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August 18, 2012

Review: Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples - cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?

In the wake of Landers' return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered - with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...
If you've read Hourglass, then I'm sure you can understand my excitement when I learned that Timepiece was written in Kaleb's perspective. If you haven't read it, well, scram and go do so! This review will only serve to confuse (but never spoil, I promise!) you if you're not familiar with the series. Moving on--it's rather difficult to sum up my feelings about this book, but believe me, they were (mostly) fabulous feelings indeed.

Seventeen-year-old Kaleb Ballard lives a very complex life. He's part of a very secret organization known as the Hourglass--and he also has the ability to see time travelers. It seems that something, or possibly everything, is changing right before his very eyes, however, because Kaleb has never had this ability before. To top it off, the first man he sees is none other than Jack Landers, someone Kaleb recognizes instantly, because this is the man who murdered his father.

Kaleb's southern charm is evident from the very first page, and I loved every bit of it. He can be a bit of a jerk, but when it matters most, he is someone you can definitely count on. I was thoroughly entertained by his interaction with Lily Garcia, best friend of Hourglass protagonist Emerson Cole. Speaking of Emerson, despite the fact that Timepiece centers on Kaleb's story, she and her beau Michael were present often enough to keep me from missing their story too much. All of Myra McEntire's characters are so strongly developed and multi-dimensional.

Unlike Hourglass, the time travel aspects in Timepiece started to go a bit above my comprehension. I had to go back through a few scenes twice just to try to make sense of them. However, the sci-fi and suspense elements still kept me intrigued from start to finish. There's not a single dull moment. Also, there's this lovely closing plot device known as a cliffhanger that absolutely threw me off guard. I think I spent five minutes flipping through my ARC copy absolutely distraught and wondering if I was missing pages. The wait for book three is going to be long and rather painful...

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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