May 16, 2014

Title: The Rules for Breaking 

Duology: The Rules for Disappearing, Book 2

Author: Ashley Elston ♥ @ashley_elston

Expected Publication:
May 20, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 320

Genre(s): Young Adult ♥ Mystery/Thriller ♥ Contemporary  ♥ Romance

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.

But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he’s using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it’s time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 05/16/2014): 4.23

Christina read and loved the first book, The Rules for Disappearing. You can find her review here.

  • Christina thought this title was fantastic. It goes on her TOP shelf.  To find out why…

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

♥ Initial Thoughts and Rating: 4.5 stars! Wow! This book was one hell of a ride. Somehow the author managed to take me by surprise page after page. By the end of the novel, I decided that Anna couldn’t trust anyone but herself. There were so many twists and turns, and each new unexpected, shocking development only heightened the action of this novel and my anxiety. Well played, Ms. Elston. I like that you had me guessing until the very end.

The Lowdown: The Rules for Breaking continues from where we left off in The Rules for Disappearing. Anna thought she had what she wanted most in her life: freedom for her family and herself, especially if that means she gets to keep the cute boy, Ethan, that she’s fallen for and the friends she was reluctant to make. But if she’s being honest with herself, she knows that the probability of her life returning to normal is getting slimmer by the day. Thomas is still loose, and after he made contact with her, his presence feels like an unwanted shadow that Anna can’t shake.

The Rules of Breaking has a solid plot brimming with kidnappings, betrayals, layers of twists and deceptions that will keep your head spinning until the very last page. Just when you think you’ve gotten it all figured out… you figure out you were wrong. It’s the perfect blend of action, suspense, and good ‘ole contemporary romance enhanced only by its wonderfully diverse characters.


Lay a false trail. . . . 


Forget the false trail- better to run for your life if you get the chance.

~quote taken from the eARC of The Rules for Breaking at 65%

My Thoughts: So, basically I can’t say much of anything at all in this section because so much unexpectedness happened plot-wise in this novel. Elston weaves a magnificent mystery, one that will keep you scratching your head and struggling to piece the puzzle together long before the reveal that will come along and shock you. The action was intense and long-lasting, centered around the wonderfully complex characters we grew to love (and learned to love more in this installment) in The Rules for Disappearing. Simply put, I couldn’t get enough. I quickly devoured the book in search for all the answers and I was completely satisfied with how this journey was concluded.

♥ Rec it? Yes! This duology was a wonderfully built and fully realized set of books. One that took us into the world of murders, Witness Protection, drug cartels, motives, and crippling deceptions. It is only made better by the characters that make you think, kept you guessing, and made you love and/or hate them by the end. I’ll be looking forward to more of Elston’s work in the future.

♥ A very special thanks to Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley for providing me an early copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.


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