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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clockwise by Elle Strauss

I'll confess, for as much as I love history, time-travel has just never really sparked my interest. But I was intrigued by the premise of Clockwise, so happily settled in this weekend to read Elle Strauss's YA time-travel rom/com.
Here is the summary from Goodreads: Boy watching with her best friend would be enough excitement for fifteen year old Casey Donavan. She doesn't even mind life at the bottom of the Cambridge High social ladder, if only she didn’t have this other much bigger problem. Unscheduled trips to the nineteenth century!

When Casey gets talked into going to the Fall Dance, the unthinkable happens--she accidentally takes Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. 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 at the bottom of the social totem pole and Nate practically the flag flying from the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her little 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.

What I Liked: 1) Well, I have to eat my words on saying that time travel just wasn't my thing. I really loved Miz Strauss's version of time travel. In this story, our MC Casey spontaneously travels through time, staying in her present location, but traveling back to the 19th century. I've always been a fan of American history, and thought that Casey's time spent in the 1800s had great historical accuracy. 2) The mystery. Okay, so there wasn't an obvious mystery, except maybe why it is that Casey travels and why to this time period. But I sniffed another one out, and figured out the answer before the ending. Bwah ha ha ha! I get happy when I figure stuff out before the characters. It makes me feel smart. 3) Romance. Who doesn't like it when the timid girl gets the golden boy? I don't care how many books are out there written with that kind of romantic plot. I always love it, because well, a) don't tell me they are always the same, because every character in every good story has a unique and different personality, much like a fingerprint, and b) it gives me hope that people believe love that like exists. It just makes me happy. 4) There is a lightness in this book that I really appreciated. It didn't take very long for me to read it, part of that being that I was so thoroughly enjoying myself that I read fast to find out more, but also that there weren't so many things bogging down the plot.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall thoughts: Clockwise was a fun, lighthearted read with a great mixture of fantasy, history and romance. Readers will enjoy the sparks flying between Casey and Nate as they travel back and forth from the 1800s. It's easy to get swept away in the story where the historical facts, personable characters and excellent plotline all come together.

My rating: 5 shots


  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful review!

  2. I haven’t red the book yet but I think it’s quite nice to read since I am a book lover! Nice blog by the way.


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