Title: The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Series: The Rules for Disappearing #1
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston is a fantastic read. There’s excitement, paranoia, mystery, surprise, fear, and so much more tucked into its pages. I was hooked from the very beginning, and found it hard to stop reading – it almost kept me up all night. The only thing I don’t like is the cover – bare feet make me squirm. Don’t know why; that’s just the way it is. But, since there’s no need to stare at the cover while reading, I figure there’s no need to let that affect the rating I give the book.
The book is told from Meg’s perspective, and it works quite well. The mystery behind everything really makes this the best way to tell the story. I feel bad for her – she must be so lonely and tired. Plus, her family is falling apart. I love Meg’s determination and her heart. And when she discovers the truth about everything, well, it sends her reeling for a while. She’s mature enough to realize, though, that she needs to get herself together and figure out what comes next.
Speaking of what comes next, there is a sequel already in the works. (I discovered that while looking around Goodreads.) I’m excited about this, because the book is one I didn’t want to end so soon. I’d definitely call the story finished – mostly. There’s one loose end, but the main problem in this story is resolved. Clearly it’s not over yet for Meg, but whatever’s coming (I’m guessing here) likely will have a whole new set of problems.
In all, this was a compelling, addictive, exciting, and touching read. I would highly recommend it.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: The Rules for Disappearing is scheduled for release around May 14, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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