{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Magnolia's out next week, August 5, and I have an excerpt for you guys to make you even MORE excited!

Magnolia
Title: Magnolia
Author: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date of Publication: August 5, 2014
Genre: contemporary YA romance

In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

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Of course, we’re sopping wet and dripping everywhere by the time we step into the dry mudroom to pull off our boots. “This is crazy,” I say, shaking my head like Sadie does when she’s wet. “We can’t walk through the house like this—we’ll make a mess.” Ryder’s jeans are soaked through and caked with mud. I’m wearing shorts, but my bare legs are spattered all over. “We’re going to have to strip here,” I say, shaking my head. “Just leave it all in a pile. I’ll toss it in the wash after lunch.”

He just stares at me, wide-eyed. “What? Now?”

“Yeah, you go first,” I say, amused by the blush that’s creeping up his neck. “Geez, Ryder. It’s not like I haven’t seen you in your underpants before.”

I have vague memories of Ryder running around Magnolia Landing’s lawn wearing nothing but superhero undies. And after all the years of shared beach houses and hotel suites, well…like I said, we were more like siblings when we were little. “If it’ll make you more comfortable, I’ll turn around,” I offer.

“Nah, it’s fine.” He reaches for the hem of his T-shirt and pulls it over his head in one fluid motion.

And then I remember why this was a bad idea. My mouth goes dry at the sight of his tanned, sculpted chest, his narrow waist and jutting hipbones. Oh, man. What was I thinking?

I swallow hard as he unbuttons his jeans and slides down the zipper. Boxers or briefs, that’s all I’m thinking as he peels down the wet denim—slowly, as if he’s enjoying this little striptease. He steps out of them gracefully and tosses them into a heap beside his shirt before straightening to his full height, facing me.

Oh. My. God.

I exhale sharply. The answer is boxer-briefs, heather gray ones. And right now they’re clinging to him wetly, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination. He looks like a god. A six-foot-four, football-playing god and I am staring at him with my mouth hanging open like some kind of pathetic freak.

Snap out of it.

“Sorry,” I say, averting my gaze. My cheeks are burning now. I probably look like a clown—that’s what happens when a fair-skinned redhead like me blushes. “If you…um…want to shower. I mean, you know—”

“I’ll just go put on something dry for now. We really need to eat and then get that stuff out of the barn.”

I just nod, biting my lower lip. I can’t even look at him.

“Your turn to strip,” he says, and my gaze shoots up to meet his. He’s smiling now, his dimples in full effect.

“Ugh, just go and change.” I cover my eyes with one hand and flap the other toward the hall.

“I’ll meet you in the kitchen in five,” he says.

“Great.” I only let my hand drop when I hear his footsteps move away. Then yeah, I’ll admit it—I allow myself a nice, long look at his backside as he walks away from me.

And let me tell you, it was well worth the look.

About Kristi Cook

As a child, Kristi Cook took her nose out of a book only long enough to take a ballet class (or five) each week. Not much has changed since then, except she’s added motherhood to the mix and enjoys penning her own novels as much as reading everybody else’s. A transplanted southern gal, Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

That’s the official version–here are some other fun facts:

~ As an undergrad, I majored in History and minored in English at the University of Southern Mississippi. While at Southern Miss, I was a member of Phi Mu sorority, and I was a Dixie Darling. And yep, Brett Favre was our quarterback at the time!

~ I studied American History in grad school at Columbia University. I *love* history, especially the Civil War era (U.S.) and Regency- and Edwardian-era British history.

~ My all-time favorite book *and* movie is GONE WITH THE WIND. My favorite literary characters are Rhett Butler, Atticus Finch, and Mr. Darcy. I kind of want to add Peeta Mellark to that list!

~Weirdly enough (or maybe not so weirdly?) I’m also a big fan of STAR TREK (the original series). I never can remember if I’m supposed to call myself a “Trekkie” or a “Trekker,” though!


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Book Spine Poetry Sunday (5)

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Every other Sunday, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I thought book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!


It's Kind of a Funny Story
How They Met and other stories
Just Like Fate
Say What You Will
Love is the Higher Law


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Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Looking forward to seeing them! (Provided someone comments. Haha!)

Stacking the Shelves (37)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book haul for the past three weeks! I really should cut back on buying books HUHU. But they make me so happy so no way. Besides, I'm earning my own money now and it even makes me happier that I CAN spend as much as I want on books now. Hee!




