I regularly look for books like this because, even though I'm in my 30's, I find that I enjoy this reading level and i love time travel stories so I thought this was fantastic. Casey is witty, sarcastic, independent and also on the fringes like I was at school. This story has action, adventure and a bit of romance and I enjoyed the twist at the end. I am now going to start reading the sequel because I bought the box set of the series! Clever me, I saved myself £4! I highly recommend this book.
If you enjoy reading young adult fiction you'll love Clockwise. I found it to be a fun, light-hearted, fresh book to read.
Casey is your typical average teenage girl - apart from the fact that at random moments, and with little warning, she suddenly time travels back to 1861. She's developed a strategy for coping with this, but then one day she accidentally ends up taking Nate, her crush, back with her.
Elle Strauss takes us perfectly into Casey's teenage world of angst about hairdos, clothes and boys. But it's not all light fluff as she covers slavery and the coming Civil War in 1861, as well as racial tension at a later point.
I did find the book a little slow to get into at first, but I'm so glad that I didn't give up. I couldn't put it down after that. It's good clean fun for all who are young at heart. I've now added the rest of the series to my wish list.
Casey isn't a normal teenager. She travels in time and if she's in contact with anyone when it happens they get pulled in. When Casey finds herself in the past with the guy she's been watching all year from afar she finds herself having to explain more than she expected. How do you convince a teenage boy that time travel is real and you're now in the 1800s? Casey finds herself drawn closer to Nate but knows it'll only end with her heart being broken. Can she get them safely back to the present day?
Although it took me a couple of chapters to get fully into 'clockwise', once I had, I really enjoyed finding out about Casey and her exciting double life. Casey herself was a great, interesting character whose sense of humour and bravery really made her stand out. Sometimes her lack of confidence in her looks annoyed me but I guess it just makes her a more realistic teenage girl. I loved her relationship with Nate throughout the book and all in all I think he took the whole traveling thing rather well! The constant crossing over through time, back to the time of the civil war was written really well, with it all linking together nicely, and I enjoyed finding out about both times. The character of Samuel, although I didn't feel for him at first, really got going and I loved Casey's little side trip and the twist which I didn't see coming. What the twist was, you'll have to read to find out! The only reason that I gave the book only four stars was the fact that I felt some parts were a little rushed over, especially at the beginning and the end, and Casey's complete acceptance of time travel seemed a bit unlikely. However, these minor things did not detract from my enjoyment of the book and maybe they will all be resolved in the next book in the series. A great, light, fun read which I strongly recommend to any teenager who likes history and romance; it is an amazing book to get for free!!
This book came to me free as it was first in a series. At first I wasn't sure if i could bond with the character enough to finish the book but so glad i continued reading beyond the first chapter! This story was so great I couldn't put it down and i will definetely be buying the rest in the series. Well thought out and original concept. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Super. Can't wait to start the next book
When I read the decription for this book I thought great - it has a bit of sci fi, and a period setting. However I was slightly disappointed. I know this book is aimed for young adults and so, as always, has a romantic interest. I did think that the book focused too much on the romantic interest, when there was potential for so much more. All the ideas were there - the time travel, they'd even thought about the issues that came with it - being in the wrong clothes and so on. However, there wasn't enough substance in the book for me, which left me a little disappointed. It was still a good read though, easy going and entertaining, which is why I've given it 3 stars
'Clockwise' by Elle Strauss is a fun, fresh read. Featuring an awkward teenage girl who accidentally time travels, the novel follows her adventures as she struggles to cope with both the past and the present -- and drags her crush along with her! The narrator's voice is sharp and witty, and you can't help identifying with her insecurities. A fantastic read for anyone -- adolescent or adult.
An average romance story which a bit too predictable for my liking, and not exciting enough. I expected more out of the time travelling element of this book, but it does not really add to the story. Not enough historical context to be interesting for me.