After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started-under the cruel control of Dr. Jacobs, head of the research facility that created her. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials; a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation.
But Ariane is no one’s weapon. She is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most-the person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone.
As her plan takes shape Ariane will need to depend on, now more than ever, the other side of her heritage-the cold, calculated instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone she has nothing left to lose.
With heart-pounding action, and plenty of surprises, the gripping conclusion to Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Doll series delivers a powerful finish that will keep fans hooked to the very end.
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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…
“Stacey Kade crafts an action-packed and wildly romantic story about our desire to not only be seen but also understood. The Rules is a great read.” —Rachel Cohn, best-selling author of Beta and Gingerbread
“I was immediately swept up in Ariane’s story. Equal parts thrill-ride and love story, The Rules is intense and emotional. This book stays with you long after you finish.” —Sophie Jordan, New York Times best-selling author of the Firelight series
“After so many super intense on-the-run dystopians, The Rules was a refreshing blend of sci-fi and contemporary with a sexy Tom Welling-like male lead.” –Nawanda Files
“The Rules covers a bit of everything from bullying, parental issues, romance, and more. Stacey Kade took real life issues and mixed it with a sci/fi feeling, and she pulled it off perfectly.” –Good Choice Reading
“The Rules reads surprisingly like a contemporary book, and that’s one of the things that made me love it so much. Although it does have sci-fi elements, they don’t dominate the story at all. It’s more about evil corporations, first loves, tender and hesitant romance, high school drama, and bullies, all with a small sci-fi twist.”–BookNook
“The Rules is technically science fiction, but it’s mainly set in high school, so it was just a fantastic blend.” –The Book Basement
“A wonderfully engaging story that left me with a book hangover.” –Blue Sky Bookshelf
“FINALLY! A science fiction book that does everything right for a change and it couldn’t have come at a better time too.”–Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic
“The Rules by Stacey Kade was an amazing surprise! It was filled with wonderful, sympathetic characters, a captivating storyline, and unexpected twists and turns.” –Bad Ass Book Reviews
“At its heart, I’d say that The Rules is an odd-couple romance. He’s a popular kid, she’s a nobody. He’s a human, she’s a lab experiment. He’s completely intrigued by her, she’s promised never to fall in love. And this mismatched, against-the-odds couple had me rooting for them all the way.”–YA Romantics
“In a genre saturated with fantasy and dystopian novels, it was nice to see that there was a great science-fiction book coming out that hit all the right notes. I’m so excited to see where the series goes.” –OMFG!Books
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BODY & SOUL
Available May 1, 2012 from Hyperion Books!
(Note: the following description for BODY & SOUL (book three) contains spoilers for QUEEN OF THE DEAD, the second book in the trilogy. Scroll down until you see the next line of pink stars for information on the first two books.)
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily…or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.
Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted…by me. Seriously?
I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying…
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.
Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages—the “Psychics” section—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real—and odd—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner…
QUEEN OF THE DEAD
Paperback available on May 8, 2012 from Hyperion Books!
After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare–former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead–finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this, ugh, “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.
Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello?! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.
Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately signs her name in the “clearly not” column. But Will is, ahem, willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.
Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.
THE GHOST AND THE GOTH
Available now from Hyperion Books!
Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star…and newly dead.
I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?
Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.
I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?
Project Paper Doll: The Trials (Book Three)
Expected Release Date: April 21, 2015
More details to come…