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The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston Review

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The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston
May 14, 2013
320 pgs

It has been almost a year since Meg’s family was torn from their home and whisked to safety in the middle of the night. Now, six moves and six identities later, “the suits” from the Witness Protection Program have deposited the family in rural Louisiana. Seventeen-year-old Meg has had enough of the program that is destroying her family. She wants this will be their last move, but to make that happen she needs answers and after eight months, her father still refuses to talk about what he did or saw to land them in all in the program. In most ways this move is no different from the others. Everyone gets new names, hair styles, and cover stories. The rules are still the same, but something is different about this placement. The biggest difference is that Meg has a friend. Breaking all the rules, Meg starts to let Ethan into her life and she begins searching for clues about what happened. As she begins piecing together her memories of that night, a shocking truth that she is not prepared for is revealed.

I really enjoyed this suspenseful debut novel. There is plenty of tension and intrigue as the answers to Meg’s questions are slowly revealed and there are plenty of red herrings thrown in to keep readers on their toes. I enjoyed the details of small town life and the thoughtful accounts of the impact the Program has had on the Jones family. Ethan is the perfect good guy character, and I found that despite the rushed intensity of their relationship, I could help but like him. Being an adult reader, I had some concern about Meg’s total disregard for safety and some of the highly questionable decisions she makes, but teens will definitely identify with her frustration and feeling of powerlessness. Teen readers will be more willing applaud Meg’s decision to take matters into her own hands. None of these criticisms detracted from my enjoyment of this book and I will definitely recommend it teens looking for creepy suspense.

This book was provided by the publisher and for review.

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday-My Spring 2013 TBR List


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about Spring. And books, of course. I am sure most of you have overwhelmingly enormous TBR lists, so you understand how difficult it is to pick just ten(ish). I am hoping, with the help of a few readathons, to make a huge dent in my reading lists this spring. Here a few coming soon and already published books that I hope to enjoy while I watch my dog tear up all the muddy grass and new plants the flowers bloom.

Coming Soon:

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1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 3/19/13
2. OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn 3/21/13
3. Taken by Erin Bowman 4/16/13
4. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy 4/30/13
5. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen 6/4/13

Already Out:

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6. Mind Games by Kiersten White
7. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
8. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard
9. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Non YA Books:

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10+. The Dinner by Herman Koch, Pure by Julianna Baggott, and The Map of Time by Felix Palma.

I am looking forward to my spring reading! What is on your list?

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan-I Want My Hour Back. Seriously.

I don’t know about you, but I had a really busy weekend and am hurting over that silly lost daylight savings hour. Why can’t we change the time on Friday so we have an additional day to recover? Clearly no one consulted me on this. They should. Anyway. On the bright side, I got a free (rain) car wash today! See you later street salt.

My weekend consisted of a work outing, a day of cooking, another mange dip for the dog (#4 out of 8. Sigh.), and Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating. This is the third year that I have participated and I am quite pleased with this year’s eggs. Especially the one using a traditional pattern (on the right).



I am almost embarrassed to check in the Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for this week’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I really enjoyed Ashley Elston’s thrilling debut, The Rules for Disappearing and hope to have a review ready this week. The latest Flavia de Luce book is wonderful. Flavia is as witty and charming as ever, the mystery was full of red herrings and ending is a total cliff-hanger. One of the best yet. And finally, Ally Carter’s latest Heist Society book, Perfect Scoundrels, was awesome. Her characters are going in very interesting directions.

Currently reading/listening to:

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Last week I had some issues with audiobooks. First, I abandoned Ender’s Game. Probably for good. I know a lot of people LOVE this book, but I can’t help but wonder if some of the love is due to nostalgia. I LOVED A Wrinkle in Time as a child, but recently reread it as an adult and found it wholly unappealing. So I am curious if all the Ender lovers have recently read and loved the book. Anyone? Then I started The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, but when disc 2 refused to work in my car I scrapped the whole thing. I will most likely go back to this title. Finally, I settled on On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. And honestly, I am struggling with it. I hear it has a rough start but an amazing end, so I am going to stick with it…and there you have my audio drama. As for the rest, I am making slow progress with Little Women (but I am enjoying it, to my surprise), I have an ARC of Poison by Bridget Zinn from NetGalley,  The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a quick reread for book club this week, and The Lost Stories is just floating around my house and getting absolutely no commitment out of me. Poor thing.

On Deck

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My next ARC will be In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Beyond that, I have no idea. I need to read a gentle read for my Adult Services book club and I may need to read another Stephanie Plum. Or finish the Chaos Walking trilogy. It will be a surprise for everyone!

Happy Reading!


