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The Rules for Breaking

(The Rules for Disappearing #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,828 ratings  ·  215 reviews
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 t
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
3-3.5 stars

An ARC of this book was won in a giveaway hosted by Jen @ Jenuine Cupcakes. That did not influence this review in any way. Thank you, Jen!

From almost the very first page of The Rules for Breaking, the adrenaline, the fear, and the paranoia kick in, and the stakes for Anna and Ethan are higher than ever. Thomas, someone Anna believed was an agent and a person she could trust, is actually an assassin contracted by drug cartels who want Anna dead. Even though he had a chance to kill her
Jaime Arkin
First of all, I have to say that this was one of my most anticipated titles in 2014 and I’m so lucky to have gotten my hands on a copy. I grabbed The Rules for Disappearing last year on a whim, not realizing that I was going to absolutely love it … and I did. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much. The plot is completely original, there aren’t many (if any at all) stories that have to do with teens and Witness Protection and the characters are just wonderfully layered and complicated.

All tha
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

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
A Book Vacation
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
To see my full review:

Somehow I keep missing the fact that the books I'm picking up are indeed sequels and not the first in a series. Luckily, like Elston's novel, I didn't need to read the first novel in order to understand the second from the get go. While I do wish I'd read the first, mainly because Elston does such a great job writing this intense heart-pounding story, you don't need to (though I eventually will because this one was so awesome).

Elston introduces reader
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
So I didn't know THE RULES FOR BREAKING was a sequel until after I read it, but that explains so much. I didn't feel lost reading the book, because things were explained, but I felt like it opened in an odd place. After all, that action Anna describes would be a great book in itself! Turns out it was.

I was sucked into Anna's story instantly. She's been in the Witness Protection Program since seeing her crush and his father murdered. The assassin left her alive because she knew where some informa
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
Anna is now home after her stint in witness protection, but she doesn’t stay out of trouble for long.
Who is after Anna this time? And will her new rules help her or hinder her?

This was an okay story, but I lost interest.

Anna irritated me a bit in this book. It was as if she thought she knew better than everybody else just because she’d been through witness protection and
Deanna Ballard
Jul 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
Excited for a second book; sad that it's so far away. ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
In a sequel to THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, Anna, out of the Witness Protection Program, is back to her real name and appearance, but not out of trouble. Fake agent Thomas kidnaps Anna, her boyfriend Ethan and little sister Teeny. She’s no longer certain whom to trust or mistrust or how to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

I didn’t enjoy THE RULES FOR BREAKING as much as the first in the series, which felt more realistic. I also was uncomfortable with the normalization of teens using guns and
Oct 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Why, oh why me didn't I run away from this duo after the Rules For Disappearing?!?

NOTHING IS BELIEVABLE in The Rules For Breaking!

This book asks the reader to throw out any logical thought processes to buy into the story and the characters.

An entire chapter of "oh I don't know... What do you think?" Between Ethan , Anna, two bumfuzzled agents, and a dumbass dad about a meaningless journal. No way on earth any law enforcement officers would even consider the idea of two families running off to
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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I think it was a mistake to turn this into a series. The Rules for Breaking wasn't terrible, but I don't think it was a necessary book. It just didn't feel as exciting or interesting as The Rules for Disappearing.

I guess the biggest problem was that I got bored. The book was mostly a lot of being held captive, trying to figure out how to escape, running, hiding, being held captive again, etc. I didn't feel a sense of urgency, even though there was a g
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was better than the first one. Lots of twists and turns and all sorts of epic reveals that I didn't see coming.

The action starts pretty much from page one and doesn't stop until the last page. Oh and there are some pretty good swoons. Ethan and Anna are an awesome team and this story was amazing.

I almost wish there would be another in the series.

