Friday, 26 April 2013

Guest Review: The Rules for Disappearing

Hello, everyone! Today, I'm really excited for our guest reviewer's post. Let's welcome Kristel and see what she thinks about Ashley Elston's The Rules for Disappearing.

The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: 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.


Can I just begin this review by saying that I did not expect the book to end like it did? Not that it’s a bad thing because I always appreciate it when the author leaves me with something to ponder on after I finish the book (like how I want the story to end and stuff), but to be honest, I want a second book - the ending happened a little too fast for me. But story-wise, it is fresh and amazing. In all my years of reading, I have not encountered a storyline such as this so I just did not expect the ending! Cus you know those thoughts you have when you read where you’re trying to guess who has done what and what happens next? Yes, that! If you are like me, I’m pretty sure that you’re going to like the twist.

Also, what I love about this book is that it does not just gives you the feel-good romance where troubled girl meets Prince Charming – it also gives emphasis on the love that exists in the family. I love how Anna’s character was put together in the story. She was strong and courageous but she still has her fears; it’s realistic.

Anna’s father is a very admirable man. His whole character etched just this one word in my mind: sacrifice. He took the blame and wanted to keep it like that because of his drive to protect his family. How he was able to keep his family together in spite of the circumstances remains a mystery to me. I am glad that he has turned out to be a really good father because I had my doubts in the beginning.

My fingers are itching to type some spoilers but thought it would be unfair so I deleted them. But can I just say how much I think the sacrifices of Anna’s family remained unjustified? Just like “poof!” and “bye bye” and the end. But all in all, I would definitely recommend that you, dear reader, read this book.

My rating: 4.5 of 5
This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kristel is a Management Accounting student from the Philippines who loves solitude and coffee.