Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: The Rules For Disappearing By: Ashley Elston

Title: The Rules For Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Published:  M ay 14th, 2013
Source: E-Galley from publisher
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Goodreads 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:

I was really curious about this one and I have been waiting to read it since I posted it as one of my WOW picks forever ago, the idea of a girl that is stuck in the witness protection program completely fascinated me but, unfortunately  this book just fell a bit short for me, it really didn't feel like a lot happened throughout the story and in the end it was disappointing. 

Meg has been six different girls in six different towns and she was finally ended up in Louisiana, she has told herself that this time things will be different, no  sports or school clubs, no friends, it hurts too much to leave them and what is the point when the U.S. Marshals keep moving her and her family around. She is convinced that it has been something her dad did to get them into the program in the first place but, he won't tell her what happened or why they are there at all. Her mom isn't handling all of the moving well and she has taken to alcohol to ease her pain. The one bright spot in her life is her little sister Mary , but who everyone in her family calls Teeny. Teeny is also broken, she  breaks into tears anytime she sees a man in a suit, convinced that they are here to take her away again. Meg is ready to find out all of the information that is being hidden from her. She wants her life and her family back and she is willing to anything that she can to get them out of the program.

Meg was a strong main character and you really felt like she thought she carried the world on her shoulders, she felt responsible for her whole family. She had to become the responsible one of her family, going to the store and picking up groceries and making sure her sister was taken care of. Her dad  was working all of the time and I couldn't imagine having to all of that including pretending to be a different person and remember what you back story is. 

The love interest Ethan, he was so adorable. You could tell that he would do anything that he could to be around Meg, his aunt owned the pizza place that Meg began working at and he came in almost every night and made pizzas in the back with her little sister. He didn't give up when Meg pushed him away because she found herself beginning to enjoy spending time with him and she couldn't bear to lose another person she cared about to the program.

Overall, the rules for disappearing, I expected so much more then I got. I enjoyed the overall story but, it felt more like a contemporary romance with just a bit of action and danger added in. 

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  1. I would expect a little more action and such since it is a witness protection book, but I'm glad to hear you liked the romance. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  2. i like your review.. and yes, this book is already in my reader since yesterday. will read it next week :)

  3. This was a disappointing read for me too-I think the concept is super neat but the characters and writing just didn't really pop for me.


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