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...moreReview: 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.
Review: Bridger by Megan Curd Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Bridger is the first in a series of novels by Megan Curd. Ashlyn considers herself just a normal...moreReview: Bridger by Megan Curd Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Bridger is the first in a series of novels by Megan Curd. Ashlyn considers herself just a normal teenager or so she thought and like a typical teen never thought of fairy tales as anything other than fiction. At least she doesn't believe in fairy tales until she finds herself in the middle of a multiple century's old feud started by her grandmother.
Through a series of events set off long before she was born, Ashlyn truly learns who she can count on. And if that wasn't enough to deal with Ashlyn is learning the ropes of her new relationship with her boyfriend Liam. Ashlyn learns that there is more to this feud than first meets the eye including landing her and her grandmother on a century's old hit list!
So not only is she on a hit list and in the middle of a feud, but Ashlyn learns that she has special abilities too! She is one of only two people ever to be able to cross between faerie realms which means she is also a hot commodity. Unfortunately this also puts her and everyone she cares most about in danger.
I gave Bridger a rating of 4 out of 5 stars because while I did very much enjoy reading this novel, I felt that parts of it were slow. I love that the author had an original take on faeries. With so many books always coming out in this very popular YA genre, Megan Curd was successful in writing a unique story.(less)
Beckoning Light is the first in a series of YA novels by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Charlotte...moreReview: 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.(less)