Currently Reading

Currently Reading
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Trailers

Favorite Books

Greta and the Goblin King
The Innocents
Stalk me.
Poison Princess
The Gathering Darkness
Beautiful Redemption

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Annabelle Marie Veronica has read 11 books toward her goal of 100 books.

Support this Blog

The Printed Word

read the printed word!
© 2011-2013 by Annabelle Lovell. All rights reserved. Powered by Blogger.

Member of…

7DSbloggers The Army of TEN v mafia badge Photobucket Join Razorbill!

I'm on Team...

Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Nightshade by Andrea Cremer The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Wings by Aprilynne Pike Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith Need by Carrie Jones Firelight by Sophie Jordon Matched by Ally Condie Slide by Jill Hathaway Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa


Get your own free Blogoversary button!

Hit Counter

Giveaways: There are no current giveaways. Please check back soon!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)
Stacey Kade
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Source: Publisher
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
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…

I really enjoyed Stacey Kade's The Ghost and the Goth series, so when I heard about her new series I knew that I had to get my hands on it. And don't get me wrong, I really loved her G&G series. But that is literally nothing compared to how much I loved this book. I honestly adored this book so much I don't even know what to do with myself. It was gorgeous, a little bit heartbreaking, and so passionate with feelings and painful choices that it drew me in. I loved it, I adored it, it is easily a favorite.

Ariane is awesome from the very first page. Her entire life, she's wanted to follow the rules that her father set for her, and yet while she passes off normally enough for everyone else she can't seem to fool Zane. She has several quirks that I honestly find adorable, but Ariane is no fluffy cupcake. She's strong, kickass, and will do what she has to to survive. Despite that, she has a surprisingly kind heart. At the same time, she doesn't let people walk all over her. She has vulnerabilities, and she struggles, but that's what really makes her humanity show.

I love Zane. Saying that I am in love with him is probably more accurate, actually. He is gorgeous and wonderful and I love him. He's also really perceptive and stubborn but not to the point where he's too clever or dull. It's like the perfect, dream balance. Oh, and he is most definitely a charmer. He doesn't back down from a challenge, and though he hangs out with people who often find amusement at the expense of others he doesn't really actively participate, and in fact starts to break away from him. He's a little bit of a bad boy, but he was so well-written and not stereotypical at all that it was basically kind of perfect.

The Rules reads a lot more like a paranormal romance than the science-fiction it officially is, but that totally doesn't mean it isn't just as fabulous. It's not as fluffy as you'd think, and it actually gets really intense in some parts. It's unique and a lot of fun, but more than that it's something I can easily see myself reading again and again.

Ariane has never really had a problem obeying the rules. She knows what she can do and what she can't. She has one friend who really isn't a good one because it's easy and she doesn't really challenge anything. Zane changes all of that for her. With a few words, with one offered challenge and a little bit of a reward, Ariane is ready to break every one. Though, of course, she doesn't know that yet.

Sometimes I have to admit that I got frustrated with the pacing. For the most part things moved along smoothly and I really liked the even flow, but I cannot deny there were two or three times where it seemed to drag and I really wished whatever was going on would be over. I suppose those scenes were important in their own way but apparently I have issues anyway.

There were so many plot twists, too, and they always fit in nicely without creating plot holes. There were betrayals I never saw coming and certain spouts of knowledge that I definitely didn't expect. I loved that we were kept guessing while being teased with the truth, and yet it wasn't overly predictable.

The Rules was for the most part fast-paced, but overall a ton of fun and intensity. I loved it from the first page to the last and was definitely swooning by the last page.

Romance tends to be my favorite part of a book. In some ways I know maybe it should't be, but it's not like I can help it, so there you have it. I am a total slave to romance. I can never get enough of it. Anyway, this specific romance is seriously, seriously wonderful. The way both of them go from not really trusting the other to starting to fall in love really gets to me in a good way, and the best part is that there's no instalove. Yay. Of course, sparks fly from the very first time their eyes meet. They just don't know it.

