Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: June 12th 2012 by EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Series: 2nd in the Hourglass trilogy. Read my review of book 1, Hourglass.
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…
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.
My thoughts: Myra McEntire did it again. I loved Timepiece just as much as Hourglass. This time the story was told from Kaleb’s point of view, and before I read the book, I was unhappy about that. I tend to like female POVs more, and I was already used to Emerson’s voice. But Myra did a fabulous job of making Kaleb an interesting and believable voice.
In Timepiece, we already knew the main characters, so more time was spent on developing their personalities and time traveling abilities. Em’s bestie Lily plays a bigger role, and I liked the addition. We learned a little more about everyone, but obviously Kaleb was the focus. I liked learning his backstory and what made him such a manwhore. I also liked watching as he grew up and matured. He was honest with everyone, and went out of his way to protect and take care of his “family.” I liked how Kaleb said just what he was thinking and didn’t beat around the bush.
The dialogue was similar to Hourglass, but different, because of the different protagonist. Not better or worse, just different. All of the same fancy gadgets and time traveling doodads as in the previous book made an appearance, including a few new things.
The action was non-stop and there was a lot more happening in this book than the first one: more rips, more people with power and more back and forth time jumping. Several times, especially near the end, I wondered how it would be possible to wrap everything up by the end of the novel.
Myra has a real gift for story telling and creating these worlds where everything just fits together so seamlessly. The writing is smooth and just grabs you right from the start and doesn’t let go. The book just flies by, it’s so easy to get lost in their world.
Another beautiful cover, another pointlessly floating girl.
The sum up: A winning middle book in the trilogy. It advances the overarching story and tells its own at the same time. I can’t wait for the final book in the series.