{Blog Tour} Review: The Hunt by Stacey Kade

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I've been waiting for this day to arrive because ever since reading THE RULES last year, all I wanted was for THE HUNT to come out. But now that I've read THE HUNT, all I can say and think about is WHERE IS THE THIRD BOOK?????

The Hunt (Project Paper Doll, #2)
Title: The Hunt (Project Paper Doll #2)
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date of Publication: April 22, 2014

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?

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Cassie of Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel. (There will be some spoilers for The Rules but none for The Hunt so if you haven't read the first book, stay away, dearie!)

I read The Rules last year and certifiably loved it. It surprised me with being more of a contemporary read than a sci-fi one, which I surprisingly enjoyed. A lot. Especially that great first kiss. I still remember it even after a year and I even named it the best kiss of 2013. While the ending to The Rules wasn't that big of a cliffhanger, I still longed and needed The Hunt in my life. And it didn't fail me. In fact, in my opinion, it even exceeded The Rules.

The Hunt picked up right where The Rules ended, with Ariane and Zane escaping from GTX. Reeling from the betrayal of her father, Ariane wasn't so sure if his promised emergency bag is really under the Dumpster. But then it's there, along with everything she could ever need to survive on the run. But what Ariane didn't expect is her father's letter in the bag, WHICH WAS HEARTBREAKING AND SWEET AND I CRIED. But there's no time to cry over what's lost because Mark reveals that GTX's two rival corporations, with their own human-alien hybrid experiments, have always been out to get Ariane. That GTX was the safest place she could ever be was such a disgusting irony. Now, on the run with a target on their backs, Ariane and Zane are in their most dangerous state.

As with THE RULES, THE HUNT was written in both Ariane and Zane's perspective which was again, AWESOME. Stacey Kade nails both perspectives. With the plot of THE HUNT shifting to a more fast-paced, action-packed and thrilling conflicts, we get to see more of Ariane's alien side - the cold, calculating and very logical side. We also get to know that Mark has trained her when she was a kid for breaking and entering and that she can totally do that superhero move wherein she can assess every exit in the building. A master strategist, she is. At first, Ariane pushes away Zane because she doesn't want him harmed. But Zane is persistent and insists that it's his decision to make. With all that's happening, we even get to see more of Zane's mind - in how he overthinks everything as well. Ariane's alien characteristics show more prominently in this installment and here's where Zane realizes that she is indeed different. Not that it affects how he thinks and wants her but given Zane's inferiority complex brought upon by his father, he thinks that Ariane wouldn't want him soon enough. On the other hand, Ariane worries that Zane won't want her anymore because she's truly different.

I absolutely loved that the conflict is on so many levels. We have them on the run, we have Ariane wanting to know more of who she is, her wanting to know the other hybrids, Zane not wanting that at all because she might leave him, Zane wanting that too because he wants to support her, the upcoming fight of the hybrids looming over all companies, the problems of the other hybrids, SO SO MANY CONFLICTS. We have surface conflicts and we also have those that are only in Ariane and Zane's mind.

I won't discuss most of the plot because I think I already revealed too much so I'll get on to the romance. HOLY HELL THAT WAS HOT. All I could ever think was "PLEASE, SIR, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?" over and over again. There were only two hot scenes but SERIOUSLY, Stacey, you are gifted in writing these make-out sessions and all. JUST, MORE PLEASE!

I also found myself laughing at some scenes and moments in here. Stacey said she indeed put more comic moments in this sequel although I think I'm just too attuned to these characters that I get them.

Lastly, the ending. That was HOW CAN I WAIT FOR A YEAR FOR THAT? I was so scared of what was happening and then it ended with THAT. Yes, to answer your question, it's a MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER. A really big one where you just want to hound Stacey what stage is Book 3 currently. (I did. Apparently, it's under edits!) I'm soooooooooooooooooo looking forward to the next book like it's my baby during delivery. I just want it to be out!!!

Huh, what an incoherent and spazzy review. But that's just it. THE HUNT made me flail then wrecked me with anticipation for what's going to happen next. For me, THE HUNT is an even better outing than THE RULES, with its action-packed (Strategies! Breaking! Entering! Hiding! Spying! Running!), thrilling, addicting plot. We also get to know our beloved characters even deeper and better. We get new antagonists and all sorts of new possibilities.

Just, if you liked THE RULES, you'll love THE HUNT even more. All stakes are even higher than ever, the danger rocketed to the roof and the need and excitement for the next book even greater. THE HUNT did not suffer from the meh second book syndrome and in fact, even surpassed its predecessor. Certi-effin-iably amazing.

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.

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