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This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  302 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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 al
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
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Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠
I really have to reread this series to review it.

When I see the ridiculous amount of reviews, I'm just - well, you know...

Because passed the first half of So close to you? Pure awesomeness.

Any volonteers to go with me?

Wow. It's been a long time since I am completely excited about a sequel. (Perhaps ever since I read Unravel Me and completed it?)

This Strange and Familiar Place is an amazing book that enchanted me from the very beginning. I thought I was going to hate this book (because of my particular dislike for time traveling books and multiple timelines). Instead, This Strange and Familiar Place (what a mouthful of words and title) went back to So Close To You and did a short recap whenever necessary. Fur
Ruth Ho
4.5 for this.

I am so hooked on to this series. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next installment in this series. Why is Wes acting so cold to Lydia? What is the whole connection with Lydia and the Montauk Project? What is so special about her that makes her the only one who can solve this whole mission that the Montauk project was solely built for? So many questions without answer. Can the next book just come out now so I can find out what happens next? Omg I can't waitttttt!

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Nov 23, 2012 Megan marked it as to-read
Not even a synopsis yet?!? Can't wait to see what happens next!
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful sequel filled with mystery, suspense and romance. I love this series and would highly recommend it to all young adult sci-fi fans.

Opening Sentence: My eyes open.

The Review:

I wanted to start off by saying that even though I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible there are a few spoilers from the first book in this review. So I would suggest that you read the first book before reading this review.

Lydia Bentley has returned to
Ahhh! That's what is coming to mind. Pure craziness in this book. I couldn't believe the truths, betrayals, the love and the loss. It was a sucker punch wrapped in a beautiful cover!!

Lydia doesn't know why she is in this reality. She knows the truth and has to pretend to be this other Lydia. When the two lives collide she can't believe her luck, she has Wes back now but at what cost?!? Wes is acting strange, she is trying to find a way for them to be together. She messed the time line up and the
I liked it and can't wait for the next one. It ends in such a bad spot!
❤♏αια (My Book Diaries)
GAHHH!!! Can't wait!! I lovvveeed the first book!
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

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


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 questio
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay I am just going to straight out say this about this book and lord forgive me if I sound like a loony tunes! This book as a follow up was totally EPIC and AMAZING all rolled up into one. The first book set the record and I was afraid that the second book was not going to hold up to the high expectations I have but to say that Rachel Carter blew it out the waters with this one is such an understatement. Man oh man I need book three right now like ASAP!

If you like time travel and romance this
Paige Bradish
I received This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter from Around the World ARC Tours and this is my honest review.

This Strange and Familiar Place is the sequel to Rachel’s first book So Close To You, about a girl named Lydia who is trying to figure out why certain family members keep disappearing and from there she discovers the crazy government under ground that time travels. So in the sequel it basically picks up where book one left off. Lydia is living at home but things are very diffe
Kayla Beck
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

I was a bit "meh" in my review of Rachel Carter's debut novel, So Close to You , but curiosity got the better of me. I requested This Strange and Familiar Place to see if the series would improve. Did it improve? Not really (in my opinion), but this installment in the trilogy was more enjoyable for me, and I may have come to an understanding with the books.

I know what you're thinking - that I've lost my mind. No, I've always been a bit quirky
Heather (Heather Hearts Books) Kilpatrick
5/5 HEARTS on

This Strange and Familiar Place is a book that I received from Rachel Carter at a book signing at BEA 2013. I was so intrigued by the story that I got the second book even though I didn't own the first. I bought and tore through the first amazing installment in this series in a very short amount of time and was very grateful to have the ARC copy waiting on my night stand so I could dive right back into the amazing world that Carter has created.

The So Close
This Strange and Familiar Place was such an enthralling and compelling read for me. I really enjoyed the build up of reality and time travel that blended so seamlessly. Rachel Carter's world is such an intriguing one to delve into. Her characters are truly fantastic and complex, the world she creates for them is interesting, and the plot arc is definitely adventurous. I found myself gravitating to Lydia, the most, though out the novel.

Beautifully written and definitely inspired, this world is
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Super excited for the sequel, this book left me in wonder in what exactly is going on!!

Plot: Traveling back in time to fight a war that has long started with her family, Lydia’s time is running out quickly. She is once again, on the run and in hiding. She is time traveling trying to piece together what her grandpa did. I really love that with each chapter, Lydia is finding more and more answers. She is asking the right questions which unfortunately for her, is causing people to look at her. She
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I really loved So Close To You, it sucked me right in, and I read it quickly. I did enjoy this one a lot, but not quite as much as the first book.

We are back with Lydia and she is trying to adapt to her new life. Things have changed quite a bit, and she has to deal with them in any way she can. They have altered events a bit, and people seem to be different, even Lydia herself. And, Wes is nowhere to be found even though Lydia hopes he can’t be too far away from her. She misses him,
This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't read book one, So Close to You.

