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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
"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 of 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."- summary from Amazon

This was such a good book. It's full of some fantastic twists and turns (with a great reveal toward the end of the book) and edge-of-your-seat suspense as well as a cute little romance as well. I was a little disappointed that this was the first book in a series, and so the story isn't completely over yet, which means a wait in between books.

There's a great family dynamic here; with Meg moving all the time and trying to lay low, there's less social interaction and more interactions at home. I especially liked the relationship between her and her younger sister; it felt very natural and realistic considering the circumstances. Outside of the house, I liked the budding friendship and later relationship between her and Ethan, and also the scenes involving her after-school job; her boss was a hoot.

Overall, a fantastic start to the series and I'm interested to see where Elston takes us next.

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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