Author: Myra McEntire
Genre: YA, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, wibbly-wobbley-timey-wimey stuff, romance, speculative fiction
Publication Date: June 12, 2012 (North America – EgmontUSA)
Summary: 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…
☆: 4.5/5 stars – another timey-wimey-wibbly-wobbly hit from McEntire!
Review: Whoa. I was not expecting that ending at all. If you guys have any doubts that “Timepiece” might have middle book syndrome or it might not be as great as “Hourglass” was, rest assured. Even though we have a different narrator and thus, a different point of view, the ride is just as (if not more) intense than book 1. Buckle up, because there’s a TON more wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey stuff in “Timepiece” now that new foes have appeared and everything is literally on the line.
We pick up pretty much right after we left off – but this time, it’s Kaleb narrating, so we get a lot of his feelings about Michael and Em getting together (as well as a LOT of daddy issues) right off the bat. The character-expanding done in this book is GREAT, I’m glad that McEntire decided to use a different POV narrator this time. As the story gets bigger, so do the characters, and in order to do all of that, you can’t just have the same two narrating each book – there has to be some change to keep things fresh.
We also see the major participation of Lily, Em’s best friend, with a huge suckerpunch to the gut at a great semi-cliffhanger ending. Inclusion of characters that were not apart of the main cast in the first book really makes this world bigger, and I love McEntire for doing that. We get insight into why Lily is the way that she is, as well as her past, and what her “ability” (only vaguely teased at in book one). If anything, I’m really hoping Lily will narrate book three (because it seems appropriate), because I’ve really grown to like her as a character, and she seems like she has a lot to offer the audience that she hasn’t given as of yet. We get a lot of insider insight from Kaleb about the events in book one, and we see the transformation of a love triangle (between him, Michael, and Em) into a very tight-knit relationship with all three, with sibling-like feelings instead of romantic feelings. That was refreshing as we don’t seem to get a lot of that in YA lit right now, and I hope it continues.
The worldbuilding continues with more on Chronos, Teague, Jack, and the Infinityglass, as well as new villain, Poe, and the introduction of the idea that time is seriously having some issues with rips appearing everywhere, and they may not be visible to just those with the time gene. You can also participate in them, (which wasn’t something one could do before) and it has some majorly scary implications. McEntire illustrates these implications with the suggestion that Jack might have maneuvered Lily into the Hourglass’ path and how other events in our heroes’ lives might have been manipulated by Jack, Teague, and Chronos. The pace of the book is fast from the end of the first chapter on, and it flows well. There was no point in this book where I felt bored or felt things got slowed down. Everything and all the actions taken in this book’s world, because it’s given a bigger scale to ruin things, seems scarier than ever, and tension is on every single page. Difficult to do, but McEntire nailed it.
McEntire isn’t afraid to torture her darlings – we knew that from book one. She continues this in book two, and Kaleb’s the one she tortures the most (possibly because he’s narrating, but I can’t be entirely sure). However, the payoff is wonderful and everything I’d hoped book two would be. There is no middle book syndrome whatsoever, and that made me so very, very happy as it was one of my bigger fears for this book.
Fans of “Hourglass”? You simply MUST continue with your journey with the Hourglass society in “Timepiece”. It’s made my best of 2012 so far list, and the place on it is well-deserved. “Timepiece” is out now from EgmontUSA in North America, so be sure to go and check it out as soon as you can! It’s definitely worth the read.