Author: Stacey Kade
Series: Project Paper Doll #1
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
It is hard enough being a somewhat different girl in high school. You have cliques. You have bullies. You have the popular kids that are hell bent on ignoring you. If popularity is what you're into, like Jenna, then you have less than a fifty percent chance of achieving your desired social status. But an awkward alien hybrid girl? Well, just forget it. Talk about four years of hell.
Ariane Tucker doesn't want to be popular. She doesn't want to be noticed at all. She just wants to float through high school like the rest of us, and keep the attention on her. She shows the risk of drawing attention: the GTX cooperation that spent years testing on her will find her, and take her back to the lab. Her ever so carefully built like on the Outside will disappear in a blink of an eye.
But Ariane is a teenage girl, half alien or not. So when popular boy Zane starts showing an interest in her, Ariane can't help but break The Rules her father so carefully set forth to keep her safe. And then it's simply a matter of time to see just how far down the rabbit hole Ariane drops into popularity nightmare.
I liked The Rules. While it's hardly realistic, it's full of action. You just have to realize you can't take this series seriously. It's a fun read, even if it is rather lengthy (clocking in at 410 pages). A lot of that is filler of less than important back story and teenage angst thoughts that can be skim read to get through the book faster without losing any of the plot. While nothing wholly unique, the story carries enough action to keep your interest, even through its wordy length.
The romantic aspect in this novel becomes rather heavy, with Ariane's relationship with Zane key to her safety in keeping with The Rules and what she wants to do. And since we are dealing with some kind of human/alien hybrid, that can get a little weird. But it isn't too over the top mushy and isn't too stifling to the plot.
I will probably continue this series with the next novel, especially since the third is slotted to come out next month. But it won't be on the top of my reading list.