2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge: July Wrap-Up Post + Review Linky + Giveaway: So Close to You by Rachel Carter

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's the end of July and it's wrap-up time for the 2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge! You can check out all that's happened this month by checking out the tag and backtracking a bit. Rachel Carter's THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE, the second book in her SO CLOSE TO YOU time travel series, released last July 2. So for today, I am very honored to be interviewing one of the characters, (swoony) Wes! Let's get to know Wes more and stick around for an international giveaway for a paperback of SO CLOSE TO YOU, the first book in the series, and a signed bookmark!

Douglas Booth as Wes
Picture credits to Zimbio
Interview with Wes

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I've spent most of my life working as an agent for a secret government project known as The Montauk Project. They kidnapped me when I was only a child, and now I travel through time for them. Until I met Lydia, it was the only life I knew.

What are your hobbies? How do you spend your free time?

I have no hobbies - the Project owns my time, my identity, and my life. Free time doesn't exist in my world.

If you were to travel back in time, willingly, what era would you choose and why?

My time travel has never been willing. But if I was forced to choose, it might be the 1920s. Lydia and I once talked about running away to that era.

If you could alter one thing in history...what would it be?

I've already altered countless events throughout history, and I've learned that it can have dire consequences. It's not something to be taken lightly - the butterfly effect is real, and we need to be careful of how we treat the timeline. But that doesn't mean I don't have regrets...

How would you consider time traveling in style?

The TM - the time machine we use in the Montauk Project - rips your body apart as it sends you through time. You can feel yourself disintegrate, feel the pieces break away. Anything has to be better than that.

How would you describe your ideal woman?

Someone who has passion, who sees life as an opportunity instead of a burden. Someone who cares about the people around her. All I've ever wanted is to feel that kind of love from someone else.

What was your first impression of Lydia?

She was headstrong and stubborn. She wouldn't listen to me and she put her family before her own safety. I'd never met anyone like her before.

If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

I only have one wish - to be free of the Montauk Project. But they control everything I do, and sometimes it's harder to break away mentally than it is physically.

Any message to our dear readers?

Be grateful for your freedom, and try not to judge my actions too harshly. You can't know how consuming the Montauk Project is until you experience it.

Any message to Lydia?

I want Lydia to know that there are reasons for my actions. I'm not great at expressing myself - when you have no freedom, you learn to hide your emotions in order to survive. It's not easy to unlearn that, but I'm trying.

Thank you so much, Wes! Can you give me a hug? No? Lydia might get jealous? Okay. I love Lydia, I wouldn't want to be the cause of any rifts. If you aren't familiar with Wes and Lydia and the whole Montauk Project, check out the blurbs to So Close to You and This Strange and Familiar Place below!

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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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: HarperTeen
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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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!


Thank you so much to Rachel for sponsoring this giveaway! One (1) winner will take home a paperback of SO CLOSE TO YOU and a signed bookmark! This giveaway is open internationally and you have a month to get those entries in. Good luck!

Link your July reviews!


  1. Awesome giveaway, Dianne!! As for Wes, I love him alreadyyyy!!

    1. I have yet to review it because seriously, I have no words. I kept on swooning and then some! <3 Thanks for joining, Hazel!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway girly! Wes sounds absolutely swoon-worthy! (:

  3. well.. hello there Douglas B.. *cough* Wes. I am definitely checking out the series because of you. Wow, this book sounds intriguing.. and the whole secret government project thing. I am definitely checking this book out for sure.

    great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. I know! When I got Rachel's email with Douglas Booth as Wes, I just about swooned all the more. I love Wes and you should definitely check this series out, Juhina! Time travel romance and secret government project and conspiracy theories = YEAH. Weeee, so happy I got one to read this! Thanks for dropping by, sweetie!

  4. EEP! I actually have Book One, but I haven't read it yet. I need to get Book Two! I love the covers of these books. Poor Wes - he doesn't have any hobbies. FIND ONE, WES! :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Read Book One now!!!! Seriously. I can't wait to read Book Two but I still have to wait for the paperback. Huhu. Well, Wes, I think I can help with you finding a hobby. ;) Haha!

  5. I entered your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a copy of So Close to You By Rachel Carter
    And A Signed Bookmark.
    In response to your question of What do you think of Wes?
    I think Wes is an interesting character.
    I find it a bit weird that he has no hobbies.
    It's great that he's loyal to his Project
    but everyone needs some free time for themselves to do other things.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!

    1. Oh it's really because he doesn't have any free time. Poor, bb. I mean, poor Wes. Thanks for joining the giveaway, Wayne!

  6. I haven't actually read So Close to You yet, but I'm definitely going to have to!
    Wes seems like an interesting character! And when I saw the pic I swooooned! I imagine I'll fall hard for him when I read the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. YOU WILL! Even without the visual, I loved Wes already so Douglas Booth as Wes is just a bonus. Thanks for stopping by, January!

  7. I love this series soooo much!!! And the ending to This Strange and Familiar Place was killer!!!! I NEED to read the next book now!! I hate waiting! Awesome interview with Wes!!! :)

    1. I'm so envious!!! I can't buy This Strange and Familiar Place yet because I'm broke and I can't afford the hardback! I have to wait for the paperback. And yes, Wes!!! <3 Thank you for dropping by!

  8. Great giveaway, Dianne! Really want to read this, hope I win this one! :) And Wes seems to be really awesome!! <3

    1. It's REALLY good! Gah, I can't wait to read the second book. Good luck then, Alena! And thanks for joining!

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    1. HE IS!!!! You have to read it, Eli! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I LOVE HIM! Hahaha! Thanks for dropping by!

  11. Why does he look like Douglas Booth? :P Gotta have him for myself. xD

    1. When Rachel told me Movie!Wes can be Douglas Booth, I reread my favorite scenes imagining Wes as Douglas. Hee. Thanks for dropping by!

  12. Wes sounds like the type who is going to have me book boy crushing!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    1. HE IS!! I swooned so hard when I read SO CLOSE TO YOU. He's just so, sigh. READ IT! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. I love time traveling books, so this would be an awesome win.

    1. He is cute.

    2. Good luck then, Fallon! I love time travel as well. And he is indeed cute. <3


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