Timepiece — Myra McEntire

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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…

Kaleb Ballard’s entire world is in turmoil. The man who murdered his father, Jack Landers, is still at large and on the loose. Emerson’s life is in danger, as are the lives of everyone Kaleb cares for the most. Meanwhile, the time continuum seems to be falling apart and all the rules are changing. Kaleb, along with Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass students need to find a way to stop Jack, even if that means allying with an even greater enemy, to restore balance.

Timepiece is even more enthralling than Hourglass. It exceeds all my expectations and further propels this series to the top of my list of favorites. Timepiece is told from my favorite character’s point of view: Kaleb Ballard. This switch may not be necessary to the series as a whole, but it’s definitely welcome and I think it’ll please a lot of people who had trouble with Hourglass and Emerson’s character. Personally, I prefer Kaleb’s point of view. He’s funny, sexy, deeply compassionate, and his ability to read emotions is equally fascinating and entertaining. His dialogue is witty and snarky (somewhat reminiscent of Jace Lightwood– although, of course, there will only ever be one Jace). He is a thoroughly flawed, lovable protagonist and I hope, hope, HOPE the third book continues with his point of view, as I believe it will.

One of my favorite things about Timepiece is that McEntire doesn’t go the love-triangle route. The love triangle was quickly established in Hourglass and McEntire could have easily played it up. But the YA genre is saturated with love triangles and Kaleb’s love for Emerson develops in a much more natural way; she comes to feel more like a sister to him, which is a great development. Emerson’s best friend, Lily, captures Kaleb’s attention though. Lily is probably my second-favorite character in the book. Her personality jumps off the page; she’s sassy, fiery, and doesn’t let any book walk all over her. Her interactions with Kaleb are a real treat. Their relationship/non-friendship is one of the most interesting and realistic and I love every second of it.

The second book in the series focuses a lot on character development, which I always love. I generally tend to fall in love with characters first, plot second. While the plot is further developed and more twists spin the novel in a ton of crazy directions, the book does seem to suffer a bit of middle-book syndrome. There’s definitely a heavier focus on relationships and the characters’ abilities than the issue with Jack. But there’s plenty of action to satisfy and new, riveting explanations about time and time travel. I would have liked to see more of Dune, Nate, and Ava again; these peripheral characters are all so interesting, but McEntire only seems to use them as a means for the main characters to get information, which I don’t think is fair. But I assume we’ll see more of them in the third book. As it stands, there is a little more development to Ava’s characters and we finally get to meet some of the Big Bads mentioned in Hourglass.

Oddly enough, I don’t really care about Emerson and Michael in this book. Once we establish that they’re still happy together, they sort of fall of my radar. I don’t mind that so much though. This is more of Kaleb’s story and not only do I find his story more interesting, but he’s also been involved in this world a lot longer so he’s able to answer a lot more questions for us about the Hourglass, time travel, and other abilities. Basically, Timepiece has all the elements of Hourglass I first fell in love with, but it’s even better. McEntire has come up with a super-intriguing world and fun X-Men style characters. Plus, this book doesn’t end on one of those annoying cliffhangers. The ending is satisfying for the book, but will also lead into an exciting opening for the next in the series. Now that I finished it, I feel like it ended too soon, but I’m definitely looking forward to rereading this series.

Pages: 342
Publication Date: June 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Source: NetGalley
Rating [rating: 4.5]

Teaser Quote: “If I’ve learned something from all this crap with Jack,” she continued, “it’s that living anywhere other than in the moment is a mistake. Like Michael always says, the future is subjective. The past could be a lie–not just my past–but all our pasts…”

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