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Thursday 23 May 2013

Review ~ The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston {Giveaway}

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The Rules For Disappearing

by Ashley Elston

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The Rules for Disappearing

by Ashley Elston

Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion


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.

Paperback Princess Review

The Rules for Disappearing is a fantastic, fast-paced and addictive read that has the readers wanting more at each and every turn. The plot was well thought out, clues was provided in the opportune times and there was a lot of twists and turns to keep it very exciting. The mystery had you guessing till the end and the conclusion was certainly not predictable. I cannot sing this book enough praises! Elston really excelled in the delivery of the plot, the story itself and the unfolding of information was well timed. An amazing debut novel!

Megan (Meg) Jones, the sixth alias and the sixth move since her and her family was entered into the Witness Protection Program. The constant moving is creating a huge strain on Meg and her family, she is tired of this lifestyle and she is determined to find a way out but to do so she must find the reason as to why her family was placed into the program to begin with, not an easy feat when no one wants to talk about it.

I really enjoyed Meg's character and I commend her for her strength to keep going. I really applaud the way she looked after her family and took on the role of a mother-figure. I also loved the relationship she had with her little sister, Teeny, it really reminded me of mine and my sister's relationship when we were growing up. Meg was also selfless, considering the rest of her family, especially her sister over herself. There were times when I just felt like she should have just gone with the flow, or allowed people in eg. Ethan, but I suppose I do understand why she's hesitant to allow others into her life especially when, by letting them in she endangers their life.

Ethan is Meg's love interest in the book and I absolutely adored the chemistry between these two, and unlike most YA books of late there is no instant-love here, there's not even instant-lust which is a very welcome change. I adored the slow but steady progression of their relationship and I really liked how it was realistic to teen love. I found myself swooning at certain scenes through the book and I cannot emphasise how much I loved the perfect timing and build-up to their relationship.

Ethan is a well written character, who I absolutely fell in love with. There is so much that I loved about Ethan, firstly his maturity. He wasn't scared to walk up to Meg and call her out on her lie, he was straight forward and had no fear in tackling the problem head on. Despite that he wasn't too pushy either and he still had patience with her. He would simply say "I can't talk you into…" and whatever answer she gave that was it, no arguments. He's also intelligent and loyal and I love the way he won Teeny over. Ethan is certainly on my book boyfriends top list.

There were several secondary characters that I loved, including Pearl, who's Ethan's Aunty and Meg's boss. She's that loud and obnoxious kind of character but deep down has a heart of gold. I also enjoyed Catherine, she really went out of her way to befriend Meg. Elston had a way of making her characters very likeable, even the bad guy wasn't terrible and I'm really curious to what his story is.

The way Elston wrote her characters dialogue was also fun and true to each character.

"I thought you'd be at school this morning."
Uh-oh. No way would the security guard that works in her neighbourhood normally ask her this question.
"Well, Frank, I thought since I live here that I could drive straight to my house without being stopped, so I guess we're both confused this morning."
I also enjoyed the Witness Protection Prisoner rules that Meg writes, which opens each chapter. 
By Witness Protection Prisoner #18A7R04M

There's a time to cut and run. There's a time to stay and fight. The most important time is to know when to make this decision. 

The Rules for Disappearing certainly exceeded my expectation from the synopsis. I absolutely loved this book and couldn't read it fast enough. The story was well thought of and the way the story unfolded to the readers was well done. This was all sealed with a very satisfying ending. Ashley Elston certainly excelled in her debut novel and I'm looking forward to her future projects.

About The Author 

Ashley Elston

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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Unknown said...

This one has been on my radar for a while, sounds so intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

Thanks for participating.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction said...

I was just about to say that this book looks so intriguing and then saw that that's what Sassy said! Guess that must sum this book up!

Batch of Books said...

This one sounds so good! Glad you liked it!


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