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by Elle Strauss

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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

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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.

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Clockwise Series
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Elle Strauss is the best selling author of otherworldly YA fiction. A married mother of four, Elle divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany. She enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places. She also writes upper YA/adult mixed genre romance as LEE Strauss.

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CLOCKWISE 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Flybrariman More than 1 year ago
Casey is just a regular teenage girl except for a couple of minor issues: her unmanageably curly hair, her equally untameable mega-crush on school football hero Nate, and oh yeah, that pesky problem of uncontolled time travelling at the most inconvenient possible times. This is a cute, fun and fresh feeling read, and while I could agree with Nate that Casey is far more fascinating in the past, where her spunky self-reliance, quick wits and gumption come to the fore, she's pretty much a charmer whatever time zone she's in. She does have a lot to be mopey about back here in the real world, what with Nate breaking her heart, her parent's divorce and her little brother's unfortunate reaction to it, and her friend Lindsay's feeling left out of Casey's temporal traumas. The historical elements have an authentically gritty feel to them, and the way the plot moves between the two periods is clever and skillfully handled. The opening chapter has a bit of a middle grade feel to it, but it quickly becomes more and more sophisticated and complex, narratively and emotionally, as the story builds. Casey's story really drew me in, and the twists of the plot and Casey and Nate's relationship were fun to experinece and worry about. This is a sweetly satisfying story, with loveable characters, a clever plot and lots of witty, wry and winsome writing! There's a couple cute twists, and it's fun to see some seemingly disparate plot elements coalesce and resolve. The author asked me to read this, and give an honest review, and I'm so glad she did, as this was a good read I prob wouldn't have found on my own. She's a generous spirited supporter of good YA, and I'm delighted to have made her (virtual) acquaintance!
ObsessionwithBooks More than 1 year ago
CLOCKWISE was kindly provided to me by the author Elle Strauss in exchange for my honest review. 15 year-old Casey Donovan is your typical shy, awkward teen with a crush on the popular school jock that doesn't seem to notice her. She also has a very big secret which no-one but her best-friend is aware of - she is a time traveler who without knowing how transports back in time to the 1800's. Time stands still in the present when Casey time travels but she is able to feel when it is coming on and is left exhausted when it ends; unfortunately at a school dance while dancing (as a dare) with Nate MacKenzie, her crush they are transported back in time. An initially disbelieving Nate handled the time travel well once it was explained and played the part of her brother Nathaniel willingly although protectively, but things went back to usual as soon as they were back in the present much to Casey's dismay and heart-break. I am glad Nate had the opportunity to travel on a number of occasions with Casey which enabled him to get to know her outside of school, he was quite sweet and supportive of her ability. I really enjoyed both of the worlds Casey was between; I enjoyed the history of the past - their way of living, the politics, the people both good and bad and how she was able to adapt and cope which was the same as how she was dealing with the present and the issues a regular teen faced with family and school life. I wish we could have found out more of why Casey had this ability, and how she was able to travel between times? It is the only thing I found to be missing in CLOCKWISE; I wanted to know how it all worked. There was a slight twist at the end which I really enjoyed and definitely didn't expect, it was a nice ending to a really enjoyable story. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between all of the characters; each were thought out, likeable and written well. I liked Ms Strauss's detailed writing style, it was a solid and entertaining plot which held my attention and left me wanting more of the world she has created - the 19th century and present time was interweaved perfectly, Ms Strauss certainly knew her history which was impressive and the pacing was spot on for me. CLOCKWISE is the first time travel novel I have read and I really enjoyed it, I am not sure if it is a part of a series but it would definitely be a great start. I will definitely be reading more books written by Elle Strauss.
travelers-wife More than 1 year ago
A spunky girl, a hot boy, lots of twists and turns and an ending that makes you go, ah.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Clockwise is the first book in the Clockwise series by Elle Strauss. To have the gift of time travel would be amazing, but to have it and not be able to control it would be down right scary. Casey handles it well though. I thought she handled her life in 1860 better than her present day life at times. She just seemed well adjusted to life there. I wasn't sure what to think of Nate at first. He seemed a little superficial to me at first, but towards the end he grew on me more. This was a very entertaining story and I read it quickly. It has some dramatic moments, but for the most part it's a pretty light read. I enjoyed it, and I like the premise a lot. I'm curious to see where this story takes us in future books.