**Thanks to Disney Hyperion and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honesty review**
Jessica Fether
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars because it was super fun to read and a total page turner!!
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-have
I enjoyed this series.
Milena Moreno
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You ever find yourself saying “okay just one more chapter and I’ll go to sleep.” And then find yourself turning the last page of the book hours later? I couldn’t put this down. So many secrets. And questions. And plot twists. Never met an Ashley Elston book I didn’t love.
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog

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

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
The Cover Contessa
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for providing me with an early edition of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving the book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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,
Apr 28, 2022 rated it it was ok
Amazing book. I didn't see the ending coming at all. So many plot twists, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Love the continues suspense. SO hard to put down ...more
Rachel Patrick
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, that's it?! This book totally made me smile. And I'll always love Ethan Landry. <3


This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

3.5 Stars!

I was a big fan of Ashley Elston's debut novel and the predecessor to The Rules for Breaking, The Rules for Disappearing. And since I read that book, oh, a year or so ago, I was extremely eager to learn more about and read its sequel. So when I got an ARC of the book late last fall,
Maria Cresci
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Rules for Breaking, is a book by Ashley Elton that puts a modern twist on the classic plot structure of a romance. By incorporating elements of surprise the book was thriller and love story. In this book Anna and her boyfriend Ethan, are being chased by heads of a drug cartel that wants both of them dead. The trials and tribulation that Ethan and Anna share emulate Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden love. Similar to Shakespeare’s play Ethan and Anna refuse to leave each other’s side despite the ri ...more
Ever heard lightning?
That's the sound my heart breaking after finishing this book.
From happiness.....Mostly.
This was one of the best realistic books I have ever read.
When I started the first book, I was like, "I don't really want to read it.... it's going to be sappy romantic....
I was very surprised! Action, adventure... and yes.... love.
Then came the second book. At the end of the last book, I loved it, buuuuutttttt....... they (you know who I'm talking about) were too perfect. He was understan
Allison Brunskill
I loved this! This book picks up right after The Rules for Breaking and the action starts immediately. This was a fast paced intense read.

I love the portrayal of Anna, she is a normal girl who has been thrown into these crazy circumstances. She behaves like a normal girl would; she freaks out and breaks down, she's bratty at times and makes some bad choices because she just wants this all to end but through it all Anna is brave, strong and so unselfish. She has been traumatized by all of the t
May 18, 2014 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 30%. I just... can't. I wanted to like this book SO badly. Actually, last year when the first book came out I was really excited for it but never got around to reading it. FBI!!!! I looooove FBI stories! But the first book fell SO flat. The writing was really simple, the story was a bit choppy, and the characters were all so one-dimensional. I HATED their stupid nicknames and they just made everything seem even more juvenile than it should have been. The romance did NOTHING for me, and I ...more
Emily Krempholtz
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book immediately after finishing the first one, and completed it in a single sitting. A quick read, and much more fast-paced and immediately dangerous than it's prequel, The Rules for Breaking was a decent (if not wholly necessary) companion to The Rules for Disappearing. Elston continues in the vein of her first book, using a character-driven story to push an action-driven plot. This style works well for her, and though I didn't like the sequel as much as the first, it was still a s ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Always stay one step ahead

Sometimes it's all you can do to stop yourself from falling behind.

wow, what an adventure. this story is fast paced and crazy with plot twists and hidden information. It's crazy what they go through and what they survive. It's gut wrenching and sad but also happy and hopeful.

I loved it!!
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I felt like a large part of this book was basically filler and then the end happened really fast. I did enjoy seeing more of Anna and Ethan (and Teeny) and I mostly liked how things got resolved. There were a couple things that seemed a little open-ended enough for another book, but as far as I can tell this is the last book in the series.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This sequel to The Rules for Disappearing was one I was waiting for, but Anna spends so much time being held hostage in really unpleasant circumstances that I didn't care much for it. I will definitely buy it, though, because it was good, and my readers love scary/problem novels. It just was a bit dark for a nice summer afternoon! ...more
Holly McKie
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I much preferred the first book in this two-part series, but this was just as action packed. Some of this book was maybe slightly far fetched, but with an open mind about the events, it was still really enjoyable. I'm glad that Anna (view spoiler) ...more
Colleen Houck
I thought our poor little heroine was safe after book one. I was totally wrong. This book was even more spine-tingling than the first! I was totally walking the streets of New Orleans along with her. Well, I was walking, she was running. Love the mystery of the letters found in the building. Waiting for a book about that!
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The angst soon begins in The Rules for Breaking when Thomas kidnaps Anna, Ethan, and Teeny, but the story isn't as gripping as you would expect. There are some interesting reveals, but I liked Anna less in this one because she kept withholding critical information from Ethan. ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book, great sequel, and a great ending! I enjoyed it a lot!
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Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013 and was a finalist in the Best Young Adult catego ...more

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