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Monday, January 17, 2011

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

RULES OF ATTRACTION
Author: Simone Elkeles
Source: Contest Win

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (April 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802720854
ISBN-13: 978-0802720856

SUMMARY:


When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

MY THOUGHTS:

After reading the first book in the series featuring Alex and Brittany, I quickly dove into the story featuring Carlos and Kiara.  If you remember from the first book, Carlos is Alex's younger brother.  The book starts out with Carlos on his way back to America after leaving his Mom in Mexico.  He is suppose to come live with Alex because he has been getting in trouble and Mom is feeling afraid for him.  


Right off the bat, you can see that Carlos has a big chip on his shoulders.  He resents his brother for leaving his family in Mexico and he makes Alex aware that he doesn't intend to follow his rules. When Carlos is ordered by a judge to live with Alex's professor, he his finds himself fighting his attraction to Kiara.  Of course, Kiara finds Carlos mysterious and sexy, but they both fight the chemistry that is brewing between them both.


I really liked this book.  Usually sequels do not live up to my expectations, but this one held its own rather nicely.  While I enjoyed the alternating point of views the author uses, I didn't feel the instant attraction between Kiara and Carlos.  It felt rushed and forced at times.  I wanted the slow build of attraction like we read about with Alex and Brittany.  I understand that this was a different situation with different characters, but I wanted to see Carlos fall in love with Kiara at a reasonable pace.  I felt that they were both pushed into it.


Overall a wonderful book that leaves me anxiously awaiting the third book in the series that will feature the youngest brother Luis.  Forget the rules and bring on more attraction full of sexiness!


MY RATING:



Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS

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7 Comments:

Blogger Elodie said...

Great review !! I've pretty much the same opinion as you have !! I loved this book !! Can't wait for Chain Reaction =)

January 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger The Slowest Bookworm said...

This series sounds really good. I enjoyed your review and I think I might have to add these to my wish list.

January 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

Great review hon!

I bought bk 1 a while back, but have yet to read it =D

January 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Remmers said...

This book looks great I love Elkeles writing :) Happy Monday and Great Review

January 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Cait @ Love Letters said...

I felt the same way about this book. A few parts at the end really had sizzle for me between Carlos and Kiara, but mostly.. it wasn't as awesome as Alex and Brittany. I will definitely read Chain Reaction, which will be interesting b/c we don't know the third brother at all! I guess it doesn't really matter, but I hope it's as good as the first!

Have you read Elkeles's other stuff? I really love Leaving Paradise. Really recommend it!

January 17, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Great review! Love the blog! New follower-come by and say hi if you get a chance!

Kristin
MyBookishWays

January 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger toothybooks said...

i'm really looking forward to reading this book. i read perfect chemistry a few weeks ago and loved it!

January 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM  

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