Speed Date with Ariane: THE RULES by Stacey Kade

Posted 25 April, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 22 Comments

THE RULES (Project Paper Doll #1) by Stacey Kade
YA Science Fiction
416 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2013)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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…

First Date: Ariane’s done her best to follow the rules her adoptive father laid out for her but, really, can you imagine a teenager following all those, all the time? Yeah. Me, neither. Ariane’s a repressed little good girl who needs to break out of her shell, even if it means revealing herself to others around her. (Seriously, who stays in a town filled with people who want to recapture you? This is your plan, Dad) There’s definitely something hinky here but I’m intrigued enough to stick around, if for nothing more than to cheer Ariane on as she breaks some of those repressive rules.

Second Date: Girl. You can do so much better than that douche-canoe, Zane. Sure he’s cute and popular and he’s looking at you with those melting eyes that make you want to do bad things. But for YEARS he’s hung out with that rabid bitch –a total mean girl stereotype, btw — and done nothing to discourage or stop her from her horrible pranks and destructive behaviors. Still, I’m sure he’ll change. For you. Because that’s what boys do, right?

Third Date: Oh, holy cow. I kind of didn’t really expect THAT to happen! This last date’s been a big surprise to me, one that made me like Ariane even more and hate the situations she’s been forced into as well as most of the people in her life. Zane, however, is kind of growing on me. Maybe *some* boys can change.

Date Dissemination Over Drinks With the Girls: I think there’s real possibility for us. A future, even. We’ll definitely meet again.

Available on Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble

Hey, if you’re interested, join on in! The more, the merrier!

About Mary @ TheBookSwarm

22 Responses to “Speed Date with Ariane: THE RULES by Stacey Kade”

  1. Hehe that sounds interesting!! Jenny also really liked this one so maybe I shouldn’t have been so fast to dismiss this book! And… I want to meet Zane and see how bad her really is )

    • Zane has potential but I really didn’t like him at the beginning because ignoring the bully is almost as bad as actually being the bully. Especially when you’re friends with her, too.

      Give it a shot!

  2. Glad this went well-I enjoyed this book a lot too and loved seeing the development of Zane’s character throughout (Ariane got me immediately!)

  3. I love when you do these speed dates Mary, they’re hilarious:) I really loved this book, and I agree Zane could be difficult at times, but I was so grateful we got in his head because then he stopped being troublesome to me. If we didn’t get anything from his POV, I would have had a lot of issues with him I think, but I kind of love him a little:) I’m glad he was growing on you by the end, maybe he’ll completely win you over on the next date!

    • Thanks! I have a great time writing them. ZANE! If we hadn’t been in his head, I would have dismissed him completely and maybe not even liked the book (even with Ariane). Come on, Zane, work it!

  4. Cute review! I enjoyed this one – I thought it was a little more high school drama than sic-fi but ultimately a lot of fun with surprising twists.

  5. Yeah, Ariane was a bit too obedient for my taste too. It just wasn’t believable in the least. I’m glad you ended up liking this, Mary. I liked it a bit less, but I’ll probably be continuing the series anyway. Curiosity, cat, and all that.

  6. Another douche that makes good? Mary–you are finding them. Maybe that is your super power 🙂 🙂

    I will be speed dating all week next week LOL I am feeling a bought of lazy reviewing going on 🙂

  7. I actually really loved Zane and don’t think I ever disliked him (maybe in the VERY beginning). I did wonder about the sticking around the town thing though, that just seemed stupid. At least at first…;)
    Yeah, the end surprised me too!

  8. Wow, something amazing must have happened to turn Zane from douche-canoe to growing on you. 🙂 I honestly had no desire to read this, but I’m rethinking it after reading all these reviews. If you’re ready for more beyond the 3rd date, this might be a winner for me too. Great review! 🙂

  9. This book was a fun read but it was much more contemporary than sci-fi which was not expected but I think I’d read the sequel 🙂

  10. I love the term “douche-canoe.”

    And I liked Ariane, but I wasn’t crazy about her motivation. I would have liked the stakes to be higher. Maybe if it had been more a question of choosing between morality and getting caught, I would have felt more intrigued. Even if, say, she risked exposure because she defended her best friend or wouldn’t let anything bad happen to her, that would have been preferable to showing Rachel what it was like to be on the receiving end of awful.

    As for Zane…uh uh. I needed more reformation from him. Not to mention a fricking apology for his part in Ariane’s BF’s (can’t remember her name…)’s humiliation in the beginning of the book. It’s clear he was a part of it. And some reflection on how taking part in Rachel’s schemes hurt others. Even if his role was passive, he was culpable because he did nothing to stop it and he remained friends with Rachel for as long as he did.