Saturday, January 31, 2015

CLOCKWISE by Elle Strauss

Series:  Clockwise #1
Author:  Elle Strauss
Publisher:  All Night Reads
Category:  Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Received from:  All Night Reads via
Goodreads:  Clockwise

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this-she's accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

It's the eve of the American Civil war and protocol pressures Casey to tell their hosts that Nate is her brother. No one more surprised than she is when they are forced to share a one room worker's cabin. Super awkward.

Nate's slow to accept their new reality but when he does, he realizes he needs Casey to get back. His nearness is intoxicating to Casey, but she keeps her cool by hanging a privacy blanket and staying aloof. Knowing Nate has an evil girlfriend waiting for him at home helps.

Over time Casey gains the attention of a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, and something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just "brotherly" protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom rung of their school's social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does. 

This book, and its series, is written for the younger teen group.  I enjoyed it as an easy, light read on a Saturday.  

Recently, I was asked what time period I would most like to live in if it were possible to choose.  My answer is here and now – I like the modern conveniences we have.  If I had to pick another time, it would be in the future when I’m sure there will be even more conveniences not yet available.   

In this book, Casey isn’t given a choice of time periods; she returns to 1960s Massachusetts every time.  Luckily, she has been befriended by the Watson family who assist her in her unusual adventure without knowing the actual nature of her travels.  

In this first book of the series, her travel plans have been changed.  Nate has accidentally joined her.

I would definitely recommend this book to any avid reader beyond the “boys are yucky” stage of life. 

Editing:  This was well-polished with only an error or two as would be expected in a 194 page book.

 Other books in the series:
  1. Clockwise
  2. Clockwiser
  3. Like Clockwork
  4. Clocked
Other Books from this Author:
  • Seaweed
  • Love, Tink
  • It’s a Little Haywire
Nome de Plume Lee Strauss
·         Perception Series
    • Perception
    • Volition
    • Ambition (Prequel)
 Playing with Matches
  1. A Piece of Blue String
  2. Jars of Clay
  3. Broken Vessels

originally posted 06.22.13 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books.