Saturday, April 19, 2014

ARC Review: Project Paper Doll: The Hunt by Stacey Kade

Project Paper Doll: The Hunt
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: Project Paper Doll (Book 2)
Publication: Disney Hyperion (April 22, 2014)

Description: 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?

My Thoughts: THE HUNT begins immediately after THE RULES. If, like me, it has been a while since you have read the first book, you might be a little lost for the first couple of pages. Ariane has escaped from GTX and Zane is with her. They have just picked up an emergency bag containing money, ID and other essentials left for her by her "father" Mark Tucker. They are on the run but really don't know where to go. Also, Ariane is concerned that letting Zane go with her only puts him in more danger than he would be in if he left her. They decide to find Zane's mother who had left the family.

Getting to Zane's mother created more problems than it solves. Ariane knows her as the one technician who was at least marginally good to her when she being experimented on in the GTX labs. New she is working with a competitor with GTX trying to socialize the three alien-human hybrids in that lab.

There are three labs and three men trying to develop the super soldier who will win some upcoming trials - Jacobs of GTX, Laughlin of Laughlin Integrated Enterprises, and Emerson St. John of Emerson Technology, Incorporated. This story concentrates on Ariane trying to get to the hybrids in Laughlin's lab and convincing them to team up to sabotage the trials and gain themselves some freedom.

This story was emotionally intense because Zane and Ariane are falling in love but both have insecurities that create misunderstandings. Neither has ever been number one in anyone's life. Ariane, raised in a lab and by a "father" who was caring for her so that his real daughter could get some medical treatment, has never been loved or formed any relationships. Zane is the disregarded second son who can never meet his father's unrealistic expectations and whose mother abandons him. Ariane's trying to ditch Zane for his own safety just looks like another case of abandonment to him.

This was an exciting and entertaining middle book in a trilogy. I can't wait to read the next one to find out how it all works out.

Favorite Quote:
He loved me. The mix of exhilaration and adrenaline was like carbonated bubble in my bloodstream, a physical representation of joy. This is what joy feels like. No wonder people lived and died for this feeling.
I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. this sounds really interesting and it kind of reminds me of the Luxen series by J. Armentrout. ~Sheri

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