Review: Clockwise

Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)Clockwise by Elle Strauss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.
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 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

To be honest, the blurb for this book that is on GoodReads and other platforms practically gives the whole story away. There isn’t much left to be discovered when reading it. For this reason, I felt a bit let down by the story in general. There are a few bits that you wouldn’t expect but the majority is already listed.
I like the idea of a time travelling character, that was what drew me to the story in the first place. I also liked the fact that the character could take other people back with her, either on purpose or by accident.
I appreciate that the author would have had to have done some research in order to write the story due to having to cover different time periods. That was obvious in the story, everything seemed to be well planned and thought out.
I felt that the main character was very cliched amongst these type of YA stories. A not-very-popular girl, with lots of quirkiness (and I love quirkiness), has a crush on the most popular boy in school. So many other stories have this similar theme or start to them I am beginning to get a bit tired of it.
A solid 3/5 for me, but I’m not sure whether I will bother reading the other books in the series.

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Currently Reading – 17th July 2017

Having recently cleared out my "Currently Reading" pile, I tried very hard to keep it to one or two books at a time. I failed big time. Now I am currently reading six books. Five of those are eBooks and one is a paperback. Five of those are brand new reads and the sixth is a re-read. I thought I'd share what I am hoping to finish and review over the coming weeks.

The Re-Read

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling

I hadn't planned on re-reading this just yet but my daughter asked me to read it at bedtime having finished The Chamber of Secrets a month or so earlier. Hence, my journey towards Harry meeting Sirius for the first time begins all over again. As well as the only re-read on my list at the moment, this is also the only paperback.

 

The New Reads

All of these reads were offered free on iBooks, therefore I downloaded them and decided to start them all at the same time.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This one is off to an interesting start that's for sure. I bought this based on Facebook book group chatter alone, I'd heard it discussed multiple times so decided to start it.

 

 

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Clockwise by Elle Strauss

This is a complete blind buy. Decided to try something I hadn't read before, and this fit the bill perfectly. Time Travel. We are off to a good start.

 

 

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Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Sinful Cinderella was chosen because I have an interest in retellings or reimaginings of Fairytales. I'm pleased with what I have read so far.

 

 

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Memory Man by David Baldacci

I've heard good things about Baldacci's books but never gotten around to reading any of them. This is my first, and also, coincidentally, the one I have read the most of so far from this list. I'm loving the main character, Amos.

 

 

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Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

Again with this one, I had heard people mention it in book groups so when I saw it was the "book of the week" on iBooks, and they were offering it for free, I decided to purchase it. I like this one so far, and when I planned to read two chapters of each I actually ended up reading four of Lie with Me.

Once I've finished reading them, reviews will be posted here on my blog so stay tuned. If you want to see my progress, check out my Goodreads page.