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. http://leestraussbooks.dreamhosters.com
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
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.