Mon, July 22, 2013

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston Review

The Rules for Disappearing book cover

The Rules for Disappearing book cover

The Rules for Disappearing
By Ashley Elston
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Disney-Hyperion, 320 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Um, a witness protection book? YESSSSS!

Seriously, I have always been particularly intrigued the program an have wanted to read a book about it for ages, so I was beyond thrilled to hear about Ashley Elston’s The Rules for Disappearing. And I was even happier when it was a pretty darn good book!

It was a nice mix between romance, family drama and straight-up mystery/thriller action — absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Okay, one small thing: I definitely got a strong case of OLS (Old Lady Syndrome) toward the end. I kept wanting to yell: “TELL A RESPONSIBLE ADULT! OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?” But when you do not know who exactly is a responsible adult (hello, Anna, I suppose that’s the mystery), you do what you’ve gotta.

If you’re looking for a mystery or thriller that’s still a good summer read, check this out for sure.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: ashley elston, mystery, thriller
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  1. Hazel said:

    Old lady syndrome, haha you crack me up, Anna! Will definitely check this one out, it seems like a good read. 🙂

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  2. P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex said:

    Definitely sounds good. It kind of reminds me of the cheerleader’s life in Heroes for some reason. I haven’t read this book but I love the concept of the witness protection program so I’m looking forward to it!

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  3. Jaime Morrow said:

    Haha! Yes. I agree with the OLS thing. I felt the exact same way. I really enjoyed this one too. 🙂

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  4. We Heart YA said:

    Ooohh, YES, this sounds awesome! We too have always been intrigued by the WPP, so it’s cool that someone wrote a YA about it. Thanks for the heads-up and for sharing your thoughts on it! (LOL at OLS.)

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  5. Annie said:

    The WPP is definitely something that I would like to learn more about so I was planning on reading this book. I’m happy you liked it, Anna! 🙂

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  6. Trish @ Between the Lines said:

    OLS, lol, love it! Sounds pretty darn good to me too, love that setting.

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  7. Brianna said:

    I’m officially stealing OLS for myself. That’s an awesome way to describe how I feel most of the time. I’m barely about to turn 31 and I feel like a total oldster most of the time.

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  8. Tara said:

    Witness Protection and mystery? Yes please!

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  9. Ariel said:

    Adding this to my to-read!

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  10. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) said:

    I really liked this one! And it isn’t one that I would normally gravitate to. So glad there will be a second book because I want to know MORE after THAT ending!

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  11. Alexa Y. said:

    I really want to read this one! I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of the Witness Protection Program, so to read about a girl who’s in it would be really fun!

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  12. Bookworm1858 said:

    I wanted them to talk to some adults too! I understand wanting to handle things yourself but surely there are some people that could have been told.

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  13. April Books & Wine said:

    Do you remember that movie with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen called Our Lips Our Sealed where they are in witness protection? Because of that movie I would totally read the heck out of this book.

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  14. Lottie MB said:

    I’ve never really read a book about Witness Protection, so this sounds really interesting! Definitely on my to-read list!

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  15. Judith said:

    Glad you enjoyed this one! I thought it was pretty good, loved the Witness Protection aspect, even though I wasn’t quite sold on the ending for the exact reason that it just seemed completely irresponsible and illogical (but I guess that if you don’t know who to trust, you do crazy things). Did you know there’s going to be a sequel? I’m not sure how this would work, but I’m pretty curious.

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

  16. Saru @ To Read or Not to Read? said:

    I’m currently reading this and I’m so glad you enjoyed this! 🙂

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    Posted on: Mon, July 22, 2013

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