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The Rules

(Project Paper Doll #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,948 ratings  ·  622 reviews
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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. Aria
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jeri It depends on the edition you have though. If you have the one with the dolls in blue dresses, it's 432 pages.…moreIt depends on the edition you have though. If you have the one with the dolls in blue dresses, it's 432 pages.(less)
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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.

Stacia (the 2010 club)
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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 "C
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
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.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Norah Una Sumner
“That was, in fact, my life. A whole series of reasonable lies.”

Once in a while,I like the synopsis of a certain book with bad ratings,so I say "Fuck it" and read the book anyway.Sometimes it turns out that the reviews were right,but sometimes,like this time,it turns out that the book is actually really good and interesting.I really enjoyed reading this.I loved both point of views,which doesn't happen so often,and I really liked our two main characters.The story is so interesting,full of ne
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 charact
Abida's Book Adventures
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
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star

I don’t really know what I was expecting going into this one. But I was pleasantly surprised! I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. First of all, it wasn’t as much about alien experimentation as much as it was a vengeance campaign against the high school mean girl. That’s what about 70% of this book consisted of. Not that that’s a bad thing – Kade’s writing style was fantastic and very engaging! Despite my aversion to high school drama stories, I found myself way
Amber Argyle
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
[Adult reviewer, YA/Juvenile book]

IN SHORT: Sort of like.... Mean Girls + Carrie + (view spoiler).

VERDICT: 3+ YA stars, or 2+ Adult stars. Passing grade. A bit juvenile, with emphasis on feelings & inner thoughts & a budding romance (instead of action)--but a good concept overall.

REVIEW: Unusual young heroine Ariane has a BIG secret, fails to avoid high school drama, and tries (not very hard) to not get noticed by evil scientists. As to the 5 RULES... you can probably g
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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
Sarah Elizabeth
3.5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Ariane is not 100% human. Instead she’s a hybrid – part human, part alien, and she’s constantly hiding from the lab that she escaped from.
Ariane lives by a set of rules that stop her from being discovered and taken back to the lab, but one girl pushes all her buttons – in totally the wrong way, and Ariane can’t help but lose control around Rachel and unleash her alien powers.
Is a plan to get revenge on Rachel really a good idea? And is pre
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jenni Arndt
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-ebook
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
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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 p
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
L.C. Perry
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my TBR list for a LONG time, so when I found it at a bookstore, I had to buy it for myself. And I’m glad I did.

Spoilers ahead – Read at your own risk

This story, in many ways, did feel too familiar. I didn’t expect the high school setting to play such a large factor in the story. We had the typical bullies that seemed so cliché (I was laughing more so than actually being irritated with them like I should be). We had Jenna, the only friend to the main character. We had the ty
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Rating before reread: 5 stars
Rating after reread 5 stars

2/17/17: Rereading to finally finish the trilogy that has quite literally haunted me for years. Finally. Honestly, I've been thinking about this series ever since I read The Rules years ago, and I just can't seem to forget how much I enjoyed it when I first read it. Even so, I put off reading the rest of the trilogy for the longest time....but not today. I'm going to finally finish this trilogy.

2/17/17: Finished with reread . Afterthough
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This one was okay - not amazing but not bad.

I didn't think anything stood out. The love was a little close to instant love. Ariane didn't sell me on her uniqueness or her selflessness. She's fiery and fierce but only in ways that made her feel very squeaky clean and not necessarily added depth or personality to her.

Rachel was way over the top and Zane....well, Zane was a little too good to be true. It was okay. I might keep going on the series.
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Nasty Lady MJ
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :(
Sorry I haven't been reviewing or anything lately! I've been really busy, so I don't have a lot of time to check Goodreads.

The Gist: Ariane, an experimental hybrid between human and alien genetic material, follows "The Rules," restrictions to keep her head down, at great personal cost, because if the lab she escaped from recaptures her, she'll be forced to use her powers to kill for the highest bidder. She struggles to regain her telekinetic powers, which she lost in a traumatic test in the lab,
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I needed. The timing was great. I was worried about reading too many contemporaries, and I was in the mood for something fast, so The Rules was just perfect! The Rules is technically science fiction, but it's mainly set in high school, so it was just a fantastic blend, and right for me.

As you might already be able to tell, I really enjoyed this book. Our main character is Ariane Tucker, and for the most part, I really liked her. She was strong and stubborn, which I alway
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The daughter of a minister and a music teacher, Stacey Kade grew up reading Harlequin romances on the sly in the basement. Kade is the author of two young adult series (The Ghost and Goth trilogy and the Project Paper Doll series). Her first adult contemporary romance, 738 DAYS, was released earlier this year.

Prior to writing full time, Kade worked as an award-winning copywriter for several Fortun

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