The Companion Novels Challenge – April & May

April 14, 2013 Books 3

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Yay! It’s my turn to host this round of The Companion Novels Challenge. Everything you see here will all be featured over at Alexa Loves Books, my lovely co-host. Over the last couple of months, we featured books from Emily Giffin – Something Borrowed and Something Blue, which Alexa reviewed and raved about. All the rules and information about The Companion Novels Challenge can be found here, in case you want to know more and join in.

Now, for the months of April and May, we’ll be challenging you to read The Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles, which includes Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, & Chain Reaction. This will be my first time reading them, but they’ve been on my list for awhile and I’m excited to finally have motivation to put them at the top of my pile.

About the Books

perfectPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Goodreads)
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 23, 2008

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.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

rulesRules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Goodreads)
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 27, 2010

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.

chainChain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (Goodreads)
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 16, 2011

Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he’s scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules ― don’t trust a boy who says “I love you”, boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex’s wedding and suddenly she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. Will Luis’s feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?

Remember that you don’t have to read this particular set of books, any set of companion novels will do (Goodreads List), but those who do read these books will have bonus entries in this round’s giveaway.

What will I be giving away, you say?

Well, ONE lucky winner will get their choice of ONE of the THREE books we’ll be challenging you for during the next round in June, i.e. Graceling, Fire, or Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore. All you have to do to enter is write a review about the companion novel you read during the months of April & May, then enter that link into the Linky List below. Those who review the challenged books will receive THREE entries for each review you write. You can write the review on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble.

Also, in order to participate, you MUST be signed up for the challenge, which you can do so here.

If you have ANY questions, just leave a comment below or email me and I’ll get back to you in no time!



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3 Responses to “The Companion Novels Challenge – April & May”

  1. Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

    I loved Perfect Chemistry! It’s such a good series! Hope you enjoy it.

    • Vivian

      No problem! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve heard nothing but good things about your books & I look forward to reading them in May.

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