Exclusive Cover Re-Reveal for THE RULES by Stacey Kade

I revealed the original cover for Stacey Kade’s THE RULES (Disney-Hyperion, April 23rd 2013) a while back here on IceyBooks. But Hyperion made a few tweaks and asked me to do another exclusive reveal! Scroll down to read the awesome synopsis (if you don’t already know what it’s about), check out the brand new cover, and enter to win an ARC!

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, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her into 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 - THE RULES
Photo credit: Vania Stoyanova  

Stacey Kade is the author of The Ghost and the Goth Trilogy: The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, and Body & Soul. She lives in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three retired racing greyhounds.

Here’s the first cover (revealed back in August):

THE RULES - Stacey Kade

And here’s the NEW cover and jacket copy!

Here’s what Stacey Kade’s editor, Christian Trimmer has to say about the new look:“We shared the galley with the accounts and got some really great feedback. They were really excited about Stacey’s story, but they were worried that the front cover image was too subtle. They wanted Ariane’s eyes to be more, well, eye-catching, and Zane to have a stronger presence. Whitney, our brilliant designer, and Ali, who took the beautiful photos, addressed these comments, and I think we’ve ended up with a striking, powerful image.”

And a few words from Stacey herself!“I think the revised cover is gorgeous! I’m thrilled that we can see a little bit more of Zane. It is a dual first person story, alternating between Zane and Ariane, so I love that he has a larger presence on the cover. The photos Ali took for this cover are just so emotional and evocative of the themes in the story–identity and wanting what you, specifically, can’t have. And Whitney and Ali did such an amazing job with Ariane’s eyes, making her look very “other.” You can tell immediately that there’s something just a little different about her, something maybe not so human, and I love that. It is exactly how it should be!”

What do YOU think?

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And now for the giveaway! Stacey and DisneyHyperion were kind enough to donate another ARC of THE RULES to one lucky US/Canada winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    December 20, 2012

    I like how they changed the image, but I like the original font so much better. That one was really interesting and kind of fun to look at. The new one is pretty plain and boring. :(

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    Monica :)

    December 21, 2012

    It's amazing how little changes like these make the book really pop out. Just simply amazing.

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    December 31, 2012

    I like how her eyes look in the second cover but still prefer the first one for font and face shot. Plus I don't like seeing so much of the guy.

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    January 5, 2013

    I like the overall positioning in the new cover. The first one didn't have enough depth and her eyes looked a little unfocused.