Book Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss

ClockwiseTitle: Clockwise

Author: Elle Strauss

Publisher: ESB Publishing

Release Date: November 21, 2011

Series: Clockwise #1

Book Summary: 

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 didn’t really know what to expect when I started this series… I was having so much fun reading it that I continued on and read the whole series! Casey is a time traveler who travels back to the 1860’s – slavery is a big issue and things are gearing up for the Civil War. I thought the author did a great job of writing the history into the story!

Normally Casey only has 1 or 2 “trips” (her term for when she takes off to travel in time… she can’t predict when this will happen and can’t stop it from happening) per year, but with the stress of her parents being separated plus the stress of suddenly receiving some attention from the most popular kid in school – who she also happens to have a crush on – her “trips” are becoming more frequent!

On a dare, Nate asks Casey to dance and while they are dancing she “trips.”  Because they are touching skin-to-skin, Nate comes with her… and gets to see a side of Casey he has never seen before. A side of her, it turns out, that he really admires and respects. After several days posing as brother and sister in 1860, they come back to the current year… right on the dance floor as if they never left.

When they come back, Nate acts as if nothing has changed while he tries to process that, in fact, everything has changed! For one, he is seriously drifting from his high-drama girlfriend…

Just when Casey thinks things can’t get worse (than being a time-traveling freak being ignored by the big jerk who she accidentally brought back in time with her… and who she also happens to have a crush on), she runs into Nate at the mall and while they are touching she goes back to 1860 again… taking him with her again!

I love the Watson family, the family that accepts Casey on their farm in the 1850’s even though she keeps suddenly disappearing and re-appearing. I also love Samuel, who appears to be a runaway slave from the south, but who in fact is so much more than that!
Rating: 5 stars
Content: (Been a while since I’ve read it, but I remember it being really clean)




  1. This sounds like a great story! Nice review!

  2. I love time travel!

  3. This sounds like a fun novel! I love when time travel is in the equation, it makes things so much more… hmm… shall I say fragile? Changing the past will change the future, sort of thing.