Review: The Rules

The Rules by Stacey Kade

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts Adriane 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.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I had first heard about this book back in 2013. I had finished reading the authors other series The Ghost and the Goth, and I was pretty excited that she was writing a new series! Before the release date I went through some reviews. According to the one that I read it said that our main character Ariane was a love sick puppy. After that I lost interest. Then a few months back I came across the book series again. Deciding to give it a shot I added it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!

This book is written in first person Ariane and Zane’s point of view. Note that this is a light-hearted Sci-Fi. There is a bigger focus on the romance and characters versus the world building.

Ariane is half-alien and half-human and was created at Gen TexLabs (GTX) by Dr. Jacobs. It is assumed that the purpose for her creation was to work with the government in eradicating the enemy. When she was six years old one of the workers Mark Tucker saved her life and offered her a chance at freedom. Since then she has been living under the identity of Ariane Tucker, her adoptive fathers dead daughter. To make sure she stays alive her father has created all these rules so that she doesn’t get caught and get taken back to GTX.

The rules have made her life quite difficult and she doesn’t really interact with anybody. Except for her best friend Jenna. Since 9th grade Jenna had friends with Ariane. Ariane decided to keep in contact with her because she didn’t really give her much of a choice and she likes Jenna. Although to stick to the rules Ariane does not interact with Jenna outside of school.

On the first day of school Jenna excitedly tells Ariane that she has been talking to Rachel Jacobs. Who is the granddaughter of the man that created Ariane. Ariane is very suspicious because the year before when Jenna tried making friends with Rachel it didn’t end well. As Jenna continues talking Ariane gets a thought from someone in the school. She can’t really tell who it is and what said thought is. She can only get an idea that it is very personal and someone is dreading doing something.

As the two approach Jenna’s locker they see Zane. Jenna immediately starts a conversation with him. Meanwhile Ariane notices that there is something odd about him. She realizes that he was the thought that she felt. And that he has helped Rachel prank Jenna, by painting the words ‘Pain In My Ass’ on her locker. Ariane immediately tries to stir Jenna away from Zane and her locker. She claims that she hasn’t had any breakfast and says that she’ll go to the nurses office. Jenna says that she probably has something on her and for Ariane to wait until she puts her stuff in her locker. Once they reach her locker she is on the verge of tears.

Ariane shoves Jenna into a bathroom while Rachel and her cronies start approaching her. Ariane stars the rest of them down and tells them that they cannot go into the bathroom. Rachel gets defensive as Ariane is the first person to stand up against her. As Ariane starts to get mad the lights explode.

We are then taken to Zane point of view. He explains that ever since Ariane stood up to Rachel, Rachel has been making everyone miserable. Rachel tries to come up with a plan to get back at Ariane. She calls one of her friends over and asks whether he’ll ask Ariane to Bonfire week. So that she can humiliate Ariane when she gets dumped in front of everyone. Zane offers to do it. The whole group is surprised by this as Zane hasn’t been participating in any of their activities. Eventually Rachel agrees. Behind Rachel’s back Zane plans on telling Ariane what Rachel is doing. He will then propose that the two of them work together to take Rachel down.

Here’s some backstory on Zane. A year prior to the book Zane’s mother left their family. Since then it has been him, his brother, and his father. He does not like his father or his brother because they are mean and treat him horribly. His father also happens to be obsessed with status and such. His mother and him had an understanding of each other as they were alike. Before she left Zane started acting like his brother and father. He used to enjoy the pranks Rachel played on people and was proud of the fact that he was friends with Rachel. That all changed when his mother left.

Part of the reason that Zane still keeps up with his ‘friends’ is because they are all he knows. He doesn’t have to explain them his life and whatnot because they already know. Like Alona he doesn’t have a good relationship with his remaining family. He blames himself that his mother left him and that she never took him with her. He thinks that had he paid more attention to her rather than pushing her off to the side, she would still be with them.

Ariane’s relationship with Jenna was nice and slightly strained. Her relationship with her father is heart breaking and sweet. She has all these insecurities over the fact that she isn’t really his daughter therefore he doesn’t care for as much as he did he daughter. She is terrified of GTX finding her and what they would do to her loved ones. She constantly makes an effort to stick to the rules even if she doesn’t want to. I truly felt bad for her.

Just like The Ghost and the Goth Ariane is a better developed character. Zane was nice but that’s all there was to him. Ariane went through a lot in this book. With constantly trying to decide between her ‘logical’ side and her ’emotional’ side. And trying her utmost not to get involved with Zane let alone developing feelings for him.

Similar to The Ghost and the Goth while there is only one author there is still a big difference between the point of views. Ariane reads like a robot. She thinks logically and tries to rule out options. Whereas Zane is more emotional. The relationship between the two of them was sweet. They had a good understanding of each other, connected, and were each others best friends. Also they didn’t really think much of how the other one looked. They cared more for each others personalities.

I also liked how the author wrote Jenna and Rachel. The two of them do exist in real life. And while they weren’t likable I understood why they were like the way were. All of the characters back stories coincided with the decisions they made and what they said in certain situations.

The twist was unpredictable. It actually had me trying to think off up a bunch of questions. In other words it got me thinking. It was also nice to read about Ariane trying to control her powers and how Zane got involved in everything.

I only had three problems with this book. In the beginning nothing made sense. You had to read a bit more to understand everything. It was a bit slow. And some of the dialogue was odd. There would be a paragraph in brackets. So in a way it borders on info dump. The only reason I am giving this a four star is because of the relationships and characters.

Overall this was a really good book! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Sci-Fi book that focuses more on the characters and relationships, and contemporary fans. I will definitely be reading the sequel and I’m pretty excited to see what will happen!

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