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Project Paper Doll: The Rules Hardcover – April 23, 2013

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-By following five rules, Ariane Tucker and her adoptive father have managed to stay hidden from the agency searching for her. Ariane, a human/alien hybrid, was engineered in a lab as part of Project Paper Doll in hopes of being utilized by the Department of Defense. Crushes, mean girls, cliques, and other elements of high school drama are more challenging for the 16-year-old, who must also struggle to blend in with "full-blooded humans." An incident that occurs while she is standing up for her best friend draws unwanted attention from the most popular-and most vicious-girl in school. The situation also creates the opportunity for her to get to know handsome Zane Bradshaw. He has agreed to ask Ariane to Bonfire Week activities as part of a prank to put her in her place, but instead the two find themselves falling in love even as the danger of the agency finding her grows. The Rules is effectively told from alternating perspectives. Ariane describes the loneliness of being a test subject and the challenges of trying to fit in while not standing out. Zane's chapters provide insight into his unhappy home life and an outsider's view of Ariane. The conclusion is satisfactory, yet leaves open the possibility of a sequel. With elements of science fiction, humor, and romance, this title will appeal to fans of Pittacus Lore's "Lorien Legacies" (HarperCollins) and James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" (Little, Brown) series.-Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MOα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This page-turner holds fast to the essential elements of young-adult paranormal fiction: danger, intrigue, forbidden romance, and deadly secrets. Ariane Tucker is like every other high-school girl—not. She is half-­human, half-alien, and on the run from the mad scientist who conducted her training in the genetics lab she managed to escape when she was six. Her adoptive father gave her ground rules early on, two of which she has held close to her heart: never trust anyone and don’t fall in love. But her heart seems all too human when she meets Zane Bradshaw, a golden boy who sees the real Ariane and begins to draw her out like no one has before. A typical cast of high-school caricatures litters the story, but surprising twists at the end of this Project Paper Dolls series starter attest to the author’s ability to weave a stirring tale. Hand this to genre fans weary of vampires and werewolves and interested in strong-minded older teen characters. Grades 7-12. --Julie Trevelyan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Project Paper Doll
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423153286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423153283
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As a former corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). When she's not reading or writing, you'll likely find her parked in front of the television, catching up on her favorite shows--Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones, and others.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cori on December 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is amazing!

Ariane Tucker lives by a set of rules, rules that her adoptive father expects her to follow. But what happens when the rules she’s lived by her whole life are rules she can no longer follow? The Rules by Stacey Kade is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. First off let’s talk about how much I love Ariane. Her character is so well written and her conflict about the two sides of herself is incredibly prominent.

I really enjoyed seeing the struggle that she went through trying to be someone who she wasn’t, but wanted to be. Kade built such a strong world and her characters touched me as I read. Zane was another favorite of mine. His backstory was so well thought out and the more we learned about him the more I just wanted to hug him.

Zane and Ariane just made sense to me and I cannot tell you how emotional I got at the end of this story. I swear there were tears. I read this book super quick and was never once bored with anything happening. The plot was amazing and the twist, or rather twists at the end were epic. I didn’t see one of them coming until the last second and it absolutely broke my heart!

And then of course once my heart was broke there was this amazing scene between Ariane and her Father that totally made me get all teary eyed and emotional. There were so many hardcore villainous characters in this story too, and the great things about them is they were truly evil, no redeeming qualities whatsoever and I enjoyed that about Kade’s writing. When she set out to do something, she did it all the way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janita @ Book, Interrupted on August 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Hmmm...another hard review to write. On one hand, I had several faults with this book (which I will break down later in the review). On the other hand, I'm in love with Ariane's character. She was amazing, resourceful, introspective, and disconcerting all at the same time. I flew through this book because I couldn't get enough of her interesting perspective, her fascination with human objects and culture, and her struggles trying to define her identity.

Growing up in a lab as a human-alien hybrid while simultaneously being able to hear people's jumbled thoughts and emotions apparently results in a lot of quirks. While some of them were not so realistic (you've literally spent 10 years in the school system and you haven't realized that using a pen when you're doing math is abnormal?) a lot of them were really interesting. Ariane hoards, establishes fixed routines, and is terrible at understanding idioms. I liked that weirdness and her paranoia about being too obviously non-human was an interesting result to her interaction with other people. I think the author did a great job of establishing her "strangeness" within comfortable bounds.

I also really enjoyed Zane's POV chapters and his own perception of Ariane. He recognizes that she's different, but can't pinpoint the reason for it, and reveals in his narrative that he's been aware of Ariane's peculiarities and personality for a lot longer than she realized. Their growing relationship was funny and quirky and so much different than a lot of the YA relationships out there, which was awesome. It was a slower-burn, but when it did pick up it was swoon-worthy.

However, I did find that the plot (get back at the most popular mean girl) to be a little out of place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books on April 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What I Liked: 1) I liked Ariane pretty well. She was exactly what she was supposed to be - a girl on the fringe who doesn't really know how to interact with the people around her. Miz Kade did a good job in making Ariane 'that girl.' 2) Zane. It's pretty hard not to like the guy who is willing to break from the pack and look past Ariane's eccentricities that reveal her for what she is (not quite human.) 3) The story itself was creative, if not completely unique in it's plotlines. There were a few twists that I was not expecting, and that ended up disappointing me (for the characters, not in the writing), and I was impressed to see those spikes of energy in the book.

What I Didn't Like: For me, The Rules felt...watered down. The characters were good, but lacking in depth and in spirit. The idea was good, but for me it comes on the heels of another book that was similar, if only reversed. It's a quick read but without any much energy it was hard to stay focused on the story at hand. Also, I hated her "best friend." Hated her. That was just mean.

Overall Thoughts: I found The Rules to be a little lackluster, with flat characters and a plot that didn't have any real drive. Suffice it to say, this one just wasn't for me. I really wanted to like it more, and even read it twice to see if there was something I missed. The lack of a connection for me kinda clinched it though. This story is, however, meant as a series, and I'm actually looking forward to the next book, to see if maybe the story comes alive a bit more.
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