Emma_Ayala More than 1 year ago
Clockwise is a fast-paced, fun and entertaining novel. I loved it! I loved the whole concept where she travels back in time and she can't control any of it; that no one notices when she travels. I really liked, very much, how everything in the present sort of just freezes while she travels and even though she spends an indefinite amount of time there. When she comes back, everything's the same as when she left. I was very pleased with this book. Even though in the beginning Casey is totally tongue-tied with Nate (aren't we all when we have such a huge crush?), she pulls on her big-girl panties and takes control of the situation when she accidentally takes Nate back in time. I liked how Nate had a pretty realistic reaction to everything. At first he thought it was a all a huge joke, instead of just buying it all or freaking out—it was great! It was pretty refreshing. The situations they face when they travel back are interesting and I loved how she managed to adapt herself to that era. I can't wait to read ClockwiseR!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well done! Extremely entertaining!
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Great take on time travel! My Opinion: Poor Casey Donovan has been accidentally traveling back to the 1860s since she was just 9 years old. She never knows when it is going to happen (although she has figured out that stress could be a trigger), but over the years she has learned to accept it and deal with it. Unfortunately, she can't have skin on skin contact with anyone because that could cause her to take that person back in time with her, which she found out accidentally when she took her best friend on a "trip" back. She's now 16 and dealing with bad hair, and a major crush on Nate Mackenzie, who doesn't even notice her. As fate would have it, when she accidentally touches Nate, whoosh! Back they go! It's now up to Casey to let Nate in on her secret and keep him safe until they can get back to the present.  I've been really lucky lately in reading books that deal with a popular topic (magic, time traveling, etc.) with a new take on it that makes them very enjoyable to read. Clockwise was one of these. I loved that Casey's time traveling was unpredictable and that she had no control over it, but she dealt with it the only way she could, head on. I also liked how mature she was in realizing that there were going to be things she would not be able to do in life, such as drive a car or fly a plane, because of never knowing when she would trip out. She was very level headed and instead of moaning and groaning over what she couldn't do, she accepted her limitations and made the best of things. I really liked Casey because of her maturity and the way that she still acted like a teenager when it came to her family splitting up and her raging hormones when it came to Nate. I liked Nate too because he didn't just fall madly in love with Casey (I have a real pet peeve when it comes to insta-love) but let his feelings grow and become what they would without forcing it.  In all, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the second book in the series, Clockwiser. I give it a very enthusiastic 5 stars and recommend it to lovers of time-traveling YA stories :D I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Clockwise by Elle Strauss is a wonderful story about an extraordinary girl named Casey Donovan who can time travel. However as cool as that sounds she can't go anywhere she wants to. She travels back to a specific place around the same time, the 1800's. The only other person who knows of her ability is her best friend, Lucinda. In fact when Casey time travels, no matter how many days she's gone, only a few seconds pass in real time. The only evidence that anything happened to Casey is the dark circles under her eyes. Casey is a very strong character. She thinks fast on her feet. She's smart and empathetic to others and the girl has some pretty impressive skills. Her home life is a bit more troublesome. Her parents are on the verge of getting a divorce, her brother is getting into trouble, and the guy she has a huge crush on, Nate, doesn't even knows she exists until she accidentally takes him with her to the 1800's. Nate's reaction is to the whole event is funny. At first Nate is a big jerk. I couldn't understand why Casey would like him other than because he's hot. However as the story progressed, Nate's character really shines. One of the impressive things about this book is the historical element. Nate and Casey spend a lot of time in to the 1800's where everything is so unlike what the characters are used to. Elle Staruss captures the essence of the time period. Clockwise is a captivating tale that will leave you wanting more. I enjoyed every minute of it. I have to say the ending surprised me. I did not see it coming. I definitely will be reading the sequel.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and lighthearted read that will have readers laughing and smiling the entire time. The story was interesting and I liked seeing how Casey handles her ability to go (and even take people with her) to the past. Time travel has always been one of the things that interest me and its role in the story made it all the more enjoyable. I liked Casey and had fun getting to know her. The way she interacted with people in the past was definitely interesting. Having to deal not only with going to the past, but bringing along her crush had to have been hard. I liked the way she handled herself though and my heart went out to her when he broke her heart. I thought Nate was a great character for the story and he helped bring about a lot of comical situations. He was definitely a fun character to get to know. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a fun Time Travel story!
