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

4.3 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Project Paper Doll Series

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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 (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Project Paper Doll was a great book. Amazon has had it in my suggestions for a long time. I wish I'd given in to my curiosity sooner. Better late then never though, right?

High school is hard enough to navigate, but when you're living a life of secrets, as Ariane has been, life itself is like walking a field full of hidden mines. Everything is going as well as can be expected in her predicament until her sense of justice and and her protectiveness get her in a bind.

While I loved that Ariane stuck up against the strong who preyed against the weak, it was a little off. She allowed her.....best friend......to undergo humiliating circumstances without coming to her aid-sure, she needed to be careful-one minute, then the next moment she almost blows everything over the same circumstance. Oooookay. Though little things like that-which will make more sense when you read the book-were off, I LOVED that Ariane stood up for the under dogs. Being a person myself who hates the kind of stuff she stood up to, I really loved that she was willing to risk everything to even the playing field.

Zane was a sweetheart-at least the Zane we meet. Having lived a hard life of his own he was perfect for Ariane. I just hope in book 2 their connection grows, because they make an amazing duo.

I loved this book. All aspects of it. I hope to learn more about Ariane's background in the sequel.

Read this book, don't wait like I did. If you enjoy books of an otherworldly nature, you'll love Project Paper Doll. I did, except for some editing mishaps.
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Format: Hardcover
I don't even know where to start with this book. I was so excited to read this one, I'm not even kidding. The premise. The freaking premise! I mean, what doesn't excite you about reading a book like this? And then there was all the amazing blurb that got me even more excited to read this one. So I was practically spazzing when I started it. And boy, was this book an expectation filler or what! IT WAS SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. When I finished I was literally spewing fangirl gibberish all over the floor. Major book hangover!

To begin, we have our first main protagonist Ariane. She's part alien, part human and at the moment, she's just trying to fit in with High School. But more on that later. Ariane is an amazing MC. What I loved about her was how REAL she was! I was in her head. Her narrative is so emotionally gripping. You're going to be a part of Ariane and her story. All her ups and downs and FEELS AND FEELS and oh my goodness just so many feels. But even more than feeling her, her strengths and weaknesses are so prominent and visible. She's an actual person, and not just one of those flimsy teen girls full of angst and desire for romance. Ariane is smart, and so no stupid. She's ignorant and she isn't perfect. I adored the fact that Stacey was able to make her such a real and vibrant character. Oh I love her so much!

Okay. It is time to spazz over, the second and very delicious narrator if I do say so myself. ZANE. If you've seen any of my fangirling on Twitter after finishing this book, you will know that I absolutely ADORED Zane. Oh Zane. What can I say. For one, he's hot. We love hot romantic interests. And beyond that..? HIS BRAIN IS HOT. He's a fantastic additional narrator. Like Ariane, one of the most real characters I have ever read. No joke.
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