The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)
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The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1)

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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 abi...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars In a season crowded with all kinds of YA sci fi thrillers, The Rules offers an unusual heroine: Ariane Tucker, a alien-human hybrid girl who must hide among humans in order to avoid capture.

*waits a beat*

Oh come on, you're going to have to just roll with this idea! If you can accept the premise and a story that focuses more on the characters than complex worldbuilding or non-stop action, this is a fun, enjoyable science fiction thriller that reads very much like a paranormal story.

3.5 stars

The Rules caught me by surprise. Despite being far less science fiction than teenage drama – think high school revenge, the resident mean girl, all the usual clichés – it captured my interest from the very start and refused to let go. Oddly, and maybe even a little begrudgingly, I quite liked it.

Our main character, Ariane Tucker, is an alien-human hybrid whose life is firmly moulded by a set of inflexible rules. These are rules that dictate her social standing, that force her to be as i...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
[Insert Random Political Name Here] Eats Babies

3.25 stars. Just a hunch on my part, but it would appear that this author has an axe to grind with conservatives after reading some of the snide commentary in The Rules. Hey, I'm all for everyone having the right to agree/disagree with whatever's going on out in the "real world," but I'd rather not read about what's distasteful to an author in my books. For a moment, I thought I was in the middle of campaign season and watching one of those "Camp...more
Meet Ariane: the alien hybrid that shares a similarity with my dear beloved friend, Carrie (yes, the evil one!). This is one heck of a fun book. Having been raised in a lab her whole life, Ariane now has to live among humans… in high school--how horrifying! Instead of concentrating on the alien conspiracies or sci-fi aspect, The Rules involves mostly a lot of high school drama where Ariane is trying hard to stay invisible, but a certain… she person… is making this incredibly hard. After digestin...more
Not exactly what I had been expecting, but I was sucked into the story - mainly because it kept me guessing from the beginning to end.

So why four stars? Well, if you were looking something of the sci-fi/dystopian genres, this wasn't exactly that. Because the concept pretty much disappeared for a good chunk of this book. Actually, let me back up…

My first thought after reading the prologue was, "Oh crap, this sounds a lot like Beta." A non-human was created to replace a dead girl. But then I reali...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Oh... eurgh.

While looking through the numerous reviews for THE RULES, I came about a review calling this "THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE HOST". I found this hard to believe since pretty much every book is marketed as THE HUNGER GAMES nowadays. But, hey, she had to have come from somewhere right?

Yeah... no. Not at all. I don't think I'll ever get how this is close to THE HUNGER GAMES, or THE HOST for that matter, unless they suddenly morphed into a teen drama sitcom contemporary with alien elements....more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
More high-school teen drama than the anticipated bad-ass alien sci-fi I was expecting.

Ariane was created in a lab, with a combination of human and alien DNA. Her father is one of the scientists, and after a crisis of conscience, kidnaps and rescues Ariane where she was being kept as a lab rat. They lead a quiet existence, doing the blending-in thing quite well compared to some of the other books I've read (like the idiotic aliens in Lux, honestly...). Ariane doesn't look like a normal human bein...more
Jan 01, 2013 Mitch rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mitch by: Katy
A lot of the time, reading a book is all expectations - and it goes both ways. In this case, I really liked The Rules, but probably not for the reasons you'd expect, so as a word of warning, I think anyone picking this up expecting a science fiction thriller will be sorely disappointed because it's actually mostly a high school revenge plot. That said, I recently wrote in another review that I'd pay good money to an author who can genuinely surprise me, and well, Stacey Kade surprised me. So bec...more
The Rules by Stacey Kade

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4.5 Stars

The Rules reads surprisingly like a contemporary book, and that's one of the things that made me love it so much. Although it does have sci-fi elements, they don't dominate the story at all. It's more about evil corporations, first loves, tender and hesitant romance, high school drama, and bullies, all with a small sci-fi twist.

The story is told from alternating points of view: Ariane's and Zane's. I didn't expect to get a glimpse into both characters...more
Surprisingly I didn't give this book a 2 or 1 star, like I thought I would. I gave it a 3.5. It wasn't perfect or horrible. The book had great story line, but one thing that got on my nerves was the amount paragraphs and writing the author used to fill up the pages. Like I understand that detail and background information in a book is super important but that doesn't mean that we need pages fill of it. Another thing was the how slow the book went and, then at the very end the book suddenly every...more
This book exceeds my expectation. There is nothing I want to change about this book since everything is just perfect. One thing though, I don't know why the series is called Project Paper Doll.

