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Elle Strauss writes fun, lower YA fiction (time-travel and merfolk). She is fond of Lindt’s sea salt dark chocolate and hiking in good weather. Elle is married with four children and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada, and Germany. She also writes upper/mature YA (historical and science fiction) as LEE STRAUSS. Visit her at www.ellestraussbooks.com
Lisa- Bookworm Lisa
on July 10, 2012 :
Casey has an unique ability. She is a time traveler. This book is a sequel an I liked it just as much as the first book.
Casey travels back to the 1800's with her brother. She has figured out that her time travel happens in a stressful moment. What is more stressful than a mother finding drugs in her brother's bedroom. Trying to talk to her brother, they both take a trip back in time.
Tim is having an emotional/rebellious crisis. He looks at the time travel as a sort of game. The rules of the past don't apply to him, or so he thinks.
Casey never knows when she will come home. She gets a tingly feeling and knows that she has moments before she is home. Tim didn't heed her call and stayed in the past. She even manages to bring a person from the past into the future!
The book has some wonderful historic elements. The time period is of the US Civil War. I'm glad that Elle Strauss didn't sugarcoat the hardship and death rate of the soldiers.
This is some romance angst, some action, and historical research.
I hope in the next book we find out what happens to Will. He's the young man she inadvertently brought to the present with her. There is quite a bit that can happen with that story and I look forward to reading the next installment.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 15, 2012 :
ClockwiseR is the follow-up to Clockwise by Elle Strauss, with higher stakes and more adventure for Casey and Nate. There are a couple of big changes this time around, most notably in Casey’s confidence level and the issues that develop when the wrong people get taken along on one of her time-travel “tripping” episodes.
It is a year after book one, and Casey has been in a solid relationship with Nate during that time. This has boosted her confidence level tremendously since the first time we met her. She is now just as confident in the present as she is in the past. Her brother Tim, however, has not grown much at all. He is still rebelling against his parents and the smoking in the first book has moved in a more illegal direction. But when he is accidentally transported to the past with Casey during an argument and then left behind, he finds he is going to have to grow up to survive. Unlike the first novel which was all from Casey’s point of view, we get inside Tim’s head as well. His attitude of “it’s all just a game” that he has developed from playing video games gets a massive readjustment as he finds himself fighting for the Union army in the second battle of Bull Run.
Meanwhile Casey is struggling desperately to “trip” back and get Tim while dealing with his loss in the present. Her parents have reported him missing to the police, and the whole community is turning out to help find him – even the cute boy next door who has been flirting with her. This is putting a bit of a strain on her relationship with Nate, which only intensifies when she “trips” back without him and accidentally brings Will Watson from the past into her present! Will Casey lose Nate forever?
I loved the direction Strauss took her characters and the issues that were raised because of it. Tim’s blithe attitude to war was very believable of a teen coming from a world of movies and games. To see his adjustment to the realities of war and the loss of life involved was sobering. On the flip side, we had Will trying to adjust to a world of cars and electricity while dealing with the notion that he would be seen as a deserter from the army because of his disappearance from his timeline. When Will tries to learn if he will return to a life of disgrace, an even bigger blow is dealt him. The issues these two young men end up facing are thought-provoking, and the complexity that is brought to the story by them is what bumped this up to a four-star rating for me.
Casey continues to impress as a resourceful, intelligent heroine. It was especially interesting to see her from Tim’s point of view. His squeaky-clean image of her definitely changes as he learns more about her life in the past. Nate is as supportive as ever, and I actually felt the strain placed on their relationship developed mostly from his fear of losing Casey and her not recognizing that fear. I actually liked the fact that their relationship hit snags in this installment, since a trouble-free relationship is unrealistic and a bit boring. Having Will brought to the present was an unexpected wrinkle and I struggled right along with him as he tried to decide whether to return to his time or not. The biggest surprise, though, was Tim. From rebellious teen acting out against his parents to frightened teen trying to survive on and off the battlefield, Tim has a fascinating journey.
ClockwiseR is a very strong follow-up to Clockwise, with deeper character development and larger issues. It was a delight to revisit Casey’s world and to see how everyone’s lives were shaping up. The contrast of Tim in the past and Will in the present, both of them coping with life and death situations, added complexity and gravity to the novel, but Elle Strauss’ writing style keeps it accessible to middle-schoolers on up. I really hope there is at least one more book in this series, since I hate to say good-bye to these characters so soon. (from RiffsAndReviews)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
mandy I Read Indie anderson
on May 04, 2012 :
It’s been a year since we last saw Casey and her boyfriend, Nate. Things are just heavenly for the couple and she hasn’t even tripped the whole time. Yep, life is good! Well it is until Casey’s mom finds pot in her brother Tim’s possession. While Casey is trying to question Tim about the pot, the stress comes on and they are tripped back to 1862. Surprisingly, Tim takes it rather well…almost too well.
Believing he is invincible, Tim enlists in the army when Casey trips back to present time, leaving him behind. He wants to see firsthand what a real battle looks like. So while Casey is trying to find a way back to the past rescue him, Tim is about to get his wake up call. Will Casey get to him before it’s too late or will Tim be stuck back in the past forever?
If ever there was a fictional character that I wanted to slap around a bit and say grow up...it would be Tim. Lord help me if there weren't times I wished I could reach into the stinkin book and knock some sense into him so he would learn a lesson or 2 about the ways of life. Even so, it was fun reading about him. But one of the best characters was Willie. You will see why when you read the book. I don’t want to give that part away.
I am so fond of Elle’s work and her writing; always perfectly written and edited. You can tell she loves what she does when reading her books. Thankfully she has asked me a few times since Clockwise to review her books and I am just so honored. Her books are wonderfully written; they have fun characters and have engrossing plots that keep you entertained the entire time. Her books are perfect for Middle Graders and up. There is no going wrong when choosing a Strauss story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)