The Rules

The Rules

Book - 2013
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At sixteen, Ariane Tucker has been careful to elude those seeking her since her escape from a genetics lab ten years earlier, but the attention of classmate Zane, both frightening and intoxicating, tempts her to risk violating at least one of her adoptive father's five simple rules.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, efore former c 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781423153283
1423153286
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 22 cm

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KRockstar10 Nov 19, 2013

Okay, let's be totally honest about this book. It's a popcorn book. It's gratuitous fluff. Some of the characters are walking stereotypes. (Rachel is like a caricature of a stereotype, for goodness sake). The dialogue is good but not great and the cutesy exchanges between the main characters are almost too cutesy.

But...I really liked it. This may be due in part to the ease in which I got through it. After slogging through Les Miserables for three months, this book was like skipping. And cupcakes. And kittens. It was easy and fun and wonderful. I liked the people I was supposed to like and disliked the jerks and I actually didn't see the big plot twist coming, which is unusual for me. I cared about what happened to Ariane and Zane. I wanted to hit Rachel in the head with a shoe. I was INVOLVED in this story.

Also, I've met the author and she's so much fun. :) So I may be a little biased.

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tessabanessa
Jun 17, 2013

As Ariane Tucker works to get the powers she lost back while also hiding from the men who had her locked up in the first place, she get tangled up in a mass of high school drama. She also gets particularly tangled up with Zane Bradshaw, who single-handedly causes Ariane to break nearly all her rules.

I loved both characters and enjoyed Ariane's passion for justice. And although I was weary of the new trend of switching perspectives, Kade executed it perfectly. Both viewpoints advanced the plot line and were valuable. It more ways than one, it was critical to see the two characters - Ariane and Zane - through one another's eyes. The switching perspectives also allowed the reader to connect deeply with both Zane and Ariane, which I think made the book ten times better.

There are a lot of reviews that say the amount of high school drama in this book was distracting or misplaced. On the contrary, I thought it was fitting and the book would have been hallow (not to mention significantly shorter). People forget that this book is a YA book and high school drama is something a lot of kids can relate with - especially being different and having fake friends. I think this book was an exquisite mix of the disgusting side of human nature and the reasons humans are worth all the disappointment.

In terms of the love interest, I though Zane was refreshing. His home life was rough and he struggled between leaving the friends he'd had his whole life and being involved in horrible pranks. I loved the reasons he grew fond of Ariane and the fact that he noticed her when she was invisible.

I settled on 3.5 stars because I felt there was a little bit of political spite that was unnecessary. Especially in the beginning. I don't think it added to the story - or even related to the story. It was distasteful and almost turned me off to the whole book. Still, I didn't want to knock it down to three because I enjoyed it enough that I'll probably be reading it again some day. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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tessabanessa
Jun 19, 2013

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Jun 19, 2013

"So what did it matter where she came from? Who-or what-her parents were? Everyone's family was messed up in some way including my own. And she was still the same Ariane."
- Zane, page 400

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Jun 19, 2013

"I wanted Zane to think of me somewhat fondly, without the memories being completely tainted. How very human of me.
'It's not what it looks like. I can explain. I wasn't lying to you, not exactly. I'm sorry.' None of those options seemed to fit the situation."
- Ariane, Page 375

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