Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: The Rules

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 . . . Quoted from Goodreads


I enjoyed this so much more than I expected! Don't get me wrong, I liked Stacey Kade's Ghost and the Goth series.  They were light, cute, and had fun characters. Still, this could have gone wrong.  Some authors really only have one great series in them, and then they fizzle and die.  This one absolutely lives up to it's predecessors.

I read a lot of mixed reviews on this, which ended up helping a lot, so I'm going to kind of give you a heads up so you won't go into this blind. This isn't one of those on-the-run adventures that have become so popular this year.  Most of this takes place in high school, which I was fine with.  It's more about her hiding in plain sight, learning to standing up to the class bully, and falling in love.  Besides the constant threat of being discovered, all real involvement with GHX (the company who created her) doesn't really get involved in the plot until the last quarter of the book.

Now you  know what to expect, this really is a fun book.  I like Ariana.  She's cute, albeit very into not being noticed.  Plus, she's half alien.  And not all the new, modern ideas we have about aliens, but the stereotypical alien (black eyes, grey skin, move things with their minds, hear our thoughts sort of thing) from the '50s, which was sort of refreshing.  She gave the old stereotype just enough of a twist (human combined with alien DNA) that it didn't need to be new or groundbreaking.  

The book is told in alternating chapters between Ariana and Zane's POV.  Zane is an interesting lead.  I liked seeing Ariana from a completely human POV.  You get to observe her quirks without her internal analysis as to whether what she is doning will blend into the background and come across as completely human.  He also has his own issues to deal with, but on a completely human level, that adds another layer of anxiety to the story.  Plus, he looks like Clark Kent---I mean, how can a girl resist?

All in all, I ended up really enjoying this book, probably a 4 star masterpiece.  Yes, if you're looking for one long chase, explore the Roswell conspiracy, car chases, and men in black, this is not the book for you.  If you'd like a coming of age, hidden in plain sight, high school drama, this is right up your alley.  

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