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
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.
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.
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!
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