For Review

*signed* Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (ARC)


Gifted

*signed* Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski (ARC)




Won

*signed* Disneylanders by Kate Abbott






Borrowed/For Touring

Noggin by John Corey Whaley
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray







Bought


Proxy by Alex London
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
*signed* Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Dog Blood by David Moody
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson


Thank you to Nina of The Bookish Confections, Kate Tilton and Kate Abbott! More importantly, thank you to everyone from National Book Store for bringing Stephanie Perkins here in the Philippines. Thank you to Penguin Teen as well for the ARC of Isla. HUHUHUHU. Thanks to National Book Store, Powerbooks and Fully Booked for all the sales! I got all sorts of deal and I'm so freaking happy! <3

What are the latest additions to your shelf? Share them on the comments section and I'll drop by!

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (4)

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Every other Sunday, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I thought book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!


Under the Never Sky
These Broken Stars
Shine
Free to Fall
(like a) Firecracker


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{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fan Art
Title: Fan Art
Author: Sarah Tregay
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date of Publication: June 17, 2014
Genre: contemporary LGBT YA

When the picture tells the story…

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.

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Excerpt

"Eden?" I ask.

"Yeah?"

"Does someone not liking you back break your heart?"

She looks at me. "You mean me or you?"

I try to smile. It feels like I wince.

She nods as if she understands. "It hurts. But more like a bruise. Not so much broken."

"Oh," I say.

"Sometimes," she says, "the first step to telling someone you like them is to come out to them."

"Yeah," I agree. "But it's not like I can tell this person I like him. He's straight."

"But could you come out to him? I mean, in case he isn't."

I play along, because art-geek girls think everyone is gay. "Maybe."

"Good," Eden says, and squeezes my hand. "So you're gonna tell Mason?"

"Yeah." I feel my fingers wrap tighter around hers, as if mere mention of the subject scares me. "I'll tell him."

Eden squeezes my hand back and says, "Sometimes, I wish things weren't so complex."

"Like, so I wouldn't have to come out? Yeah."

"Like, if people didn't care if love was love."

"Love is love, I say, more to myself than to Eden, as I scan the room for Mason. He and Bahti are back on the dance floor, swaying to a slow song and deep conversation. I don't know which hurts more: his arms around her or that they really seem interested in each other.

"Do you ever wanna be like them?" Eden nods in their direction.

"You mean straight?"

"It just looks so easy. One dress, one tux. Just the way things should be."

"I dunno, maybe. I never really thought about it like that." I see where Eden is coming from. She'd been raised by people who thought that a couple was supposed to be a man and a woman, not two of one variety.

We're quiet for like an hour. I watch the other couples at the dance. Sure, they are all Eden's "right" genders, wearing all the "right" clothes, but I don't wanna be them. Not in my heart, I want to be me, not them.

About Sarah Tregay

Raised without television, I started writing my own middle grade novels after I had read all of the ones in the library. I later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When I'm not jotting down poems at stoplights, I can be found hanging out with my "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters or stressing over performance classes at a model horse show.

I have both a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Art in graphic design, and my obsession with typography and layout naturally translates into formatting poetry on the page.

I live in Eagle, Idaho with my husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.


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Blog Tour: Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Somewhere Only We Know
Title: Somewhere Only We Know
Author: Cheyanne Young
Date of Publication: June 15, 2014
Genre: YA romance

"What if we could go there? Somewhere that makes us normal? I mean, hypothetically of course. If that place existed, would you want to spend eternity there with me?"

Sadie Bradford’s life is one anxiety attack after another. Being forced to spend a week without her best friend Aaron almost broke her but now he’s back and all she wants is for life to go back to its normal status of being screwed up. That changes when her grandmother makes other plans for her: this summer Sadie will get a job and meet new friends. Friends without brain injuries that make them forget everything. Friends that aren’t Aaron.

While Sadie struggles to survive her anxiety with all these new changes, she and Aaron find the portal to an alternate world. Isola Fiona isn’t just a fun escape—it’s a place that cures memory loss and anxiety. It’s a place where they can fall in love. But no one stays in that world for long and every time they return home, Sadie’s anxiety is a little better but Aaron’s memory is still gone. Frustrated that he doesn’t remember their time together, Aaron makes a rash decision that might ruin everything.

