Monday, April 15, 2013

The Rules by Stacey Kade

The Rules by Stacey Kade
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Never trust anyone.  Remember they are always searching.  Don’t get involved.  Keep your head down.  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. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”  But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules… - Goodreads.com

What a find!  I didn't know a thing about this book before I read the summary and I was pleasantly surprised.  This story was really unusual.  I mean, I've read books before where one of the main characters was experimented on, but this one had a few other things going on that combined to make it a really unique story.

The experiment that went awry, of course, is Ariane herself.  She's grown up assuming the name of her "father's" deceased daughter.  I loved Ariane's personality.  She's completely devoted to her father, to his rules, keeping herself hidden and the two of them safe from discovery.  When she gets involved with Zane, even to help him teach the school's mean girl a lesson, it was really great to watch her personality changing.  The reader gets to experience her discoveries right along with her.  There are situations she's never been in before, emotions she's never felt, and all of these begin to hit her at once as she spends more time with Zane.  She was a truly unique character and I loved watching her kind of come alive.  The author did a fabulous job balancing her human side with her not so human side.

Zane was also intriguing.  This is a guy who wasn't always a good guy, and I liked to see his conscience awaken.  We get to know him, even as he begins to change and grow into something so likeable as he is coaxed out of being a part of the horrible crowd he's always hung with.  Including Rachel...who I hated!

The book had great pacing.  I tore through it very quickly and loved the suspense.  The two main characters carried the story so well together, and their building romance was sweet, a gentle discovery that made the story so poignant.  At the end, I had more than one shock in store for me, and it just upped the suspense level so well.  I just about wailed when the ending came... I can't believe I have such a long wait for the next book.  But I think it will definitely be worth the wait!


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