Friday, May 17, 2013

Blog Tour: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Title: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Release date: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion 

Purchase: Amazon

Today I am participating in “The Rules for Disappearing Blog Tour hosted by Shane at Itching for Books!

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 had been hearing a lot of good things regarding this book from other readers, so I was excited to finally be able to read it. I have always been interested in what it might be like for people who have to leave the things they cherish, like home, family, friends, tangible items, and move somewhere unknown. It sounds completely frustrating and scary.

The Rules for Disappearing revolves around a family who are currently in the Witness Protection Program. Now under the new names of Meagan who is 17 years old and Mary who is 11 years old, the two sisters along with their parents leave once again their old identity and set out for Louisiana.

At this point Meg is beyond angry and frustrated with how things are unfolding. Her sister, Mary is speaking less and less, with each new identity and move, and their mom only makes matters worse by her drinking. She begins to question her father about why they are in the WPP. Her father is unwilling to give her the answers she needs, so she decides to take matters into her own hands.  And she does this with the aid of a cute local boy named Ethan.

I thought that The Rules for Disappearing was a fun summer type read. It kept me entertained the entire time I was reading it. One of my favorite parts in the book was the rules she listed at the beginning of the chapters.
Here is one of my favorites:

“Live on the fringe of society. You don’t want to be in a nice neighborhood because those people are all in your business and want to know everything about you. And you don’t want to be in a bad one, well…because it’s bad. If you go to all this trouble to hide from bad guys, it’d suck to get shot just because you live in a crappy area.”
-Ashley Elston, The Rules for Disappearing

All in all, I enjoyed this story. Meg and Mary grabbed my heart from the first chapter. Readers who enjoy a light mystery and a little bit of romance involving teens should consider this book.

Rating: 3 ½ out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf Disney-Hyperion in exchange for nothing, but my honest opinion. Thank you.**

About the Author

Ashley Elston lives in 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.