Monday, June 4, 2012

Clockwiser by Elle Strauss

Clockwiser (Clockwise #2)
Elle Strauss

Synopsis: The last year has been smooth sailing for Casey Donovan. She and her boyfriend Nate are doing better than ever, and things at home are good, too. Everything’s been so calm, she hasn’t even “tripped” back to the nineteenth century.

Then the unthinkable happens and she accidentally takes her rebellious brother Tim back in time. It’s 1862 with the Civil War brewing, and for Tim this spells adventure and excitement. Finding himself stuck in the past, he enlists in the Union army, but it doesn’t take long before he discovers real life war is no fun and games.

Casey and Nate race against the clock to find Tim, but the strain wears on their relationship. It doesn’t help that the intriguing new boy next door has his sights on Casey, and isn’t shy to let her know it.

Can Nate and Casey find Tim in time to save him? And is it too late to save their love?

This was a cute follow-up to Clockwise. Casey and Nate have continued to date even though he's in college and Casey has two years left to go in high school. It doesn't take much to throw a wrench into the working gears of their relationship, and it happens in the form of a cute guy moving in next to Casey, who made it clear he was interested. Her brother Tim isn't make life easy either, and accidentally tagged along for a trip back to the past when the two siblings were going at it. Not only did he not respect the moral rules of the past, he refused to tag along as Casey was forced back to the present (with Willie of all people - oops!). Being the stupid teenager that he was, Tim takes to heart Casey's idea that maybe she can't die in the past, and enlisted in the Civil War because he thought it would be cool to shoot some people. Duh...life is not a video game - video games do not have the consequences the real world has. So you can imagine the trouble he found as Casey desperately tried to force her way back to the past to save him from his stupidity.

The only thing I felt was lacking was closure with Willie. Coming to the future allowed him to learn the fate of his family, and himself. He knew going back how he was going to die, so I was left wondering if he allowed himself to die the way the past said, or if his survival instinct took over and caused some hesitation when the time came.

This is still a really cute series, so check it out. :)

Novel provided by author for honest review.

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