Thursday, June 11, 2015

Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Clockwise by Elle Strauss
Source: ebook
Pages: 259
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Release Date: April 11th 2012
Series: Clockwise; Book 1
Verdict: Buy

SummaryCasey 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.

Review: Time travel is always fun, and this book is no different. Casey Donovan is your typical teenager. She experiences insecurities, struggles of high school, and unrequited crushes. Normal, right? Here's the thing, though. She can also travel back in time. So, maybe not so normal after all. 

The thing about her ability to time travel is that she has no control over it. Makes being a teenager a bit more complicated than it already is... Fortunately, she always knows where she'll be going, so she has friends and supplies ready at hand... back in the 1860s of course. 

Casey is amazing. I mean, what a trooper. When she discovers that she's travelled back in time, she's efficient and strong. And when she discovers that she's travelled back in time with Nate, long time crush extraordinaire, she still manages to stay poised... kind of. 

Casey's knowledge of everything in regards to the weirdness of the time traveling situation is endearing, and she's sassy and charming. I found it impossible to dislike her. Her edges and quirks made her hilarious and fascinating. It was so fun reading about her two different lives, one in her own time, where she stays on the down low, a regular teenager, and another in the past, where she's the belle of the ball, a not so regular teenager, being pursued by an older suitor. 

Nate turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The way he treated Casey changed as the book went on, and I'm so glad, because they are just so cute together. Their banter and awkwardness was a captivating quality of this book, and it made everything ten times more fun.

Clockwise made me wish time traveling was a real thing. Even though time traveling had its downsides, it definitely had upsides that made everything worth it. This book was lighthearted, fun, and delightfully sweet. I'm so happy this book found its way to me, and I can't wait for more time traveling adventures with Casey and Nate. 

Really enjoyed


  1. I've not seen this one around! The cover is cutesy! I don't really read too many time-travel novels, but one series that I REALLY enjoyed was Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red series. She's a German author, so the USA got foreign publication rights after the entire world did, but I swear I was going to buy the Spanish editions years ago because I knew I would like these books! Anyway, I highly recommend the Ruby Red series :D And back to Clockwise. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Fabulous review, Grace!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yes, it's definitely on the cutesy side! Ooh, I'll have to check that series out! I love time-travel related plot lines, so it'll probably be right up my alley!

      Thanks, Alyssa!

      -Grace :)