My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. Now that she’s on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.
But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger.
Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently.
To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?
Beware spoilers ahead!
I have always been a fan of Stacey Kade’s books. A few years ago I used to read her first series The Ghost and the Goth and I loved it! I had decided to start reading this series last year and I do not regret that choice!
The book picks up from right where it left off. Ariane and Zane are in a dumpster trying to reach for her father’s emergency bag. Ariane is attempting to reach it but because of her height she can’t. Zane reaches the bag and gives it to Ariane. They go through the bag and find fake passports and a lot of money.
They also find a letter that is meant for Ariane. Zane gives Ariane some privacy to read the letter. As she reads the letter she finds out the information that was revealed to her at the end of the last book. Along with more. According to her father Ariane will have to worry about David Laughlin and Emerson St. John. Both men have taken Alien DNA and Human DNA and created people like Ariane. Both men are also her competitors in the trials. And Laughlin will want her dead if she remains in the USA.
Ariane realizes that she has put Zane in even more danger now that she has Laughlin after her. And possibly St. John. At this point she can’t bring herself to tell Zane so the two set off. They find a truck that was left for Ariane and they leave to find Zane’s mom.
This book actually surprised me! I liked it a little more than I did the first one. The plot was really interesting and there were some big reveals in this book. It was nice that this book wasn’t as info-dumpy as the first one. There was more action in this book! Ariane and Zane immediately set off to accomplish a plan.
I loved reading about the character development in this book! Ariane starts to develop teamwork skills as she’s always worked on her own before. When Ariane meets the new hybrids she finds herself a family. It was really sweet! When Zane meet his mother his whole world is turned upside down. He doesn’t know who she is anymore and whether he really is like her. Throughout the book Zane feels that he is useless to Ariane’s plan. Especially after meeting some of the other hybrids. He wishes that he could help her more than he already does.
The other hybrids were really interesting to read about! I honestly thought that they would be these monstrous hybrids. But I was proven wrong as I read more. While yes they have more of their Alien side they do care about each other. And family is very important to them. Laughlin is even more disgusting than Jacobs! I felt like vomiting when I read a certain scene in the book. St. John makes an appearance in the book but doesn’t really do anything until the last chapter. You literally know nothing about St. John in this book. But he is a main character in the last book.
There are more interactions with Ariane and Zane. More romantic moments. Which was fun to read about! I love reading Kade’s romances because while the characters love each other they’re also best friends. It was nice to read about Ariane actually getting closer to Zane.
After reading three other books from Kade (four including The Rules) her plot does become a bit predictable. I knew who Zane’s mother would be. Considering Zane’s arc it does kind of become obvious what becomes of Zane at the end of this book. It wasn’t annoyingly predictable. Simply predictable. Also this is a light-hearted Sci-Fi series. Kade focuses more on the characters and their development rather than the science behind Project Paper Doll. This is a four star because while I love the plot I just didn’t love this book.
Overall this was a great book! I’m reading the last book right now and it’s so good! I recommend it to fans of the author, and anyone looking for a light-hearted Sci-Fi.