Jun 12, 2013

YA Crush Tourney: Round 1 - Alex Fuentes is up!

It's Wednesday, June 12, and you know what that means...The 3rd Annual YA Crush Tourney has begun! As you may or may not know, I'm advocating for Perfect Chemistry's super swoon-worthy Alex Fuentes this year! Be sure to vote for him and spread the word--I've got pictures on the sidebar to your left. (Also, more details on the YA Crush Tourney and Alex being in it can be found here.) Also, Simone Elkeles, author of Perfect Chemistry and creator of Alex Fuentes (bless her) has offered up an awesome giveaway since Alex is in the Tourney, so be sure to check that out at the end of the post! And now...Let the 3rd Annual YA Crush Tourney begin! (And may the odds be ever in Alex's favor!)

*This post can also be seen on the YA Sisterhood, where the voting is happening

Hola, book lovers! I'm Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf, and I'm honored to be an advocate in the YA Crush Tourney this year! I know I'm biased, but I really, truly love my crush; he's one of my top book boyfriends! I hope you've got a fan ready to cool you down and 911 on speed dial, because you're about to meet...

Alex Fuentes

He's the lead male in Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, and he's muy caliente. Alex is made up of several different aspects, and in the end he'll steal your heart and take your breath way. If you've already met Alex, then you probably know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, then you're about to find out. He's the boy your madre warned you about. But beware: the following text is highly flammable.

This is Alejandro Fuentes. When he wasn't hanging out on street corners and harassing innocent people this summer, he toured the inside of jails around the city, if you know what I mean. His secret desire is to go to college and become a chemistry teacher.
Alex has his issues--he's in a gang, he's trying to keep his younger brothers out of the gang, his family doesn't have a whole lot of money--but he hides that. He does his best not to show weakness, so instead he emanates confidence like it's a cologne he's wearing. Sometimes it smells vial, and sometimes it smells mouth-watering, and that's when the good, light-hearted cockiness makes an appearance.
“Makin' mistakes ain't a crime, you know. What's the use of having a reputation if you can't ruin it every now and then?”
Family is a very big thing for Alex; they mean the world to him. And when the right girl comes around, she becomes part of that, too. A handful of people get a special place in Alex's heart, a place that means he'd do anything to protect them. He's not an overbearing bodyguard (most of the time)--he's protective in a way that makes your heart stop a beat then pick up at an extremely fast pace.
“I want to know how to make this girl laugh. I want to know what makes her cry. I want to know what it feels like to have her look at me as if I’m her knight in shinning armor.”
Chico is a Mexicano, a Latino--and he's not afraid to show it. Alejandro Fuentes rolls an r off his tongue so smoothly, like a cat purring. Some of what he says is foul, but a lot of the time it's just another name to call Brittany, his love interest in Perfect Chemistry. Some guys call their girls "babe" and "sweetheart"--Alex'll call you "mi vida," "mujer," and "mamacita."
Mi vida, if I kiss you, I guarantee there’s gonna be tongue.”
What is it about guys working on cars that's so hot? Alex spends a lot of his time in the garage and shop, working on cars and fixing things. Not to get all English-class on you, but working on cars could symbolize Alex's life and what's happening in it. There's also the fact that some, um, interesting things happen at the shop...
“We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are.”
I may be describing Alex throughout this post, but there really isn't a true way to say or show who he is. (You just have to meet him yourself.) He's just Alejandro Fuentes, the boy everyone warns you about but your heart leaps for anyway.
“You are the one girl that made me risk everything for a future worth having.”

I've only been saying this for, like, the entire post, but chico es muy caliente. Seriously, he is worthy of some major swoonage. It's not just the obvious sexiness--it's who he is, deep down, as a person. And it's also his smokin' hot looks. (Tattoos. I love tattoos.) He rides a motorcycle. (Holy hotness.) The things he says are pretty sexy, too. Oh, and what he does--woo! Excuse me, I need to go stand in front of a fan for a few days and cool myself down. Alex Fuentes is almost too hot to handle!
“He has eyes so expressive they give a hint to more than what he portrays. He’s dedicated to his friends, family, and even his motorcycle  He touched me as if I were made of glass. He kissed me as if he’d savor it for the rest of his life.” 
"I knew you were trouble when you walked in..." So, Alex isn't an angel. (But really, who is?) He makes some bad decisions and does some bad things. He has tattoos (not that I'm complaining) and is marked up with evidence that he's part of LB, Latino Blood, a gang you really, really don't want to mess with. Boy can handle a gun and take care of himself in a fight. He's trouble, all right. But trouble isn't always a bad thing.
“I'm not starting any fights. I might finish one though.”
To add to being trouble, Alex can be quite the rebel. (He's a Fuentes; I think it runs in their genes.) His mouth can run off and say not-so-nice things, and he also does some very not-so-nice things. He may use you, depending on who you are. Alex isn't always fond of rules, either. However, that rebelliousness has the potential to morph into something great.
It's your image, what Alex Fuentes is all about. It's your brand, your logo...dangerous, deadly, hot and sexy Mexican.
Once he finds the one, that girl that's his life, that's it. He's done. He's pretty darn committed and he's yours, and you're his. He'll say sweet things and do sweet things, all of which put butterflies in your stomach. (For reals, this book will put some major butterflies in your stomach.) Alex Fuentes will make you weak at the knees, and you can't help falling for him. And if he falls for you, then you are one very, very lucky girl. 
Mujer, you own my soul.

So that's Alex Fuentes: sugar, spice, and everything hot. He's the guy you hate to love and a delicious dose of danger that you need in your life. If you haven't met him, I'd highly suggest reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. In the meantime, join Alex's Gang and vote for him--you know you want to, amigos! And muchas gracias!

Remember: Tell everyone to vote! Vote on all browsers, cell phones, Kindles--everywhere! Thank you for your support! (Not sure what to say? I'll going be crazy on Twitter, among other sites, all day, so get ideas there!)

Simone Elkeles--author of Perfect Chemistry--was kind enough to offer up some support with Alex in the YA Crush Tourney (be sure to thank her!) with an AMAZING giveaway. Here's how it works:

+For every 200 votes, up to 1000, someone will win
a Fuentes brothers poster
(That's five winners/posters total!)
+If we reach 1000 votes, one person will win
a copy of Perfect Chemistry
+If we reach 1500 votes, one person will win
an ARC of Wild Cards

Oh, and it's international. (:

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below, and vote for Alex Fuentes, of course! Thanks again for your support!

(Be honest with the giveaway, please. Cheaters will be disqualified.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Hey this is an absolutely wonderful post! You really captured Alex. He definitely has my vote and you may see me tweeting to vote for him (I tend to tweet like crazy!)

  2. Lol. I really enjoyed this trilogy and yes, Alex is definitely vote worthy! Lol. Have you read Pushing the Limits yet? I think you'd enjoy it!


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