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The Rules for Breaking (Rules Series #2)

The Rules for Breaking (Rules Series #2)

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by Ashley Elston

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for The Rules for Disappearing: "

The realistic setting, believable romance and spunky protagonist will make this one worth the trip for mystery and romance fans."—Kirkus

"[H]ard to put down."
The New York Journal of Books "

Elston has crafted a gripping tale that immediately captures the reader's attention."

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Amanda MacGregor
In this sequel to The Rules For Disappearing (Hyperion, 2013/Voya June 2013), Anna and her family have recently left the witness protection program but are on the run again. It appears that a fake government agent (and likely assassin) knows where they are, as evidenced by the journal he covertly returns. Anna is tired of running, hiding, and being a victim. Anna, her sister, and her father, along with her boyfriend, Ethan, and his family, flee to a remote island on the Mississippi River, hoping to stay out of harm’s way while the authorities try to track down the assassin, and the mole who is leading him to Anna. Thomas, the assassin, abducts Ethan, Anna, and her sister, throwing them smack in the middle of a complicated power struggle for leadership of a cartel. Anna struggles to figure out what is going on and is shocked when she realizes who the people are behind the scenes. This thriller is densely packed with action, scheming, double-crossing, and revelations, which makes the story occasionally difficult to follow. Much of the complicated plot seems far-fetched, but Elston never leaves time for readers to dwell on that, constantly propelling the story forward faster with twists and turns. Though there is some backstory given, readers who pick this up without having read the first book will likely be lost at times. Give this one to readers looking for a suspenseful action story led by a protagonist who is willing to risk her own life to save those she loves. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Anna Boyd finally has her name—and her life—back, and she won't give either up without a fight. In this follow-up to The Rules for Disappearing (2013), Anna, so thankful to have left the world of witness protection behind, is shocked to learn that she is still being hunted by Thomas, the villain who masqueraded as a federal agent and who inexplicably allowed her and her boyfriend, Ethan, to escape when he might easily have killed them. Before she knows what hit her, Anna, her family and Ethan's are sent off to hide in a remote wilderness area from which she, Ethan, and her little sister, Teeny, are ultimately kidnapped. The trio is whisked away to a secret location where they learn that they have become pawns in a deadly game of chess being played by assassins, organized crime lords and rogue agents. The implausible but still engaging storyline is jam-packed with impulsive decisions that carry foreseeable disastrous consequences, unexpected betrayals and alliances, and a series of skin-of-the-teeth escapes. Amid the chaos, Anna's head-over-heels infatuation with Ethan and sweet devotion to Teeny will give readers something familiar they can hold on to. Like a good roller-coaster ride: adrenaline-fueled and terrifying with an underlying feeling that everything will end as it should. (Suspense. 12-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Anna's post—Witness Protection Program life isn't perfect, but at least she no longer has to keep her identity a secret or move from place to place at the drop of a hat. In Natchitoches, she's developed solid friendships and is dating a really great guy. Her sister, Teeny, is even beginning to recover from the trauma of their former lifestyle. Then Anna's missing journal is returned, along with a note from "T." Anna assumes it's from Thomas, the man hired to kill her, and the FBI agrees. Instead of going back into Witness Protection, the teen argues in favor of staying put, hoping that the FBI can apprehend Thomas before he finds her to finish his fatal task. He has a larger plan in place, however, and his accomplices are people Anna would never suspect. In order to outsmart them, she will have to think fast and stay strong—especially when her boyfriend and sister get dragged into the danger zone. This sequel to The Rules for Disappearing (Hyperion, 2013) doesn't stand well on its own, as pertinent backstory is not sufficiently explained for the uninitiated. There is, however, significant character growth over the course of this novel. Anna is a fairly likable heroine who realistically goes from pawn to triumphant victor. The plot drags at the start, but picks up the pace as it progresses. The underlying mystery and fits of suspense will keep readers' attention. Teens who enjoyed the first book will snap this up.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL

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Disney Press
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Ashley Elston's Rules Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ashley Elston is the daughter of an attorney and grew up surrounded by talk of court cases, crazy clients, and the law in general all of which triggered the ideas in THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING. She has a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University and lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with her husband and three young sons.

