Reviews: Clockwise By Elle strauss


About The Author

Lee Strauss is the author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series (Mystery Sci-fi Romantic Suspense), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), The Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), and young adult historical fiction. She is the married mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she’s not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and practice yoga. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag :0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.She also writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Strauss.



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.


My Rating : 4/5

4 star

Clockwise was a fun and light read with a fairytale ending. It was sort of like a short summer read, the ones that makes you kind of happy and light hearted. Strauss’s take on time travel was interesting- you go back in time but travel back to the same moment.

(By the way,I love the cover)

The story flowed smoothly. I loved how Strauss explored each character, rather than focusing just on time travel. It was nice to know that Casey had other things/ problems in her life other than time travel. Many little things like this made the story more real.

I thought it was real cool who Samuel really was. I liked reading about Casey’s and Nate’s travel to the past, the lies they make up, problems they had to encounter. Strauss showed the 1860’s really well. Casey was a good MC- smart, brave, takes no nonsense but at the same time made mistakes and acted silly. The characters were relatable.

But as I said, clockwise was a very light read. I felt it had more room for expansion.

Anyway, I loved clockwise and would recommend it to anyone who wants a fun fairytale  twist on time travel that makes you happy.


Fun Fridays: Quotes from Insanity I loved!

funEvery Friday, I will post um… quotes, maybe a book to movie adaptation review, a post I liked or something fun!

So I recently read Insanity by Cameron Jace which I absolutely loved. Insanity has become a new favourite. Here are some quotes I loved.

Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) (Insanity #1)

“Questions are the lazy man’s way to try to learn, when the only way to learn is not to ask.” “Then what is the only way to learn?” “To live, of course,”

“There are two ways to live our lives, Alice. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. I like the ‘everything’ part.”

“The world is too sane. It could use a little madness.”

“if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there,”

“One of the privileges of not knowing who you are is that you can pretend to be anyone you like.”

“Living among the sane is insane.”

“A strong and brave heart isn’t enough. A true heart, no matter how much the truth hurts, is the strongest of all.”

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

“In my opinion, no one can save the world… we can save the ones we care about, the ones nearby, if we’re lucky enough to be able to save them in the first place.”

“You know who mad people really are, Alice?” the Pillar speaks with his pipe between his lips. “Just lazy people who took the easier way out in life.”

“What’s life but a big silly book?”

Seriously, its a great book. Just amazing!

Waiting On Wednesday: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Waiting (1)Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.


My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is coming out on September 1st 2015.

Everything,Everything has an interesting plot. The kind which I’m sure I will love.The MC also sounds like the type I would like. So fingers crossed for this one.

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