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December 12, 2012

Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published April 27th 2010
by Walker Childrens

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 Review: 

     I first picked up Rules of Attraction some time in the beginning of this year but I put it down. Why I put it down, you're wondering? Well I"m not a fan of books with characters who are self destructive. And that's what I got from Carlos, he's very self destructive and rude. So that really turned me off. But then lately, I've been in a reading slump. So I decided to change genres and picked Rules of Attraction back up. I finally got past Carlos' rudeness and self destructive behavior and enjoyed this read.

     If you haven't read any of the Perfect Chemistry novels, then you are missing out. With every book she publishes, she only gets better. I'm glad I was able to finish reading this book, because it had everything in it. I love that she doesn't write about silly fan girl love. Kiara was a girl who didn't lose herself in Carlos. Though she felt the hots for him, she still had her head on straight. She was funny, straight forward and sarcastic. She care hard and loved harder. She was the perfect female protagonist.

     And Carlos, he's so sexy. If only I can read about a character like him in an adult book, so I wouldn't feel so pervy about finding him so sexy. Carlos looks and acts like your typical street thug. He has an " I don't care" attitude and it gets him no where fast. But he's given a chance to redeem himself and that's where this book gets interesting. The struggles Carlos go through are some serious life threatening ones. Even with his messed up attitude, he deep down insides wants a better life.

    I love the way Carlos affects Kiara and Kiara affects Carlos. Once their guards are down, they're both good for one another. The cover to this book is actually a scene in this book. I absolutely LOVED this scene. It was my favorite with Carlos. This is exactly where I fell in love with Carlos, that very scene. I think I may love Carlos better than Alex. A big 5/5 stars for this sequel. Rules of Attraction is a definite must buy and a definite Good Choice for Reading!!


Here's the official book trailer...



   

27 comments:

  1. Great review :) Ive had this on my list for awhile now but have been uncertain weather Id like them but I think Ill have to check them out in the new year :)

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    1. It's really good. I enjoyed both books very much. I hope you do pick them up.

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  2. *swoon* aah the Fuentes brothers *fans self* I definitely would love to meet them in person =D Thanks for the review and sharing the book trailer!

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    1. You're welcome. Giving the characters a face always helps me when reading the book. I think Carlos is the cutest.

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  3. Have had this one in my sight for awhile now. Need to bump this series up.

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    1. You definitely should. It's easily one of my favorite series. I am in the process of looking for "Chain Reaction" on paperback to complete my collection.

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  4. Oh I completely loved this one!! I loved how she wasn't perfect in a cheerleader way but totally happy with who she was:)

    Lovely review:)

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    1. I liked that too. I actually thought of her differently in my head than in the video.

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  5. I loved the first book. I so want to read this one! I love your review!

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    1. It's a really good book. I like this one better than the first one.

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  6. I did really like this read too!! I need to continue the series. I'm so behind!

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  7. I LOVED this whole series! My favorite was book one though. This series and her leaving series are two of my favorite series.

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    1. I haven't checked out her "Leaving" series. And so far my favorite of this series is "Rules of Attraction". Can't wait to get my hands on "Chain Reaction".

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  8. Since I don't read alot of contemporary reads I haven't gotten this series yet, but I think I might like to read them. Thanks for the review.

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  9. I haven't started this series yet but I always hear such amazing things about it. I actually bought this book without realizing it wasn't the first one. I know they follow different couples but I still want to read them in order. I don't mind self destructive characters so much but it can get kind of tiresome. I'm glad that Kiara was a strong and likable character and doesn't give up all herself for Carlos. I like when the couple is mutually affected and good for each other.

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  10. Loved this series! All the couples are perfect

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  11. I've been looking forward to reading this one. Finished Perfect Chemistry and it was lovely.

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  12. Carlos is my favorite Fuente's brother, and this is my favorite book in the series. I just loved it!

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    1. I'm going to read Carlos' book soon. I read the blurb and it sounds good. Can't wait.

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  13. This is my favorite book. Has been the one that I laughed so hard. The Spanglish thing is so funny and Kiara's little brother is so cute when he tries to speak Spanish! "I don't know what chachachorro means" Lol!

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  14. I am so with you -- I can't stand reading about characters that are self-destructive. This is why I had a really hard to finishing Pretty Amy although I thought the writing was good

    Thanks for the review

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  15. I didn't think I'd like think book as much as the first but I did. Carlos wound up being very likable too. Thanks for your thoughts. I hope to read the third book soon.

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  16. Sounds like I NEED TO BE FINDING THIS BOOK. Your review does it more that the blurb on the back of the book.

    cmucha319@yahoo.com

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  17. These books have never before interested me. But THEN, all of a sudden, I keep seeing all of these awesome reviews for this author named Simone Simone Elkeles, and I am wondering if I am making an absolute crap decision by not giving her a chance. I think I might have to make a new decision about this one.

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  18. Thank you so much for the review! I'm so glad you decided to pick up Rules of Attraction for a second time! ~Simone

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    1. OMG! Thank you for commenting. I didn't expect a comment from the author! Sweet. I did and I'm so glad I did! I absolutely loved it. There even was a debate among my other blogger friends as to which book we like better. And this one is my favorite out of the two. I just bought "Chain Reaction" so I'm excited to read that soon.

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