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Posted August 25, 2013
I really don't tend to gravitate towards books concerning aliens
I really don't tend to gravitate towards books concerning aliens. It's just a subject matter that doesn't interest me very much. But I like Stacey Kade's previous series, and the idea of an alien that is more human than anything kind of intrigued me. So, I thought I would give this one a try.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It didn't take me long to like Ariane. She's trying so hard to go unnoticed that you can tell its starting to get to her. I don't think its because she wants to stand out really, but more she feels the rules are starting to attract more attention to her than they have ever done before. But, in her desire to prove that she can be there for her one and only friend, she attracts the kind of attention that she's been trying to avoid since she escaped the lab. It's hard not to when that person is the Queen Bee at school and use to getting exactly what she wants. The even bigger problem is that her grandfather ruins the very lab Ariane escaped from.
I like Zane too. I think everyone (especially teens) love the idea that that those "it" kids at school may one day descend from their cloud and realize being on top isn't all its cracked up to be. That they might notice the girl next door and maybe help her bring down said Queen Bee. The budding romance between the two is really just icing on the cake.
The story ironically has a very "Carrie" feel to it. So far that the iconic book (or movie if you will) even mentions the story. I kept hoping that Zane wouldn't turn out to be the bad guy in the book. But, it turns out to be the person I least expected. It wasn't really a big surprise though when I sat and thought about it.
I was pleased by this book so I will definitely be reading the next one!
Posted August 24, 2013
Perfect balance of romance and action suspence and sifi. Can't wait for the next book! Thank you kade for writing such great books! Huge fan of the ghost and the goth trilogy!! Thank you thank you thank you g,for giving me more!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2013
I picked this up from the library earlier this week and I finished it in one day. It was that awesome.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
If you like the series Maximum Ride (robert patterson) then you will enjoy this book as well.
Looking forward to the next book!
Posted July 4, 2013
I want to thank the publisher, Disney Hyperion, for supplying me
I want to thank the publisher, Disney Hyperion, for supplying me with an ARC of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Blurb from Goodreads:
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…
I'll be honest and say, like most books, the first thing that interested me about this one was the cover. How interesting that the girl on the cover had two different eye colors. I just had to find out what that was all about. And the title itself is quite intriguing: Project Paper Doll. What could it mean? Well, I have to say that I understand "The Rules" part, but I'm still confused as to the "Project Paper Doll" as it wasn't mentioned at all during the book. But I was ok with that because the story itself was good and kept me wanting to read on.
Ariane is a great character. Because of her circumstances, being not fully human, she has always kept to herself. She remains aloof and secretive because her "father", a man who adopted her, has told her these are necessary for her survival. So she only has one friend, Jenna, who she allows to have any kind of glimpse into her life. And even then she keeps mostly to herself. I enjoyed this character very much. It was easy to connect with her fear of being "found out" and to understand why she was so distant to others. But I also felt badly for her because she wasn't getting to experience any of the things real teenagers experience: boyfriends, best friends, parties, going out, etc. From her description, it seems like she's different looking, but not enough that she can't blend in with the other full blooded humans and make it work. And I like the fact that she's not the typical beauty that is "hiding in the wings" as you see in so many other YA books. She attractive, but she's not beautiful. But her personality and forced shyness set her apart from others and certainly make her an easy target for jokes and bullying.
Of course this all changes when she connects with Zane. First of all, I love this name. You don't see it often, so it's different and I immediately got an image of a home town boy. But Zane has his issues as well: a not so perfect home life with his police chief father who only wants Zane to be more like his older brother. Big shoes to fill and a hard act to follow from what we find out of the brother's past. I was also able to connect well with Zane. And of course he's somewhat swoon worthy: tall, handsome, athletic. And it's easy to watch him change and grow during this book, into his own person able to stand up for himself and the things he believes in (as hard as it might be).
The secondary characters are well placed. Rachel, the stuck up and bullying rich girl who has a trail of croonies following her wherever she goes. She is mean and unrelenting, and always gets what she wants. People would rather be on her side than her bad side, because you certainly don't want to get that side of the coin. Jenna, the best friend who turns out to be something other than what we thought she would be. And, while Ariane continues to harbor a soft spot for her, Jenna is much too quick to turn her back on Ariane when she needs her the most. And the doctor, well, he's a great villain. He very much believes that what he is doing is the right thing, and no one can change his mind, or wants to try because of the power he holds over them.
