Thursday, May 17, 2012

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Publisher: EgmontUSA
Age: Young Adult
Species: Time Travelers/ Seekers/ Empaths/ Humans/ Teleporters
Rating: 4.5/5
Interest: Sequel/ Sophomore Reading Challenge/ Myra McEntire/ Lily/ Emerson/ Kaleb
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: June 12th 2012

 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... (summary from goodreads.com)

*Hello again everyone! Sorry to have gone so long without any reviews, but now I am back in full force! I can't wait to share all the new books I've read with you.*

Hourglass was one of my absolute favorite books of 2011. I loved kickass Emerson so much. Michael was pretty awesome. Having the ability to read Timepiece early was like Christmas wrapped in rainbows with unicorns drooling sprinkles. It was awesome okay, even more so that my second favorite character, Kaleb, was narrating this time around.

Timepiece was definitely darker than Hourglass. Kaleb, as explained in Hourglass, has some serious inner demons and daddy issues. However, the problems go beyond just him. Emerson and Lily both have their moments of unadulterated angst and pain. There was points where I was just crying at all the unfairness, and one point I screamed because... well it was intense. One of the major benefits of having Kaleb as narrator was him knowing and explaining more of the Hourglass, how it worked, his mom's conditions and best of all, insights on his power.

Along with increased darkness and a bit of drama, the plot thickens! Jack Landers may still be the starring foe in the series, but new threats are beginning to arise. It becomes clear just how much Jack has influenced Emerson's entire world and what he's willing to sacrifice to get what he wants. Kaleb and Jack's interactions were definitely interesting to listen in on. I loved all of the action, secret and subterfuge incorporated into Timepiece. The puzzles left over from Hourglass and some new ones that were discovered were interesting to theorize over and pretty difficult to guess. I love it when a book gets the best of me!

Kaleb was a solid main character. He held the book on his own. His banter, vulnerability and care made me love him even more. I couldn't believe how much he had been holding in and setting on his shoulders for years. I just wanted to give him a hug, a really long, probably with some butt groping, hug. He's so selfless and good, but no one can seem to see that and it totally breaks my heart. Lily of course, is a no nonsense, confident in herself, loyal and perceptive person. It's probably impossible to find a more balanced person for Kaleb to be around. I liked Lily well enough, she wasn't a carbon copy of Emerson and possessed her own mind, but there was something I was just not connecting to with her character. Her back story and history were extremely fascinating, I wish we had been able to see and learn more about her and her powers.

Alright, the downside of having Kaleb as a narrator is, you don't get to see Emerson's side of things. So, her and Michael, for lack of a better word act like asshats toward Kaleb at a few points and it is not enjoyable. I hated not liking Emerson for her actions toward Kaleb, even knowing she had a reason. Some of it isn't on purpose, like "flaunting"their relationship in front of him, or thinking he was being mean when he was actually being really selfless. It was hard to watch. Which made me doubly glad that Lily was there to help Kaleb.

Reasons I marked this book down were, having to see a less than flattering side of Emerson. The new plot wasn't introduced quite as smoothly as I would have liked. It was pretty much, oh here's a problem now, let's go from point A to point D as fast as possible. It could have been dealt with better. The last is, while I loved Kaleb and I liked Lily... I never quite liked them as much as I liked Emerson and Michael. Now that is a point of personal taste, to mark it down a little for that, but I just couldn't feel their connection and chemistry as explosively as I wanted to.

Running out of room here, best for me to sum up now, yes? Timepiece is a fantastic sequel to Hourglass that all Myra McEntire fans should love.  Liam and Grace need their own book, love story thing like now, right this very second. Getting to see Ava in more detail made me want her to have a book. Dune, Dru, Thomas and all the other side characters were so wonderful, I can't wait to see them again in the next book. Basically, go! Read! Now!

Teaser Line 1: "I'm a badass. A badass who bakes when he's depressed."

Teaser Line 2: "Kaleb Ballard. That hurts me in my feminism."

Teaser Line 3: "Wrong," because that would be like saying "Welcome to hell, now with hotter fire."

Happy Reading,

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