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Review: Clockwiser by Elle Strauss
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A couple months ago I was lucky enough to be able to read Clockwise by Elle Strauss as part of a virtual book tour. Not long after Elle Strauss emailed me to see if I’d also like to read and review the sequel. I immediately responded YES and so was able to also read Clockwiser. With everything going on it has taken me a bit longer to write this review.
Clockwiser continues the story of Casey Donovan and her friends and family around her. Casey is different that other girls her age because she time travels. I’ve read other books on time travel and I just love how elegant time travel in her books are. In other books it can be confusing and mind boggling to keep straight when the main character time travels. But in Elle Strauss’s series it is always obvious and easy to follow.
Casey hasn’t “tripped” (her word for time travel) since the last book left off which is the longest she has gone without tripping. But then when she is having a disagreement with her younger brother TIm, she touches him and suddenly travels back in time with Tim. When Casey trips, if she is touching sometime skin to skin (ie holding hands) she brings them back with her!. Casey only travels back to the same time and so as she has gotten older so have the people she has befriended in the past.
Tim has no idea that Casey has this amazing ‘talent’. At least he doesn’t until he ends up tripping back in time with Casey. A huge problem this time is that it is now 1862 in the past and the Civil Was is quickly approaching. While Casey is safe from being drafted because she is a girl, Tim (while a little under the age requirement) isn’t necessarily exempt.
Since Casey must have skin to skin contact when she trips back to the present she tries to make sure Tim is near her at all times. But when she returns to the present without Tim panic sets in. Now Casey and boyfriend Nate (who went back with her in the first book) keep trying to return to the past to get Tim back, but Tim being impatient and rebellious decides to join up with the Union army.
I really LOVED every page of Clockwiser. I read through it in one sitting! This is by far one of the best novels I’ve read since I started blogging a year ago! I had so much fun reading both of the books in this series and cannot wait to read the third Like Clockwork. I love the way Elle Strauss is able weave together the past and present in such an easy to follow and beautiful way. I really don’t have anything negative to add except that I wanted both books to be longer.
I think that the premise for how Casey time travels is just fascinating as it can happen at any time day or night. No matter how much time Casey spends in the past she always returns to exactly where she left off. If you like YA books on time traveling then you really should pick up a copy of Clockwise and Clockwiser.
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of writing an honest reviewing. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.
Review: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Beckoning Light is the first in a series of YA novels by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Charlotte and her older brother Kevin are moving back to Charleston, South Carolina and the house they grew up in, after spending 3 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. And to make things just a bit more awkward, school has already started and the uncle they’re staying with happens to be the basketball coach and music teacher.
When the book starts, Kevin is concerned about his younger sister’s ability to ‘fit’ in, make friends, and have a ‘social’ life. And is pleasantly surprised to find that Charlotte is doing just fine on her own. But it is the things that Kevin doesn’t notice about Charlotte that could cause them to potentially never see one another again.
As it turns out the garden gate does have another side IF you have the right key that is. But what Charlotte has never been told about could truly come back to haunt her. As soon as I read about the mysterious garden gate, I immediately remembered reading another book about a curious garden gate as a young child. Francis Hodgson Burnett wrote (among other things) The Secret Garden
I read The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett as a young child and as soon as I read about the garden gate it made me think of that other garden and how it was secluded away behind doors. Doors, that determined young women were able to get into. That is about as far as the similarities go. That and wondering if the area inside the garden is different as one imagines.
I gave Beckoning Light a 5 out of 5 stars as I really enjoyed reading the book and the story line within. Certain aspects were more or less predictable than others, but was a great read. I very much look forward to reading the second book Perilous Light in the next few weeks.
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Special Feature – Character Interview with Charlotte
Q: How did you feel about moving back to Charleston?
A: I had mixed feelings. I missed South Carolina but I was really nervous about starting over at a
new school and about facing Liam after our kiss.
Q: Why were you so intrigued by the old gate in your yard?
A: We were never allowed to go through it, and I didn’t understand why. It was always locked and I
wanted to know what if anything was beyond it.
Q: What is your relationship like with your brother Kevin?
A: It’s a love-hate relationship, probably like most people have with their siblings. He can be so
infuriating but I know that he cares about me and would do anything to protect me.
Q: How would you describe your taste in music?
A: My music taste is really eclectic. I’m always looking for new bands. Lately I’ve been really
getting into the indie scene.
Q: What was the first thing you noticed about Calvin?
A: His eyes… they are such a gorgeous shade of green.
Q: What’s your favorite part about Energo?
A: There is this incredible feeling of belonging I get and the colors are amazing. I can’t imagine a
more beautiful place.
Q: Any advice to someone entering a hidden world?
A: Pack a toothbrush and hope for modern plumbing.
Review: Here by Denise Grover Swank
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Here by Denise Grover Swank is about the life of 16-year-old Julia Phillips after her best friend is killed in a tragic car accident. The book begins about 6 months after the accident. Julia is having a lot of trouble trying to ‘go on’ with her life. She once had excellent grades, but now is in serious jeopardy of failing every class. Home isn’t any better and her family is being torn apart by the strain.
Julia’s school counselor and teachers give her an ultimatum either she start doing her school work or be sent to the alternative school. Even though it is only about half way through the fall term, Julia finds herself dozens of assignments behind per class and faces an uphill battle to complete all the work. Her counselor also arranges for a couple of students to tutor her in her subjects to help her catch up.
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Review: Emily’s House by Natalie Wright
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Emily’s House is the debut novel by Natalie Wright. It is about fourteen year old Emily’s unexpected quest to learn all about who she really is and to save the modern world. Her journey begins when she gets a very surprising visit from a creature of a different world.
Emily is joined by her two very best friends, Jake and Fanny who also are taken aback by the unexpected guest. Emily always knew she was different form being able to hear all her mother’s thoughts to being able to see visions whenever she touched another person. She is very unhappy with her home life and that is a big part in her definition to leave home and go on this unusual journey. Click to Continue Reading
Mishap & Chaos by M.M. Shelley
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Mishap & Chaos is the second in a trilogy of novels by M.M. Shelley that takes place in the Hawaiian islands. Kana’i is the grandson of the fire goddess Pele whose cousin Kye was adopted by his father so they were raised essentially as brothers. Twins Tatiana and Grasiella are trying to figure out what happened to their suddenly missing grandmother.
With Kana’i being Pele’s grandson, he has enormous power coursing through his veins, but isn’t the only one with such power. As it turns out Kye has tremendous power of his own, powers that the uncle of Kana’i has serious concerns about. But this uncle has also been listening to the island witch who may or may not be the most reliable source of information.
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