So many things in this book made me want to kiss it and cuddle it to sleep like how Rose is still the utter badass she is but that doesn't mean she didn't grow up because totally did, she has a new look on all things thanks to Victor but really her badass attitude was still there and that is what makes me love her so so much. Most heroines are misunderstood beings and don't have have Rose's sharp tongue, all their is to them is wit that the hero brings out off them but Rose is such a breath of fresh air it's near impossible not to like her.
Next thing is Dimitri and the romance, it's also fresh because of the whole seven ysar gap but also Dimitri is so collected and mature. I think now what makes heros so loved is their sarcasm and sexyness like for instance Jace from The Mortal Instruments (I love Jace) but here Dimitri doesn't have to be super sarcastic and witty for me to love him, all he needs is to reads his cowboy novels and I melting from lust XD and I forget to add his about the kickass-est guardian around!
I think the best thing about Mead's writing is her ability to create such well done, 3D characters like Lissa, Christian, Mason, Rose's mom, Tasha and ect. They're all so real it's kinda unfair for that many great characters to be in one book.
It was so nice having Rose's mom, Jenine in the book and how Rose went from hating her to some what liking her and oh gosh *spoiler* when she went to her mom and started crying I teared up! Mason death hit me then and it showed how the relationship between her and her mkm grew!
I loved how Rose's jealousy over Dimitri is what set off this entire plot. The 180 degree turn she took from liking Tasha to hating her made me LOL and I found it believable, hell I was jealous of Tasha!
Even though Mason's death is utterly sad I found it necessary because it shows how dangerous the Strigoi are and being a guardian is no game. Also it was the factor that made Rose and Lissa bond with Mia and not just anything pitiful like a heart to heart convo because it would have taken much more since Mia really despised them.
*sigh* I probably read the last couple of pages of the book about a million times, the conversation between Dimitri and Rose is the best yet, it makes my heart skip a beat!!
Overall this book outdone its prequel and I'm sure people who weren't too sure about Vampire Academy will definitely be a fan of the series after reading this book!
Ten Things Racquel loved About This Book: 1) A police siren 2) The Hula 3) Donut 4) Two fantastic brothers 5) A certain fake/adopted/maybe drug dealing/ loveliest cheekbone brother 6) The flashbacks 7) Everything made me laugh 8) Every ties up, perfect resolutions 9) Realistic characters 10) The writing
I have been dying to read this book for so long and thank goodness once I picked it up, I was not disappointed. To get this out of the way, a book can be so terrible, juts PLAIN AWFUL, the worst book ever and it deserves to burned but I can still love it. If a book can make me laugh so much even though it sucks I will love it and while Ten Things We Did was not awful or terrible it did make me laugh so hard so even IF it sucked, I would have loved it.
It was fun reading from April's POV (even though I had my issues with her at the end) she was funny and did genuinely have the best at heart. [this might be spoilerish] It sucked what Noah did to her but in the end, I don't hate him like everyone. He just a teen who reacted from something that scared him, he's not perfect and neither is April.
Besides that, I finished this book in one day, it's a great pick-me-up since I laughed through every page and while some of the situations in the book are ridiculously exaggerated (the great Hula buy for instance) the characters are definitely realistic from the way they reacted to things to the way they acted, talked and interacted. Yes, I'm a teenager. Yes teenagers think about sex and want to do it (or well the teenagers that surround me) and yes teenagers drink, get drunk and throw parties. Why yes, I partied it up just yesterday. It's a fact. You might not think so, but down here the things that went on in this book are as close to the truth as true can get.
Less then ten things that I didn't like: 1) Not enough fake/adopted/maybe drug dealing/ loveliest cheekbone brother! 2) April got a little annoying at the end, but who can blame her?
my favorite book reviewer/blogger ever Ari, over @readingaftermidnight just loved this book so much she proposed to it and let me tell you, things are about to get ugly in here so if you can't handle hair pulling, nail clawing and cat fights get out while you can because Graffiti Moon is mine. I won't do sharing when it comes to this book so somebody is going down and I already know it won't be me!! And if you can't already tell this is about the best book ever... just saying.
Lucy isn't looking for the average guy, she's looking for Shadow and Shadow is not average. He's a graffiti artist that tags walls all around the city and his art is just inspirational, it's amazing, and Lucy cannot think if a better match for her other then Shadow and she is willing to donate a kidney to find out who he is. So after the last day of school she goes along with two friends and a group of guys on a ‘shadow hunt’ to look for who thinks is her soul mate and she along with the rest of the gang, got the night of their life.