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Schedule

August 18


Imagine a World - Review + Excerpt

Fathomless Reveries - Review + Excerpt
Deal Sharing Aunt - Excerpt
That Girl With Books - Excerpt

August 19


Christina Channelle - Review + Excerpt
A Thousand Lives Lived - Review

August 20

Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews - Review + Excerpt
Bottles & Books Reviews - Review + Excerpt
Bibliophile Soprano - Excerpt

August 21


PartnersinBooks - Review + Excerpt

The Bibliophile Confessions - Excerpt
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Spotlight

August 22


Because Reading is better than real life - Review + Interview

Teen Readers' Diary - Excerpt

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{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: Unravel by Imogen Howson

Friday, July 4, 2014

I'm breaking the #SoClosetoYouWeek posts with a spotlight of Imogen Howson's UNRAVEL, the sequel to LINKED! Can't wait to read this one! Mark your calendars because it's releasing July 8, Tuesday next week!

Unravel (Linked, #2)
Title: Unravel (Linked #2)
Author: Imogen Howson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: July 8, 2014

Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government's secret experiments in Linked, which Booklist called a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they've hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there's a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they've found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia's Spares.

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Not familiar with the series? Here's the blurb for the first book, LINKED!

Linked (Linked #1)
Title: Linked (Linked #1)
Author: Imogen Howson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: June 11, 2013

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

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About Imogen Howson

As a child, I loved reading so much that I not only read in bed, at the table and in the bath, but in the shower and – not so successfully – on my bicycle.

I enjoyed books in a slightly unorthodox way, too – many of my childhood books have ragged edges where I tore paper from the margins in order to eat it.

I wrote my first book at eight. It was entitled The Dragon in the Teapot and would probably have been a huge hit if I hadn't lost the only copy on a family day out.

Some years later, armed with several different types of backups, I’m busy writing romantic science fiction and fantasy for young adults and adults.

I live with my partner, our two teenage daughters, and three cats, near Sherwood Forest in England. I’m a Christian, a feminist, and a lover of cheese, chocolate, stationery shops and eighties pop music. I still read in most places, but I no longer eat paper.

I’m a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the group blogs The Lucky 13s and Author Allsorts, and the online writers’ community Romance Divas. I’m represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.


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#SoClosetoYouWeek: This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter (Review + Giveaway)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My review of SO CLOSE TO YOU was so late, I'm so sorry! And this one's late too. So sorry! But, GAHHHHHH, THIS BOOK!!!! RACHEL, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME??? Who am I kidding? I love it. Check out my review and get a chance to win any book in the series too!

This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You, #2)
Title: This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You #2)
Author: Rachel Carter
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date of Publication: July 2, 2013

These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family...

The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they're coming for Lydia next...

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to HarperCollins International for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

HOLY GODS OF TIME TRAVEL, I THANK YOU FOR RACHEL CARTER.

With how SO CLOSE TO YOU ended, Rachel Carter left readers demanding about WHAT HAPPENED and WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN in the sequel. So when I got my hands on THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE, I dived into it immediately. Because I needed to know. NEED. And boy did TSAFP deliver on all my questions. But as great sequels go, it only raised even more questions and made me hungrier for more answers. I'm greedy like that.

Lydia and Wes travel back in time to 1989 in TSAFP. Wes is in a mission and Lydia tags along, to be with Wes and to plot together his freedom. I'll be partly mum about the plot because not knowing is part of the fun. But let's just say that it deals with the changes our main characters did back in 1944 and them trying to right the wrong they've inflicted in the past. At first, Lydia's wary of changing the timeline yet again but then it seems like they need to and it's inevitable.

On the conspiracy front of the Montauk Project, Lydia and Wes learn more about the inner workings of the project, which puts their lives in even more danger. More danger, more action and more stakes equals a tightly plotted and thrilling novel in our hands.

Moreover, being in 1989, makes it Wes's original timeline. Lydia has been an open book since the first book but even after SO CLOSE TO YOU ended, Wes still remained as that mysterious boy. We don't know much about him. We know close to none about him. Being in his supposed timeline lest he didn't became a recruit of the Montauk Project, we got to see who Wes was prior to the project. Layer by layer, we got to peel off and get to know more of Wes. We got to read his playful side, his smiling self, and we even meet his friends back then. He's not just the mysterious boy now.

More importantly, we also see Lydia grow. As I mentioned in my SO CLOSE TO YOU review, although I admire Lydia for loving her grandfather so much enough to risk her life and the whole world, it was also a bit stupid and insane for me. In here, we see how the changes she brought into the present timeline changed her as well. She is now more wary of changing anything as she learned that the hard way. I was looking for that growth in her and now I got it and I love it.