Beth_Labonte More than 1 year ago
As a lover of time travel and alternate universes, I could not wait to read Clockwise....and I was not disappointed. What I liked the most was how the main character Casey, while stereotypically awkward and a bit of an outsider at school, was able to shed her self esteem issues and truly be herself when trying to survive in the 1860's. It was particularly satisfying when Nate was brought to 1860 with her and got to see her in action - a side of her he never would have gotten to know had they remained in present day. I found the storyline adorable, and all of the history that was woven in was an added bonus that you don't usually find in chick lit or paranormal romances. It added a layer of intelligence to the story that I appreciated. While I sort of figured out the twist ending before I got there, I still enjoyed it and found myself smiling and tearing up a bit :) I only gave this book four stars instead of five because the formatting on the Kindle made some of the conversations hard to understand (like you couldn't always tell who was saying what). It was easy enough to figure out, but having to stop and think about it was a little distracting.
Bookishluv More than 1 year ago
Clockwise was a quick light read about a fifteen year old girl who keeps getting thrown back into the year 1861. And one day accidentally takes her crush Nate with her. Minus the time travel and the time spent in the past this is your everyday young adult story and in my opinion this book actually felt like more of a middle grade read. Casey was a likable character only because of the maturity she shows when with no control on her part she is thrown into the 19th century where interestingly she has also made somewhat of a life for herself. The one thing that helped me keep flipping the pages is the fact that a lot of the story was spent in 1861. And I found it interesting to see how present day teenagers adapted to that time period. Not to mention Strauss covered some very real issues that were going on around that time and kept things historically accurate. Overall I think young readers will adore this novel.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I gave this 3 1/2 on my blog, but am rounding up. Clockwise, by Elle Strauss is a fun, lighthearted book about Casey, a time traveler, and her struggles to manage school, friends, family, and her crush, all while trying to navigate the world in two different time periods. And when Casey accidentally takes her crush, Nate, into the past with her, her world becomes even more complicated. There were two big aspects to the book that I felt the author got spot-on right away. The first is the tone of the book. From the very first sentence I knew that I would, at the very least, have a nice time reading Clockwise. The second aspect I liked was the fact that I never felt a huge secret was being dangled over my head. Strauss lets the reader in on the secret from the get-go. And I can't say how much I appreciated that. There were just a few small issues I had with Clockwise. The first was Nate. I know that hot, popular guys are "supposed" to be jerks to the poor wallflowers who love them, but his back and forth, hot and cold attitude wore pretty thin on me. Does the boy finally wise up and get his act together? I'll let you read and find out! The other issue is the lack in explanation of Casey's time-tripping abilities. Maybe that will be explored in a second book? I just wish I had a little more detail. Here's what I loved about Clockwise. The historical references tied in to Casey's travels. The author managed to sneak in some really great lessons on race and gender equality. And, I almost forgot! There was a super-cool, out-of-nowhere shocker. It was awesome and I never saw it coming. Clockwise would be a fabulous choice for a young reader who is itching to read a fun, paranormal young adult book. Favorite Quote ~ " I followed Sara into the Good Ol' Book Shoppe, stunned by the great and ancient literary works. I picked up a volume of Gray's Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical. And here I thought Grey's Anatomy was just a TV Drama."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting story about a teenage girl, Casey, who time travels. A few things about her time travel...she has no control over it...she always goes back to the same place in the nineteenth century...she always returns to the exact time she left, so no one knows she ever to skin contact at the time she leaves can cause another person to travel with her... her best friend is the only person who knows she travels in time...that is, until she accidentally travels with the boy she has a crush on, Nate...the popular high school jock.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
