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Early Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

Title: The Rules

Author: Stacey Kade

GenreYA Sci-Fi

Series: Project Paper Doll (Book 1)

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages

ISBN-101423153286 (Disney-Hyperion)

ISBN-13: 978-1423153283 (Disney-Hyperion)

Reviewed by:  Bridget


1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Quick & Dirty: Awesome story with romance, action, and it kept me guessing the whole way through.

Opening Sentence: So there are Rules that come along with my being Ariane.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Ariane Tucker has followed the rules set by her father her whole life.  When she was 6 years old the man she calls her father rescued her from GTX, a facility that specializes in many different things.  She was one of their experiments, where they mixed human and alien DNA.  She was treated like a lab rat and they tried to make her do horrible things with her powers.  She was able to move things with her mind, manipulate matter, stop things from moving, and other things that were never fully explored before her escape.  About a month before she was rescued they made her hurt an innocent mouse and it somehow put a block on her powers and she still hasn’t been able to use them 10 years later.

She has been living with the man who rescued her, pretending to be his daughter.  His real daughter died at the same time he rescued Ariane.  Because GTX has never stopped looking for her she has to try to be invisible, but the inevitable happens and someone notices her.  Jenna is Ariane’s only friend.  Jenna has always wanted to be in the it crowd, but she never seems to be quite accepted by the popular kids.  Junior year has just started and Jenna becomes the recipient of a cruel joke by the people she wants to be accepted by most.  Ariane can’t stand to do nothing so she stands up to Rachel Jacobs, the most beautiful, popular, meanest girl in school.  This causes a scene and Rachel is out for revenge.  So Rachel comes up with a plan.  One of her long time friends and total hottie Zane Bradshaw is going to ask Ariane out and then publicly humiliate her.  Of course things don’t go quite as planned.

Ariane is a great character.  She has a great voice and is very interesting to get to know.  It is so fun to see her come into her own throughout the book.  She gets to experience so many things for the first time, because she has always stayed away from everyone and everything so she would stay safe.  She has a pretty feisty personality when she wants to, but she is very caring and tries to stand up for what she believes is right.  I really grew attached to her, and can’t wait to read more of her story.

Zane Bradshaw is the all around hot boy.  He has popular friends, is very good looking, good at sports but he has a crappy home life.  He can never live up to his dads expectations and he has to live in the shadow of his perfect older brother.  He was pretty close with his mom but she left a little over a year ago and he hasn’t heard from her since, it really shattered him.  He has been friends with Rachel and her crew ever since they were kids but he really hasn’t fit in since his mom left.  He doesn’t like the games they play or the way they treat people, but it is really hard to change without a reason.  He has always found Ariane interesting so when he hears that Rachel is plotting against her he volunteers to be part of her plan.  Of course once he gets to know her he can’t help but like her and possibly find a reason to change his ways.  Zane is so sweet and so cute.  He is a little broken at first because of his life but you slowly see him get put back together as he develops a friendship with Ariane.  I loved that they make each other better people by being together, that’s how real relationships should be.

This was really an amazing read.  The plot was so well written with so many twists and turns that literally had my jaw dropping at times.  The romance was well developed and not rushed at all.  I really enjoyed the characters and can’t wait to see what happens next.  There is a mild cliffhanger at the end of this book but it is bearable.   I usually am not a big Sci-fi fan but this book changed that.  I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes Sci-fi or paranormal books.

Notable Scene:

“It’s all right.” Zane looked around, his gaze following the groups of people heading toward the gym. Then he turned to face me and offered his hand, palm down, with a hint of challenge in his expression.

Ah. He’d picked up on my reluctance to be touched. My fault for reacting so badly when he’d come up to me yester­day. It’s just . . . he’d taken me by surprise.

That was why he’d made such a point about setting boundaries for our “date,” I realized, my face heating up. It was kind of considerate of him. And surprising. If he’d been more like what I’d expected, he wouldn’t have bothered.

And he was right: I wasn’t comfortable with people touching me, especially unexpectedly and without per­mission. But I wasn’t sure if that would hold true for the reverse—me making contact with someone. Honestly, I’d never tried it, spending most of my time and energy avoid­ing even casual grazes.

Zane raised his eyebrows, and hell no, I wasn’t going to let him win. I’d agreed to this, so I’d go through with it.

Sticking my chin out defiantly, I lifted my hand to his, and he closed his fingers around mine securely. His palm was warm and dry, and I could feel rough spots—calluses from lacrosse, probably—rubbing against my skin in a not-unpleasant friction.

He grinned and gently tugged me forward to follow him through the gap between his SUV and the truck, and into the parking lot. Knowing what I did about our arrange­ment, I expected to feel reluctance or distance in his grasp, but he held my hand as if he meant it.

Project Paper Doll Series:

1. The Rules

FTC Advisory: Disney-Hyperion provided me with a copy of The Rules. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Early Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

  1. Liz M.No Gravatar

    I love Stacey Kade’s writing style. The Ghost and The Goth series is a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to read this. Great review, makes me even more estactic for this book!! :)

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