Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction:
The sequel to Perfect Chemistry!

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.

I LOVED this book! This is the first book I've read by Simone Elkeles and after reading it, I'm ready to run out and buy everything else this author's written! I loved how the author made the characters so interesting that I just had to find out what happened next and I could barely put down the book. The storyline also wasn't one that I had read many times before and I enjoyed that. I would recommend reading the first book in the series, Perfect Chemistry, before reading Rules of Attraction, but it's not completely necessary. I also LOVED the cover for this book. Beautiful!

Freaksville by Kitty Keswick

High school is hard enough when you’re normal. There’s peer pressure, book reports, the in crowd and the enormous zit that has a life of its own. Having a family whose skeletons in the closet lean toward the paranormal is not a topper on anyone’s list. Sophomore Kasey Maxwell is busy juggling the typical teen angst. Add visions, ghosts and hairy four-legged monsters into the mix and you get FREAKSVILLE. It’s a wonder Kasey has survived.

Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a normal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick Gillie Godshall consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new waters, a lead in a play, a haunted theater…and into the arms of the Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?

This was an interesting book. It kept my attention, but you could tell it was the author's first book. I'm not saying it was bad, but there were a lot of supernatural elements that I felt were just thrown into the book. I especially felt this at the end of the book when they revealed the big secret. I'm not sure what else to say about this book! lol I would recommend it to someone who likes YA Paranormal books though. I will be reading the next book in the series, but I may not be pre-ordering it.

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