Book Review: The Rules

Book Review: The RulesThe Rules by Stacey Kade
Series: Project Paper Doll #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 23rd 2013
Pages: 416
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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…

In Ariane's life, survival is determined by five simple rules.

Follow these rules, and Ariane can get want she wants: a normal life. A life where she is not constantly looking over her shoulder, or making sure she is following the 'human' norms. A life that does not involve her being trapped in a box because she is half alien.

There are some books that you know right away that you are going to love. The Rules was not one of them. I loved the concept. I loved Ariane. Yet, in the beginning, my reading experience with The Rules hovered somewhere around light boredom. Why? The plot line moved so slow for me.

The Rules started off with a basic introduction for Ariane, her 'father', and her current life. As The Rules progressed, there were some light flashbacks to Ariane's life before, and how horrible it was. Personally, there was nothing wrong with how the beginning was set up. It was more or less how it moved along. I was having a really hard time trying to put my finger on where this book was going, and when it would start making that turn from basic information to bam! plot changing moment. To be honest, it took a while to get there. So much so, that a one point, I almost decided I was going to mark The Rules as DNF.

But I stuck with it, and was really glad that I did. Once the main game changer came into play, it was like all of the pieces for The Rules fell into place. The plot picked up. The action began. The romance bloomed. The last two thirds of The Rules was like night and day from the first third.

 

Final Verdict:

The Rules is probably my third alien read in the last few weeks. I have to say that I am really enjoying seeing this trend gain momentum. The Rules, while not perfect, was a great blend of light science fiction and a swoon-worthy romance.

Will I read the next installment?

Yes, I think I will. Honestly, I am not exactly sure what to expect in the next installment. But I am hoping for more Zane.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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One response to “Book Review: The Rules

  1. I liked the light sci-fi too-if it had been heavier, I probably would have struggled although Kade is such a skillful writer that maybe it wouldn't have mattered.

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