Stacey's writing has really matured from her first book–it has always been loaded with tons of talent, but now it is even better. The dialogue is fantastic, and I love the way her characters describe the people and things around them. I love the alternating first person. I love everything about it. The book is also packed with tons of humor that just feels so perfectly natural that I definitely caught myself giggling more than once.

I loved the ending of this book. I mean, I kind of hated it too, because it was sort of mean. But, you know, I get why it ended that way. I appreciated that it was a cliffhanger without being a cheap trick and intriguing without resorting to tactics such as massive infodumps at the end or sudden nonsensical revelations. It really stuck to the facts and yeah, revealed some new stuff, but was honestly pretty much the best ending it could have been. So, yay!

I'm going to assume it's fairly obvious that I would recommend this book. I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. There's really not much to not love about it, and it's so cute and yet surprisingly deep that it's sure to be a classic. I am very much in love with this book and totally think that everyone else should give it a chance, too. Not to be pushy. Anyway, I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series and I absolutely cannot wait! Yesterday is already too late.

*****FINAL RATING: 4.75 RED ROSES*****



  1. Wow great review! I LOVE your enthusiasm for this book! I adored The Rules too. I honestly don't think I expected to love it as much as I did. I really enjoyed how it almost read like a contemporary for some of the way.

  2. OMG ANNABELLE *THREE* amazing Merp Squad reviews for this book?!?! I'm sold. Zane sounds so swoon-worthy and I'm glad Stacey's writing matured since her first series! I kind of have a thing against scifi for some reason since I abnormally hate a LOT of it but I'm glad it reads like a PNR then because now I'm so confident I'll love it!

    Fanastic review, Twinny! :) I'm glad you loved this one!!! <3333333333

  3. YAY really glad you loved it! Will def. check it out and good to hear that the romance was good. Love how the characters were likable and weren't annoying. Seems like a satisfying book.

    Little Book Star

  4. This book sounds great! I love the sound of the characters and the plot :D A cliffhanger :( I don't really like those type of endings, but I hope I end up liking it like you.


  5. I haven't read anything by Stacey Kade as yet, but when I saw the cover and read the blurb for The Rules I was immediately interested. After reading your highly enthusiastic review, I am definitely looking forward to reading it. Thanks!


I love hearing from my readers! All comments are greatly appreciated :) If you're a fellow book blogger, include a link so I can come and visit you! I adore you all so much! <3

Also, anonymous comments have now been disabled since I have been receiving upwards of fifty spam comments a day and I'm just done. If you're an actual human being and not a spambot who happens to comment anonymously I'm really sorry.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Welcome to my young adult reading blog! Sparkles and Lightning has young adult book reviews with the occasional children's or adult's book review sprinkled in. It will also be totally and completely fun :) Have a look around, have some laughs, and most of all, have a perfectly sparkly, electric time!

About Me

My photo
I'm a university student and ballroom dancer who spends too much time curled up with a good book. Red roses are my favorite and I love a good love story.

Grab My Button!

Sparkles and Lightning

My Roses


Follow on Bloglovin

Suscribe to Sparkles and Lightning

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Get my Newsletter!

Ask Me Anything!

Blog Tours

Want me to be a part of your blog tour? Contact me and let me know.

Blog Love!

The Midnight Garden I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Irresistible Reads I'm loving ♥ books Some Like It Paranormal Flipping Through the Pages LCs Adventures Reading After Midnight The Fairytale Nerd Alison Can Read The Non Reluctant Reader Novel Sounds ***Singing and Reading in the Rain*** Never Ending Stories Book Blog Sweet Southern Home

Want to swap blog rolls? Fill out a form and let me know!

Browse Reviews by Rating


In accordance with the FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, I am required to state that no payments are received in return for reviews, promotions and endorsements. All books are received at no cost from publishers or purchased by myself. I receive no monetary compensations for anything that appears on Sparkles and Lightning.

Copyright Registered & Protected Creative Commons License