Synopsis via Goodreads:
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, a 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 had this on my to-read list on Goodreads, so when it finally came out on the fourteenth, I got an e-mail notification. Of course, I'd been awaiting it's release, and so when I saw a blog tour for The Rules For Disappearing I did a little happy dance and hurriedly signed up. I somehow forgot to read my arc until I received the Goodreads notification, which was, coincidentally, the same day the blog tour began. Thankfully, I still had ten days until my scheduled post. Because, of course, I stayed up until well past midnight to finish the book in one day. Obviously, because when a book is that good, that's what you do. Anyway, so, the book?
When a synopsis has the words Witness Protection, and Survival, I'll read it. Sadly, this is the first book I've ever come across with those two words, but it definitely lived up to expectations. My absolute favorite part of the entire book were the actual Rules for Disappearing, written by Prisoner #18A7R04M (also known as Meg). For example:
You can only disappear successfully if you know who you need to disappear from.
Lay a false trail. You make it look like you're going this way. Then everyone looks that way. And then when they;re going that way, you really go the other way.When everyone gets to where they thought you were, you're somewhere else. Pretty simple, huh?
I really love these kinds of books. It reminds me of the 39 Clues series, except aimed at an older audience and with a completely different plot line. Maybe not so similar. First of all, there's that whole it's-not-contemporary part, because, truthfully, that's what I thought it was. Anyway the stuff that happens will probably never happen in real life, like, ever (because I read Room and then look what's on the news. It's...eerie and mega disturbing.)
The book was truly wonderful. You can connect with the characters their emotions and feelings, an the plot itself is very fast and thriller-y. I loved Meg and her family members, because although they're not perfect, they're believable and perfect in their own way. The book is humorous, sweet, scary, suspicious - just so many things all rolled up into one delicious book. And the mystery!! I absolutely love mysteries, and this was not exception. Although I was doing that one-eyebrow-raised thing as soon as Meg had her first nightmare. And of course, the major twists. I'm a sucker for twists, like, major plot -turn-it-upside-down-and-shake-it-up twists, and this had a few. And lots of other good stuff like Agent Thomas. Who is the awsomest character ever. I'm going to shut up now.
Ashley Elston has a way with words. Sometimes YA books are told in an amateurish way, that the writing, the story, doesn't even flow together. Ashley's writing is the opposite. This is her debut novel, but she's definitely an author to keep an eye on.
There were two minor things I didn't like. Ethan is perfect. Like, perfect, perfect. And the ending. Is there going to be a sequel? Please let there be a sequel. And then I'll excuse the ending, entirely.
I'd really recommend this book to everybody. So hurry up and go read it. Or enter the giveaway below and cross your fingers.
Expected Publication: May 14th 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Purchase: Amazon
About the Author
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.