REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

May 23, 2013 Uncategorized 8

The Rules for Disappearing 
by Ashley Elston
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller
She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.
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Thank you to Itching for Books and the author for providing me with a review copy.

Meg is a mess.  She’s tired, she’s angry, she’s on the run, she barely knows who she is these days…and she’s sick of it.  So when she gets to her umpteenth school as the Witness Protection Program shuffles her family around, she’s ready to give up.

No more friends, no more clubs, and especially no more boyfriends!

Yeah, right!  Enter hot dude in the form of corn-fed farm boy!  He hunts, he fights, he flirts… and he figures her out so fast, Meg’s head is spinning.

I really liked this book.  It’s YA, so I don’t expect it to be as deep and complicated as an adult thriller, but I thought it was well-done.  I enjoyed the plot, I did suspect most of it, but for me there is a difference between suspecting what might happen and seeing so many signals you can’t ignore it. I suspected, but I never got the feeling like my hunches were so dead-on accurate that I couldn’t enjoy the book.  I especially liked the relationship between Mega and Agent Thomas…  I’m not sure where that’s going in the next book, but I’m intrigued.

There was just enough conflict at school to lessen the boredom I typically feel when I have to read about kids at school (I really don’t like to read about high school. I didn’t have a bad experience or anything, I just find it boring as an adult)

I thought Meg’s anguish at being shuffled around was real and sad, especially as it related back to how it completely ripped her family part.  Her mother started drinking, heavily, her sister had a pretty severe bout of depression, and her poor father was just trying to hold it all together and figure a way out of this mess without getting his family killed.

I liked it a lot, it was an easy read, it held my interest the entire time, and I’ll definitely be picking up the next one.

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About the author…

Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and helps her husband run a commercial lawn and landscaping business. They also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows.

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8 Responses to “REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Great review, Julie! This one intrigued me – wondering what it would be like to have to change identities, leave friends behind, never have a stable life…glad you enjoyed it so much. I know it’ll be a good one! 😉

  2. Isis Erb

    The review is certainly a solid endorsement for making me want to read this book. The idea of struggling through your teen years trying to figure out who you really are AND having to learn to be multiple different ‘people’ at the same time is intriguing – and sounds challenging to say the least. Most of us struggled with figuring out who the adult version of ourselves was while going through our teens (not to say it stops when you are in your twenties, etc.), and that was more than hard enough. Now imagine doing it while on the run without knowing why and having to memorize new names, birthdays, and back ‘histories’ for your entire family every few months. Sounds exhausting and intriguing at the same time.

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