I like that the author chose to tell this story from both points of view, Zane and Ariane, because I really felt like you got so much more of the big picture through both of their eyes. It was also nice to see how each of the characters viewed the other, watching them slowly get to know each other and become more comfortable in each other's presence. And, for me, I enjoyed that it was not really insta-love. While Zane had always found Ariane interesting and intriguing, and Ariane had always found Zane to be attractive, they slowly connected through their mutual prank. They had an easy banter between them. And there wasn't tons of mushy scenes where the characters were all over each other. It was a subtle "liking" and growth into the relationship. The most interesting part was how they each wanted to protect the other, without either of them realizing this is what was going on.
There were many instances when this book had me biting my nails wondering what was going to happen. Kade was certainly able to incorporate a good amount of action and tension. And, while it was too easy at times for the characters to escape situations which really seemed like they should have been beyond their control, I still felt myself turning the pages and wanted to know the end. Kade has a nice way with her world building, giving the right amount of information at just the right time so that you slowly start to understand the reasoning beyond the "project." And she artfully incorporates the science fiction aspect of the story, although I did find it a little hard to believe that this big company like Gen Tex, that dominated the town, was able to keep their secrets so well. I also wished that there was a little more of the science fiction part, maybe more about the experiments Ariane endured (although we do see some of this through her flashbacks). And I also found it odd that she could be living right there, under their noses and no one ever questioned it. Why would her father have stayed around with her? It wasn't until the end that I understood the answer to this question. But it still made for a bit of an unbelievable part of the plot.
All in all this a fast paced and easy read. Definitely likeable for those who enjoy science fiction with some romance thrown in. And the ending leaves you with the understanding that there will definitely be more, but you're not left hanging and chomping at the bit for it. I recommend this book for people who have read other books such as MILA 2.0, Jennifer Armentrout's Lux Series and even Skinned by Robinl Wasserman.
Posted June 15, 2013
Having read The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade, I already kne
Having read The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade, I already knew that I loved her writing. What I didn't know was how much I would love The Rules. I closed the cover to The Rules thinking, this book has everything it needed to have plus more. I thought to myself that some authors just "have it," meaning their talent seems to come naturally and easily. There are just some books that stand out and this was one of them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved so much about this book. The plot was unique and very well-executed. I loved the fact that while Ariane is paranormal, she's a different kind of paranormal. I don't read too much about extraterrestrials and I really enjoyed the change of pace. Speaking of pace, Kade's pacing in The Rules was perfect. Things moved along fast enough to keep me flipping the pages excitedly, but not so fast that the plot felt rushed. The world-building was interspersed with the story, which I love because there are no slow patches to the book. I loved Ariane's history and thought that Kade did a very thorough job with Ariane's back-story.
One of my favorite styles of writing is when authors use an alternating POV. I love getting to really know both main characters, and alternating POVs really get the reader inside the characters' heads. I love that! I found the characters to be quite complex, more so than in other YA reads, and I really enjoyed that. It kept the book from feeling too young---because much of the story was set in high school, with typical high school drama. That "high school feeling" was the only thing I didn't love about The Rules. It is a necessary evil of YA, but I prefer it when the focus is not so much on school.
The ending was a nice surprise, and I really can't wait to read book two. Kade has done an outstanding job with book one in the Project Paper Doll series!
Posted May 15, 2013
Good Book Ariane Tucker isn't want she portrays herself to be.
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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.
Posted May 10, 2013
Not what I expected
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That fairly sums up my feelings and I am sad to say that. I loved Kade's Ghost and Goth series. Tight plotting, great characters, etc. I just didn't get that here. It probably isn't fair of me to compare that series to this one, even if it is the same author, because the subject is different, but I did expect to have a plot that would pull me in and this didn't meet my expectations in any way. Mostly, I have to admit, I was bored. Perhaps it takes place too much in Ariane's head, her memory of this or her thought about the Rules and not breaking them.