Both Zane and Adriane stole my heart. I loved Adriane's sense of humor and her inability to just stand by and watch when seeing someone being abused. She was cool like that. As for Zane, I LOVED him! I guess I enjoyed Zane's POV better than Andiane's, even both POVs were awesome in their own way.

When I fir...more
Escaping the GenTex Labs (GTX), home to the Paper Dolls project where Ariane Tucker was created as a half-human, half-alien hybrid- her only source of survival, with the help of her 'adopted' father, depends on blending in with the humans and following 5 simple rules. But after a cruel joke that gets under Ariane skin, she snaps and loses control and get the unwanted attention of Zane Bradshaw. Zane, the police chief's son and one of the more popular boys at school, starts to see Ariane in a dif...more
Jenni Arndt
I’ve never been a big fan of sci fi, I have to admit that up front. When I look back at movies that I have watched and liked in the genre it’s more so the ones that come across as predominantly horror more than sci fi. There’s something about other beings living out there somewhere that absolutely frightens me. Then when you add in the fact that they are possibly much more advanced than us and could be lurking in places we don’t know, yikes! What I am trying to say is that I am fascinated at the...more
I started off not having a clue about this book. I didn't really know what in the world it would be about or what the "Paper Doll Project" was. All I knew was the rules printed on the back of the book jacket... I will also confess to being a MAJOR cover snob and if I hadn't agreed to read this with some of my GoodReads friends, I never would have picked this book up - because I HATE the cover. But that's not the Author's fault and I am SO GLAD I did the "buddy read"!

The book started off kind of...more
Amber Argyle
Hunger Games meets The Host.

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The Rules by Stacey Kade captured me so completely, so perfectly, that I responded in the only way possible: turn back to the beginning and start again.

Readers read because they love it. There's a journey, an adventure waiting for us between the pages of a book. Simply put, some adventures are better then others. But for those of us who read a lot, it becomes harder and harder to find something truly great. Something that...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica
*****FINAL RATING: 4.75 STARS*****

I really enjoyed Stacey Kade's The Ghost and the Goth series, so when I heard about her new series I knew that I had to get my hands on it. And don't get me wrong, I really loved her G&G series. But that is literally nothing compared to how much I loved this book. I honestly adored this book so much I don't even know what to do with myself. It was gorgeous, a little bit heartbreaking, and so passionate with feelings and painful choices that it drew...more
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Okay,I'll be honest. I had some major expectations from this book, and maybe that's why I didn't find it as awesome as I hoped I would. However, I loved the concept. The Roswell incident has always been something I've been curious and intrigued about, so imagine my surprise when this book turned out to be based on that only. That was one reason I got immediately attracted to this book.

The concept was compelling and the way the story started off was awesome. I cou...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
So good!!!

One thing I love the most about Stacey Kade’s writing is that she can create characters that seem very believable, and that readers can relate to in one way or another. I am a huge fan of her GHOST AND THE GOTH series because of this and she pulls it off again in The Rules.

Ariane isn’t exactly human and she knows it. She’s been trying to live a normal life as a human for years. She has it all down pat and follows every rule that her father gives her. She’s been off the radar for a lo...more
Okay, let's be totally honest about this book. It's a popcorn book. It's gratuitous fluff. Some of the characters are walking stereotypes. (Rachel is like a caricature of a stereotype, for goodness sake). The dialogue is good but not great and the cutesy exchanges between the main characters are almost too cutesy.

But...I really liked it. This may be due in part to the ease in which I got through it. After slogging through Les Miserables for three months, this book was like skipping. And cupcake...more
Originally posted at OMFG!Books

Well, that was intense! I wasn't quite sure what to expect from The Rules. All I knew was that I loved the cover and the concept. I don't read many alien-y novels so I thought why not!?

There were two main characters and we got to see both of their POVs; Ariane and Zane. Ariane is the alien/human hybrid in hiding from the government and Zane is just a human boy going about his life. Sort of. Ariane, though having been in the Outside as she calls it for years, is sti...more
Giveaway on my blog! Ends 4/21 -

There are NO spoilers for The Rules in this review but I do refer to a few things that are already in the summary that may be spoilery if you do not read book summaries.

