You know how I've been wavering about writing reviews? Well, the Bookanistas invited me to join their group, and it seemed like the perfect solution. So I'll be doing at least two book reviews a month, maybe more. My first Bookanista review is THE RULES.
In order to stay out of the grasp of GTX the laboratory that created her, Ariane follows very specific rules. She lies low. She doesn’t get involved. And she never falls in love. Until she gets to know Zane. Will Ariane risk everything for a chance at a normal life?
THE RULES is told from two perspectives – that of alien/human hybrid Ariane and that of Zane, a popular boy who is under the thumb of high school tyrant Rachel. Both Ariane and Zane are sympathetic, though they both have their weaknesses, especially in relation to Rachel.
The stakes are high – if Ariane gets caught, she’ll be imprisoned in the sterile lab she grew up in – but Ariane can’t resist the pull of Zane, and the way he makes her feel something like normal for the first time in her life. I loved their growing relationship and the tentative way they begin to trust each other.
You should know that this novel contains one of the best first kiss scenes ever put to print. It kinda brought tears to my eyes. And also – a blush to the cheeks of the man who was reading over my shoulder on the plane.
I also very much appreciated the time Kade took to develop the voices of Ariane (very detail oriented) and Zane (hurting with a sheen of false bravado). Lots of excellent characterizing details too – i.e. Ariane loves high-end jeans because she yearns for nice things and yet can’t afford to stand out.
Can’t wait to see where this awesome new series goes next!
THE RULES came out this week. Find out more about THE RULES at the author's website.
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