{Blog Tour} Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Today, on my stop on The Rules tour hosted by Pinoy Book Tours, I have a review for you! Stay for a while and check out why you should definitely read Stacey Kade's recent novel, The Rules!

The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)
Title: The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1)
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date of Publication: April 23, 2013

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…

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Louisse of The Soul Sisters for lending her ARC and to Pinoy Book Tours for organizing this tour! I want to hug Louisse for lending us all her precious ARC of this precious book. *tackle hug* I never thought I'd get to read this book this year, or like ever, but I actually did! Still, only honest opinions here! So let's get down to this alien biz!

Didn't that blurb just grab you in? I was a bit surprised though that it's more of a contemporary YA romance than a sci-fi action novel. But it was a welcome surprise because I enjoyed it so so much.

While Ariane is hiding in plain sight, going to school like a normal teenager, she encounters the usual teenager problems, with so many added layers. As a half-alien-half-human experiment from a laboratory, she tries so hard to blend in but it's hard with her pathological tendency to help those in danger and in need. When the #1 bitch in school bullies her one and only friend, she goes to lengths to protect her and ultimately, exact revenge. To do this, she joins forces with Zane, the police chief's son. At first, it was all pretend but Zane seems to see and like her. Rule #5: Don't fall in love. But what if she starts to break all the rules because of this revenge plan and mostly because of Zane?

First, The Rules is written in dual POV - Ariane's and Zane's. SO AWESOME. If you know me, I love multiple POVs like ice cream on a very hot day. I admit to enjoying Zane's POV more because it's nice to know what the other person thinks. Especially what the guy thinks. The dichotomy between the two characters is evident through the writing. Ariane is detached, clinical and calculating, while Zane is the more emotional one.

Some characters are cardboard cutouts, almost seeming like caricatures, but I don't find it a big deal because Ariane and Zane were written and executed really well. I love Ariane's humanity. She might be half human only but she's no less a human in her feelings. Zane, though a guy full of problems and more baggage than a teen like him should have, is still so lovable. You just want him to smile, to be with Ariane, to be his own, real self and that happens when he's with Ariane. They bring out each other's true personalities and they make each other happy. They care for each other a lot. What else do you need for a teen romance? Nothing else. Oh, you need chemistry. And Ariane and Zane have enough electricity between them to power the town. Seriously, The romance in here was sizzling but in a very PG and clean way. Which is jawdroppingly amazing. And dare I say it, BEST FIRST KISS OF 2013? Who will contest this? I seriously read that scene a gazillion times in three days. (Okay, maybe it will tie with Life in Outer Space, Dare You To but it's just, REALLY GOOD. And hey, Hopeless not included! That's originally a 2012 book!)

The plot was compelling as we're both invested in Ariane hiding from GTX and her burgeoning relationship with Zane. Though full of teenage angst and drama and romance, the latter part of the novel was jam-packed with decisions, hiding, running and powers. Towards the end, you will feel adrenaline rushing through your veins as you read faster and you flip the pages faster just so you can know what happens next. GOOD STUFF.

High stakes, fast-paced, engaging and with a romance that will make you weak in the knees, The Rules won't just grab you, it will hold you into place, eyes glued to the page, fingers flipping next, next, next, until you finish it. It is a must-read for contemporary YA romance fans looking for some crossover into the sci-fi genre. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel. Absolutely, utterly cannot wait.

About Stacey Kade

As a former 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 their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy).

The Ghost and the Goth is her first YA novel.


  1. I am so glad to see you like this book. I can't wait to read it.

    1. Hi Jenn! You should DEFINITELY read this book! Thanks for dropping by! <3

  2. Don't we all like guy POVs better? Heh:) I'm glad you liked this one. I've heard /seen more okay-ish thoughts on this, but to see that someone actually liked it a lot -- makes me rethink about passing it and picking it up instead. This best first kiss makes me intrigued since nothing, NOTHING can surpass the first non-kiss in Hopeless. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that scene. I'm glad you enjoyed this hon! Lovely review:)

    1. Eeeeeppp, when I say it's the best first kiss of 2013, Hopeless is not included! I consider Hopeless a 2012 release. Okay, I'm going to change that part of the review because after checking my read pile of 2013, I think it ties with a lot. Sorry for my hazy brain. Haha! Do read it!


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