Review: The Rules

June 6, 2013 Review 18 ★★★½

Review: The Rules
The Rules by Stacey Kade
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 416
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Series: Project Paper Doll #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. 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…


THE RULES is a pretty ordinary book. There was nothing that particularly made it stand out. I was always waiting for the action to pick up, get more into the real guts of the novel, but it didn’t get to the story promised until about the last fifty pages.

As an alien/human hybrid, Ariane has to take extra care and precaution to fit into society. She has lived a majority of her life following five simple rules, but when an event shoves her into the middle of some high school drama, she finds herself slowly breaking each and every one of them.

THE RULES promises an interesting story of science fiction and extraterrestrials but what we get is more along the lines of a contemporary romance with a girl who just happens to be hiding from a laboratory because she’s a bit different. The first three hundred some pages is a romance.

Now, the fact that I withstood three hundred pages of romance in a promised sci-fi should be a testament in and of itself. It’s somewhat ironic but what made this book so good was the romance. Ariane and Zane complemented each other perfectly and I loved their dynamic, as well as the gradual build up of their relationship.

However, those three hundred do get tedious after awhile, usually after you figure out there isn’t going to be as much action as you originally might have thought. That is where my disappointment lay. Otherwise, this was pretty enjoyable. Get rid of the alien plotline and I think this could be a fantastic contemporary.

I will be reading the sequel, as the ending left off with so many possibilities!

Rating Report
Overall: 3.4

18 Responses to “Review: The Rules”

  1. Kezia D

    I’ve never really been that interested in this book — like you said, this sounds pretty ordinary. I’m all for sci-fi but after reading mixed reviews of it and now yours… I’m not sure I could take 300+ pages of romance and the pacing seems slow…

    • Alise

      I guess it depends on if you really like romance, because I do so I wasn’t disappointed in this one.

  2. Eve

    That’s a bummer :( I was really excited for this book because I’ve never read books about aliens before (or I just don’t remember them). But if it’s so heavy on the romance and so low on action, I think I might skip it or read it when I have nothing else to read.
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    • Alise

      The alien thing is actually only brought up vaguely three or four times, so I wouldn’t recommend it just for that. Maybe give it a shot, though?

  3. Eddie

    Interesting! I do hate those books where you expect action, and a extraterestrial thriller, but instead you get romance, and other things. They should really fix the presentation to represent this. I’m glad at least, that the romance was done well. Good review!
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  4. Aman

    I don’t read a lot of sci-fi and that was the reason I never bothered with this book. And look what it turned out to be, a contemporary wrapped up as sci-fi. It’s sad that there wasn’t enough action in it, but atleast there was a great romance. I’m not sure if I want to give it a try even though you really enjoyed it. I’ll wait for the sequel and see how it is. Thanks for the review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      If you like romance with a bit of action or mystery behind it, then I think you will enjoy it. I don’t care for sci-fi that much either.

  5. Sunny

    I loved this book and loved their dynamic, but I was disappointed with the lack of sci-fi as well. I wasn’t expecting so much contemporary, but I liked it so much that I had to forgive it :) I can’t wait for the sequel and I love your review!

    • Alise

      Well I’m glad I saved you some heartbreak :) Trying to mix too many ideas up in one never turns out well… Thank you!

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