Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So Close to You by Rachel Carter

"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 the 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 ever 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 question all her choices—and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them... and herself."

Lydia's great grandfather went missing during WWII. Her grandfather never gave up on trying to find his beloved father. He went crazy, or so she and everyone thought.

Not a bad book. I felt that the author, Rachel Carter, could have describe the events in So Close To You in greater detail. Cassandra Clare did a well job of that in City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Angel, and Clockwork Princess. (Or Cassandra Clare did a well job of that in every book she has wrote, for those who don't read Cassandra Clare and has no idea what the hell am I talking about).

The mysterious boy... I like how the author talks about him. However, I felt that, like the events, he could have been describe in much greater detail. Then he would be unbelievably hot. The girls would never take their hands of So Close To You, like City of Bones and City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls. (Not kidding, one girl I knew wouldn't let go of her copy of City of Lost Souls because of how obsessed she was).

The mysterious boy... I wished he had more of an appearance in So Close To You. He appears only when he feels like it. If he appeared a little more, then he will have a greater impact on the readers. Anyway, the mysterious boy is a child time traveler. (He's only seventeen.) He is knowledgeable about the enemy of Lydia. He is in fact once upon a time one of them. (So this book is turning these two into starcrossed lovers. Wonderful.)

Lydia... I can't tell you whether she is reckless and insane or stupid and confident. Neither of those options look good on her profile. Lydia, despite all those warnings, messes with people's business. She tries to change everything, but ended up making it much worse. 

Project Montauk is real. The project is a time traveling machine. The mysterious boy is part of the project. He's one of the few time traveler. Only children under eighteen can travel in the time traveling machine. Any older persons will be severely injured and mentally insane. It's a very pleasant journey for the older people right? *Shakes head*

The plot... I love the ending, the most. Despite all the hardships and horrible events, Lydia makes the killing choice. People she loves get hurt really badly and she still made that choice. She had two choices, stopping her younger self from going into the machine or letting her younger self go into the machine and travel to the past. Guess what choice she made.

The ending... It killed me too. I slam the book close and was tempted to throw it because of the ending. UGH!!! I hate the ending. 


  1. The mysterious boy is shot and assumed dead.
  2. Lydia lets her former self go into the machine and change time because of her love for the mysterious boy. 
  3. Her great-grandfather was missing. When Lydia came back to the present, her grandfather was missing instead of her great-grandfather. 
  4. Her father adopted the behavior of her grandfather after Lydia changed time.


This book's rating is a four out of five. 

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