In Review: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Posted October 23, 2013 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley ElstonThe Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Series: The Rules for Disappearing #1
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Young Adult
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: eBook, 320 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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.

I really, really, really, really liked this book. It had suspense, young love, conflict, friendship and a road trip! The character development was superb. I couldn’t help but feel for Meg (Anna) and her sister and all they had been through. I was rooting for them to have normal lives from the beginning. And Ethan? Swoon. He was perfection.

The only place it fell a little short with me was the speed at which things were wrapped up. After all the lead up, it all ended way too quickly for my liking. It was also wrapped up a little too neatly. I did, however, like the surprise of the letter at the end and the way Anna reacted to it. That felt real. As though even though everyone thinks it’s over, it just might not be. That moment gave me chills.

I look forward to more from this author. I really enjoyed her writing style.

About Ashley Elston

I met my husband fresh out of high school. We’ve been married for more years than I have fingers to count on and we have three incredible sons ranging from kindergarten to middle school age. We live in northwest Louisiana in the “almost” country. Almost meaning: we are surrounded by crops (mainly cotton and corn) but only ten minutes from town. It’s the perfect combination.

I spent ten years as a wedding photographer so most of my Saturday nights included eating cake, realizing no shoe is comfortable after standing for more than six hours and inevitably watching some groomsman do the alligator across the dance floor. Good times!

I’m a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and help my husband run our commercial lawn and landscaping business. We also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows.

And I write – particularly young adult thrillers. And I love it! I’m represented by Sarah Davies with Greenhouse Literary and, The Rules for Disappearing and The Rules for Breaking (Disney Hyperion) are available now. This is Our Story will be published in Spring 2016.

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  1. Bailee

    I remember seeing this book the first time it appeared on NetGalley and let’s be honest, it’s impossible to get a book from Disney on NetGalley, so I decided to lie in wait until it came out. Obviously… I forgot about it after awhile. So, thank you for reminding me about it because it sounded so interesting the first time I read its synopsis! Anyway, thank you for the insightful review and I am glad that you liked the book because if you hadn’t, I’m not sure I’d be all for reading this particular book.