- File Size: 5837 KB
- Print Length: 285 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: La Plume Press (October 16, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 16, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005WOFX4M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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CLOCKWISE: A Young Adult Time Travel Romance (The Clockwise Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 6 in The Clockwise Series
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"Iloved Clockwise! A great read, and I love your Casey/Cassandra.Congratulations."- Wendy Orr, author of Nim's Island
"Clockwise was a fun, lighthearted read with a great mixture of fantasy, history andromance. ..." Book Junkie at Fuzzy.Coffee.Books.
"Clockwise was a fantastic, new look into the life ofan extraordinary teenage girl. I was left thinking about this book fordays afterward. A definite must read for YA romance seekers." Sonny atLiterary Junkie
"Ifyou are looking for a fast, enjoyable, page-turner...Clockwise isyour book." Mandy at Twimom101
"Clockwise wasa fun, lighthearted read with a great mixture of fantasy, history andromance. ... It's easy to get swept away in the story where thehistorical facts, personable characters and excellent plotline allcome together." Book Junkie at Fuzzy.Coffee.Books.
"Clockwise keptme on the edge of my seat for the entire read! The plot is prettyfast-paced, and the romantic tension had me excited the whole waythrough." Jessica @ Write. Skate. Dream.
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The big reveal at the end wasn't really a surprise, but it was a reasonably good way to tie the story together.
My main problem with the story had to do with a minor part of it. At the beginning of the story, Casey's parents have separated as a result of what she downplays as her father's "indiscretion with a co-worker." Throughout the book Casey repeatedly nudges her mother towards reconciliation. This was understandable from her point of view, but became annoying after awhile. References to this situation were spread at long intervals throughout the book.
Other than that, it was a fairly good read. Casey did start getting a little annoying in her attempts to dis-cipher every look and word from her crush as the book wrapped up, but that's not an unbelievable way for a teenager to act. The book's ending was not a cliff-hanger, which I appreciated.
Though I did not agree with or enjoy every part of the book, I had a pretty good time for the most part. It's not exactly a page-turner, but I didn't have any difficulty finishing it. I would be open to reading other books in the series, especially since I expect the parent's marriage will not be an issue in future books.
Generally, I am a sucker for time-travel romances. This was the major reason for acquiring this book. I overlooked the fact that this was classified as a Young Adult book. As a rule, I generally steer well clear of this genre as they generally try my intelligence. To my chagrin, this book fits the bill completely. I don’t really know if my critique is directed at the author, her cheesy use of words and phrases, the immature storyline, or the slightly condescending tone of the work in general. With not even a hint of hedonistic pleasures to break-up the monotonousness of the dialog, the reader is offered few handholds to keep from drowning in a sea of juvenile drivel.
I was once (long ago) a young adult. Thankfully this genre wasn’t developed. I graduated from children’s stories right into adult reading, without missing a beat. I am a tenacious bibliophile and refuse to be bested by a book. When finishing this book, I felt that I had accomplished something……and run over a bus. (NOTE TO SELF….AVOID ALL BOOKS IN THE YA GENRE IN THE FUTURE….It's NOT WORTH THE HELPLESS FRUSTRATION THEY ENTAIL. *
Clockwise is the story of Casey Donovan, a high schooler who has the ability to time travel. The downside is that she can’t control it, so it happens whenever it wants to. This little disclaimer is the whole premise for the novel, setting our events in motion.
Narrated in first person, Clockwise is very easy to follow with an age-appropriate narration from Casey. Her trips to the past all involve interesting insights as to how it might have been back in the day, showing the difference in societal behavior between then and now. Strauss’ concept for Casey’s time-traveling is actually quite interesting on the surface, as long as you don’t try to dissect and question the principle. The whole story flows well, weaving back and forth between her trips and present-day struggles, and they all get wrapped up nicely at the end with a bit of a surprise touch.
A straightforward storyline with moderate pacing that flows by quickly, Clockwise is definitely a book that beckons to teenagers and to those who would like to revisit their teenage years.
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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?
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.
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!!
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
The book was very enjoyable & have ended up purchasing two more in the series. Have just finished the second (also very good)
Have share the book with my 15 year old daughter who also loves it.
The book is well written with a great story.