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The Clay Lion

(The Clay Lion #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  731 ratings  ·  119 reviews
What if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most?

The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever, change the past.

But that's exactly what Brooke Wallace plans to do.

As Brooke faces exi
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 11th 2013 by Bermlord
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Rosie There is nothing in this book inappropriate for younger readers, so really anyone can read the book - but when I read it, even though I thoroughly enj…moreThere is nothing in this book inappropriate for younger readers, so really anyone can read the book - but when I read it, even though I thoroughly enjoyed it I did not recommend it to my friends as I did not believe they would appreciate it as much as they could if they were older and more mature, as when I read it I was a mature 11 year old. Now I am 13, I would pass it onto my friends, but no-one younger that I didn't know would understand it as it is such a emotionally deep novel.
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Brooke loses her brother to pulmonary fibrosis and attempts to go back in time to save him. Along the way she encounters obstacles she never dreamed she would, including a love that had eluded her in her original timeline. A gripping read that will simultaneously break your heart and warm it, The Clay Lion will transform readers’ perspectives as the main character plays with fire, teetering dangerously on the borders between mind and matter, fate and free will, and loss and life.

Author Amalie Ja
Christoph Fischer
"The Clay Lion" by Amalie Jahn is an amazing piece of heart-breaking and uplifting fiction. Aimed probably at young adults as main target audience the book however has a lot to say that is relevant to people of all ages.
It is the story of one brave young woman that choses to go back in time to try and save her fatally ill younger brother.
The idea of time travel did not appeal to me at first since it has been done many times and some authors in the genre can try to be too clever for their own goo
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book, I was sneaking a chapter or two in here and there whenever I had a few minutes of quiet time. But as the characters developed and started to become my friends, I realized that a chapter here and there was not enough.

So, today, I sat down with The Clay Lion and did not get back up again until I had finished the remaining 183 pages. What a perfect way to spend the day! The characters and their relationships were so engrossing that I found myself wishing that I cou
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooke loses his little brother to an illness and she wants to travel to the past to save him, but she ends up learning you can't change the past, or its main events, without altering lives and timelines. In her efforts to try and save him she ends up discovering the pain lf losing someone, the effort it takes to let go and the discovery of acceptance and wanting to move forward with life, even to honor those who are no longer here but we were lucky to met.
This is a very nice story, amazingly co
Raquel Evans
I'm surprised so few people have read/reviewed this one on Goodreads. It's well written, made me cry, and has a reasonable theory of time travel. Plus, not just the same old recycled YA plot. Recommended! ...more
Jonathan Cann
A compelling story elevates a sometimes shaky execution to make The Clay Lion a book I had trouble putting down over the week or so it took me to read it. Although this is hardly a science fiction novel, the author demonstrates a pretty good theory of time travel (essentially that you can claim one Groundhog Day style trip into your own past during your life), and uses the idea of a young girl attempting to prevent her brother's death to create a highly relatable plot. Who among us has never wis ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!. It is an inspiring story of a sisters love for her brother and I loved the way if ended. I cannot wait for Amalie Jahns next book!!
Kate (beautifulbookland)
I'm not gonna lie, I can't think about time travel for too long because it totally blows my mind. Travelling back to someone else's present day and...nope, I'm not gonna get started. It makes my brain hurt.

In Brooke's world, which is similar to ours in all aspects but one, everyone is granted one 'trip'. They may use their trip anytime after the age of 18, meaning they will be able to relive a particularly sweet memory; honeymoons, birthdays, and the like. There is always, however, the chance th
Anne Zirkle
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many authors rely on suspense and cliff hangers to keep readers moving through their books. Amalie Jahn did not need to rely on such artifice and instead kept me engaged by writing a truly touching story. But what impressed me most when I finished the book was how much I actually cared about her characters, because that doesn't happen very often for me. For instance, a very well-known author recently published a book that was quite different from the first seven she wrote as a series. Her plot w ...more
Patrick Hodges
There is nothing I love more than well-written stories that hit me right in the heart. Amalie Jahn has written just such a novel.

In a world where time travel not only exists but can be used by pretty much anyone (though only once, per government regulations), young Brooke Wallace decides to use her allotted "trip" through time to save the life of her beloved younger brother, Branson. Determined to thwart the circumstances that caused his sudden and tragic demise, Brooke soon discovers that chang
Eve Messenger
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-time-travel
The Clay Lion is about loss, love, and destiny. It is written in the close, third-person point of view of Brooke, a relatable high school girl who genuinely cares about her family. When Brooke's brother is diagnosed with an incurable illness, she decides to go back in time to try to find a way to prevent him from contracting it.

