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Monday, May 20, 2013

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



Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Stand alone novel
Young Adult
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance



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.
*Digital galley provided by Disney Hyperion for the blog tour and an honest review* 

Another day, another identity. She has going threw a cache of them before finally deciding that "Meg" is going to be the final straw and the moving stops. Between being in the Witness Protection Program and not knowing the reason behind the constant uprooting of her family's lives all around the United States and the multitude of aliases' having gone through in numerous months, Meg's ready to find out the reason why before she has to start all over again in a new town with a new name and a new physical alteration.

The Rules for Disappearing was a simple mystery that really doesn't leave you ruining the ending for yourself. The mystery really ends up beating around the book in the first half of the novel. Meg is struggling to get to the bottom of her family being placed in Witness Protection, yet no one is giving her any explanations and her father's silence just pushes her farther to solving her own mystery. The constant reversal between Meg begging her parents for answers and having Meg search for answers on her own is thorough throughout the course of the entire novel. It sort of set me back as a reader and kept the plot in the overbearing rut before things eventually moved forward and the gears of the story caught up to speed, but only until the very end of the novel.

Besides the setback of the plot, the romance was cute and decently contrived. I liked Meg and Ethan being together. Though I had found myself questioning what made Ethan so special this time around in this new town with her new alias? Never-before had she gotten so close with someone. She even fought off any interaction with the boy, and suddenly she was finding herself not wanting to move on from the rural Louisiana town she'd been transferred to because of this boy whom she had barely any way to get to known him before that thought. Just that whole idea seemed very immature to me. But at the same time, once Ethan's character and personality began to reveal itself a little bit more and more, the sweet southern boy had me smiling and I ended up liking that Meg wanted to stay with him. If only her thought on the matter was later on in the novel rather than towards the beginning I wouldn't have had such a problem with it.

The supporting characters happened to be a disappointment to me. The cliche of the rotten, quintessential malice-filled sister and her boyfriend/ex-friend of Ethan being rather rude and distasteful to the new girl grew cold against my skin but I shrugged it off, not letting that be a deciding factor of how I'd view the story. They do happen to be nuisances of supporting characters. Meanwhile, the only character that I thoroughly enjoyed and felt was a boost towards the development of Meg and Ethan, was her little sister, Teeny. The devotion that Meg has for her little sister, the way she sticks up for her and makes sure she's safe and happy brought out a side that I enjoyed in Meg as a character. The two of them were wonderful siblings trying to deal with their whole crazy ordeal.

Final Summation: Though the novel's plot beats around the bush, once the mystery really has the ball rolling it fun and just pulls you right along. A quick and fun read that should definitely be given a try during this summer.

First Line: "What do you want your name to be this time?"
Story: A
Cover: A



About the AuthorAshley 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.
ashleyelston.com | twitter.com/ashley_elston