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Posted May 27, 2014
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for providing me with an early copy of this book to read and review. I had an early copy of the first book in this series and I really enjoyed it. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
Blurb from Goodreads:
Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.
But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.
Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?
I will say that I'm not a huge fan of the cover change for this book. But I knew what was inside the book would be totally awesome, so I can forgo a sweet cover to get to the meat of the story!
This books picks up immediately where the first one left off. Ariane and Zane have escaped from GTX and they are on the run. And this book is dual point of view, which I absolutely adored!
I love Ariane's character. She smart and sassy with just the right amount of naiveté to make her vulnerable. I like that she constantly questions what she is and how it affects her judgement on things. But I feel badly for her, at the same time, because it makes her feel so undeserving of things, like the love of others. She over analyzes a lot, but I think with her training and background it's understandable. I did get annoyed with all the times she wanted to just bust out on her own and leave everyone else behind. Like she couldn't rely on anyone else for fear they would get hurt, even when they told her they were willing to take that chance.
Zane, I just love him. He's sweet and honest and just a bit awkward. But he's totally committed to Ariane, even if she doesn't see it. And he is very loyal. He does have some self-doubt which I think makes him much more real and relatable. The way he thinks is so different from Ariane. She's more of a warrior whereas he thinks from the heart, he comes from a place of love and respect. It's totally honest and raw.
Kade introduces a few new characters: Zane's mom for instance. Plus Dr. Jacob's rivals and another group of hybrids who are to be used for the trials.
Once again Kade is amazing with her words. The plot was easy to follow and the pacing was spot on. I didn't want to put this book down once I started it, which didn't really surprise me since I really enjoyed the first book a lot. There is romance, but it's not the center of the story. It's just enough to make your route for it and hope that it works out. And Kade develops in a sweet and shy way. They did bicker quite a bit but I would think that under the circumstances that would not be so strange. And the action scenes are amazing. I can totally picture them in my mind. They kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting more! You really fear for Zane and Ariane's safety throughout the whole book!
And then Kade goes and ends the book on a cliffhanger. I was crying at the end, I will tell you that (but I don't want to spoil things so I won't tell you why). Kade could definitely pump up the development of some of the secondary characters in the third book if she wants and I hope she does. And I'm totally wondering where Kade is going with the ending she gave, so I must read the third book as soon as I can!
Overall I really am enjoying this series and really liked this book. I actually preferred this one to the first one. For fans of Sci-fi with lots of action, this book is for you
Posted May 27, 2014
I had super high hopes for The Hunt since I loved The Rules so much. Stacey Kade did not disappoint with this amazing sequel and I am now officially ready for the third book.
Arianne and Zane are on the run after Arianne broke out of GTX to save Zane. Zane is looking for his run away mother and Arianne is struggling with what to do. She has money, passports, and all the skills to stay hidden for a long time but, she wants Zane and Zane doesn’t want to leave her despite the risk. Meeting up with Zane’s mother opens a whole new can of worms and Arianne finds out she is very close to her rivals. On a mission to save Zane’s brother she teams up to break the other alien-hybrids from their addiction so they can help, and that’s when everything goes wrong.
Arianne and Zane had a very different feel to them in this book. Zane and Arianne are both scared and dealing with an identity crisis. Arianne is constantly being told in this book she doesn’t belong and the little self-esteem she has is constantly being ripped on. She becomes defensive about things that don’t matter and is fighting within herself to see the right thing to do. I really didn’t like how she refused to talk to Zane about anything. I felt he deserved more credit than she gave him since he did run away with her. It made me sad because I felt I would see a more vulnerable side of Arianne than I had previously seen in the first book and that just didn’t happen.
Zane was the once confident one. He used to think all he was dealing with was high school drama and now after getting a glimpse at Arianne’s world he feels inadequate. He really cares for Arianne and it really shows in this book what lengths he is willing to go to, to stay with her. His issues that were glazed over in The Rules is really put in the forefront of this book as he struggles with the issues of his mother and his family. He is constantly scared that Arianne will leave him or that people are trying to betray them.
The Hunt definitely had the feel of set up for the next book. The Hunt introduced new characters, new Institutes, and a whole set of new problems Arianne and Zane will have to face. There were a lot more slow parts I felt in this book than the last book and the whole book just had the feel of trying to set up for the next book, a transitional book.
All that being said I truly did enjoy this book. The writing was just as phenomenal as the first book if not better. I could feel what the characters feel and even with all of Arianne’s b.s. I really do still love her as a character and I understood why she felt the way she did even if I didn’t like it. Zane is still an amazing character too and he always puts Arianne before everything else because he knows she puts herself last. The action didn’t really happen until the end but it was well worth the wait.
That ending truly blew my mind. I honestly cried and threw the book on the ground. Major intensity and I cannot wait for book three. The ending killed a little part of me and I need to find out what happens next.
All in all: Get this book asap if you have read the first book. If you haven’t (what are you waiting for???) you need to get your copy soon. Thank you Stacey Kade for producing another heart racing, gut wrenching book.