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The Rules for Breaking 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
When I read the first book in this series, The Rules for Disappearing, last year, I realized how much I missed reading mystery/suspense books. I spent a good part of my youth reading every Fear Street, Nightmare Hall and Christopher Pike book I could get my hands on. The Rules for Disappearing was reminiscent of those and, well, with the way it ended, I was desperate for more. It wasn't a cliffhanger, but a teaser and it did its job. It's going to be difficult to review this book without spoiling the first, so proceed with caution.  The Rules for Breaking picks up very soon after The Rules for Disappearing. Anna and her family thought everything was over, but little did they know what was in store for them in the very near future. I won't spoil any of it for you, but this book was fast-paced and full of action and suspense. Faces from the past reappear and people who were supposed to be trusted couldn't be. I was kept guessing right up until almost the very end of the book. I never did guess who was responsible for everything, and I'm usually pretty good at figuring this type of mystery out.  I was impressed with Anna's strength and determination in The Rules for Disappearing and was even more so during this book. Everything she was going through was incredibly tough and while she probably could have been more honest, sooner, she did a remarkable job with the situations she found herself in. Her willingness to sacrifice her own safety for the ones she loved made her stand out in my mind.  This series was more mystery/suspense than romance, but love did play a role in Anna's motivation. I adored Anna and Ethan. I was also happy to see that even with the reappearance of a guy from her past, this never turned into a love triangle. Don't get me wrong, I'm ok with a good love triangle every now and then, but it would've annoyed me in this situation with everything else going on in this book.   I'm a romantic at heart, so I don't read a lot of mystery or suspense books any more, but The Rules for Breaking gave me a little of both. I'm impressed with Ashley Elston's first two books and look forward to more like this from her in the future.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced, thrilling, and very enjoyable read, The Rules for Breaking was a fantastic YA romantic thriller. I loved this book! It took all the thrills and romance that made book 1 so good, and did it just as well. Loved it! Anna was great in this book. She started off trying to live a normal life but, with Thomas on the loose, that could only last so long. And, when that normal life shattered, Anna was determined to end the threat and find a way to finally be able to live without fear. She proved, again, that she was strong, clever, and willing to do anything to keep the people she loved safe. I liked her in book 1, and I liked her just as much in book 2. Ethan was still absolutely adorable. Now fully drawn in to the danger, he showed just how resilient he could be. He was determined to help Anna and keep her safe. And he was still so sweet and gentlemanly, even in some very dire circumstances. I just adored him. The romance was lovely. More than being a sweet couple, Anna and Ethan were a badass team. They worked together and helped each other survive their chaotic situation. I thought they were perfect together. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills and secrets that kept me on the edge of my seat. And more than one person was not who they seemed and that led to a few surprises along the way. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great. There is room for another book with the way it ended, but most of the loose ends were tied. So, we'll see about a book 3. The Rules for Breaking was a brilliant YA romantic thriller. With romance, surprises, secrets, and tons of thrills, this book was fantastic. Fans of book 1, you won't be disappointed with this one. And, YA lovers, this is definitely a series worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  I enjoyed reading The Rules for Disappearing! Though, I was surprised that there was a sequel and wasn't quite sure where it was going, this book really surprised me! Anna and her family are now free from the Witness Protection Program, but Thomas was still out there. After a series of events that cause the agents to suspect that he knows how to get to the family and that the family's lives are at risk, they, along with Ethan's family, move to an island temporarily. It's all in vain, as Anna, Teeny, and Ethan all get kidnapped and Anna has to figure out how to escape as well as save her family. If I thought The Rules for Disappearing was fast-paced, wow, this book exceeded that! All of the events in my little (sucky) synopsis happen at the very beginning of the book! So much more happens in the book and it's hard not to talk about it but, really, spoilers aren't fun!  This book really felt entirely different than the first book and I oddly liked that. I already mentioned how this book is much more action-packed and fast-paced, but it also had an entirely different feel. In Disappearing, Anna (Meg then) was upset by being in Witness Protection and was getting tired of it. She also was entirely clueless to pretty much everything (i.e. why they were in the program) and she was trying to create a semi-normal life. Not that she wasn't strong in that book, but she became stronger after the events in the last book. The events in this book are so much worse and so much more life threatening, but Anna is able to think things through and find out how to get out of this with her loved ones still alive. She has her breakdowns, but that makes it more realistic. It seems like I gave this a low rating and that might seem odd because all I've said have been good things, but I did like this book. That's what the rating means. This is a great thriller and I enjoy reading thrillers, but most thrillers are just that. They don't really get me thinking and they don't really blow my mind. *shrugs*  IN CONCLUSION  Overall, I did enjoy reading this book. This is a very thrilling series and this book is even more fast-paced than the last one! This sequel is definitely worth reading!
booklover56MW More than 1 year ago
Best books series ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago