2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge: February Wrap-up Post + Review Linky + Giveaway of Clockwise series by Elle Strauss

Thursday, February 28, 2013

For our February Wrap-Up post, we have two character interviews of the protagonists in the Clockwise series by Elle Strauss. Here in my blog, I have Casey Donovan so let's get the interview rolling!

Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)
Title: Clockwise (Clockwise #1)
Author: Elle Strauss
Date of Publication: November 21, 2011
Publisher: ESB Publishing

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.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, 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 of the rung of the 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.

Character Interview

What was it like to travel back in time?

It's a normal and expected experience for me, since I've been doing it since I was 9. I don't know any other kind of life.

How is your time travel companion different in the present and in 1860?

You mean Nate? In 1860 he's sweet and caring, really tries to look out for me, though he often puts his foot in his mouth around our hosts. I mean, they don't know we're from the future. And that we're not siblings. In the present Nate's kind of a jerk. I don't think he means to be, but he's got those stuck up friends.

What's your reaction to the handsome, wealthy suitor?

At first he was enduring. Men in the 1860s are so gentlemanly. But first impressions aren't always trustworthy.

If you could bring back an item from the 19th century to the present, what would it be and why?

Hmm, it's hard to say. We have every item now that they had back then only better. 

What is your most unforgettable memory of 1860? Why?

Seeing  Abigail Kelly Foster in the flesh. What an amazing woman. She stood up against slavery in a time when women didn't even have the vote!

Aside from the 19th century, which time and place would you like to go back to?

I met a girl named Adeline who also time traveled. She moved to California and loops back to the 1950s. I think that would be kind of cool.

About Elle Strauss

I write YA time travel and merfolk chic-lit. I'm a married mom of four, and live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, famous for beaches and vineyards. I'm fond of Lindt's sea salt dark chocolate and hiking in good weather.I write mature historical and sci-fi YA under the name LEE Strauss.


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  1. I did finish a time travel book today but I'm reviewing it on Saturday so I'll link it up next month. Is that ok? Thanks for doing the Challenge!


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