Review: The Rules

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Stacey Kade

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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 do not even have words for this book. (How many times have I said THAT in my reviews?) I am truly in shock from its amazing-ness. I recently took a trip to Barnes and Noble to get some hard copy books to read on my cruise (I just got back) and I stumbled upon The Rules.  Now honestly, I saw this book, read the summary and put it back. But as I wandered around the store, it kind of grew on me and I found myself right back in front of it’s shelf. And that leads us to where I am now, addicted.

I read The Rules in one day. (And the next day I read the second in the series.  The Hunt.) I could not put it down. I was drawn in by Kade’s style of writing. It was fast pace and flowed seamlessly through the many facts and events that occurred. (Previously I read a book where the main character was named Kade, check it out! The Divine Path)

I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, sometimes with tears in my eyes. I mean, you really know a book is great when you are laughing, crying and shocked all at the same time, The Rules  delivers in this respect. The characters are a huge factor in this, Ariane is amazing and I guess Zane isn’t so bad either. (Just kidding I love Zane.)

Anyway, without giving too much away, the plot is nothing like what you expect. There are so many random things that happen as well as completely unexpected facts and events that it is impossible to know what will happen next.

The mixture of the intense, paranoid, on edge feeling that the book delivers to the reader is why I enjoyed it so much. But my favorite part has to be Ariane’s inner monologues. Seriously, Kade is a genious in terms of humor. Ariane says and thinks the funniest things, I found myself laughing while sunbathing on the cruise.

Is it wrong to say that this story was realistic? Because, I get it, it is not, but if things were to go down and alien cross species were produced, this is EXACTLY how I would expect it to happen. Everyone had real reactions including Ariane. I really appreciated the attention to detail that Kade added in order to increase the naive personality Ariane was supposed to have.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, I loved this book. It is one of my favorite books read so far this year (Behind Vampire Academy of course!) The Rules was just another case of don’t judge a book by its cover on so many levels.




Late Night Review: Monkey Talk

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T. Lucas Earle

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Monkey Talk is loosely based on the Chinese myth, the Monkey King, a timeless story about who belongs, and who doesn’t. In a future in which Chimps can give lectures on cybernetics, Mr. Towry is a Chimp with an attitude. Unfortunately, the rules are still “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”


I know I shouldn’t have been caught off guard by the fact that the main character was a personified monkey, but I was. The title could have led to so many different scenarios, and I find that reading the summary ruins plots for me. So going in blind, the monkey main character was a shock, but a pleasant surprise at that.

The take on the United States, and specifically the Boston area, that T. Lucas Earle takes is entirely entertaining and comical. Not so say it is not true. I think the truth in it is the quality that I liked most. The Boston area is described as an area of judging people. I can hardly disagree with this. People in this area care more about what a speaker looks like and how they carry themselves than the content of what they are saying.

It is hard for my to grab the actual concept of Monkey Talk because there are so many meanings I can assume. The entire story may be Mr. Towry realizing his animal nature, given away by the last thing we read, the fact that the cell is not what smells, but himself.  But maybe it was meant to expose the similarities we have with monkeys, besides evolution, and show the audience that we are not above other animals.

Monkey Talk is an interesting short story that is thought provoking for any audience. I actually think that maybe this story wasn’t intended for scholastic purposes, but a class could benefit greatly from reading this story. It reminded be of ones I had read in high school and even in some college classes.