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Back to Books Giveaway Blog Hop!


I’ve decided to partake in another giveaway blog hop! This time I will be giving away the winner’s choice of either a $5 Amazon gift card or one book (up to $5) from The Book Depository! And this time there are well over 200 other awesome bloggers doing the same. That is a LOT of chances to potentially win a prize! All you have to do is fill out the very easy to use Rafflecopter widget located below. I will notify the winner by email and they will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Blog hops are fun all around and if are interested in sponsoring a blog hop prize or other giveaway please go ahead and get in touch with me via the Contact Me form on the right. You can also check out my policies about reviews and giveaways under the Media Kit tab. I’ll also include the massive linky list under the Rafflecopter widget so that you can easily visit more of the bloggers hosting giveaways.
I hope you and your family have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

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Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop!


Author Elle Strauss has been generous enough to sponsor this giveaway which means one lucky fan will win ALL three books in the Clockwise series! I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to read and review all three of these books. If you are interested in reading my reviews you can find by clicking HERE for my review on Clockwise, HERE for my review on ClockwiseR, and HERE for my review on Like Clockwork. All you have to do is fill out the easy to use Rafflecopter entry form below. And don’t forget to visit the over 100 other blogs participating in this event co-hosted by I’m a Reader, Not a Writer and Books: A True Story.


*Disclaimer: I received a copy of each of these books from the author or book tour company for the purpose of writing an honest reviewing. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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Review: Like Clockwork by Elle Strauss

Review: Like Clockwork by Elle Strauss
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I was first introduced to this amazing series back in May when I participated in a book tour for the first book, Clockwise. So when I received an email from the author, I immediately jumped at the chance to read the second book Clockwiser. After loving the first two books I very much wanted to read the third book, Like Clockwork.

What I didn’t realize was that unlike the first two books, this third one wasn’t about Casey Donovan. I couldn’t help but be a little bit disappointed, because I really wanted to know what Casey adventures Casey was up to now. However, once I got a couple chapters in, I found myself just as enthralled in the life and adventures of Adeline Savoy as i was with Casey Donovan. Adeline like Casey is a time traveler, but unlike Casey who travels back to the 1860′s, Adeline travels back to the 1950′s.

Adeline and her father recently moved from Cambridge, Mass. to Hollywood, Ca. Adeline is not only getting used to new surroundings and a new school, but now when she travels back in time, she travels to old Hollywood. And that means coming up with a new plan for survival for when she does travel. For Adeline that means trying to always dress in clothes that are as appropriate for the 1950′s as possible since she doesn’t get any advance notice for when she travels. I did find several similarities in personality between protagonists Adeline and Casey. For one both end up taking someone unintended back to the past and/or to their present.

I gave Like Clockwork a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars because I felt that the story had become a bit predictable. One of the things that I loved about the first two books were the twists each had. But felt that after reading and very much loving the first two that it was fairly easy to figure out what would happen. And I thought that Casey was a bit easier to relate to than Adeline. I also would have loved for there to have been more of connection between Adeline and Casey.

That said, I still very much enjoyed reading Like Clockwork and can hardly wait until the next in the series is available. Of all the books I have read in the past year as a direct or indirect part of my blog, I’d have to say that the Clockwise series by Elle Strauss are my most favorite! I would love for the next book in the Clockwise series to be either about Casey Donovan or somehow about both Adeline and Casey.


*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.

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Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss and GIVEAWAY!

Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Clockwise is the first in a series of novels by Elle Strauss about the complicated life of sophomore (in high school) Casey Donovan. Starting when Casey was about 9 years old, she for some unknown reason, travels back in time. And anyone who has the fortune or rather misfortune to be touching Casey when she starts to “trip” back in time goes with her.

When the book starts Casey is flustered when approached by her crush, senior (and hottie) Nate Mackenzie during football practice when Casey catches his football. Not long afterwards Lucinda (Casey’s best friend) drags her to the Fall dance and miraculously Nate actually asks Casey to dance! But of course that is the moment when Casey is thrust back in time toting Nate along with her!

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Review: The Emerald City by J.A. Beard and GIVEAWAY!

The Emerald City by J.A. Beard

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Emerald City by J.A. Beard is a young adult novel about a high school girl named Gail Dorjee who is sent to a boarding school in Seattle, Washington after the tragedy of her parents untimely death. Once there strange things begin to happen forcing Gail to re-look back at her life up to that point.

J.A. Beard has taken L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and transposed it into a loose re-imagination in a fresh and modern way. Much the way SyFy channel did with the Tin Man a couple years ago. I found that most of the original characters were easily identified in this version with other original characters thrown in.
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