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.
It's the eve of the American Civil War, and protocol pressures Casey to tell their hosts that Nate is her brother. No one is more surprised than she is when they are forced to share a one-room workers' cabin. Super awkward. Nate's slow to accept their new reality, but when he does he realizes he needs Casey to get back. His nearness is intoxicating to Casey, but she keeps her cool by hanging a privacy blanket and staying aloof. Knowing Nate has an evil girlfriend waiting for him at home helps.
Over time Casey gains the attention of a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, and something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks, or is it just protectiveness?
When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom rung of their school's social ladder and Nate perched high on the very 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....
The Clockwise Collection is light science-fiction (historical) time travel with a nice splash of young adult romance!
©2011 Loralee Strauss (Elle Strauss) (P)2016 Loralee Strauss (Elle Strauss)
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
Okay, spoilers follow.
This is a YA, which will defo entertain any age. It's such a fun and enjoyable listen.
Casey is a very normal kid in the fact she's not gorgeous and she's smart, with nobly knees and fly away hair. I think half the teenagers around will be able to identify with her. She's 15 approaching 16 and her parents are separated.
But her life is far from normal as she time travels, well not totally sure if it's in as physical a sense as she thinks. But time her end doesn't move, and she jumps back to the 1860's.
Her biggest issue is not only doing that, and knowing when she can travel back home, but that with skin to skin contact she can take someone else or other objects with her.
This is a bad thing she's taken her best friend there when they were 10, and now at 15 she takes her high school crush, Nate.
This is an adorable journey for them both because Nate can't believe what's happening and can't believe that Casey (a girl) knows how to kill and cook a wild animal.
There's so much fun in here, yet, there are also some very serious undertones, on slavery and the governments from the 1860's 1960's and of course present day inter-relationships.
What Andrea brings to the table is a wonderful young and excitable voice, she does both Casey and Nate's voices with great skill. Then of course add in Samual, and the other members of the Watson family and she's perfect.
I have to admit, when Samual kept disappearing just like Casey does, I was suspect. And Casey kept saying there was a reason she kept going back to the 1860's... of course there was, she and Nate needed to save Samual from being killed by Robert. uggh what a horrid horrid man. I also know he was going to be the worst kind of human being.
Sarah and the Watsons' got a lucky escape in her not having to marry that awful man either. Maybe Casey was supposed to stop her marrying that awful man to.
I have learned this is a series of books! Squeee..... my inner 16 year old is very happy now, and I can't wait to listen to more of Andrea's narration within this Time Traveling world.
A match that was made for each other, I will keep looking for more in this series. Thank yo both for the very entertaining few days while at work. Just loved it. :)
"A fun alternative to reading the story!"
Listening to the audio version over the past few days has been a lot of fun! I have already read the entire series and completely loved it. I hope that the rest of the books will soon be available for audio!
"Fun story, Perfect Narration"
I adored how the narrator embodied everything the author said about the main character, Casey. Casey is supposed to be tall and slightly awkward and the narrator nailed it. She had a tomboy edge to her voice somehow. It worked perfectly. I can't imagine a better voice for this story.
Casey was defiantly my favorite. She isn't your typical heroine. She has spunk,is unsure of herself, is tall and awkward, but she is feels real and is fiercely loyal. She is someone I'd want for a friend, even if she did randomly catapult me back in time.
Again, Casey. Her voice was exactly right for uncertain but brave Casey.
I had several moments that moved me. I don't want to say to much... (Spoilers!) so I'll keep it vague but I loved the part when Nate first goes back in time. His reaction was priceless and the ending was a perfect twist.
Clockwise is the story of Casey, who seems like an ordinary girl, except that she randomly travels back in time. This makes life, interesting. Interesting almost turns into disastrous when Casey accidentally brings the boy she has a crush on back in time with her. It is a fun story and I'd say it's geared for younger teens but I'm completely grown up and I enjoyed it. The blend of history and time travel paired with Casey's personal growth made it pleasant entertainment.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for my review.
"Fun YA adventure with colorful cast of characters"
Yes, I'd recommend this to ya scifi and fantasy fans, who don't mind romance and time travel elements.
Timeglasses series by Chess Desalls- ya time travel adventure romance
Youthful, Vibrant, Reliable
More believable timeline, less wishy-washyness
I loved the idea of this story and it may be one of those rare cases where the written version might outshine the audio. At times the narrator was a bit flat and forgetful of which character's voice to use, but overall she was a great choice.
"Love this story!"
This one of the best time travel stories I've read/listened to. I loved all the characters, and the way the story developed. It's funny, emotional, endearing. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.
Great narration really brought the characters to life and added dimension to them and to the story. I will definitely read/listen to more by both this narrator and author.
The best one yet!
Pleasant and soothing and gives so much life to the book that it's like she's sitting right there talking to me like a good friend.