Brooke is at her most compelling when she allows herself to be physically free, like when she plays tag in the snow with Charlie's little sister or when she ice skates w
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a reason for all these great reviews . . . The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn is wonderful. I’m a sucker for opening lines (Prologue aside) and this one grabbed me right away. “The first time Branson died, the ‘original’ time, as I would come to refer to it, I almost died with him.” That’s a great line and the book is filled with them. It’s beautifully written and well thought out which is important anytime time travel is part of the plot. Another cool line that ought to be on bumper stickers ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read - a very clever idea about time travel and how a girl uses it to go back and try to change the past. It is a YA book and as such was a very quick read. The relationship between Charlie and Brooke was written beautifully but some of the dialogue was a little stilted and did not ring true. Overall however an excellent book.
Nicole M. Hewitt
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The Clay Lion is a time travel story that focuses on the emotional repercussions. When Brooke's beloved brother dies of a disease that could have been prevented if he'd avoided an unknown trigger, she vows to go back in time and save him. Though the government monitors time travel and doesn't allow travelers to make changes to their timelines, Brooke is sure that she can outsmart them. She researches her
Killarney Traynor
The Clay Lion
by Amalie Jahn

The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever change the past. - from The Clay Lion

Brooke Wallace is a girl on a mission. Losing her beloved brother to a tragic decease has brought her own life to wrenching stand-still, and nearly destroyed her family. To rectify this, she decides to use her one ticke
Anna Othitis
A Lovely Touching Youth Novel

"The Clay Lion" is lovely uplifting fiction for young adults as well as people of all ages.
Turning back time in life a tribute with courage written with an emotional wisdom that is captivating. This book is an emotional and powerful read, written from deep within the heart and soul, with youth’s love and affection by a talented author. It is personal story with love, loss, of human emotion. An excellent read about life, growth, loss and love which relates to many of
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Clay Lion is a magnificent story where Brooke learns that you cannot change the past and how to accept loss in her life while making the most of it. I loved this book because it is enthralling without being actioned packed. I think feeling sad about something that happens in a story like Branson's death or her breakup is the reason I read because that is what shows the characters are genuine when they make you feel something like you are part of the story. ...more
Gave this a try based on the mountain of positive reviews and am now positively baffled. What an awkwardly written, repetitive and trite mess this was. Full of plot holes. Dialogue that made me cringe so hard I think I sprained something. Flat characters with relationships that never feel fully real. Time travel that follows no sensible logic. No sense of time or place. This is just bad. Really bad.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
my review? proceed with care - don't expect that the time travel in this story is logical because the whole concept is not, well at least as far as i know… i have conflicting emotions on brooke's character. her narrative can be tedious at times and repetitive since this is about time traveling back to the past (view spoiler) ...more
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Roberta Eierman
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book. Brooke's travels have you guessing what the final outcomes of those travels will be and how will she deal with the results. It is a heartwarming and at times a heart-wrenching book which is hard to put down. ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
The book is garbage. With airheaded heroines and perfect, overprotective boyfriends included.
Amalie Jahn had such a good idea for a plot, and she ruined it spectacularly.
I had high hopes for this one because of the 4.16 average rating, and because I'm a big fan of time travel, but there were too many weak points in this novel to give it anything above 3 stars.

My first criticism was the writing, which was a bit stilted and perfunctory. The emotional story the author was trying to tell here deserved a bit more polish and care. I agreed with this review's assessment, that there was a lot of missed potential. I disliked the many awkward summaries about moments being
Arwen Dumont
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The Clay Lion written by Amalie Jahn was a very interesting story about time travelling. When Brooke lost her brother Branson to a rare disease, she also lost herself. Because of her depression she pushed everyone around her and many opportunities, such as going to college, away. Slowly she pulled herself together. She decided that she would do anything to save Branson. The only way to bring Branson back was time travelling. There was only one problem. The most important rule in time travel hist ...more
I tried to persevere with this because I love a good time-travel trope, but too much time was spent in Brookes head and not enough....travelling? Also everything was spoon-fed. Even down to the affection between siblings, sis this and bro that. It was enough for you to NOT root for a good ending.
Kelly Clare
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn

About the Story:
“The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever, change the past.”

Can we find the strength to leave the past in the past?

The Story:
This time-travelling debut follows Brooke, who has lost her younger brother. We follow her as she endeavors to alter time and save her brother. The Clay Li
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-reviews, ya
Heart wrenching. That's what this was. Not in the ball my eyes out sense - I didn't really cry much - but it was more of an understanding of grief that made this story so touching. An understanding that, given the chance, most of us would do whatever we could to save the people that we love.

In this case, Brooke wants to save her brother. There is nothing so special as the bond with a sibling and she is forced to watch her beloved brother wither away until he was no longer with her. Once the dep
Gina Azzi
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Currier
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I often do my reading before bed so it takes me forever to finish a title if it doesn't reel me in. The Clay Lion took less than a week for me to finish -- a pretty good pace for a busy mom!

I thought the characters were relatable. I thought the story line of loss and grief was an approachable narrative -- not overly depressing. I loved the ending. Empowering for those who have experienced loss, actually. I find myself wondering if it would help a young adult reader accelerate the stages of grie
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been interested in reading this book for 7 months, ever since I found it in my great "time travel book" search. They didn't have it at our local library, so I requested they purchase it. I received no response. Several months later, I saw that this is actually a three book series, and again, requested it from SL County library, to purchase. Instead they got me this first book on inter-library loan. I was frustrated--how could I read the whole series of this terrifically reviewed set of book ...more
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USA Today Bestselling author Amalie Jahn is the recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for her debut novel, The Clay Lion. She is a contributing blogger with the Huffington Post and Southern Writers Magazine, as well as a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. A TED speaker, human rights advocate, and active promoter of kindness, she lives in the ...more

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