- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780385741002
- ISBN-13: 978-0385741002
- ASIN: 0385741006
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,441,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—August DeYoung hosts the most exclusive parties for the most exclusive clique at Callabrese High. This year, August is pulling out all the stops to make his trademark scavenger hunt the best one yet. When Robin Brisset accidentally crashes August's hunt, she isn't surprised to see underage drinking and over-the-line flirting, but she is surprised when her fellow hunters begin dying around her. Robin is determined to survive the party, but she may have to break the rules to do it. Suspenseful from the start, this novel will hook even slow and reluctant readers immediately. Each chapter begins with a rule a character lives by, which illuminates a core aspect of the character's personality, and proceeds to tell the story from that person's perspective. Readers then see how that aspect most influences the actions in the chapter. This shifting point of view introduces readers to the work's cast of protagonists in a manageable way, while also allowing the authors to pepper the novel with small details that will keep teens guessing. VERDICT With a fast-paced plot worthy of a slasher film, The Rules is a must-read for fans of thrillers with truly frightening twists.—Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University R.M. Cooper Library, South Carolina
About the Author
NANCY HOLDER has published more than 78 books and more than 200 short stories. She has received four Bram Stoker Awards for her supernatural fiction and is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Wicked series. She lives in San Diego with her daughter. You can visit her at NancyHolder.com and follow @nancyholder on Twitter.
DEBBIE VIGUIÉ is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Wicked series and several other books, including the Once Upon a Time novels Violet Eyes and Midnight Pearls. She lives in Florida with her husband. You can visit her at DebbieViguie.com and follow @DebbieViguie on Twitter.
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What worked: This is one fast-paced adrenaline ride which starts off at an exclusive party and ends up becoming a very bloody ride where you don't know who to trust or believe.
I love a good horror tale and this one didn't let me down. At first, I thought, it was so obvious who the killer was but I was so wrong! There's lots of twists and turns throughout including teasers on who the shadowy murderer might be.
I found myself speeding through this story, curious to find out who might survive the night!
This novel does have a lot of different points of view. Readers are able to feel and see the horror as it happens to each character. I found at times though that was almost too much for me. I think it would have helped the pacing of an otherwise engaging read if there were not as many different points of view.
Also because of that? It was hard to really connect with any of the characters. I did find Robin the strongest and was able to connect with her and Kyle, a possible love interest. Some of the other characters were a tad bit whiny and hard to really like. But then again the people invited to this party weren't exactly 'nice' people either. And each one of them had a secret. A secret that someone would kill them over.
The story builds to a very suspenseful climax and a reveal that totally took me off guard!
A bloody twist on the game CLUE with a huge helping of I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. Tons of twists and turns that leave readers second guessing on who the killer might be. THE RULES is sure to appeal to horror fans.
**Originally posted at YA Books Center: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/18388-the-rules
Unlike the other reviewers thus far I actually paid for this book and I feel I got my money's worth.
To quote another five-star reviewer, this was a blast to read. Amen to that.