Monday, May 13, 2013

The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Age: Young Adult
Series: The Rules for Disappearing #1
Interest: Witness Protection Program/ Cool Cover
Source: NetGalley

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. (Summary from

I received a free e-arc of this book from Netgalley and it has in no way shaped my opinion of the book!

The Rules for Disappearing has a solid plot, a family stuck in Witness Protection and dealing with the fall-out from some terrible event they don't understand. I was really excited to read this one. Unfortunately it took way, way too long to get to the action/thriller part of the story. It took reading over 50% of the novel to get even close to some action.

Meg was an interesting character, but I kept getting frustrated with her mood swings. It seemed like she kept jumping back and forth in her freak-outs. I'm assuming I was supposed to empathize with her through all the episodes but I seriously started to dread when she'd pull away each time. Ethan was an awesome guy for being willing to stick it out with Meg. He was a sweet country boy. I was amazed with all the stuff he was willing to tolerate/go through on her behalf.

I was surprised to see how much Meg's family, at least her sister, was involved in her life. In stories like this, family members tend to isolate themselves from each other. I was happy the two sisters had stuck it out together.

The Louisiana setting didn't impact the story too much for me, but I did enjoy reading about NAME. I loved the way all of Ethan and Meg's friends banded together to help and cover for them when it was needed. I adore it when characters have deep, trusting relationships like that.

As I said before, the action was super slow in the beginning but eventually picked up for me. I didn't see a few twists coming which was refreshing. (I wish I could talk about them!) Still, it was hard to wait so long for the pay-off.

Overall, The Rules for Disappearing was a nice, but certainly long read. I'd recommend it to any one with a long afternoon who likes contemporary stories with a little bit of action to them.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Teaser Lines: "Rules for Disappearing By Witness Protection Prisoner #18A7R04M: Never tell anyone your secrets. They're called secrets for a reason."

Happy Reading,

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