Summary: 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, to hide in plain sight 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.
Title: The Rules
Series: Project Paper Doll #1
Author: Stacey Kade
Released: 23rd April 2013
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Source: via Publisher on NetGalley
WOW WEEEEE! This book is absolutely awesome. I have no idea why I hadn’t picked it up earlier, it was such a fun and unique read that I am so very hooked. The Hunt (Project Paper Dolls #2) is due out April next year and I cannot wait to read where Ariane is up to and of course the hottie, Zane. The writing style was wonderful, such an easy flow with a vast variety of characters and the turns down the Ariane’s path, phew, surprises!
Ariane Tucker has a major secret, she was created in a lab but appears to be the same as everybody else. The only tell-tale signs of her uniqueness is her eyes and the colour of her skin. Her skin is passable, but Ariane’s eyes are not and she has to wear contacts everyday so they are not noticed. Ariane lives with her Father, he rescued her from the lab at GTX during an explosion and has supported and hidden her. Obviously not her biological father, but they are living as father and daughter to keep up appearances in the community.
Ariane attends school as any normal teenager and her Father has set Rules that she must abide by. Being extremely secretive and quiet, she only has one real friend and even she doesn’t know Ariane’s secret.
Zane Bradshaw is the youngest son of the Chief of Police and one of the most popular boys in school. As one of the most wanted by all the girls at school, Zane could have his pick of any, but he has his own issues and complications at home.
Rachel Jacobs is the granddaughter of the CEO of GTX and the most evil girl in school. She is a renowned bully and has decided to pick on Ariane and her friend. Rachel talks Zane into taking a bet to ask Ariane out during Bonfire Week and to have her humiliated in front of everybody at Rachel’s party.
Zane has always been intrigued by Ariane and now is his chance to get the answers to the questions he has always wanted to know. Ariane cannot believe that Zane really wants to date her and tells him as much, turning him down. Zane has had enough of Rachel’s horror towards his fellow students and decides to give Rachel some of his own medicine. Coming up with a plan he is trying to convince Ariane that she has a chance at revenge.
It appears that Ariane is making things worse with Rachel and her best friend by being with Zane; the only benefit is she is able to bring on her powers and learn to control them. Rachel seems to be her key. Ariane’s Father finds out her plan and advises her to not carry on as GTX is increasing their surveillance in the school. Ariane can’t stay away from Zane, their feelings for each other are escalating and they can’t seem to help themselves.
What will happen with Rachel, will her plan work or will Zane and Ariane get retribution? Will Ariane be found by GTX and taken back to the lab? Can Zane and Ariane accept their feelings for each other? Will Ariane get a handle on her powers before she gets caught?
The Rules is full to the brim of intrigue, betrayal, new discoveries and teen angst. I very very much enjoyed reading The Rules and have added Ms Kade to my favourites list. This is certainly a highly recommended read for all young adult readers as it was vastly different from anything I have ever read. Loved it!!
About the Author
As an 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 three retired racing greyhounds, Joezooka (Joe), Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television with her Roswell DVDs, staring rapturously at Jason Behr.
The Ghost and the Goth is her first YA novel. You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as http://www.staceykade.com.