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The Rules For Breaking by Ashley Elston | Book Review

Title: The Rules For Breaking

Author: Ashley Elston

Series: The Rules For Disappearing #2

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery/Thrillers, Romance

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication date: May 20th, 2014

Pages: 320

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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.

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“RULES FOR DISAPPEARING

Do not go to parties or any other non-school related activity.

NEW RULE BY ANNA BOYD

When you finally get the life you want, enjoy every moment of it, or what’s the point?”

FINALLY GUYS! It was about damn time, though. I read back this year the first book The Rules for Disappearing and I really enjoyed it so I wanted to pick up the sequel ASAP to see how everything ended. And I have to say I was quite impressed. It surprised me and help me to get out of the HUGE reading slump I was, and it was a nice ending to the duology.

It was a very quick read, just exactly like the first installment was, and the mystery I think it was better than the first one, because I kinda predicted the big revelation whereas in this one there were a few things that I didn’t knew and was pretty surprised about, so extra kudos to that.

“Be smart. Get him talking. Find a weapon.

I repeat this simple list to myself over and over, hoping it will help me find the strength to handle what’s next.”

The characters were more complex, and you got to know more about their fears and back stories. Even though in TRFD there was some information regarding our main character’s past and family, I feel this one wasn’t as focused on Anna as the other one, despite the whole story being told though her perspective. This one dealt more with the aftermath of those terrible events and what was going to happen with her and her family after that, and though some things were clearly connected, I have to say I did enjoy that drama.

Something that I adored was the sister relationship and all friendships in general. It wasn’t the main focus by any means, but I can’t shup up when I see supportive and loving families who cared and protect each other, and that’s what their relationship was about. The family aspect was a bit left out behind, but the relationship between Anna and her sister was so supportive and loving I couldn’t help but notice. They care about each other so much and that was shown throughout the story when shit went down. And, of course, the friendship was adorable. I can’t talk about it more deeply because I want to keep this review spoiler free but yeah, I really enjoyed that part too!

“I know what you mean. We didn’t meet in the normal way. Hell, nothing we’ve done has been normal. But I’m not going to disappear.”

And now you may wonder: “well, then why didn’t you give it 5 stars?“. Well, let me answer that. Some parts were a bit slow for my liking and a bit unnecesary. I felt like the story was a bit lacking of some action and basically I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. Also, there were a few things that were quite tropey and I’ve previously read in other YA novels, and I wasn’t a fan of them.

Overall, I think it was a decent read and I definitely enjoyed it (it wasn’t my favourite, though). The mystery was well portrayed and more complex than in the first book, and the friendship was adorable, but there were some parts and tropes that I didn’t enjoy as much and it sometimes was a bit slow. But I think it was a nice ending to the duology and I’d love to read more by Ashley Elston in the future!

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