Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Rules for Disappearing Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for The Rules for Disappearing blog tour! Thanks to Shane at Itching for Books for organizing the tour. This book was totally amazing. I have a review of this wonderful review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a copy of the book. But, first, let me introduce the book:

The Rules for DisappearingShe’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.

My Rating: 5 Roses
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Take everything you know about the Witness Protection Program, all that glamorization of it that we see in books and movies. Throw all that away. Now, you're ready for this epic YA romantic thriller. The Rules for Disappearing was a fantastic read, full of thrills, secrets, surprises, and sweet romance. I loved this book!

Books about the Witness Protection Program are iffy for me. It can be cliched so easily. And the completely awful experience of being in the Program can be glamorized in some books. But, this book didn't fall into those pitfalls. It was realistic in its portrayal of life in hiding. But, it wasn't all doom and gloom. Even with the grim situation, we still had lighthearted moments. I think it was all perfectly done.

Meg (whose real name is not Meg) was a girl in a bad situation. She's stuck in the Witness Protection Program and had been forced to move to six different hiding places in the last year. Each time, she had to change her appearance, her name, and her background. And every time she left, she had to abandon her friends and her fledgling life in the new location. Worst of all, she doesn't know why. No one would tell her why she is stuck in hiding. She was a great character. She has handled the past year of her life with strength. But, she's starting to wear out. However, that doesn't stop her determination to find out what her father did and how to get out of this mess. I really liked her strength. And I loved that she was so caring with her younger sister. She was an admirable heroine. She was courageous, strong-willed, clever, and determined to protect her family. I definitely liked her.

Ethan was so sweet! He was a gentlemanly, good-mannered southern boy with both charm and looks going for him. But, he was also willing to face danger to protect the girl he cared about. He wasn't one to back down from a bad situation, no matter what. And he was incredibly clever and perceptive. It wasn't long before he figured out something strange was going on with Meg. He was so perfect and adorable. Loved him, loved him, loved him!

The romance in this book wasn't the main point, but it played a big role. I liked how it developed realistically. While they cared deeply for each other, they weren't throwing around "I-love-you's" after their second meeting. They were sweet together, definitely a perfect fit for each other. That whole aspect of the book was perfectly done.

The plot in this book went at break-neck speed. It moved quickly and had me interesting within the first page. The thrills and mystery kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat. I was SO surprised when the reason for the family being in the Program finally came out. I had spent half the book speculating about it, trying to figure it out. But, it caught me by surprise; I never saw it coming. And the ending was brilliant. It was a mostly happy ending that tied up most of the loose ends. But, there was an ominous note about it that gave me a panic attack until I found out that there would be a second book. Then, I was totally excited. I can't wait to read book 2, because I'm dying to find out what happens next!

The Rules for Disappearing was a brilliant YA romantic thriller. Book lovers, you have to read this.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for a copy!

I can feel the waves rolling off Ethan. He's pissed and his fists ball at his sides. I'm sure the principal won't ignore two fights in two weeks. Without thinking, I grab his hand and pull. He doesn't budge at first then finally he allows me to drag him away.

Once we get some distance from Ben, I try to drop his hand but Ethan holds on tight. He's still mad and picks up the pace. We go through the back door of the school and then through another door on the right. It's a narrow space with barely enough room for a stairwell that I didn't know was here before. 

"Wanna cut out of here today but not get caught?"

This makes me nervous. Do I want to sit through class all day? Hell, no. Can I stand to spend the entire day with Ethan and not like him more than I already do? Double hell no.
I lean back against the wall. "I don't know, Ethan. I could get in a lot of trouble." What if the suits find out? The possibility of being relocated makes my stomach drop and I realize that I'm more attached to him and this place than I should be. "I can't. I really can't."

He looks disappointed. He's still holding my hand and rubbing his thumb over mine. It feels really good.

"I get it." He takes a step closer, putting his hands on my hips and his head comes in close. He whispers, "Thanks for saving my ass. I was just about to knock the shit out of him and that wouldn't have ended well." 

I can't speak. He kisses the side of my neck and I'm sure he can feel my pulse thumping. He moves away from my neck until his face is inches from mine. His lips are so close but it's like he's waiting for me to close the gap between us. I hesitate for a second or so then lean in just enough to make contact. It's all the invitation he needs. His hands leave my hips only to move to the side of my face. Kissing him is as good as I ever thought it would be. 

He breaks away, kissing me one last time on that really sweet spot on my neck, then pushes through the door leading back to the hall, leaving me alone in the stairwell. I sit down on the bottom step and put my head in my hands.
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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.


  1. Awesome review! Great excerpt! Thanks for participating.