I was kind of apprehensive when I started reading this because while everyone loved it I’m always that one person who is the opposite of everyone else (which is why I haven’t read Divergent yet) so I was expecting the worst and the best at the same time and it goes without saying I got the best. I just want to go out, buy it and cuddle it to sleep every night. Why is Graffiti Moon so special you say? Umm, the characters, the plot, the dialogue, the writing, the everything is just plain fabulous.
This book alternates POV’s between Lucy and Ed, one of the guys that go on the ‘hunt’ with Lucy and I love this because my top favorite books alternate POV and also it has some chapters where it’s just poems written by Ed’s best friend, Poet.
I loved how this book was hilarious at parts but it still managed to stay profound at the same time. Crowley’s writing is just so beautiful, it’s realistic, it’s funny and it’s poetic in its on way.
I cannot gather my words in a way that does justice on how amazing this book is! My heart went out to all the characters, especially Ed when he thought about money or Bert. I loved how they are all realistic, they acted like teenagers, thought like teenagers and they are real teenagers. This book takes the course of one night and while usually books like this fall a little short for me because I always want way more time with the characters I didn’t feel like that with Graffiti Moon, the pacing was as perfect as pacing can get.
The beginning was perfect to me but when Ed and Lucy went out on their own I didn’t think it was as good as the start because I just wanted more showing then telling but that didn’t last too long because the end completely made up for it.
Overall this is probably my favorite read if 2011 and already I’m planning to re-read it!!
(thanks to the publisher at netgalley for providing me a galley to read)
I feel the need to stand and do a round of applause for this book.
To be honest, I read the first couple of pages and was like “UGH, it’s going to be another cliché story that I waste my time on” and I actually got to chapter 3 and put it down & read something else. But when I picked it up again it completely surprised it me and I finished in in a couple of HOURS after that! Yes under a day!
What I liked most about the book is that I was not smothered by anything. It did have an “I know your type and I’m not falling for it” scenario but I didn’t mind because it wasn’t the main focus of the book and it wasn’t a complete big, dumb deal. We didn’t get countless pointless paragraphs on how Finley (the MC) hated Beckett (the romantic interest & major picture actor) and all he stood for and how most definitely she didn’t have feelings for him. It wasn’t an annoying she was in constant denial ‘I refuse to believe I like him’ book (thank goodness!) Yes, Finley didn’t like Beckett’s reputation but she grew to know him and she grew to genuinely like him. The relationship blossomed is a perfect way to put it and I couldn’t be happier about how everything developed.
Another thing I wasn’t smothered by is the religion motif of the book. I couldn’t see the book with out it and I didn’t even mind it! I doubt the book will be even as good if there wasn’t a religion factor. It was simply there, the author wasn’t trying to convert us and make us believers but she was telling a story of a girl who’s trying to restore her faith and I loved it. I’m not even Christian! I also liked the subtle play of Finley’s issue. It didn’t just pop in one chapter and just happen but it started as a small seed in chapter one and it slowly progressed until it was problem. There were elusive hints until it escalated to a bomb and I thought it was a perfect way to play it.
The book made me laugh out loud, the book made me tear up from heartbreak, the book was a cute romance and a great self-journey for the Finley and I LOVED it.
Why did I give this book 4 stars the first time I read it? Because I just re read it and it was WOW WOW WOOOW! It deserves more then five stars, Lisa...moreWhy did I give this book 4 stars the first time I read it? Because I just re read it and it was WOW WOW WOOOW! It deserves more then five stars, Lisa Kleypas blows me away, the characters, the humor, the romance. I'm speechless, just WOW WOW WOW!!
*sigh* I love this book so, so, so much it's kind of not healthy. When I found out that Hardy has his own story, literally the first thing I did was g...more*sigh* I love this book so, so, so much it's kind of not healthy. When I found out that Hardy has his own story, literally the first thing I did was go out to get it and it was the best thing I could have done since this book earned a special place in my heart.
Haven has really left a mark on me, I felt her happiness, her sadness, her guilt and abuse, everything! And Hardy Cates, boy it should be illegal to make characters like him. Out of all the books I read, Hardy Cates is takes the crown for most swoon worthy, literally my heart skipped beats as I read about him. He's so perfectly imperfect, he has flaws, he has issues and problems but he's also such a good man it makes me want to order a Hardy Cates of off ebay! Haven & Hardy's story is one I wish will continue on forever because I will never get bored of them and I constantly find myself rereading Blue-Eyed Devil and getting engrossed in this tale all over again. Blue-Eyed Devil is on of the best contemporaries I have ever read.
