Sunday, May 04, 2014
The Rules for Disappearing, by Ashley Elston
Meg is convinced that this most recent relocation needs to their last. She wants answers to why they are hiding and has started sleuthing to figure out what is going on. She has also decided that, after numerous hasty departures, that she won't get attached to anyone or anything this time - no clubs, no friends, nothing to miss if she has to leave again. But that plan is thrown when she meets Ethan!
A little slow to start and periodically rough (the "rules for disappearing" at the beginning of each chapter are consistently silly and unnecessary), the story does pick up as it goes along. Also, important for a story with lots of subplots, Elston does a great job of tying everything together into a satisfying conclusion. Some of this gets a bit too neat and convenient, but it's a good piece of escapism (no idea, however, about whether the sequel coming out later this month can keep up the magic!). The romance did less for me than the action, but thankfully Meg and Ethan's relationship is not a critical part of the story.