Tuesday, April 29, 2014

{YA Review} The Hunt (Project Paper Doll #2) by Stacey Kade

{YA Review} The Hunt (Project Paper Doll #2) by Stacey Kade

The Hunt (Project Paper Doll, #2)
Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies? (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} ebook, 400 pages. Published April 22nd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Stacey Kade and Disney-Hyperion.

{Rating} 5/5 - I loved it!

"Until I crawled beneath the designated dumpster behind the abandoned Linens-N-Things and felt the brush of rough canvas against my fingertips, I really wasn't sure that the emergency bag would be there, as my father had promised." (page 1, line 1)
The Hunt is such a fabulous follow up to The Rules, my review is here. Go and read The Rules - you'll love it - and then come back. Back? Okay, The Hunt is full of action, heartache, surprises, close calls, more pieces of the Ariane puzzle, and the introduction of some new characters that change the rules yet again.

I was quickly re-immersed in the world with only a quick reminder from Kade of how Ariane and Zane got to the dumpster, of the challenges they face and the cost of failure.

Strong, resilient, Ariane is still at war with her two sides, with logic and emotion, with want and need. And she's at war with her feelings for Zane. She wants Zane but she wants to keep him safe. Her romance with Zane is full of challenges, there is a literal 'women are from mars (or wherever it is she's from. Will we ever learn?)' gulf between them and it's both lovely and heartbreaking.

Zane... I adore the guy. Throughout the book I wanted to hug him, kick him, kiss him, console him, berate him, and slap him upside the head. Despite his faults, his mistakes, he has such a good heart. All he wants is to do the right thing, to protect Ariane but he struggles with what Ariane is, with what he wants, with his own demons, with dashed hopes. And really... can anything else happen to this poor guy?

That ending? Nooooooooooo! I have to wait another year to find out what happens next?

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