What a book! Seriously I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED it! Julie James has earned her a spot in my 'must read every single book by this author' list. Her books ar...moreWhat a book! Seriously I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED it! Julie James has earned her a spot in my 'must read every single book by this author' list. Her books are just so amazing it blows me away. They lack nothing: the sexy romance, the humor, the suspense, the witty dialogue from A-Z this novel is perfect. A must read for everyone especially if you enjoy a little bit of crime/suspense thrown into the romance equation and what a great outcome this equation had it definitely equaled 5+ stars!!
Going Too Far is one of my favorite books so I was kind of excited for Love Story. The reason I wasn't overly excited is because I saw a lot of people didn't love it. Sure everyone liked it but it wasn't there with the love crowd but let me tell you, to me Love Story was is a one heck of a lovely story!
I loved the premise of the story. I think it's very original and I have never read anything remotely similar to the whole 'she's writing about him and he's writing about her' scenario and who doesn't love originality? especially a well done plot like the one in Love Story. Second, I love how that the story was set in college and the characters are older *ehmm* I mean mature. There is only so much of the immaturity of the younger teens I can take before wanting to blow my brains out and that is the exact same reason why I like reading adult contemporaries (even though I'm a teen myself). Because I simply get tired of YA and it's silly drama (yes, even if it's saving the world!) and insta-love romance but if every contemporary was written with the voice of maturity in Love Story, I would not mind!
One thing I really appreciate is how nothing is revealed from page one. Some books start off with "Hi, my name is Cheetah and I'm going to tell you the story of why Leopard and I hate Puma because she killed Lion." ummm hello element of suspense! That's what the summary is for! I like things to gradually unfold on their on pace. We slowly figured out the past behind Hunter and Erin through their stories and we knew more when Erin explained to her friends. All the telling and showing happened on it's own pace. Thank you Echols!
Also since this is called Love Story, I should mention the love story. Cheers to no insta-love! Echols didn't just let the details play out on their own but also the love story. I saw the relationship grow and fall between Hunter and Erin, my heart went out for them and skipped a beat at their intimacy. It was magical.
Jennifer Echols has talent, I love how in Going Too Far the voice of Meg was badass just like Meg herself and in Love Story, the voice of Erin was romatic, reflecting Erin's personality. Echols knows what she's writing about with the teenage world and while the book started just good for me, it turned to be amazing. Another masterpiece from Jennifer Echols. Round of applause please.
My rating: A definite 5 heart read, if you're a fan of contemporary you will be a fan of this book!
After the way Rules of Attraction turned out for me, I tried my best to throw all expectations and excitement out the window before starting Chain Reaction so I won’t end up feeling so disappointed I would want to kill myself and it worked!
I love the Fuentes brothers (who doesn’t?!) and Luis along with his brothers have a special place in my heart<3 At first I was wary about my feelings for Luis because what tops Alex and Carlos’s characters but if Simone Elkeles has anything down to perfection, it’s without a doubt creating THE best male characters EVER. She should win a noble prize for her male characters, seriously!
Yes, at the beginning Chain Reaction was too cliché for my liking and yes it even read a little too much like Perfect Chemistry then I would have liked but I loved the family aspect of this too much to care. My favorite scenes are all the one’s with the entire Fuentes family and their significant others and I’m so glad there are plenty of those scenes in this book♥
Nikki wasn’t as a strong voice and character as Luis is. She did get a better deal the Kiara in Rules of Attraction but I still I didn’t care for her chapters as I did for Luis’s. Another thing that Elkeles redeemed from Rules of Attraction in this one is the pacing. It was great, the book flowed as perfect as it should but the end was a little too rushed except but then again, epilogue was too good to make that little glitch in the pacing at the end a deal breaker for me.