Posted May 9, 2014
Told in alternating chapters with the voices of the two protagonists, Ariane and Zane, this book works well as a stand-alone. Reading the first book in the series, The Rules, will definitely benefit those who pick up this sequel but I found the story captivating without the background information. Ariane is part human, part alien; she has escaped from the research facility and Zane now accompanies her on the run. Their relationship begins to blossom so there are the tender, excited, worried, giddy emotions of teens hoping for romance; the reality that their possible romance is doomed before it goes very far is a constant in their minds. Bad guys from competing companies are trying to locate the teens to continue experimentation. A set of hybrids, one who looks nearly identical to Ariane, offers hope of a way to beat the baddies. Who can be trusted? A great read but with an abrupt and somewhat disappointing ending. It definitely leaves you waiting for the next book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2014
In an inhospitable world where aliens are hidden away in the depths of research facilities, experimented on and treated terribly, Ariane has escaped. Away from GTX, proving her mentors wrong about her ability to feel emotion and love, Ariane falls even harder for swoon-worthy Zane. But with her newfound emotions and fierce loyalty to Zane, she can’t shake the feeling that she needs to let him go in order to truly save him. Luckily for us, Zane is just as stubborn as Ariane, refusing to let her leave him by the wayside, even if it is the best course of action.
In this intense game of cat and mouse, with Ariane and Zane versus GTX, who will come out on top? Filled with action packed sequence and anxiety promoting events, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the novel as it unfolded. Picking up immediately after the conclusion of The Rules, Ariana and Zane share some steamy romance while also attempting to protect themselves from the incoming threats on all sides. And though it seems that Ariane and Zane are always one step ahead, GTX slowly bides it’s time only to come forth with a most amazing and sinister plot to draw Ariane back to them…
I really enjoyed the first novel in the Project Paper Dolls series, The Rules, and The Hunt turned out to be just as fun. With the advent of the other hybrids, Kade spurs readers on as we learn about the other threats to Ariane’s safety. And though I didn’t agree with all Ariane’s plans to free herself once and for all, I liked her guts. My one complaint of her, though, is that she needs to be a little more trusting of those who love her, (aka. Zane). As it all comes to a head, this lack of trust is what will cause Ariane’s plans to fizzle at the worst opportune time. But in doing so, other events are set in motion concerning Zane’s person and, even though left with a little cliffhanger, evidence points to Zane coming out of this altogether different—a feat I am dying to read about in the next installment.
Overall, this is a great middle novel, full of intense moments, deadly games of hide-and-seek, and ultimate betrayals… but who’s?
Posted May 1, 2014
I wanted to read this one because I enjoyed the premise of the story and wanted more when I finished it. Ariane is a great main character and struggled with what made her different and who I saw a lot of growth in as well as the potential for a lot more. Zane was swoony, the way he treated Ariane like there wasn't anything different about her and respected her.
The romance continues in this one, and while the time elapsed is still only about a week, it has been intense and it is the first time that Ariane has ever felt romantic feelings for anyone. I know that lots pegged it as insta-love but that isn't so much one of my pet peeves as long as I feel the emotions, and I did in their case. There were some pretty swoony scenes too, that I very much loved.
But for the most part, they are on the run, and they are very scared and paranoid of their next step. I love the dual narrative because I get both of their thoughts on each other as well as what they are planning. It was hard to see the struggle in Ariane about whether or not to leave Zane in order to better protect him since everyone she cares for is threatened. I get to see the strength of Zane and how much he wants to be there for her especially in the moments where it feels like no one else is there for her.
Understandably, there are a lot of arguments between the two about safety. Ariane thinks that Zane would be safer without being with her and Zane wants to be by her side and helping her along the way. Ariane doubts Zane at times that he really accepts the alien part of her, and Zane has a lot of self doubt that maybe he is slowing Ariane down or holding her back. I think that they finally come to an understanding and agreement about how the other feels even though there are some impulsive decisions that have some unfortunate or costly consequences attached. But its a book so you expect that there aren't always going to the best decisions made and it will keep the plot going as well as teach the characters a lot about themselves and those around them, giving them opportunity to grow and discover things about themselves.
The world building is good, although I still have a lot of questions about how exactly, and who and under what circumstances did the alien and human DNA mix. What happened to the "parent/donors." We do get to see another competitor for the trials and meet several hybrids in this second book and it looks like according to the ending, we are going to meet the third in the next book. There is a lot of set-up in this one, as with so many second books, but I was okay with it because I enjoyed the romance and the action scenes that we got.
The pacing is good and it keeps the story moving along and my attention rapt. Although the ending was pretty cliff-hangerish. Of course, the climax always has events happening in quick succession, but several of these were fairly surprising and then all of the sudden you are at the end, going--did she stop in the middle of a chapter? Surely this arc is missing some pages, because you can't just drop a bomb like that and then end a book and make me wait another year (I'm guessing) to find out how they are going to possibly get themselves out of this pickle and get their HEA.
Bottom Line: Enjoyable sequel with swoon worthy scenes. Major cliffie though.
Posted April 29, 2014
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
Ariane has escaped GTX, taking Zane with her, but how long can she evade capture for? Can Zane’s mom help them? And what should Ariane’s next move be?
This was an okay sequel, but like the first, it seemed a bit slow, and I lost interest.
Ariane was okay in this, and it was admiral how she wanted to keep Zane safe and protect him from danger he was in just because he liked her. She did make some dangerous decisions at times though, and ended up in sticky situations because of it.
The storyline in this was okay and mainly revolved around Ariane and Zane’s escape, finding Zane’s mother, and discovering more information about the other hybrids. I did find the pace quite slow though, and I got a bit bored because of it.
There was some romance, which was pretty good, and it was nice the way that Zane still loved Ariane, even after finding out what she was.
The ending to this was okay, and we did get a bit of action and a couple of little twists. Again Ariane ended up putting herself in danger though.
Overall; okay story, but the pace was a bit slow.
6.5 out of 10.
Posted April 22, 2014
Ok so I just finished the first book and it says the publishing date is today and I am very sad about this because after I am done with it I will have to wait a full year untill the next one I hope I am wrong
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Posted June 23, 2014
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Posted June 20, 2014
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