Sunday, 25 March 2012

Clockwise by Elle Strauss (Review) AND Clockwiser by Elle Strauss (ARC Review)

Genre: Science Fiction/ Romance
Number of Pages: 290
For ages 12+

*This book was given to me for a completely honest review.*

"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." -Goodreads 

I loved, loved, LOVED this book! It had the feel of contemporary but with a twist, and of course, ROMANCE. I love contemporary romance, but contemporary romance with a twist is even BETTER.

While reading this book, I immediately realized that the description of Casey was exactly like me. Curly unmanageable hair, super tall, and big feet. Yep, that's me! I could definitely relate to Casey and her troubles with her hair. Trust me, I feel her pain.

Casey is just a normal girl who of course can't be normal in any sense considering she could time travel at any moment in time. Pretty complicated life, huh? And only one person know she time travels, her best friend. I loved Casey and her personality. I also loved that she was like any normal girl in the fact that she fawned over the hot popular guy, Nate. Who, may I say, is SUPER AWESOME. 

When Casey travels if she is touching anything at all it will travel back with her. And when she travels it's usually because she's super stressed or super nervous. So when Nate Mackenzie asks her to dance at their school dance, well you know what happens next. They find themselves in the 1800's! 

The chemistry between Casey and Nate is fantabulouuusss! You would think he would be some stereotypical stuck up jock but he is the complete opposite when he warms up to Casey. Casey has to make up an excuse for Nate and her being together alone without a chaperone because it would be socially unacceptable. So they become siblings! Which gets a tad difficult when the sparks start to fly between them. I did get that little happy feeling inside when Nate would get jealous over the guys who sweet talked Casey. The romance was super perfect and I loved every moment of it. 

The time traveling aspect wasn't too heavy that you felt like you were getting a boring history lesson, but I also felt well informed by the end. If all history lessons could be in amazing books like this I would love history. 

I whole-heartedly loved this book. 5 out of 5 diva crowns!!


Now, onto CLOCKWISER! (ARC) 

*I was given this ARC for a completely honest review.*

Since this is an ARC I don't have a picture of it or a description. But, I was jumping up and down with excitement when Elle asked if I wanted to read it! I read CLOCKWISE in about 2 days and CLOCKWISER in about 1! That's how awesome these books were. I couldn't put either of them down.

Unlike so many other YA sequels this one did not have the sequel blues! It was definitely not a filler in any way. 

 *SPOILER ALERT for those who haven't read CLOCKWISE* 

In this book, Nate and Casey are TOGETHHERR! WOOO! I love being able to see how two characters' relationship have progressed. Of course, you can't just have a happy couple the whole book. Boorriiingg. They're gonna have to fight. Plus if they don't fight that's just unrealistic. And I like my couples realistic!  I love Nate and I love Casey and LOVE them together!
*Spoiler over! Keep on readin'!*

You get to get more of a feel of Casey's brother, Tim's, personality. In the beginning you really hate the guy, I'm not gonna lie. But you do learn to love him by the end. But MAN is he a trouble maker?! Without him, though, I guess there wouldn't really be a story... And we can't have that! 

You get to reunite with all of the characters from the 1800's and see how their lives are going. And you get to see what's going in society then! 

You also go between Casey's point of view and Tim's point of view. Because, yes, they are both in two time periods at the same time. Did I not say Tim was a trouble maker? I liked that I got to see what Tim was going through but also getting to see how Casey (and of course NATE!) we're doing.  I thought that was a really good idea on Elle's part! :)

I didn't think this book was AS good as the first one, but just because it's super hard to beat the first one. BUT that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it. It's still amazing. Plus, don't you want to read more on these fantabulous characters? 

I give this book 5 out of 5 diva crowns! LOVE this series!


Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome review Jewel. I just bought Clockwise and you've got me excited to start it.

Jewelz said...

YAY! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did! :)

Heather said...

I had to skip the part about book two because I haven't read it yet, but I love book one! It's great to hear others raving about it. :)

Jewelz said...

It was definitely great! :)