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April 23, 2012

Blog Tour: Clockwise by Elle Strauss – Excerpt With Special Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by the blog for my Tour Stop for
Clockwise by Elle Strauss 
hosted by ATomR Book Blog Tours.
 
At my stop, you’ll find our thoughts on the book, an excerpt from Clockwise,
and a Special Giveaway!  Details can be found at the end of the post.
 

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 couldn’t find a book trailer, so here’s a song!

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The moment I found out that Clockwise was about time travel I was hooked. By the time I read what the novel was really about I was intrigued! It’s time travel in a way that (up until reading the novel) is rarely written. Where in most novels, characters are sent into the future and see the events that will make or break their lives because in Clockwise main character Casey Donovan gets sent from our time all the way into the past. To the eighteen hundreds to be exact. When the novel started, it opened with a strong prologue that I fell deeply in love with (not to mention that it introduces us to the hot male lead Nate). After Casey ends up travelling right after catching Nate’s football, I have to admit that I was getting a bit antsy.

I was impatient and wanted to get to the good, romantic stuff… ASAP. But, good things come to those who wait and after Casey and Lucinda go to the dance… Casey finally travels through time with Nate. During her first travel with him, I’ll admit he was a total jerk. Luckily for him he was stuck in the past with Casey who I have to say is a really resourceful character, which is a positive quality that is rarely seen in characters in YA.  But despite Casey being considerably strong, she’s still a teenage girl and like all teenage girls she faces teenage problems, including romance, fitting in and drama. Lots and lots of drama. With me bringing up the topic of drama, I feel that I should tell you that readers will hate (and I mean that in a good way!) the “present day” antagonist, Jessica, who is the cliché popular girl with something that Casey wants—Nate.

With each leap through time, I was falling deeper and deeper into author Elle Strauss’s writing. Not only was it at times playful, but at others it was also very deep and meaningful. Something that I personally enjoyed was that throughout Casey’s travel through time, Strauss managed to incorporate the seriousness of slavery and segregation that took place in each time period. One thing that I absolutely must (and I really do mean must, I vowed to include it in this review) is the character Robert.  I despise him and throughout my readings of Clockwise I found him to be the bane of my existence while reading (that is a very good thing, if I may add). Everything about him was just creepy. Not only was he old enough to be my Dad, but he also had a major slight obsession with Casey, or should I say “Darling, Cassandra”?  Especially when he expressed that he wanted a lot more from Casey than hand kissing and carriage rides… *shivers* he’s such a well written villain that I knew he would have more major scenes as the story progressed.

I would recommend this to fans of time travelling and to people who want a heartwarming romance as well as a story with a plot that will leave you wanted more! All in all, a novel well worth reading and one that I won’t soon forget.  I cannot wait to dive into the second installment, Clockwiser!

EXCERPT:

Casey’s first conversation with Nate after she caught the wayward football.

Gingerly, I raised my head. Sauntering across the field, with all his hunky hotness, was the cutest boy in the school, the most valuable senior varsity football player of Cambridge High, and the love of my life. He stopped right in front of me.

“Good catch.” His rugged and manly voice lassoed me. He’d said, good catch. I couldn’t move or take my eyes off his face. The way the sun glistened off his sweat, emphasizing his strong jaw and the brightness of his blue eyes, brighter still because of the contrast of his dark, shaggy hair…

“So, can I have my ball back?”

My hands gripped his football with sticky sweat. The ticker tape in my brain searched for the right response before flashing ERROR in red neon twelve-point font.

“Casey?” Lucinda nudged my back. With a slight swivel of my head I saw her expression. Mortification. Give the dumb ball back! Did I just have an aneurysm? I felt woozy, like throwing up. I imagined myself vomiting all over Nate’s feet.

Every blog participating in this tour is giving away a different e-book from a variety of different authors in Elle’s writing group! So be sure to stop by all the blogs for multiple chances to win!  Not only that, but there is also the Grand Prize… a chance to win all the titles PLUS the sequel to Clockwise, CLOCKWISER!

A list of participating blogs participating can be found HERE!

At my stop, enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of:

Worlds divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

An alien princess exiled to Earth.
An arrogant boy.
One week to get back to her planet or she’ll die.
And, her only chance for survival? She must help the boy find his soul mate.
Piece of cake!

