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This Strange and Familiar Place

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So this is the second book in the So Close to You series and I am sad to say that this wasn’t as good as the first one. I really enjoyed the first one but this just didn’t do it for me…let me go cry in a corner for a bit.

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It has been a little while since I’ve read it but I just can’t remember a lot of it because it just didn’t seem that memorable for me. I did a review for the first book a while back and this book made me not a big fan of Lydia. In the first one I was cool with her, she was pretty chill, but there was something about this one that made her grind on my nerves a bit. Wes, I still really like him even at some points when he would make a few ridiculous decisions, but I mainly wanted to hug him the rest of the time.

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The story line for this book was pretty bland. It just didn’t pull me in as much as the first one and took me a while to read it all the way through.  Now that I’ve had time to process it a bit I just get a bit depressed when thinking about it.

This review is getting really sad so I’d say just go feel out the series and read it to see what you think.

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-Chelsea K.

So Close to You

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Goodreads Description:

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.

I wasn’t sure about this book but I wanted to read the first one because I had a copy of the second book that I got from RT13. I never did get around to reading any of the descriptions before I started it so I had no clue what I was going to be reading. The beginning was a little slow until about page 60 or so when you find out that there is time travel back to 1944. TIME FREAKING TRAVEL.

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This immediately made the book better for me because up until that point, I wasn’t sure what this book was even about! It finally seemed to start to pick up the pace after she traveled back in time. I don’t really want to give anything away from this book besides some basics, because if you read it I want you to be as surprised and feel everything I felt while reading this book. So characters, Lydia…Lydia, Lydia, Lydia. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lydia because she seemed kind of self-centered at times and kind of oblivious to everyone else, but in the end I was cool with her, I had made my peace. Now Wes. I fell in love with Wes pretty much when they mentioned him. I love me a good many of mystery, and add that he was dressed all in black. Heck to the yes. Also add in that he was just a kickass dude, you see where I’m going with this.

Now the ending made me want to scream and go attempt to rip a full grown tree out of the ground, but I didn’t end up doing that so I settled for silent seething.

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So if you are a fan of time travel and YA books, with a bit of teenage romance I say give it a shot. I enjoyed it and I hope you will too.

-Chelsea K.