Narrator: Andrea Emmes
Series: The Clockwise Collection #1
on 30 March 2016
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Narrator, Submitted
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.
It's the eve of the American Civil War, and protocol pressures Casey to tell their hosts that Nate is her brother. No one is more surprised than she is when they are forced to share a one-room workers' cabin. Super awkward. Nate's slow to accept their new reality, but when he does he realizes he needs Casey to get back. His nearness is intoxicating to Casey, but she keeps her cool by hanging a privacy blanket and staying aloof. Knowing Nate has an evil girlfriend waiting for him at home helps.
Over time Casey gains the attention of a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, and something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks, or is it just protectiveness?
When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom rung of their school's social ladder and Nate perched high on the very 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....
The Clockwise Collection is light science-fiction (historical) time travel with a nice splash of young adult romance!
©2011 Loralee Strauss (Elle Strauss) (P)2016 Loralee Strauss (Elle Strauss)
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Clockwise by Elle Strauss is first novel in a young adult time travel series called The Clockwise Collection. Casey Donovan is a underclassman high schooler and she’s an awkward girl outside of the “in” crowd. But she’s also got a unique problem. She’s a time traveler. She jumps back to the 1800s with little warning and with no control, but she returns back to her own time at the exact same spot and moment that she left. This makes it easy to not confide her time traveling to anyone. Unless she is touching someone when she travels, bringing them with her! When she accidentally takes the cutest boy in school back in time, she must figure out how to make him fit into the past as well as convince him that this isn’t some joke!
Clockwise is a light time traveling novel. Casey Donovan is a typically insecure high school girl with all the associated hang-ups about their appearance and trying to fit in. Despite these regular issues, she is almost a different person when she travels into the past due to her need to survive. I struggled with her behavior and actions sometimes, but they were appropriate for her age, and hopefully, as she gains wisdom in other books, the readers will see her grow into a strong woman, able to have self-confidence without the need for a love interest. I liked that the story of time traveling was well thought out, if a little simple, and that the time traveling adventures were interesting beyond just trying to survive in the 1800s. I also liked that Casey’s family life (trouble with sibling, separated parents) and high school drama (friendships, bullying) were also diverse, if not deeply explored. The end brings the story together sweetly and neatly.
The narration by Andrea Emmes was really well done. She gave good voicing and tone to all the characters, making them come alive and unique. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to any young adult women who love time travel and the past.
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