This Strange and Familiar Place is a very nice sequel, however, I felt that it was lacking in progressing the story along in certain parts of the plot. Though I had this problem with this sequel, it was still entertaining.

I'll start with what I did enjoy about This Strange and Familiar Place: more questions appear and the stakes are raised to a new notch. Book one set up the whole conspiracy theory, but b
Rachael Woohoo
The sequel to SO CLOSE TO YOU, THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE offers a relatively satisfying and enjoyable follow-up to the addictive and exciting first installment. It picks up right after the first left off and follows the next leg in Lydia’s journey to stop the Montauk Project.

Though the book was an extremely quick read, I felt as if there was something missing from this novel, when compared to the first. In the first book, I could barely stop myself from continuing to read and flipping the
Melissa Herston
In compliance with FTC guidelines; I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I did not read the first book in this series. I enjoyed this medium paced book geared for teens, even as an adult.

I felt there was enough references to the first book to have had a good enough understanding of the events to not need to read the first book. However the second book was written well enough to make me want to read the first book to get more story.

I call this book medium paced because there
Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
This Strange and Familiar Place was a great follow up to So Close to You. We delved a bit further into Wes' backstory and we were able to get a small bit of insight into how the changes that happened in So Close to You impacted the life Lydia is leading at the start of the sequel.

As with book 1, I must admit that I still had difficulty connecting with any of the characters. They are all quite likeable and realistic but somehow just a little out of reach. I felt for them and worried about them, b
Lydia wakes up in her life but things are very different. She has effected time in a way that she couldn't have predicted. Wes is back in the picture pretty quickly and Lydia decides that she wants to run away with him. They go back to 1987 and try to find her grandfather. Pretty quick and fun read. The time travel is easy to follow and mystery keeps the readers attention. Too bad the cover is so awful. Good for 6th and up.
Are you effing kidding me? I've just finished this book and, okay, Rachel Carter. I'm giving this a 4 star rating because, if nothing else, that twist actually hit me like a punch in the gut. I find myself heartbroken by twists fairly often. But it's rare when I feel sucker punched by one. So great job on that alone if nothing else.

I'm fairly certain if you enjoyed the first book there's nothing here that would keep you from enjoying this one. I actually enjoyed Book 2 more. 1989 NYC is far more
NO. NOOO. HOW DARE YOU END IT. NO. I have waited SO long to read this's over. NOW I HAVE TO WAIT AGAIN? Son of a whore. So Close To You was good enough for me to be waiting impatiently for the sequel but it still did not meet my fancy. This one though. Ohhh sweet lord. This one was wonderful. So much happened that I was not expecting. So much more happened. I felt as if we learned more about the concept. I was sure I knew where this series was headed. Now? I have no freaking clue. :P Onl ...more
*Regan* Percabeth1122
LOVED this book. LOVED it. Right from the start, it picked up swiftly where the ending of the first book left off and flew away to my heart! And the ending! Oh the ending! I do love a good ending! It made me want the next book incredibly more! I scoured the Internet looking for a sample or excerpt or anything but nope. Nothing. Sigh, I'll just have to wait.
Krista Stevens
This was not quite as compelling as the first book, but the time period this is set in the 1980s is just not as compelling. The minor characters have changed quite a bit since the events in the first book, which was unsettling and took quite a long time for me to cement their new identities in my brain.

First, I loved it! Second, ugh, that ending~ I'm in real physical pain here. Time travel books have their own circular plot, and not all authors can pull it off, one mistake and the masses will be at your throat. Thankfully Rachel Carter knows what she is doing, and this second installment to the So Close to You series is fantastic! The adrenaline is much higher in this book, and the romance drives Lydia and Wes to places you don't see coming. A new timeline brings new characters to love, and we ...more
This is a awesome book a really good sequel I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a good time travel book it's really good and I've read a few time travel books this one is one of my favortive
Really a 3 1/2...

After being in 1944 and failing to change the past, Lydia is back in 2012 but it is different. Lydia's great-grandfather was not saved from disappearing in 1944... but now Lydia's own grandpa disappeared in 1989, before Lydia was even born. Her parents are cold and distant.

When Lydia finds out that Wes is going back to 1989, she finds a way to go with him so she can discover what happened to her grandpa.

This one suffers from the same problem as lots of second books in a trilogy
Patricia Furivai
the second book was even better! I was introduced to more twists and my understanding of the book deepened. I actually nearly cried with relief at the end because of a certain turn of events. This book has caused alot of trouble to me because my mum is always on my case telling me to go to sleep but i can't seem to put the book down. Love it! <3
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I'm a young adult writer and my debut novel, So Close to You, is the start of a three book series with HarperTeen.

Also, it's about time travel. Which I love. Along with vampires, werewolves, epic Russian historical romances, and movies starring Ryan Gosling.

Please, please recommend books to me, especially YA and romance (the more obscure the better!). I'm always looking for new stories to fall in
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