Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: The Rules for Disappearing

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: Hardcover; 320
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Content Screening: Nothing of note

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of quick moving novels with vivid characters and true to life situations.

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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.

Whoa. I'm not sure how else to describe The Rules for Disappearing in just one word, except to start with that. Madeline, Olivia, Meg; call her what you will but our main character is definitely one strong female. Constantly shipped from place to place, sometimes without a moments notice, her life isn't easy. What Ashley Elston builds is a world where a family is on the run, and our main character can't remember why. All that matters is survival.

I have to say that I never really pondered how tough the Witness Protection program could be. I loved reading from Meg's perspective because she wasn't one to sugar coat anything. I met a girl who was so strong, that she would shun real life if it meant keeping her sister safe. A girl who has been so many different people in such a short amount of time, that she can't recall what parts of her are real anymore. Meg is real. She's raw.  She's honest. That's what makes this such an amazing read.

It helps of course that we have a swoon-worthy male lead as well. Ethan Landry is the southern boy we all wish we had. Sweet, smart, and absolutely stubborn, I couldn't help but adore his character. What really impressed me was how Ashley Elston brings these two together. From the moment they meet, there is tension. How do you hide your past and still let someone else in? Watching Ethan and Meg dance around the truth is maddening and intriguing at the same time.

While Meg definitely made some decisions I didn't agree with, and I won't deny physically yelling at the book, everything weaves together into one fantastic story. There is the element of mystery surrounding Meg's situation, the tension filled romance with Ethan, and even a few funny moments. I all but devoured this book, and highly suggest you go and do the same.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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