And the twist . . . for me, personally, that didn't work, because I suspected it all along. Hiding in plain sight? I truly thought that begged my ability to suspend disbelief and stretched it to the limit.
So, those are my objections.
But all of that aside, there is an interesting story here. There is growth from the characters, both Ariane and Zane, more self-awareness of who they are or, perhaps more correctly, of who they want to be.
So, while not completely satisfied, I will sign on for the next book in the series and hope it improves.
Posted May 2, 2013
I really enjoyed this first book, the pacing was great, and
I really enjoyed this first book, the pacing was great, and there was character growth as well as a romance that I cheered for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Rules sucked me in right away. Even though I was a bit confused on the whys and hows of Ariane's condition, as well as who she replaced and how exactly that worked, I still immediately liked what I was reading, and I wanted more. Though I will say that I expected something different from this book based on the synopsis, but I wasn't disappointed in what I got.
Ariane is a mixture of human and alien DNA, and I really like how that gives her strengths, but also weaknesses. Big ones, that she has to deal with. As her back story is revealed little by little, I learn why the Rules are in place, and more about her connection with her "dad" Michael Tucker. Who, for the record, I really admired. I liked how much he cared for her, and his reasoning for taking Ariane in the first place. He is so protective, and their relationship seems so authentic.
I connected with Adriane and her feelings of not belonging. That yearn to fit in. It was so sad how she really couldn't get too close with anyone because she doesn't want to draw attention to herself or else the lab she escaped from could notice her. But even though she has the different DNA, it really begs the question what makes a human. She shows the full range of emotions, from anger, protectiveness, and love in its different forms. She has special abilities, so I know that sets her apart, but at her core, how different is she really?
And I don't know if having someone as a narrator makes me more susceptible to like someone, but being in Zane's head did that for me. I don't think that I would normally fall for someone in the "in crowd" like him. But seeing that he had some deeper emotional value behind the pretty face, and that even though he was friends with people like Rachel, the "it and mean girl" of their high school, he didn't support all that she stood for or did. As I learned more about his home life, and the more I was in his head, the more that I liked him. He had pure a pure heart underneath the tough exterior and the things that he did to fit in.
The romance between the two is sweet, and I really enjoyed those moments. I love how it started out of revenge and then evolved into something else.
The twist near the end really got me. I was expecting one part but DEF not the other. I guess I should have read Rule 1: Don't trust anyone more closely. It makes me want to retract one of the statements above that I wrote while in the middle of the book and had started jotting down my thoughts, but it is true for that part in the story, so I will leave it. I am eager for the next book, and sadly can't find much else about it, but I will certainly be watching Ms. Kade's blog and goodreads for more info.
Bottom Line: Sweet and fast paced story from two characters that I rooted for.
Posted April 29, 2013
What a find! I didn't know a thing about this book before I rea
What a find! I didn't know a thing about this book before I read the summary and I was pleasantly surprised. This story was really unusual. I mean, I've read books before where one of the main characters was experimented on, but this one had a few other things going on that combined to make it a really unique story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The experiment that went awry, of course, is Ariane herself. She's grown up assuming the name of her "father's" deceased daughter. I loved Ariane's personality. She's completely devoted to her father, to his rules, keeping herself hidden and the two of them safe from discovery. When she gets involved with Zane, even to help him teach the school's mean girl a lesson, it was really great to watch her personality changing. The reader gets to experience her discoveries right along with her. There are situations she's never been in before, emotions she's never felt, and all of these begin to hit her at once as she spends more time with Zane. She was a truly unique character and I loved watching her kind of come alive. The author did a fabulous job balancing her human side with her not so human side.
Zane was also intriguing. This is a guy who wasn't always a good guy, and I liked to see his conscience awaken. We get to know him, even as he begins to change and grow into something so likeable as he is coaxed out of being a part of the horrible crowd he's always hung with. Including Rachel...who I hated!
The book had great pacing. I tore through it very quickly and loved the suspense. The two main characters carried the story so well together, and their building romance was sweet, a gentle discovery that made the story so poignant. At the end, I had more than one shock in store for me, and it just upped the suspense level so well. I just about wailed when the ending came... I can't believe I have such a long wait for the next book. But I think it will definitely be worth the wait!