{Review+G!veaway} Clockwise by Elle Strauss

March 30, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 27


Clockwise by Elle Stauss

Pages: 290
Publication Date: November 21st 2011 by ESB Publishing
Age Group: YA
Source: Blog Tour
Series: Clockwise #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon

Summary(from Goodreads):

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, clockwise_72jpegback in time. Awkward.
Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, 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 of the rung of the 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.

my review

Time traveling is on a roll for me! This is the second time travel book I have read this week and it’s the second one that I have really enjoyed. They were a little different. In Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl, the father actually controls when and where his children travel back to. In Clockwise, Casey has no control over when she "trips" as her friend calls it. And she always goes back to the same time period. I think the clockwise time travel is scarier for a few reasons. One, she goes by herself so it has to be more isolating and lonely for her. And two she has absolutely no control over it. She doesn’t even know how long she will be gone for. That has got to be tough.
I really liked Casey. She is resourceful. (I bet she would make an AWESOME Girl Scout- haha) She is practical and strong willed. Those are all really admirable traits. Of course, she is still a typical teenager. She fell "in love" with Nate the first time she saw him. And of course, he turns out to be the popular/jock guy at school. But once you get to know him, he turns out to be so much more. They both do really. I enjoyed watching their relationship progress because it was a pretty slow progression. Nate doesn’t actually show any interest until well over half way through the book. That is a pretty good pace for me.
I would have liked to see a few more bonding moments for them though. I know tripping is what bonded them the most, but it seemed like Nate started liking Casey simply because they were around each other more. Which is a pretty good reason, because he got to know her but I would have like a bit more insight into their conversations and whatnot. I must say, I did enjoy the few jealous moments that Nate had. And towards the end of the book Nate was seriously sweet. Always checking for dark circles under Casey’s eyes. Too cute. He really grew on me.
The plot of Clockwise is really unique. I really enjoyed watching how everything fit together. I’m not really sure where the second book is going to go but I am really excited to find out! If the pacing and writing is anything like this book, I know I will enjoy it a lot! Since I have been on a time traveling kick, does anyone else know of any time travel recommendations for me? I would love to read some more!

3.5 gavel

3.5/5 Gavels

giveaway post

The lovely Elle Stauss has generously agreed to give EVERY PERSON WHO COMMENTS an ecopy of the sequel to Clockwise, Clockwiser! How awesome is that. To Enter, just like her facebook page and leave a COMMENT on this post with your NAME and EMAIL.

Here is a link to her facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elle-Strauss-Author/221066947958466

Michelle @ Book Briefs

27 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Clockwise by Elle Strauss”

  1. Jennie

    I love time travel books! I actually have this one, but haven’t read it yet. I should do so soon because it sounds really awesome. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    Name: Jennifer Gonzalez
    E-mail: un3xpectedfate[at]hotmail[dot]com

  2. Fiery Na

    Casey’s life sounds so fun! On one hand it’s pretty normal and on the other she gets to visit the 19th century. Thank you for a generous giveaway.


  3. Steph

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I can’t wait to read & review this one!

    Stephanie W.


  4. Jaime Lynn Lester

    Sounds like a great book. I’m not usually into time travel books because they seem so serious most of the time. This one seems to have a little bit of humor to it so it may just be the time travel book for me! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    Jaime Lester

  5. Catherine Lee

    To fully enjoy Clockwiser, is it best to start with Clockwise or will Clockwiser stand alone?

    I’ve liked you on Fb, Elle.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  6. Kris-10

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’ve “Liked” the Facebook Page (Kristen Reader)!


  7. Dynie

    I love time travel books and movies are one of my favorites. The Time Machine got me started and The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorites. I like that this story is about high school age girl and that she has a boyfriend that she can lean on. I can’t wait to get started on this book and that there will be more to come. Thanks for the great review and th e giveaway.

  8. Anonymous

    Awesome a time traveling book:) yay i love time travel books i use to read them all the time, but lately i haven’t been finding any time traveling books, which is so sad. But that’s why i’m excited for this book and i’m going out to get the first book clockwise:)

  9. IdentitySeeker

    I’ve got Clockwise on my Kindle and would love to read Clockwiser as well. I’m a huge time-travel fan and look forward to reading it.

    I’m a Facebook fan of Elle’s FB page.

    Facebook name: Sarah Bibi Setar

    Email: sarah.setar@gmail.com

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity:)

    Best wishes!

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