Stubborn, sixteen-year-old Princess Venus of Kelari wants one thing, to become immortal, that is, until someone exiles her to Earth, kills her irrihunter and takes her family.

Now she wants revenge.

First she’s got to get home. But before she can return to Kelari, the Gods have commanded her to help an arrogant boy named Michael find his soul mate.

Only she doesn’t know the first thing about love.

Rather quickly, her inexperience with human emotion is obscured by other matters–alien-controlled psychotic teens that are out to kill her, and a government group that is set on capturing and dissecting her.

Worst of all, Venus will suffer a painful death-by-poisoning, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, if she remains on the planet longer than one week.

Still, Venus is a Princess and she’s got a plan. Surely, with her help, Michael will fall in love with a human.

But time is running out and Michael is falling for the wrong girl–her.


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23 Comments

  1. Lauren
    4/23/2012

    I think I would travel back to the victorian era.
    Lauren

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  2. Kelly
    4/23/2012

    I would like to go back to victorian era as long as I could come back because I am spoiled and like technology and airconditioning.

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  3. Lisa Richards
    4/23/2012

    The early 1900’s in rural NC. I’d love to get to know more about my ancestors.

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  4. I would love to travel back to either the Renaissance or sometime in Tudor England!

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  5. Gaby
    4/23/2012

    I’d travel to the middle ages, I love reading about it so I like to see it first hand

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  6. sarah elizabeth
    4/23/2012

    I’d go back and NOT bid on some things I got ripped off on on ebay!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Oh no Sara! That’s aweful :(

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  7. Bridget Howard
    4/23/2012

    I would travel back to the 1800 hundreds in london because I love reading about all the books set in that time I want to know if it would be as beautiful as I imagine in my head!!!

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  8. tathy
    4/23/2012

    omg omg omg i so want clockwise i read the titel and i was like i need it

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  9. tathy
    4/23/2012

    id travel to when i was a little younger and get mysefl to read more books because i think its important to read but also because there are so many book i have to read and i am late on some of them for instince the hunger games i havent read does yet so i need to get started on them after i finish the lying game series

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  10. Dana C.
    4/23/2012

    I would love to see Medieval Europe!

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  11. Sarah Bibi Setar
    4/23/2012

    After reading Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren, I know I’d love to visit medieval Italy:)

    Sarah

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  12. Naomi H
    4/23/2012

    Well, going back a couple hundred years, English had yet to set sail for here in Australia, so I would have to say I would like to be in England before that happened. To be there when word came back that they found more land that hadn’t been found before would’ve been cool. I would hope to get on a fleet to head over at some stage. Of course I would want to be rich in that era, and wear beautiful dresses, have good servants, cooks etc, Hot Husband, Perfect Children! We can all dream can’t we!! Lol!!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Love the answer Naomi! lol

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  13. bn100
    4/24/2012

    1800s London because I like the fashion and the history.

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  14. wendy
    4/24/2012

    I want to go back to the Wild Wild West. Hard working folks who (hopefully) don’t take much for granted!

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  15. Maggie K.
    4/24/2012

    It would have to be Victorian Era or Renaissance.

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  16. passant
    4/24/2012

    thanks for this awesome giveaway!!
    if i could go back in time i would go back to when i was around 10 yrs old and make myself read all the books that i just knew about existed ages ago and i had absolutely no idea about at the time!!

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  17. jennrenee
    4/25/2012

    Deep south mid 1800’s. I really want to live in a plantation house wiht a four poster bed and wear a hoop skirt dress. just for a day though.

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  18. Rachel Vessar
    4/28/2012

    I would travel to medieval times. I would like to see castles and knights. Those are the times of legends and it would be great to visit it.

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  19. Devon Ashley
    4/29/2012

    I’d totally go back to hand with Jane Austen. :)

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  20. Amanda Morganne
    4/29/2012

    If I could travel back in time I would go back to when Queen Elizabeth 1 ruled England to see if she really is as awesome as I think she is.

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  21. I would love to travel back to colonial times in the US! It would be awesome to get to see the Civil War and how it shaped the future that we live in today!

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