This was such a great YA read. I loved it. The pages turned themselves. Sometimes a story doesn’t need bells and whistles to carry it. Twilight is an example of a book that sold squillions, yet if you really think of the story, it’s quite a simple story. It’s the way it was told that won its readership. Cassandra Clare juggles lots of characters and her stories are filled with mystery and runes and they are very colourful books with such colourful characters, you fall in love with them. Elle Strauss has written a little gem of a book here. The love isn’t forced, nor is it insta love. The characters are believable. The story flows and you love the characters. There is mystery surrounding the , why? of some of her story. Casey doesn’t yet know the why, so why should we? We are discovering along side Casey as the story unfolds. Casey Donovan is very smart, inventive and thinks ahead. She is a traveller. We do not know why she is a traveller. Her destination is 1860, always 1860. Until....... Casey befriends Sara and Willie and their family. They become her go to point when she is whisked away from the 21st Century. Sara and her family do not question Casey. They are good people who keep her safe when she shows up. It all started with a dare. I love Nate MacKenzie’s character. He has a girlfriend, he is a jock, but then he is forced to see Casey in a new ...errrr.....light. Casey is crushing badly on Nate, but she keeps her crush to herself. Nate does not drop everything for Casey. He has a life of his own, he has a future he has mapped out. Casey currently does not understand what her future will be. She takes a few steps forward and then a whole lot of years backwards. Elle gives us stories in both 1860 and the present. Casey can’t help what happens to her and she just has to make the best of her life. She doesn’t understand it. Her family doesn’t know because time does not change or move forward for her in the time she has travelled back in time. 1860 time moves forward, but , the present time does not move for Casey. If she is 4 days , 2 months, 5 minutes in the past, the present has not moved, so nobody notices. Her secret is safe. Tired and a little disorientated, Casey just resumes doing what she was doing when she comes back to the 21st Century. There was a character that needed a bit of a 21st Century ‘stinky dead fish’ slap from me. Hmmm....not very gentlemanly. There was a great twist I did not see coming, I should have, but I simply didn’t. I love when I get a surprise in a book. * whispers* I actually did a bit of a happy/sad, bit of both really, ugly sob/cry in one bit. It just burst out of me. Elle keeps weaving new storyline into her book, setting us up for book 2, Clockwiser. I really enjoyed this book and I thought Elle wrote with originality and fun. No vampires, werewolves or faeries in sight, just the magic of time travel. And a boy and a girl who try to find even ground amongst the inconvenience and spontaneity of time travel.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
The moment I found out that Clockwise was about time travel I was hooked. By the time I read what the novel was really about I was intrigued! It’s time travel in a way that (up until reading the novel) is rarely written. Where in most novels, characters are sent into the future and see the events that will make or break their lives because in Clockwise main character Casey Donovan gets sent from our time all the way into the past. To the eighteen hundreds to be exact. When the novel started, it opened with a strong prologue that I fell deeply in love with (not to mention that it introduces us to the hot male lead Nate). After Casey ends up travelling right after catching Nate’s football, I have to admit that I was getting a bit antsy. I was impatient and wanted to get to the good, romantic stuff… ASAP. But, good things come to those who wait and after Casey and Lucinda go to the dance… Casey finally travels through time with Nate. During her first travel with him, I’ll admit he was a total jerk. Luckily for him he was stuck in the past with Casey who I have to say is a really resourceful character, which is a positive quality that is rarely seen in characters in YA. But despite Casey being considerably strong, she’s still a teenage girl and like all teenage girls she faces teenage problems, including romance, fitting in and drama. Lots and lots of drama. With me bringing up the topic of drama, I feel that I should tell you that readers will hate (and I mean that in a good way!) the “present day” antagonist, Jessica, who is the cliché popular girl with something that Casey wants—Nate. With each leap through time, I was falling deeper and deeper into author Elle Strauss’s writing. Not only was it at times playful, but at others it was also very deep and meaningful. Something that I personally enjoyed was that throughout Casey’s travel through time, Strauss managed to incorporate the seriousness of slavery and segregation that took place in each time period. One thing that I absolutely must (and I really do mean must, I vowed to include it in this review) is the character Robert. I despise him and throughout my readings of Clockwise I found him to be the bane of my existence while reading (that is a very good thing, if I may add). Everything about him was just creepy. Not only was he old enough to be my Dad, but he also had a major slight obsession with Casey, or should I say “Darling, Cassandra”? Especially when he expressed that he wanted a lot more from Casey than hand kissing and carriage rides… *shivers* he’s such a well written villain that I knew he would have more major scenes as the story progressed. I would recommend this to fans of time travelling and to people who want a heartwarming romance as well as a story with a plot that will leave you wanted more! All in all, a novel well worth reading and one that I won’t soon forget. I cannot wait to dive into the second installment, Clockwiser!