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Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)


Written by: Elle Strauss
Pages: 290
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 picked up this YA e-book from Amazon for free this summer. The plot centers around a girl who slips through time. She always returns to the present day within seconds of the slip, however time passes in pre-Civil War New England when she is not there.  This allows for people in the modern-day to not notice what she does, however the physical toll is hard on her.

She doesn’t know why this happens, however it seems to happen more than ever when she is around the BMOC, Nate. Even more interesting is that she can take someone with her if they are touching one another. Imagine Nate’s surprise to suddenly find himself transported through time!

The book read quickly and was quite enjoyable. Given the chance, I would read more so I can find out what happens next for young Casey. Without giving anything away, she discovers a few things towards the end of this novel that sheds some light on her special gift.

The historical aspect is also enjoyable, as long as you don’t consider it a real glimpse at history or an in-depth study. More, history is used as an interesting backdrop as opposed to a serious inspection.

My recommendation is that if you enjoy lighter reading and/or Young Adult novels, this book might just prove enjoyable to you.

–Lady O