The ‘climax’ of the book is something I never saw coming so the GASP! factor of this book was a plus but then again because of that Luis did make a couple of decisions that bothered me for the reason that he contradicted himself in an unjustifiable way (he said he will never do something and then goes ahead and does it but while doing that thing he still believes it’s wrong and he will never do it… yeah bipolar much?) << I’m not giving anything away but yeah that thing that really knocked the book down from 4 to 3 stars for me (KEEP IN MIND 3 STARS TO ME = A GOOD, ENJOYABLE READ!!!!!) otherwise Elkeles delivers her typical magic with this one: loveable (and not so loveable) characters, the best humor and wit, balanced drama and romance to tie up one of my favorite series (is the there a plural form to series? lol) I definitely cannot wait to see what Elkeles will publish next because it’s definitely going on pre-order and I HIGHLYYYYYYYYY RECOMMEND YOU READ THIS SERIES! IT’S AMAZING♥
So before I was going to start Chain Reaction I decided to reread Rules of Attraction for the sake of getting into the spirit of the Fuentes brothers (I didn't reread Perfect Chemistry because I have that book memorized backwards frontwards right and left and whatever direction a person can read a book) and when I was going to post my review for Chain Reaction (which I still haven't read yet) I was going to do like a mini-review on how I felt about Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction before I get into Chain Reaction.
If you know me or talked to me before, you will probably know that Perfect Chemistry is my favorite book ever hands down. I don't even need to take a millisecond to think about it because I know there is a special place in my heart carved out for Perfect Chemistry. So when I found out there was going to be a story for both Carlos and Luis that was the happiest day of my life. I pre-order Rules of Attraction, the day it was supposed to arrive I was waiting on my front door for the UPS man and when it arrived it was literally a hallelujah moment. I ran to my brother's room and kissed him for paying for it then I ran to my room and opened it up and started reading.
I was disappointed.
Like I'm-going-to-cry-why-did-it-turn-out-this-way-I-hate-my-life disappointment. To be honest I tried to get through the first part then once I started skimming I couldn't stop then I just skipped the entire middle part and just read the last two chapters and the epilogue (actually I skimmed through those too) BUT my second time reading I actually enjoyed it A LOT and by A LOT I do mean A LOT more! and I think I figured out why I didn't like it so much the first time and that's because one I was too excited. I could hardly sit there and read one page from how excited I was, I just wanted to consume the book and shove it in my brain you? so I was rushing from excitement and two to an extent I wanted Alex and Brittany. I was more excited to read about them in the book then Carlos but hello, this is Carlos story Racquel! So those were my mistakes .
My second time reading Rules of Attraction it was definitely way better. I noticed the funny cockiness to Carlos a whole lot more and I actually grew to love him, Kiara and her family (and i got over the fact that unfortunately this is not a continuation to my dear Alex and Brittany)
But still I couldn't get over the fact that through all that Rules of Attraction cannot even measure on the same scale as Perfect Chemistry because:
1. Kiara got cheated on some parts of the book and here is my evidence exhibit:
As you can see, sometimes we barely got a page in Kiara's chapters while Carlos always had 5+ pages and while I do prefer Carlos to Kiara one page? come on! what is the point of having her POV if it's not going to be as well done as Carlos's and it's definitely half assed?
2. Because of the fact that poor Kiara didn't get what she is worth I couldn't connect with her and I connected a whole lot more with Carlos so I was anxious to get her part over with so I can read Carlos's thoughts.
3. This also deals with 1 + 2 and it's the pacing. It's not fun to read from Carlos's POV then switch abruptly to Kiara's for only a little bit before switching right back to Carlos's it made the pacing so annoying and not that great.
4. I didn't understand how Carlos and Kiara fell in love. Sure she challenged him and wasn't like other girls but why did Kiara fall head over heels for Carlos. He treated her like a male genital at the beginning and if a guy was as much an ass to me as Carlos was to her I would have kicked him so hard in the balls they would still be hurting right now. I guess this also pertains to the fact that Kiara's chapters weren't that long so I really didn't her feelings 100%
Now that I listed the bad things there were definitely goof things!! Elkeles definitely knows how to make me laugh, her writing can be really witty and humorous throughout the seriousness of the situation and despite Kiara's short chapters her characters ROCK! And boy does she know how to write steamy scenes! When Kiara and Carlos were at the lake house after homecoming and the things they were doing... I was burning up feeling their heat! It didn't help that I was reading that particular scene in English class and I was grinning like an idiot and my friend next to me is asking me what's up and I'm like:
"SHUT UP, THEY'RE GETTING TO THE BEST PART!!!"
So while this id definitely not Perfect Chemistry it does stand it’s ground and I would recommend it to fans of Elkeles and regardless of some of my doubts, a great romance in the end (even though it's super cheesy at times)!! I definitely enjoyed it and I can see myself reading it in the future.
Cover comments: while I do hate the cover because I think who ever did just searched up a picture on google and put one with the size 50X50 but he enlarged it and made it look pixelated and tacky I LOVE how the event in the picture actually happens!!(less)