Sunday, May 12, 2013

Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1)
by Stacey Kade
Published:  April 23, 2012
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley

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…

My Thoughts:  Ariane Tucker isn't want she portrays herself to be.  In fact, she isn't even entirely human.  Born and raised in a genetic lab, Ariane is half human and have alien.  After her adoptive father helped her escape when she was younger, she has now learned how to hide in plain site.  She knows how to make herself seem invisible, and she knows how not to draw attention to herself.  She has a set of rules to live by, and she and her father have a plan in place if things go wrong.  When Ariane's best friend Jenna falls subject to a cruel prank, she must choose to help out or let her only friend down.  What she doesn't expect is to become the focus of Rachel, the school's "mean girl," and she certainly doesn't want to be the focus of the hottie Zane Bradshaw, but winds up being just that.  When everything gets turned up a notch, the rules change.  When Ariane decides to take a chance on friendship and love.  Ariane finds out who she can trust and who she can't as hidden secrets come to light, but what will happen to Ariane and those she cares about in the process.

The Rule's plot is mostly character driven with romantic overtones, and has a science fiction feel to it, with some danger and suspense thrown in.  The story is told in alternating POV's, rotating between Ariane and Zane.  I have to say, that I really liked Zane and enjoyed his POV's the most by far.  I liked Ariane's character, though I wasn't crazy about her, but she did end up growing on me.  I did like where the romance went in this story, and I was impressed with the choices Zane ended up making.  Though the story does have definite science fiction elements, it really seems to fall more in the paranormal romance category, at least to me, set mainly in a high school type environment.   It kind of reminds me of Mila 2.0, which I read recently, in some ways.  There are some unexpected twists at the end of the story that set things up for an interesting second installment, and I am curious to see where Stacey Kade takes the story from here.  Overall, this was a good read, and I did enjoy it.

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About:  As a former award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.  She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy).


  1. I have read a lot of reviews on this one and the consensus seems to be the same, most people loved Zane and felt so so about Ariane. Either way "I am glad you did like this one even if it won't become a favorite.

  2. I am glad you enjoyed this one, it was a pretty good book. I am curious as to what happens next. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. I liked this one and enjoyed the different POVs and I think I liked Arianne more than you did. I enjoyed the sci fi stuff too though it was on the light side, like you said.
    Wonderful review!


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