Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Rules by Stacey Kade + Featured Freebie

The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)
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…

My Rating: 5/5

An absolutely spectacular book! Just brilliant! The Rules is a fantastic paranormal romance...

I haven't read any YA books about aliens, so this was a new one for me. But, I'm happy to say that aliens are now one of my favorite paranormal creatures to read about. I loved the idea of secret government operations experimenting on alien/human hybrids. It's a new one, right? And it made an excellent book. 

Ariane was an easily likable heroine. She lived in a research facility for the first 6 years of her life and her adopted father helped her escape. Since then, she's had to live by the rules to avoid being recaptured and used as a lab rat. I really liked Ariane. She was strong through everything that happened to her and clever in remaining under the radar. There isn't anything negative I can say about her. She was a really wonderful heroine.

Zane...I adored him. He was just amazing. His mother disappears a year before the start of the book and that changed him from being shallow and cruel to being deeper and kinder. He was perfect. Sweet, strong, protective, clever, determined. Basically everything a hero should be. Any flaws that he might have had only made him more endearing. Can you tell that I totally fell for him? Well, I did. 

I loved Zane and Ariane together. They were a sweet couple. Both of the character were very realistic, as was their relationship. There wasn't any insta-love. They slowly developed feelings for each other in a very believable way. There wasn't any throwing around of the "L" word, but it was clear that they cared for each other, based on their actions. I just adored them together. 

The plot of The Rules was excellent. Fast paced and never a dull moment. There are some huge surprises that made my jaw drop. I never saw them coming. The ending was so good and the lead in to book 2 has me so anxious to get my hands on the next book. Too bad I'll have to wait over a year for that :(

The Rules is a marvelous book. I absolutely adored it! Any lover of YA paranormal romance should read this book. It's definitely worth a read.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!
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Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a YA that I read and really liked: A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King. This book is so good, truly a great read. Go forth and get it for free!
A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series #1)
A Wicked Curse... A Deadly Secret... An Approaching Evil... A Forbidden Love... 

Some girls share clothes. Some girls share a bedroom. Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has to share, too. Only she shares her body--with a demon.

Liora just wants to survive her senior year with her dark secret intact. But the walls she's built to keep people away come tumbling down once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron, and he lights her world on fire. She can't let him know she transforms into a demon named "Lucky" at nightfall--a demon with an entirely separate personality who passes out Torment, Justice, and Revenge like Halloween candy.

Turns out Kieron is the one who should be afraid once Lucky discovers his true identity and motivations. Liora wants to love him, but Lucky thinks he's public enemy #1.

Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one that fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers can be pure hell.

Being bad has never been so good...

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