Review: Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire
Author: Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass #2
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Format/Source: eARC/Egmont USA via NetGalley
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
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. (From Goodreads)
A Blogging Milestone…
You guys, this is my very first review of a book I got on NetGalley! Granted, it wasn’t a book that I requested and then was approved for – I have yet to even request a galley through that site. But I found out about a month ago that Timepiece was a “Read Now” title (thanks, once again, to Carina at Fictional Distraction for telling me about this!), and I set up a NetGalley account that day so that I could get my hands on this eARC. I was planning on waiting until I had about 6 months of blogging under my belt before I set up an account, but I just had to go ahead and do it! So pretty soon, I’ll be requesting galleys and I’ll feel even more like a big-girl blogger.
A Bit of a Change…
I was SO excited to read this book, since Hourglass was one of my favorite reads from 2011. I found out before reading Timepiece that it was told from Kaleb’s point of view instead of Emerson’s. I really hate spoilers, so I’m sorry if you feel like this is a spoiler, but I think it might be better for people to know before going in, because I know a couple of people were totally confused for the first page or so, wondering why Emerson was acting so strange. I wasn’t too sure about the book being in Kaleb’s POV at first, but then some crazy stuff happened and I was like, “Oooh, yeah, I see why she did that.” And I think, overall, it really worked in this book. Kaleb is pretty sarcastic and so was Emerson’s narration in Hourglass, but I could see a distinction between the two narrations. One of my favorite lines was dialogue from Kaleb and then his narration: “‘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.'”
Continuing the Love for Book Two…
Timepiece was full of tons of twists and turns, just like Hourglass. The story would hit a bit of a slow-down, and then McEntire would throw the characters for a loop. I figured out a few things before the characters did, but luckily I didn’t have to wait too long for them to catch on, and there were a few nice twists that I didn’t see coming at all. And there were quite a few moments where I cussed out loud, or got chills from the creepiness factor. All great things!
I loved the fact that Emerson’s best friend, Lily, was a much larger character in Timepiece. In Hourglass, she was such a great character with her own mysterious past, and I was thrilled to see her as a more central character. I also liked hearing more about Kaleb’s family and his childhood, and how his mother sacrificed so much for him, and how she “surrounded him” with love.
Another one of my favorite parts was when Kaleb and Lily went to “Sugar High, a candy shop decorated like a high school hallway” where “the locker doors were clear and showcased row after row of any candy imaginable.” If a store like this exists, I MUST go there someday.
Once again, McEntire has racked up some of my bonus points for the following reasons:
- A Doctor Who reference = 50 million points
- A possible Firefly reference? In the acknowledgments, McEntire thanks author Beth Revis “for the Firefly reference.” Does this mean that there is a Firefly reference in Timepiece and I missed it??? If so, McEntire gets 50 million points. (And if anyone caught the reference, please let me know!!!)
- The cover. Once again, McEntire might not have had much to do with these covers, but I just LOVE them. Hourglass and Timepiece have my favorite covers of all time. = 50 million points
My review of Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley. I was not compensated in any way for this review.
All quotes are from the ARC. They may be different in the finalized version.
Andrea @ Cozy UpMay 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm
I have this one to read… I need to get to it soon! Great review, I'm so excited for this, and I like the idea that it's in Kaleb's POV.
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseMay 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm
Thanks! I was hesitant about her switching up the POVs, but I think it really worked well! And it was cool to see more of Kaleb's character and his background!
KarenMay 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm
I loved that it was Kaleb's POV! I read this back-to-back with Hourglass and I liked him so much more than Emerson. He and Lily were my favorite characters by far.
And yes, I want to go to Sugar High as well!
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseMay 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm
I read them back-to-back as well and I really liked Emerson, so I was worried about her switching up the POVs at first. But I ended up really liking it! And I LOVE Lily! So feisty! ;)
Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog)May 31, 2012 at 3:46 am
Glad you got to read it and it lived up to expectations. Thanks for review.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseMay 31, 2012 at 5:41 am
Traci @ The Reading GeekMay 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Great review! I just finished this one recently and really enjoyed it too! I loved that it was in Kaleb's POV and there was more Lily. I love both of them even more now! I totally want to go to Sugar High too! I also loved the Doctor Who reference as well!
Traci @ The Reading Geek
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJune 2, 2012 at 4:13 am
I know, I was so happy about Lily being in it more! Thanks so much for stopping by!
BittnerJune 1, 2012 at 4:03 am
A possible Firefly reference??? I may have to read this one sooner then I planned just to see if I can find it! If you do find out what it is, DON'T TELL ME! I want to see if I can figure it out on my own!
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJune 2, 2012 at 4:14 am
Well, no one has told me about it yet, so I guess I'll just have to re-read it or find out from you!
Kimberly @ On the Wings of BooksJune 2, 2012 at 8:09 am
I loved Kaleb's pov and I loved Lily being in the book more. It was one of those things I wondered from Hourglass because she didn't have huge part but she was still important.
I swear I will send you an email today before I leave!!
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJune 3, 2012 at 3:42 am
I saw your email but haven't read it yet. I will soon! ;)
NetherlandJune 11, 2012 at 2:45 am
I love this book! This is making my favorite list!! From the very first chapter I was hooked! Of course, I am a sucker for time-travel stories and this one is the best I've read so far! Wow! The plot was so original, intense and enjoyable!!