From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE GHOST AND THE GOTH"
Fans of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side will enjoy the humorous banter and romantic tension...Kade makes this unlikely scenario feel real."Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR QUEEN OF THE DEAD"
Kade's writing style makes everything shine. There's so much emotion within these pages, but there's also so much humor."DreamingInBooks.blogspot.com"
This page-turner holds fast to the essential elements of young-adult paranormal: danger, intrigue, forbidden romance, and deadly secrets."Booklist
Children's Literature - Stacey Dorish
Every teenager lives by rules, but no one has rules like sixteen-year-old Ariane Tucker. Created in a local genetics lab, Ariane is a powerful half-human, half-alien engineered for the sole purpose of being a government weapon of mass destruction. Rescued at the age of six by a laboratory employee mourning the loss of his own daughter, Ariane has spent the last ten years trying to blend in as a normal adolescent of a small suburban community by following five simple, but strict rules: never trust anyone, remember they are always searching, do not get involved, keep your head down, and do not fall in love. The rules have proved successful at enabling Ariane to avoid detection until a confrontation between Ariane and the most popular girl in school causes an emotional response that awakens her unique powers and begins to draw the attention of her classmates and those searching for her. In her desire to battle against the quintessential mean girl, she joins forces with attractive Zane Bradshaw, stirring new desires and emotions that she has never felt before. A surprising twist at the end of the novel has readers questioning who can be trusted and paves the way for a sequel. Narrated in alternating chapters by Ariane and Zane, the novel offers a suspenseful page-turner for young adults, combining common high school themes with unique fantasy. The characters and situations in this book allow readers to empathize with issues of belonging, acceptance, trust, and new relationships, but the novel also includes the desired element of science fiction that is currently popular trend. Young adult readers will surely enjoy this first installment of Kade’s “Project Paper Dolls” series, as they discover that this tumultuous quest for identity quite mirrors their own. Reviewer: Stacey Dorish; Ages 12 up.
VOYA - Sara Martin
Rescued from a genetics lab by her adoptive father, Ariane Tucker has spent the last ten years hiding in plain sight with her secretAriane is a human-extraterrestrial hybrid, created by GenTex Labs as part of Project Paper Doll. She must follow "the rules" set out by her father to avoid being detected by her classmates or GTX. Blend in, do not get noticed, trust no one, and never forget that they are searching for her. When Ariane stands up to a school mean girl, and catches the eye of popular and attractive Zane Bradshaw (who just happens to be the police chief's son), all the rules suddenly fly out the window. Told from Ariane and Zane's perspectives in alternating chapters, author Kade brings a new, alien spin to the star-crossed lovers theme. While the story is a little too "soapy" to warrant a "must buy," the quick pacing and the chemistry between Ariane and Zane makes The Rules an enjoyable read that should be quite popular with teens. A plot twist near the end of the book heightens the suspense and sets up the sequel. Pair The Rules with Mary Pearson's The Adoration Of Jenna Fox (Henry Holt, 2008) or Nancy Farmer's The House Of The Scorpion (Atheneum, 2002) for a study into the potential perils of human genetic engineering. Reviewer: Sara Martin
VOYA - Raluca Topliceanu
The Rules possesses some characteristics of a good novel; however, these are overshadowed by the predictability of the plot and the unsatisfying ending. Supporting characters scarcely appear within the work enough to further the story and their mannerisms are unrealistic. The split-narrative is satisfactory from Ariane's perspective, but the author's attempt to tell the story from Zane's perspective falls short, particularly due to poor choice of language. Reviewer: Raluca Topliceanu, Teen Reviewer