Ariane, an alien/human hybrid, needs to lay low in order to stay safe. Following her adoptive father's rules has always protected her from discovery but she can't stand to watch her one and only friend subjected to the cruel pranks of the resident high schoo...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I think aliens are the new black! Fierce and very exciting, I LOVED this story.

The plot of the book is what kept me planted in the story. There are several plot twists that I did not expect and it totally blew me away. From the start of the first sentence to the last line of the story, I want MORE! I need MORE! The plot moved wonderfully with the reader entrancing them with a powerful plot that I could not take my eyes off of. The ending of the story is the BEST! Seriously once I reach the end o...more
This review and others are posted at Read, Rinse, Repeat.

The Rules has pretty much everything this sci-fi fan could want. A human/extra-terrestrial hybrid? Check. The hybrid, named Ariane, was locked in a top-secret government laboratory and subjected to inhumane experiments? Check. Ariane breaks out and now must attempt to blend into society to avoid detection and capture? Check.

Ariane's attempt at a normal life begins at home with the laboratory's security guard who helped her escape. He pose...more
The Rules is a solid entry in the alien-among-us fiction category. Ariane is a lab experiment, grown in a petrie dish from part-alien and part-human cells. For the first several years of life, she lived in a small room and endured increasing horrors from the scientists who designed her. Until the day she's freed...

Fast forward ten years and Ariane is now a high school junior. Her father has carefully indoctrinated The Rules into her head - stay quiet, don't get involved, don't draw attention, do...more
Howdy YAL
Sep 17, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People Who Like Their Aliens Fluffy
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It's the one PNR YA tropes I never get tired of. I think because there are so many ways you can go with it. Honestly, I'm usually not a hard core sci-fi fan for the most part. It's true I like watching the occasional movie about aliens taking over the world and that I like to read about aliens and watch Ancient Aliens on TV, but...okay, I'm obsessed.

But aliens in YA?

Sort of mixed.

Sure there's the Lux series which I liked (used to love up to the last inst...more
The Rules felt like it went on forever, as the pacing was really slow.

I liked Ariane. She was tough, but had vulnerable side, and she was quite funny at times.
Zane was an okay character, but he didn't really stand out for me.
The rest of the characters, i didn't like. Most of them were bitchy.

I would have liked more sci-fi, and less high school drama, as the sci-fi part was hardly in it.

Overall, slow and disappointing.
OMG!! Definitely 5 stars!! I loved it! The writing was really good, I loved the angle the author took with the story. The Urban legend about 1947 Roswell and aliens landing on Earth. So creative and not cheesy!!

The characters were awesome!! Ariane is unassuming, but brave too! I really liked her character! She's funny and a really sweet girl, but feisty and snarky. Zane is charming and playful and he really stole my heart!

The story was exciting and...GAH!!!...just SO dang good!!! I need the nex...more
Shilo Harney
Wow, where to start? Stacey Kade did an AMAZING job with this book. A friend of mine who introduced me to goodreads won this book in a first reads giveaway. I went to her house one night and picked it up only planning to read a sentence or two and could not put it down! Though the book had some predictability about it, it doesn't feel that way when reading it. Her characters are well developed and multi-dimensional. I'm usually very good at calling twists in advanced but she threw in a few plot...more
Ashley Hill

Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters:

*was given a copy in exchange for my honest opinion*

Honestly I don’t know why it took me so god damn long to read this!! What motivated me to finally, finally pick up this awesome book was because the sequel, The Hunt, is being published today and I can’t wait to pick it up!!

From the blurb I felt this was going to be one exciting read. While deep, deep down I was afraid it might end up being cliché. I know, sil...more
Uniquely created from human and alien DNA, Ariane Tucker lived her monitored life adhering to five specific rules to ensure her safety after being rescued by her adopted father Mark Tucker. To keep her safe and hidden in plain sight, Mark taught teenager Ariane to survive by blending in the world around her, unaware her human qualities were surfacing making her detection more vulnerable, putting her at risk. Human interactions caused confusion and complications for Ariane and her newly formed fr...more
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“Pretending to feel something you don't can often lead you to the real thing, in some form.” 19 likes
“The trouble with rules, though, is that you'll always be tempted to break one- for the right reasons, due to unavoidable circumstances, because it feels as if there's no other choice. And once you break one, the rest seem like so much broken glass. The damage is already done.” 15 likes
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