Review: So Close to You by Rachel Carter

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Synopsis: Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to questions all her choices – and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them… and herself.

Date Finished: 11/14/15

Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: 

I haven’t read a good time travel book in a long time. The last one I read was about a year ago, and it was so bad that I had to take a break from the genre for a long time. I simply had to end that break when I picked up So Close to You, which is a time travel novel that sends the protagonist back to 1944, during World War II.

Now, let me say that I’m big on Historical Fiction. This wasn’t exactly a historical fiction novel, but it was close enough. That being said, I still enjoyed the novel. It actually has some good insights on what life was like during the war, and provides an awesome background for the events of this novel.

The romance between “the mysterious boy” named Wes and Lydia was a bit… strange. Wes is obviously a dark, (literally) tortured individual with an awful past and conflicted motives, and Lydia is just our determined and somewhat stubborn heroine. Lydia stated a few times that she didn’t know him and didn’t know why she should trust him…and yet after a few meetings, they were all “insta-love!” and confessing all of their secrets. What? There was a bit more going on than just that, but that’s the gist of it. Apprehension, A bit of trust, and then INSTA-LOVE.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed this novel. I really loved how Lydia got to know her great-aunt and her friends, and also played matchmaker to ensure that the future would play out as it should. There were a lot of characters, but they all had a purpose, and because this is the first of a trilogy, they might even come back in a future novel. I’m really excited to see where this series will go in the next two books.

All-in-all, I’d recommend this to fans of both Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, and anyone who loves time Travel. There’s something in this book for everyone to love!

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