"Tween Time Traveling Romance"
The narrator does an outstanding job with her character portrayals. Her voice is excellent for this book/series and kept me engaged and entertained.
Stephen King's 11/22/63. It isn't fair to compare Clockwise to King's 11/22/63, but it's the best I could do. Can Clockwise and 11/22/63 really be compared to each other? The answer is no. Clockwise is for tweens. I prefer stories with a lot more complexity in character development and story line, and way longer in length.
My favorite scene is when Nate realizes that Casey is anything, but quiet, boring, and uninspired when she showcases her excellent survival skills. This girl is awesome with serious survival skills. She kills her dinner with a slingshot.
The family reunion at the end.
I received this free per agreement to review. I recommend this for tweens, more so then teens, and not at all for young adults because of the themes that are explored in the novel. The characters are one dimensional and the plot is predictable. I won't go into detail because I don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it. The story is about Casey, a high school student, who can't control her "trips" to the past. I found the story to be too juvenile for me because I like complex stories and characters. I found it odd that she could go back to the farm and no one ever really questioned her long absences, and excepted her lies to easily.So, if you are looking for something that is light and fun, this is the book for you. I listened to this with my 11 year old niece, and she loved it! I didn't find it offensive- -it is free of profanity, and it did not discuss themes of sex, drugs, suicide, vampires, werewolves, etc. She wants to here the rest of the series. I found it to be too predictable, and the high school theme of popular girl vs nerdy girl, jock with popular girl, then falls for nerdy girl, nerdy girl's best friend is jealous, etc., is a tired theme for me. It is a funny, fast paced read and the narrator kept me interested. This will be popular with tweens.
I loved Casey! She is funny, intelligent, and quick on her feet. She time travels back to 1860 and has no control over when she goes. She has a crush on a cute boy named Nate and accidentally takes him with her. She's continuously coming up with stories to explain her unexpected presence there, but when she returns to the present time period, no time has elapsed.
I enjoyed her scenes with Nate! He's obviously confused at first about where they are and thinks his friends have played an elaborate joke on him. As he comes to terms with what's happening, he starts to see Casey differently than he has before. Things get awkward between them when they return to the present, as he processes what happened. I liked how their relationship progressed.
Yes, I enjoyed everything about it. I thought the narrator did a fabulous job! I enjoyed getting to know Casey, Nate, and Samuel. I loved the ending and am looking forward to reading/listening to more!
"Time travel story that you just can't put down!"
I love smart young adult novels that involve more than mere hormones and yearnings. That is exactly what I got with Clockwise by Elle Strauss. The story centers around Casey who appears to be just a regular high school student who is crushing on the popular football star from afar. We know from the start that Casey's kind of a brainiac who has one best friend who knows everything about her, including the fact that she time travels.
Clockwise reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger because our heroine, Casey, has no control over when she travels back in time or how long she stays there. What's different from The Time Traveler's Wife is Casey always travels back to 1860 in the exact same location as she is in the present. She also returns from the past at exactly the same moment as when she left (except for dark circles under her eyes).
Clockwise is one of those stories that improves the longer you listen to it- it's smart, intelligent, and adventurous. When Casey's in the present though, the story is just so-so, but once she travels back in time, the story really picks up. Clockwise addresses both the war between the States, and the civil rights movement in the early 1960's. (Admittedly, I had a hard time getting into Outlander by Diana Gabaldon too until after the 3rd chapter).
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Andrea Emmes. She did a wonderful job narrating this book, providing distinct and consistent voices for all characters. Her narration really contributed to my satisfaction of the story. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys time travel novels, even if I were not provided a copy of this audio by the author in exchange for my honest review. The ending is simply amazing! It comes full circle, fitting several pieces from the past together, to one perfect conclusion. Bravo!
"I love the clockwise series"
Exciting, romantic, intense
That moment when Nate decided to purposely touch Casey "skin to skin" at the mall.
No, but as soon as I heard her doing Casey I immediately imagined her being more like anne hathaway's portrayal of Mia on the Princess Diaries. It was so cool the way she brought Casey to life.
Time travel, romance, and suspense what more could you ask for?
The Clockwise series is absolutely a favorite of mine. It has everything, romance, mystery, and keeps you hooked. I would love to see this book as a movie. Strauss paid such attention to detail, historical and otherwise. This is a series I will read multiple times and its even better to listen to it!
"Enjoyable & well-performed story"
The most enjoyable part of listening to the story was being able to listen to it while doing manual labor, or when I was too tired to lift a book.
I loved the characters & the time travel disconcerting adventures they found themselves in, as they tried to survive in unfamiliar territory. Their reactions were genuine.
Smoothly done. Good vocal characterizations, making each character different from one another, both male & female characters.
Yes, but couldn't. Managed to complete it in 4 days.
I read the book sometime ago, before getting the audiobook. It was great being able to listen to it and remember why I got it in the first place.
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