Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Author:Myra McEntire
Pub. Date:6/12/2012
ISBN:1606841459 (ISBN13: 9781606841457)

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.

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)

The whole gang is back in this follow-up to Hourglass. They've noticed time rips are becoming more prevalent and erratic. This coincides with the return of Jack Landers, the man responsible for much death and manipulation. Emerson, Michael, and Kaleb are given an ultimatum by another man though. He represents a group that want Jack for themselves. The Hourglass group find themselves involved in something way beyond what they ever thought could be. Kaleb will have to learn to work with Emerson's best friend Lily to hone their abilities and find Jack before more problems occur.

I was excited to read this book, and I was a little surprised to find it written from Kaleb's point-of-view. I found this a little harder to get into as Kaleb wasn't a very sympathetic character to me. Even knowing what he had gone through in the first book, I still found him to be a bit of a jerk in the beginning of this book. Luckily, things improved after a bit. Kaleb really began to grow, and this helped the narrative to be much more entertaining. The increasing action in the plot didn't hurt either. Kaleb's relationships with certain characters were a bit predictable, but I still found myself cheering Kaleb on. I actually went from not liking him at all to finding him rather enjoyable by the end. That's really fun when a book can do that.

The time travel stuff is very intriguing. I found myself coming up with all kinds of wacky theories, none of which turned out to be true. The upside to this is I was constantly guessing about what would happen next. I thought the ending was a little too neat though. More hanging threads would have been okay. One thing I will say is that this book is unique in that I feel it really did well as a stand-alone story. You could easily read this book without having read the first and not really miss a step. Some of this was due to the change in narrative voice. It just made it feel so different from the first book. Overall, I was very entertained. It's one of those books that you stay up late to read because you are dying to see how it ends. I'm very interested in seeing what the next book brings as well. This was a great book that I highly recommend.

Galley provided for review.

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