Joint Review: The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing, #2) by Ashley Elston
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The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston
Series: The Rules for Disappearing #2
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on 5/20/2014
Genres: Young Adult
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About the Book:
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.
The Rules for Breaking is the second book in The Rules for Disappearing series by Ashley Elston. Full of danger and intrigue, this book is action packed from beginning to end.
The book follows the tale of Anna Boyd, a teenage girl who has just gotten her life back after living in the Witness Protection Program. Her boyfriend, Ethan, knows the whole truth about her past, her younger sister, Teeny, is back to her old self, and her mother is getting help for her alcohol problem in rehab. Everything is back to normal, right? Wrong. With the return of Anna’s journal, previously stolen from her, her world is turned upside down when the “suits” tell her that they believe there’s a mole in the program.
The only issue I really had about this book was that I didn’t feel really emotionally invested in it for some reason. My guess is a lot of that has to do with the fact that I haven’t read the first book, so it kind of took a while for me to get into the story. I would 100% recommend reading the first book, The Rules for Disappearing, before reading The Rules for Breaking.
I found myself really liking Anna. She’s a really sweet girl who just seems to keep having bad things happen to her. She feels guilty about the fact that her friends and family are being dragged into danger once again, and she’s so protective of Teeny it really makes the reader sympathize with her. She’s the kind of person who makes sure everyone else is taken care of before worrying about herself. And she isn’t stupid enough to not be scared, she’s absolutely terrified. But she also knows that it’s her fault that everyone else is in this mess.
The chemistry between Ethan and Anna was also something that I thought was really well done. They were really cute together, and reminded me of any typical high school couple I could have seen when I was in high school. Ethan’s protectiveness of Anna was also something done really well. He’s a good Southern boy, and he wants to be able to protect his girlfriend, which is understandable. He also gets really irritated when Anna tries to protect everyone else, which I get, but is still a little annoying.
Plot-wise there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about the book. I love a good action story and a kidnapping will definitely keep my attention. There was also a little bit of historical context later on which I really love, because learning some cool things about history is something that I enjoy. The book was filled with action from beginning to end and the bad guys kept you guessing the whole time.
I don’t really know what it was about this book, but I thought that it would be a hanging on to the edge of your seat kind of book, and I didn’t really get that vibe from it. There were definitely some cliffhangers, but I didn’t feel like I was in suspense throughout the whole book. I could tell it should have been suspenseful, but I didn’t necessarily feel the suspense.
Overall, I give The Rules for Breaking 4 out of 5 controllers. It was a good read with good characters, but I just didn’t feel very emotionally invested.
Well, The Rules for Breaking was one of my most anticipated sequels coming out this year. I absolutely adored the previous novel, The Rules for Disappearing. I adored “Meg” as a character trying to get some normalcy while her life was falling apart before her eyes. I rooted for her younger sister Teeny to find some peace and comfort, to do well in school, to make friends. I even cheered when “Meg” met Ethan, a handsome country boy who captured her heart. I LOVED the story. And I didn’t want it to end. However, in The Rules for Breaking I found myself not as enamored as I was the first time around.
Now that everything is out in the open (sort of) and Anna is free to be herself around Ethan and live a semi normal life, you would think everything is okay for our characters. But, Anna is still holding secrets, and keeping everyone in the dark about something that can truly harm the ones she loves, as if she couldn’t predict how this was going to end. To me, this was not a wise decision. I know she didn’t want to be relocated, but did she not understand how dire her situation really was? She not only put herself in peril, but also Ethan, his family, her family, and basically anyone she comes in contact with. I was really disappointed in Anna decision not to reveal that particular bit of information. Even though she couldn’t trust the FBI, she should have at least trusted her father, heck she could have told Ethan. I don’t know guys; to me this was just irresponsible.
Moving on, I did still enjoy the romance and chemistry between Anna and Ethan despite Anna constantly keeping everything a freaking secret. I still loved Teeny and their sisterly relationship. I rooted for their mother to get all the help she deserved. In the previous novel, each chapter was preceded with a sort of “rule” Anna has to follow to be in the Witness Protection and this was continued for The Rules for Breaking. However, in this book Anna sort of twists those rules to make them fit her and the lifestyle she wants to live. It didn’t appeal to me in this book like it did before. It seemed as though she was going against everything that had kept her alive and safe and I didn’t like it. At all. She still needed to be careful and I didn’t see her being careful in this story.
Overall, The Rules for Breaking was not a terrible story. Do I think a second book was necessary, not really. Because I enjoyed the first one so much this one seemed to let me down a little. I just didn’t like how Anna handled a lot of situations. And I didn’t like the fact that her poor choices put everyone in danger even when she thought she was protecting them. There is still a bit of mystery and suspense in this book which is what kept me interested. I recommend reading it if you read the previous one first.