Similar to SO CLOSE TO YOU, Rachel Carter has written side characters so fun and enjoyable to read about. LJ! Tag! Nikki! I love them all and it was sad to part with them. I just had a blast reading THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE because it has the elements I need to keep me reading page after page: characters I'm invested in, romance I'm even more invested in (WES AND LYDIA KISSING. OH AND KISSING AGAIN. I'm a happy reader.), questions I can't wait to be answered, mysteries I want to be solved, missions, issues on morality, etc etc. This novel just had me from start to finish. 

That pre-ending though??? IT GUTTED ME. But thank you Rachel, thank you for the ACTUAL ending. Like Lydia, I feel hopeful. Curious what I'm talking about and spazzing about? You sure are! So go now and read THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE. Astounding sequel, with even deeper and complicated mysteries and the subsequent reveals, and more challenges and obstacles to face for Wes and Lydia to be together. Gah, love this sequel even more and HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? All time travel romance lovers, get on this series STAT!

About Rachel Carter

I'm a 27-year-old writer, an avid reader, and a lover of all things pop culture. (One of my life goals is to write for Entertainment Weekly!) I grew up in a log cabin in Vermont, surrounded by trees and chickens. I learned how to ski when I was six, I could start a bonfire in my sleep and my dad makes maple syrup every spring.

I've always loved to read - I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. Even now, I read about a book a week and I'm ALWAYS looking for recommendations (send me yours on twitter or facebook). Romance and YA are my genres of choice, though I also love Fantasy, History, and Science Fiction. And, for some reason, epic romances set in communist Russia.

I attended the University of Vermont, where I majored in English and Women's Studies. I moved to NYC right after college, and received my MFA from Columbia University. I recently moved back to Vermont, where I'm working on my next series. Read more about my life and other random thoughts on my blog!


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#SoClosetoYouWeek: So Close to You by Rachel Carter (Review + Giveaway)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

So sorry for the delay but finally. Finally. After more than a year, I am now reviewing this novel I love. Eek! Check out my review and get a chance to win any book from the series!

So Close to You (So Close to You, #1)
Title: So Close to You (So Close to You #1)
Author: Rachel Carter
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: July 10, 2012

Rachel Carter launches a mind-blowing time-travel trilogy with her YA novel So Close to You.

Lydia Bentley doesn’t believe the rumors about the Montauk Project, that there’s some sort of government conspiracy involving people vanishing and tortured children. But her grandfather is sure that the Project is behind his father’s disappearance more than sixty years earlier.

While helping her grandfather search Camp Hero, a seemingly abandoned military base on Long Island, for information about the disappearance, Lydia is transported back to 1944—just a few days before her great-grandfather’s disappearance.

Lydia begins to unravel the dark secrets of the Montauk Project and her own family history, despite warnings from Wes, a mysterious boy she is powerfully attracted to but not sure she should trust.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


I read SO CLOSE TO YOU exactly a year ago and I enjoyed it so much that I made an acrostic poem for it. Yes, THAT MUCH. I sent it to Rachel and she posted it on her blog so I guess I'll just share it here too. Please don't judge it, I'm not a pro!



Such an
Overly

Compelling
Love story
Of
Swoony Wes and
Enamored Lydia

Time travel conspiracies
Odds against them

You will be rooting for them
Of course, and
Under their spell

And that sums up my thoughts about this awesome novel. But I'll explain them more to give you a feel of how much you need to read this novel. Preferably now. With a list!


Four Reasons Why SO CLOSE TO YOU Will Rock Your Time Travel-Loving Socks Off


1. Time travel + story world!! In here, time travel is done by going through a machine, kept in an underground government facility. Nikola Tesla's findings on magnetic fields supposedly led to the development of the time machine. The mere mention of Nikola Tesla and rotating magnetic fields made the science nerd in me go around tumbling in joy. Moreover, Rachel Carter has infused so much facts in this novel and I think the best fiction novels are those where you can't differentiate what's probably real and what's make-believe. SO CLOSE TO YOU's story world is hugely shaped by the existence of the Montauk Project, which is a legitimate government project, with tons of conspiracy theories hanging around it. Camp Hero is an actual military base in the past and is now a state park. All these pieces of truth melded into a tale of fiction make SO CLOSE TO YOU wonderfully addicting. The story world was so grounded in reality that I can't for a second doubt what's happening. Love it.

