Wednesday, December 28, 2011

TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire

Title: TIMEPIECE (sequel to HOURGLASS)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Number of Pages: 336
Source of Book: Borrowed ARC from bookseller friend Rani
Author's Website: myramcentire.blogspot.com

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 devestating 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.
My first recommendation is that you go back and reread HOURGLASS before starting TIMEPIECE (or at least the end of the first book with all of the reveals). If I had done that, I probably wouldn't have felt as confused by this sequel. The backstory that Myra has created in this series about time travel is extensive, which is a great thing to keep me thinking, but it also requires that I pay attention so I can follow along with what's happening. At the end of the first book which Emerson narrates, the Hourglass organization and the time-travel aspects were explained clearly, but I read that one awhile ago, so as I was thrown right back into the middle of it with TIMEPIECE, I was feeling a little bit lost because there were some specific details I couldn't remember that were referenced often in this book as they were the impetus for everything that happens. So, go reread the end of the first book and then jump right into the continuing plot in this one.

Since the second book starts right in the middle of the action, it makes it even more exciting than the first one because the characters and reader now know the basics of the time-travel aspects and the "battle" that is going on with the villains (or are they?). This book is nonstop action and suspense as the Hourglass kids try to figure out what is really going on so they can fix the time-space continuum that is a little off kilter right at the moment. This is all done within the context of the quaint setting of this small town of Ivy Springs again with some of the same loveable cast of characters.

However, (and I didn't know this going into it) this second book has a narrator switch, and this time we get to hear Kaleb's voice talking us through the story. I loved this change as he is an entertaining (and highly snarky) and deeply layered character who is often misunderstood. Seeing his empathy abilities from his perspective created depth to this book that added an emotional core to the science-fiction story. I loved getting to know him better and feeling for him and his situations even more. Emerson's best friend Lily also plays a larger role in this book which was fun because she's a great character too. Myra has a distinct ability to make us fall in love with her characters and to fall in love with others as they do in the story. It seems so realistic because we're enmeshed in the emotion with them as they struggle with their feelings and we take the journey with them.

This book has lots of reveals, lots of suspense, lots of entertainment, and lots of thinking to it, and I enjoyed reading it. There is a feeling of an ending to this book, but it also sets things up for the next book really well at the end. Although this is a second book, it still had action and resolution to things so avoided that "second book in a trilogy" drudge that some trilogies I've read have. I'm intrigued to see where this story will go, and especially who might be narrating the next book in the series. Definitely add this one to your summer reading list.

4 comments:

  1. Awesome review! The author lead me here on twitter. I am so excited to hear that Kaleb is the narrator! I LOVE HIM! I so wanted Emerson with him in the first book. Lots of action sounds fantastic. It will be so interesting how it works out from his POV.

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  2. This sounds great! I can't seem to get my hands on a copy of Hourglass but Im desperate to do so! This has made me more excited to try and start the series. Fab review!

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  3. I wasn't the biggest fan of Hourglass, but if Timepiece has this much action right at the beginning, I might give it a try. I'm glad you reviewed this one early b/c I wasn't even aware the second one was coming out so soon! :)

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  4. I had a hard time with Hourglass. It's really more of a thinking book than most YA books are and I wasn't prepared for that. I think it takes two readings to really grasp everything. But I was fortunate enough to meet the author and ask questions and when I did I got answers that made things clearer and made me realize, this was no light read. I'm quite sure this is true of the second book! I can't wait to read it!

    Heather

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