May 15, 2013

Blog Tour: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston Review + Giveaway

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
(The Rules, #1)
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 320 pages
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 enjoyed this book, a lot, up until the ending. It was abrupt; had me scratching my head going that's it? Maybe I'm wrong in saying the ending I didn't like because it wasn't the ending it was right before the ending. I am curious to see it addressed in the second book; maybe that will help me get over it's abruptness? It just leaves me with a lot of questions and I hate having questions running through my head.

Throughout the book I was just dying to find out why Meg and her family were in the Witness Protection program. I am happy to say I guessed half of it. I can't even imagine living life this way. The amount of new places Meg has been, with new identities is ridiculous. It's all to keep them safe, and I get that but it's just depressing. So it was definitely interesting reading this book and seeing not only how Meg dealt with their situation but how her whole family did. Her mom certainly didn't take well to it and her sister lost all of her charm and personality in the process. It makes you sit there and think how would your family turn out if they were thrust into this? I can't imagine well.

My favorite part of this book was definitely the love interest, Ethan Landry, hands down. He's southern, hot and a gentleman. Not exactly the first impression we received of him but there you have it. He's also determined; determined to figure Meg out and have her all to himself. Did I mention he's hot? Not physically (though, by description, he is good looking) but his personality and his charm just make him a stud. Yes, I did, in fact, just call him a stud. The chemistry Ethan and Meg have is undeniable and it isn't long before she realizes this as well.

I feel like there's a lot I can't really say, especially why I didn't like the bit before the ending because it gives away the whole book. I did really enjoy this book but was just a bit let down with the ending. There was plenty of action, suspense, decision making, guessing and romance. Oh plus, drama and cat fighting, a bit. Every high school must have an enemy, right? Why not the whole cheerleading squad? That's always fun.

Thanks so much to Shane over at Itching for Books for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour (and many other ones). Also, thanks to Disney for allowing me to read this review in exchange for an honest review.

Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and helps her husband run a commercial lawn and landscaping business. They also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows. |

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  1. I actually really enjoyed this book. I would love to have a copy to put on my classroom bookshelves.

  2. This sounds really good!!! Hoping to read this soon!!!

  3. oh wow, I didn't know this wasn't a stand alone! I have always been interested in the witness protection program, especially with all the cop shows I watch so this sounds great. My sister read it and loved it! Ethan sounds awesome and I can't wait to meet him. Great review

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  4. I wasn't sure either until I checked out Amazon. And it had it as The Rules for Disappearing (The Rules) which usually means it's not a standalone. And the way it ended totally left it open for more.

    It's definitely a great read & I highly recommend it! :)

  5. Good review. Thanks for participating!

  6. Congratulations on the publication of The Rules for Disappearing! It sounds like a very exciting book. Thanks for the great giveaway.


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