Monday, May 19, 2014

{ARC YA Review} The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston

{ARC YA Review} The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing #2)  by Ashley Elston
The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing, #2)
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. (Blub via Goodreads)
{Details} ebook, 320 pages. Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by Disney Hyperion. Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Disney Hyperion and Ashley Elston.

{Rating} 4/5 -- I really liked it!

"Can you teach me how to shoot a gun?" (page 1, line 1)
I liked the The Rules for Disappearing, book one in The Rules for Disappearing series, my review is here, but I enjoyed this book even more. There were so many twists and turns, characters full of doubts, doubts of who to trust, of where loyalties lie. I could not put The Rules for Breaking down.

Elston recaps the first book in a brief but comprehensive manner, laying out the characters, their relationships, their faults, their fears. It was enough to remind me what had happened but not so much that I felt bogged down.

I loved the way Elston brings back the 'Rules for Disappearing' but this time counters it with Anna Boyd's new rules, showing how much she'd grown from her experience - and her sense of humor:
"Rules for Disappearing by Witness Protection Prisoner #18A7R04M:
Be paranoid. The best way for the bad guys not to get you is to think the bad guys are always just about the get you.

New rule by Anna Boyd:
Paranoia isn't enough." (location 707)
I liked Anna more in this book. She acts more, reacts less. She's so determined. Brave. Selfless. I felt for her as she doubted all her decisions knowing that the price for wrong choices would be the death of someone she loves.

I still adore Ethan. He's just as protective, supportive, comforting, and empowering as ever. And sweet. Though there's not much opportunity for romantic moments Elston definitely makes you aware of how much they care for each other.

And Teeny gets a personality! In The Rules for Disappearing she was terrified, silent, more of an obligation for Anna than a character in her own right but now she's loud and assertive and curious.

I'm very pleased with how the book ended and I'm definitely looking forward to future releases from Ashley Elston.

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