Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Clockwise Review

Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)
Clockwise (Clockwise #1)
By Elle Strauss
Published September 19th, 2011 by ESB Publishing 
290 pages

4 stars - Very Enjoyable!

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.

I just finished Clockwise yesterday and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. From reading the synopsis I figured it would be an ok read but it was more than ok, it was pretty enjoyable. I thought that the whole time traveling concept was interesting and new compared to what I've been reading. Clockwise was a refreshing and interesting read. 
So Casey Donovan has been time traveling to the 19th century ever since she was young. The problem? The traveling back in time is uncontrollable and can happen at any time. And the thing is Casey has had her traveling under control for awhile and hasn't had much of a problem, until she accidentally takes Nate Mackenzie with her. Now Casey has to get Nate to understand what goes on with time travel and she has to make sure he doesn't blow their cover in a time period that is very different then the one they are use to. Things seem to go well and it almost seems as if Nate is getting closer to Casey. But that cant be because Nate is the cutest boy in school, popular and already has a girlfriend. This means that once they get back home and everything goes back to normal, it really does go back to normal with Casey being ignored by her crush. Casey doesn't think she could handle seeing Nate again and of course it would be horrible if she accidentally tripped and took Nate to the past again. The other problem? She does.

Clockwise was a truly enjoyable book. I loved Casey's character because she was just herself and she was smart. She knew her history and of course she probably had to since she traveled back in time constantly. Speaking of back in time, I really enjoyed the times she would go back to the 1860's. Strauss really got everything right when writing those parts and I liked how the lingo changed to that of the 19th century. Seeing Casey and Nate interact with the characters of a different time period was captivating in a way. It was also nice to see how Nate was able to grow throughout the whole book and of course the relationship between Casey and Nate. I really want to read the next book and see what happens with everything. But anyways I do recommend Clockwise to others and suggest you pick it up. So try it out for yourself.

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