Saturday, June 2, 2012

Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire



Title:   Timepiece (Hourglass #2)

Author:   Myra McEntire

Publisher:   Egmont USA

Expected Publication:   June 12, 2012

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My Rating:
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From Goodreads:

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...



My Review

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I want to start this review with a little cover love and appreciation. I'm a big fan of the covers of Hourglass and Timepiece, so I wanted to pay homage to the creator of both.


I was so excited to learn that Timepiece was from Kaleb’s POV. After a few chapters, though, I realized maybe I didn’t need to be privy to all of Kaleb’s innermost thoughts. Then again, the guy is pretty hilarious:


“The first rule of Hourglass is that you don’t talk about Hourglass.
  Like Fight Club, but without the merciless beatings.”

And my personal favorite:

“‘Something’s... off. In our world.’
I didn’t want to say ‘wrong,’ because that would be like saying
‘Welcome to hell, now with hotter fire.’”

(quotes are from the ARC of Timepiece and are subject to change)

At first, Kaleb and Lily together equaled even less excitement for me than Emerson and Michael did in Hourglass. Speaking of those two, they are, of course, still very present, but not nearly as much as in book one since Kaleb is telling the story. Timepiece may have started out a little shaky for me, but soon, I was hooked. Kaleb and Lily’s relationship slowly drew me in, and the story took a much more exciting turn this time around. There was a particular scene involving a fire that was especially thrilling and genuinely scary. Timepiece was a definite page turner for me. I LOVE Kaleb’s ability - it’s so intriguing. I felt extremely sad for him and the burden his ability causes. In the end, I found Kaleb to be quite endearing, and, of course, he can always elicit a laugh, even though the poor guy has it pretty rough at times. Sometimes, I wanted to shake him, but I definitely would have followed it up with a big hug.

Eventually, I started to warm up to Lily, too. I’m pretty sure it was Kaleb’s influence that helped me see her in a different light, and I reluctantly began to admire her sassy confidence.  I loved the history that the author gave her and her family - it was heartbreaking, but really explained why Lily has such a tough exterior. 

There were a couple of new characters introduced that I enjoyed - especially Poe. There’s a story there, and I really hope it gets told in the next book.

In conclusion, I am happy to report that Timepiece is one of those rare cases where book two surpasses book one. I definitely didn’t want to put it down, and I look forward to book three, Infinityglass, to see what happens next.

This ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


4 comments:

  1. Huh. I'm reading conflicting reports. Someone had me thinking that Timepiece was told from switched POVs from Emerson and Kaleb. But from your review and one I read earlier, it sounds more like Timepiece is a companion novel told only from Kaleb's POV and not a true sequel. Am I right?

    At any rate, I'll read it simply for that gorgeous cover, but I'm totally going into it with reservations. I only sorta liked Hourglass, though I did lust for that cover, too. Tell me, though, does Kaleb at least get to use his power? I hated how Emerson could time travel but didn't put the power on display much.

    Great review, as usual. I need to get to this one soon!

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    1. No POV switches - it's all Kaleb's POV. Timepiece starts shortly after where Hourglass left off. It's a sequel, just Kaleb's doing the story telling this time, which I enjoyed much more than Emerson's narrative. I really liked Timepiece much better than Hourglass, so hopefully, you will, too... though it didn't grab me at first.

      Still a lot of talking, I'm afraid... but more action than its predecessor and there may be power usage eventually (Ha - me trying not to be spoilery).

      I am right there with you - you know I have to have both of these covers on my shelves.

      Thanks so much, BBS!

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  2. Great review! I really want to read both books! New follower :)

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