Moreover, the novel is mostly set in the 1940s, which as we all know is World War II. Women wear girdles and most supplies are rationed. Soldiers are coming back from Europe injured. Some soldiers don't come back at all. It's such a hard time and an interesting time too to get a look at. I admit to not being big on history but I greatly enjoyed and learned from all the immersion Lydia did in the 40s with SO CLOSE TO YOU. Going to USO dances, helping out at the hospital, being engaged or married by 17, my not-into-history-and-historical-fiction self had a glimpse of the past. I love that.

2. Plot. Okay, the set-up is awesome. But is the plot meaty? I am happy to announce that heck yeah, SO CLOSE TO YOU is jam-packed full of questions then answers then more questions then lots of hiding and sleuthing. Lydia's grandfather is obsessed with the disappearance of his father Dean back in 1944, which he thinks is because of the Montauk Project. On one fateful day, Lydia gets transported back in time to 1944. Seeing this as a sign, she makes it her mission to get to the bottom of the mystery of Dean's disappearance and along the way, decides that she will even prevent Dean from disappearing. However, Wes, who works for the Montauk Project, is trying to bring her back to the present because the ramifications of her actions are unknown and could be massive. You have a girl who loves his grandfather so much that she's willing to put herself in danger just to fix his life and a boy who won't let her do it. Oh, and this girl is from the future. Just great. Time travel epicness at its best - providing both the romance and the conflict.

3. Characters. Oh, the characters! Lydia wants to be a journalist and it's this curiosity and hunger for truth that makes her go inside the facility and ultimately, brings her back to 1944. Although I think her doggedness into changing the timeline without thinking of its effects was kind of stupid in her part (well, really stupid), I do admire how she loves her grandfather so much that she's willing to do anything for him and to unearth the truth. Then we have Wes and I know, mysterious and intense boys are everywhere. I'm tired of them as well. But Wes 1) is in uniform, 2) has a sad and tortured past and 3) is technically a secret! agent!! That was lame. But I don't know exactly, it's just that I felt like he's a bit similar to Julian of Lauren Oliver's Delirium series. Wes doesn't know anything but to follow orders from the Montauk Project. He's been time traveling too many times, has seen too many variations of the world, and is truly too young to be that weary of the world. He doesn't have a family and he's doomed. But Lydia introduces him to things he never really knew: fighting for himself, fighting for his freedom, interest, attraction and ultimately, love.

Additionally, the side characters were lovely to read! The larger-than-life Mary, Lucas Clarke, the rest of the Bentleys, and even the little of what we've read of Grant and Hannah in the present time, have added to my enjoyment of the novel.

4. Romance. Disclaimer: SO CLOSE TO YOU definitely has an insta-attraction in it but don't write this off just yet!! Please, for the love of all things sexy, THAT KISS. THAT KISS. I remember literally blushing when I first read it and when I reread it for this, good lord. Plus, I'm really left to a mush with time travel romances. I consider time as one of the Big Divides, which provides just innate conflict. Will Lydia follow Wes or will Wes follow Lydia? Who decides that? Can they even be together? Everything wants to rip them apart but will their love overcome all obstacles? I know it sounds cheesy but I really don't care because time travel romance feels are intense. One of the best set-ups for me and a guaranteed E-P-I-C L-O-V-E.

That ending though? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, RACHEL? My poor heart. To think I've waited a year for the sequel! I'm excited for how Lydia will deal with the consequences of her actions in THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE and what exactly are these consequences. All in all, Rachel Carter has successfully written an exciting start to an intelligently plotted time travel trilogy in SO CLOSE TO YOU. Your mind will spin from thinking if these conspiracy theories have an ounce of truth in them, your heart will root for Lydia and Wes, and your drool will also be all over because of Wes. Ha! Fans of time travel, especially time travel romances, will surely love this. Go read this now!

About Rachel Carter

I'm a 27-year-old writer, an avid reader, and a lover of all things pop culture. (One of my life goals is to write for Entertainment Weekly!) I grew up in a log cabin in Vermont, surrounded by trees and chickens. I learned how to ski when I was six, I could start a bonfire in my sleep and my dad makes maple syrup every spring.

I've always loved to read - I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. Even now, I read about a book a week and I'm ALWAYS looking for recommendations (send me yours on twitter or facebook). Romance and YA are my genres of choice, though I also love Fantasy, History, and Science Fiction. And, for some reason, epic romances set in communist Russia.

I attended the University of Vermont, where I majored in English and Women's Studies. I moved to NYC right after college, and received my MFA from Columbia University. I recently moved back to Vermont, where I'm working on my next series. Read more about my life and other random thoughts on my blog!


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