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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,234 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Narrated by alternating unreliable narrators, this dark thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. It's Saw meets I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Junior Robin Brisset has no idea what she's in for when she accepts an invitation to one of Callabrese High's most exclusive parties. And when the trademark scavenger hunt beg
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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The moment this started to sound like a mix between Ten and They All Fall Down, I knew this had NO BUENO written all over it. But I decided to give it a fighting chance. True, I'd hated the shit out of the two short stories I'd read from these authors, but what the hell? The book was short, kids were dying all over the place, what did I have to lose? Besides several hours of my life I am never getting back, I almost lost my e-reader because that's how hard I wanted to throw it against the wall i ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
This book features bad plotting, was overtaken by romance, and couldn't be saved by the nonexistent character work.

This has become a recurring theme. So here's an idea: I'm going to write a review, and then you're all going to have to guess whether I'm talking about Six Months Later, Cut Me Free, The Cellar, Panic, The Rules, or... okay, you get the point. This one is a particularly bad example.

1) The main character had no personality traits beyond a lack of logical sense. She's boring and ext
Lala BooksandLala
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
This was fast paced and a can't-put-it-down kind of story, but not overly impressive or memorable. 2.75
Popcorn drive-in horror - a great summer read. Everyone's a suspect as overprivileged teens get knocked off one by one in bloody, horrifying ways. As it should be.
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I actually had a lot of fun with this one. It wasn't the best written and didn't have the most developed characters but on a pure enjoyment level - I had fun. I think if you enjoy teen slasher flicks then you'd have fun with this one, because that is basically what this is. I wasn't shocked by any means by the ending but that didn't even matter. Good times.
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A.J. Bauers
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Rules was a glorious mashup up of 90s teen thriller books a la Christopher Pike and the PS4 game Until Dawn. It's full of murder, mystery, and (as the title demands) rules by which every character lives by.

My favorite part about the book was the multiple POVs Holder and Viguie scattered throughout the prose. As an author, I learned a lot. The authors provided a clever entry point to introduce each character POV by stating one of the character's personal rules (such as Larson's Rule #1: Don't
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I must admit that I was a sucker for this book. It is like one of those "campy horror movies". Ones that you love to hate but in a good way. There was nothing too scary about the events happening that night during the hunt. In addition, the characters for the most part were your average people. Nothing special or intriguing about them. In fact, there are probably some that you will find yourself cheering hoping that something happens to them.

For as many books that I have read, I really did not
This book was a vain attempt at horror (or maybe psychological thriller?). I like the original idea - a scavenger hunt for revenge. It had much potential, but the execution failed miserably. 2.5/5 stars.

The Rules tells the story of a bunch of teens, who play the scavenger hunt at a party in an abandoned cannery. But things go horribly wrong when one by one, each of them are killed. August DeYoung had planned the party and the hunt in hope of making his friends realise how unfair they were to his
Basically a slasher movie in book form, which was exactly what I expected. Most of the characters are complete stereotypes, but again: what I expected. I came for the entertainment, y'all. I went into this knowing that lots of these characters were going to die, so frankly, I appreciate not being encouraged to get too attached to them.

Plot-wise, this reminds me of Party Games by R.L. Stine, but I like this book a lot more. I think the writing is better; it definitely feels more current. And I f
Tamara Geraeds
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Well, this was a big disappointment...
If you're looking for a predictable and corny book, this is it.
It starts with introducing the characters, and there are so many you can hardly tell them apart. They each get a way too brief intro, so you don't know any of them. I kept thinking: okay, no problem, it will come, as long as the excitement starts soon I can understand why you wouldn't be bothered with getting to know the characters yet.
Unfortunately, even when the hunt starts, nothing exciting
Pixie/PageTurners Blog(Amber) C.
The Rules is a multi narrator story, but it revolves more around Robin Brisset. Rules are important in life, we each have our own set and we have rules for pretty much everything in our life. Sometimes breaking the rules is the only way to win or in Robin'a case survive.

The "cool kids" in Robin's school like to have these scavenger hunt games with amazing prizes. This is the last hunt. Robin is invited out of a the blue by a old friend. As the reader, we know that something different is going to
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
More of a 3.5

This book changed character views. A Lot. That for me is good and bad. I like to stick with 1 or 2 main characters, but it was also nice to know what everyone was thinking and doing at one point.

This book had an unexpected ending. An ending that I don't think really fit, and I especially didn't like.