My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1) by Tellulah Darling Review

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My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
April 1, 2013
Te Da Media
175 pgs

Before that fateful Halloween night Sophie Bloom was just an ordinary sixteen-year-old stuck in a boarding school by a cold-hearted mother. The mean yoga girls led by the evil Bethany were the bane of her existence, and her besties Hannah and Theo always had her back. All the ordinary disappears when Sophie hatches a plan to foil a secret tryst that Bethany arranged with a mystery guy. Disguised as the queen of mean Sophie sneaks off to meet to sabotage the rendezvous. Dreamy bad boy Kai wastes no time locking lips with “Bethany”. Big mistake. That epic kiss unlocks Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. What the what? Now her problems are anything but ordinary. Zeus and Hades are both making a play at world domination, which includes the human world and Sophie appears to be the key to saving humanity. In order to do that she needs to reclaim her goddess powers and regain her Persephone memories, which include some pretty intense make out sessions with Kai, Prince of the Underworld, aka The Ex From Hell. Literally.

My Ex From Hell is a slim volume that packs a mighty comedic punch. This fresh retelling of the Persephone story is full of smart and sassy characters, snappy dialogue, and heart-racing action. And kissing. The more I think about, the more I realize that there really isn’t much more to say about it. It’s hilarious and fun, what more do  you need to know? I loved it and can’t wait for My Date From Hell.

You may also enjoy Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs or The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Top Ten Tuesday: Take a Number, I’ll Get to You Soon, or Series I Want to Start


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish kind of stresses me out. The lists of series that I want to read is a mile long. I need a month of TTTs to give you an accurate picture of all the series I want to read. Ok, less whining, more listing. In no particular order, I give you my Top *ahem* Twentyish:

1. Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. Look at that gruesome cover!


2. Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I own the first book. It taunts me. Now that the series is complete I should just breeze through it.


3. Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins. When the first book came out I was so overwhelmed by my TBR pile that I could not bring myself to start a new series. Instead, I slapped in on the giant pile!

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4.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. This is another one that I one. I bought a copy of the first book on my Nook and still haven’t read it.

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5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. This one taunts me too. Why can I never bring myself to start this series? People RAVE about it. One day…


6. The Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan. As soon as I am finished with The Ranger’s Apprentice I am starting this new series. I own a signed copy of the first book. Can’t wait!


7. Ashfall Mike Mullen. I think this one got a new cover?


8. Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchette. It seems like a bunch of people are reading/rereading this recently and they have all the love. Someday.


9. His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers. Another one that I own…

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10. The Enemy by Charlie Higson. You guys, it’s zombies. I love some zombies. And I hear it’s pretty brutal. Now that I am finished with the Gone series by Michael Grant I may need another source for brutal and disturbing.


11. CHERUB by Robert Muchamore. I need a new action-y/spy series.


12. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid. This is another Sci-Fi thriller that has gotten great reviews.


13. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I mean, really? How have I not read this?

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15. Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I really loved the Iron Fey series and I am interested to see how she spins this vampire tale.

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16. Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman. I have read and loved a number of Korman’s books, but I have never read this series. I think I am going to tackle it during the April Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. And it’s only two books, so I suppose it’s not technically a series…

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There are also a few non-YA series I want to start:

1. The Dresden Files by James Butcher

2. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon

3. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

4. Lady Julia by Deanna Raybourn

So many series, so little time.

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan: Spending March with the March Sisters and What are You Reading?

Happy Monday! Has anyone else noticed the sun shining at 6:30 this morning! It made being up at that horrible hour almost manageable. A quick peek at the calendar told me daylight savings time ends on Sunday. Oh happy day! Anyway. My weekend consisted of lunch with three adorable bickering old ladies (my grandma and her two sisters, ages 93, 91, and 89), a day of work at the library, many training sessions with Kevin (we can walk to a point where the house is completely out of sight, yippee!), an evening of Game of Thrones Season 2, and an afternoon of coffee and reading. My favorite pup-related activity continues to be the game I like to call “What Will Kevin Eat?” This weekend we learned that Kevin likes the lemon Girl Scout Cookies and turkey hot dogs. I should be keeping a list. Speaking of lists, it’s time for a reading list. Many thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


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I only managed three books this week, but they were awesome! I loved My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling. Look for the review of this quick and sassy Persephone tale later this week. The second book in the Legend Trilogy, Prodigy by Marie Lu, did not disappoint! The stage is now set for an epic ending! And finally, I read Light by Michael Grant. I am still processing this one. First of all, I am so sad to say goodbye to the Gone series. Secondly, I now have the answers and I am not sure what to do with them. This was a brilliant end to a brilliant series. Bravo!

Currently Reading/Listening To:

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I am almost finished listening to the newest Flavia de Luce book, Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley. This series keeps getting better and better and Flavia is quite the little firecracker. Love. The Nook is loaded with a number of e-galleys. I am currently reading The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston. I am really enjoying this debut thriller and you’ll get to hear all about it next week.

On Deck

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I wish I could  have stayed home with Kat and Hale, but I guess cracking open Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter at lunch will have to do. So excited! Once I have finished Falvia I will go back to Ender’s Game. My next e-galley will be In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Finally, I have committed to reading Little Women this month. It has recently come to my attention that my aunt has also never read this book and also feels high levels of guilt and anxiety of this situation. So, we formed our own little book club and decided that we would get to know the March girls during the month of March. Yup, we are that lame. Not going to lie, I may need more than just March.

Happy Reading!