Thursday, May 9, 2013

BOOKANISTAS: The Rules for Disappearing

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.

What drew me to this book right away was this interesting premise - a teen girl in witness protection, having to relocate all the time because of something her dad did or saw that she doesn't know. I've never really heard of anything like this before.
The book ended up being a really fun mystery, as Meg tries to figure out what her dad did and how to get her and her sister out of their miserable situation. There were a lot of surprises for me as I went through the story, and it's always fun with a book surprises me.
What was cool to see in this book was the opposite of what I see in most YA books - here we had a girl who is naturally popular trying to stay under the radar and not be popular, get involved, or make friends. It was the flip side of a common storyline in YA, and I enjoyed watching Meg try to go against her normal friendly and outgoing nature as she tried to keep free from attachments in her new life.
This book was an entertaining mystery that kept me guessing and was super fun to read. I look forward to more books by Ashley Elston in the future!

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today...

Christine Fonseca  marvels at MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza – with giveaway!
Corrine Jackson is blown away by BRUISED by Sarah Skilton
Elana Johson  buzzes about STUNG by Bethany Wiggins
Stasia Ward Kehoe fawns over THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey
Shannon Messenger  shares an exclusive excerpt from INSOMNIA
Tracy Banghart  swoons for THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson
Lenore Appelhans celebrates 17 AND GONE by Nova Ren Suma


  1. Ooh--I remember reading the premise of this one and thinking it looked good. Glad you liked it--adding it to the list!

  2. I'm finding this premise really interesting. I'm intrigued by the twist you mentioned, the naturally popular girl trying to blend... an interesting spin on a popular YA trope. I've already got this one in my online shopping cart... Now I just need to hit BUY. :-)

  3. I've been waiting on this one for some time. I'll have to get my hands on a copy soon! :-)

  4. I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds really interesting. *adding to Goodreads*

  5. This sounds really good! I'll add it to my TBR. :)