**Spoilers past this point**
Augusts older sister, and his only real family member, died exactly one year ago. These certain people in whom he invited to the scavenger hunt, all had some
The best way I can think of to describe The Rules is a B-movie played on a cable network on a Saturday afternoon. Something you would never seek out on your own, but since it's already there you're just bored enough to settle in and enjoy the ride. This is not a book I would ever pick up in a bookstore, but since it was literally delivered to my door, I figured I might as well see what it was about. I doubt I have to actually tell you this, but don't go into this one expecting highbrow literatur ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

I have been a fan of the writing duo Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie since the Wicked series very first published! I thought it was awesome! They were even my first writing duo and I was amazed--at that time, and honestly still am--that two authors could collaborate and write a book together! It never ceases to amaze me! So I went into The Rules expecting something completely and
May 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
A few years ago I read Holder and Viguie’s YA supernatural werewolf novel, Unleashed, and really liked it, so I thought that trying a YA Thriller from the pair would be a reading gamble that was sure to pan out. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be the case.

It’s more like a teen horror novel than a teen thriller and not remotely supernatural. Set in Southern California, all the students depicted here fit nicely into the most stereotypically negative categories anyone could imagine from dru
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book #69 Read in 2015
The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (YA)

At first glance, the premise of this story reminded me of I Know What You Did Last Summer. In reality, this book was so much creepier. August, a rich kid, is famous for throwing scavenger hunts. Before graduation, he wants to throw the ultimate one and also wants to get some revenge on those popular kids who were not nice to his sister, who died a year ago. He wants them to acknowledge their part of the bullying and tormenting
2.5 stars

I was so excited to read this one. Saw meets I Know What You Did Last Summer. I mean come on! That's fucking awesome! Too bad it wasn't even close to what the blurb says it is.

My biggest problem with this book was all the damn POV's. I think I counted atleast 8. By the time I was halfway through the book, I was totally confused on who is who. They could have toned down on the insane amount of POV's in this book.

The writing was choppy as hell and the "killer" was just so random. Really
Bridget Ruth
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: f-b
It was seriously like a terrible SyFy original movie in book form. Not even a teen slasher flick like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Halloween, or Friday the 13th. It was worse. Way worse. I'm talking the Sharknado of slasher. Without the comedic relief.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Loved the suspense!
Kai Van
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I finally fished another book! I really like these cheesy ya horror novels. this one reads like a b-teen horror movie & I enjoyed it. ...more
Sammi :3
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
HOLY CRAP THE BLOOD SHED! I had stayed up basically all night to finish this book, and I was not prepared for this book to turn out the way it did. When I first saw the cover of this book (I know, never judge a book by its cover, but this book's cover art was so haunting, I couldn't help it), my first reaction was "I NEED". Everything about this book signaled 'thriller", and I've been waiting for a decent thriller to turn up for months. So, I started reading the supplied summary to see if this b ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
The cover of the book is what attracted me first. "Come out, come won't get far." It's mind-boggling. What actually made me check out the book from the library is the first couple of pages. There were rules from every character on every couple of pages. Little did I know how tough it would be to get through this book because of the cheesy plot. This book is based off pure revenge, in the most disturbing way possible. It was creepy and I would get freaked out just by reading it.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book-2017, 2017
It is unfortunate that this is my 100th book of 2017. This was awful. The story read like a bad slasher movie from the Sci-Fi channel or a made for TV movie. It was bad, like House of Wax with Paris Hilton bad.

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What in the actual did I read in this book. This was a level of bad I did not know existed and the level of bad that I actively try to avoid. I borrowed from my library as it was recommended to me. Please, do not let th
Rae Lake
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book was definitely one that I judged by it's cover. It looked to me more like a creepy ghost story than a story of revenge and murder. I totally went into reading it expecting one thing to happen, and then the book took a completely different turn. Although I was a little bit disappointed that the killer wasn't who I thought it would be, I was overall very happy with this book. It was an entertaining read to say the least! Perhaps the book wasn't expertly written, nor would I call it an ab ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Total brain candy book in the style of a teen slasher flick. This was a fun read, not heavy on plot, lots of teens being horrible & then dying horribly, twists and turns, and a reveal that I definitely guessed. This would be a perfect beach read or for a day when you just want to turn your brain off and not have to strain. If you don't go in with super high expectations, you will probably have fun reading this one. ...more
Sammie Mae
This sucked. The beginning had me hooked, made me fall in love with August and his devious plans. I will say that it had a great raising, but did horribly on the falling. The characters are well developed, few quirks here and there. It was great, until the ending. Heavily cliche, like it wasn’t necessary. I would have given it a 2.5 but I can’t do that in here, so I gave it a 3 to given it a shred of credit.
Sarra Cannon
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great teen suspense. Read this in a night!
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