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Clockwise, #1

Casey is a typical 15 year old. Her parents are separated and her brother is a surly rude stranger who refuses to have anything to do with their father and is always giving their mother a hard time. She has a crush on Nate, the school football star. Unfortunately he seems stuck on the snobbish head cheerleader. She also has a secret she has only shared with her best friend, Lucinda. Casey is a time traveler, and has been since she was 9 years old. She is the only one she has ever known of. She has no control of when she jumps back to the 1860's and never knows how long she will be trapped there. She has friends of a sort in the 1860's and has the chance to live history rather than just studying it from dull and lifeless books.

Lucinda talks Casey into going to the Spring Fling Dance. As she counts down the minutes until she can talk Lucinda into leaving she looks to see Nate walking toward her as she stands at the edge of the dance floor. Smiling at Casey, Nate asks her to dance with him. As she places her hand into Nate's it happens again. Time spins around her and she is pulled back to 1860, the difference this time was she brought someone with her, Nate. Nate doesn't believe they are in 1860 and wants to go and find out who has punked them and a way back to the school and the dance. Casey knows that she has to keep Nate close because unless they are touching skin to skin when she returns to the present Nate will be left in the 1860's forever.

This is a very quick moving story. It is a fun time travel concept which I like. It was interesting that Casey never knows when the time change will happen and must adjust on the fly. She does sometimes need to steal to fit into the historical time period and to eat. I have always thought I would love to go back and live history as it happens. And the 1860’s would be a wonderful time to visit. Abolition, the election of President Lincoln, the Civil war and the assassination of our President too place. I would be tempted to change things without thinking about the consequences. Many of us would time travel given the opportunity, but I do not think many of us would like the fact we could not control where and when it happened.

The characters are interesting, but a little light. This is a very good young adult story to be enjoyed by the young and young at heart. It shows the main characters maturing and becoming more aware others outside of themselves. They grow in depth as the story progresses.

If you or someone you know enjoys a light paranormal young adult pick this one up and start reading. At present (as of 8-12-2013) it is free on Amazon for Kindle.

Book Blurb for Clockwise

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.

It's the eve of the American Civil war and protocol pressures Casey to tell their hosts that Nate is her brother. No one more surprised than she is when they are forced to share a one room worker's cabin. Super awkward.

Nate's slow to accept their new reality but when he does, he realizes he needs Casey to get back. His nearness is intoxicating to Casey, but she keeps her cool by hanging a privacy blanket and staying aloof. Knowing Nate has an evil girlfriend waiting for him at home helps.

Over time Casey gains the attention of a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, and 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 rung of their school's 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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2013 4.00