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{April 19, 2013}   {ARC Review} The Rules by Stacey Kade (Project Paper Dolls #1)

11640957From 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…


This is one of those stories where I liked it enough, it kept my interest, but I didn’t feel any real love for it for quite some time.  But then, in a matter of unforgettable moments, that all changed, and I found my heart suddenly beating rapidly as I read faster and faster to find out what would happen next.  Granted, this didn’t occur until I was about 3/4 of the way through, but the fact that it did happen made me really giddy with delight.  I love it when I’m reading along and the author sends a curveball my way that has me going, “WHAT?!!!” as I read, and that’s exactly what Kade did as she spun her tale.

Ariane Tucker has been living a lie for ten years, blending in as best she can with the human world as she attempts to stay under the radar of GTX’s constant prowling eyes.  They want her back.  She wants freedom, and the only person who knows her true identity is her adoptive father.  Enter Zane Bradshaw, who throws Ariane for a loop, forcing her to question the rules as she struggles to choose between her freedom and the protection of her friend.

At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Ariane or Zane.  They were a little bland, but as the story evolved, they became very interesting indeed, especially as they had such different lives and experiences.  I loved the constant pull between the two, and his worry for her made him my very own knight in shining armor, as it were, because he was different from all the rest.  Ariane isn’t a pushover, either.  She sees just how cruel people can be, and although she knows she’s supposed to stay under the radar, the fact that she chooses to protect others instead of herself made me really respect her.  Especially when the walls came crashing down and the betrayal of a lifetime ensued.  Phenomenal.  Four stars.

4 starsDisney Hyperion Book Group has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read and ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on April 23, 2013.

Dovile says:

I’m pretty excited about this book. I love reading about aliens, and this one looks promising. I’ll check it soon!

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