Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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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...
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.
I remember how surprised I was when I first read Hourglass because I hadn't thought I was going to like it. I had no doubts about loving Timepiece after that, though. Myra McEntire writes Kaleb's voice perfectly. I loved Kaleb in the first book, and being in his head made me love him even more.
Kaleb is a very three-dimensional character, especially considering he's fictional. He struggles with the kinds of things real teenagers struggle with - feeling unwanted and like he's second best when it comes to Emerson and his father - plus he deals with all the problems that come along with the time-traveling world. In Timepiece, I think Kaleb struggles a little when it comes to what's right and what's wrong when it comes to our favorite villain, Jack. I think that's what I love most about Kaleb. He's not perfect. That might have something to do with why I've always preferred Kaleb over Michael.
I didn't have as strong feelings about the rest of the characters. Emerson's best friend, Lily, has a much bigger part in this book than the last, and it took me quite awhile to warm up to her. I wasn't very interested in her at first, but Lily does a lot of smart things in this book. Emerson herself seemed different in Timepiece, too. I liked her much better in Hourglass. In this book, she didn't seem as strong as she did in the last. She's still fiercely protective, but other than that, I felt like she was just . . . missing something. The other supporting characters, mostly members of the Hourglass, are just as fun as ever. I love how they're all important in their own way even though they're not the main focus. McEntire doesn't just skim over the additional characters, she uses them. They have a purpose, unlike many YA books.
The great thing about Timepiece, though, is that it's not all about the romance or the characters. There's plenty of plot twists and mysteries to keep you entertained. And of course, our favorite bad guy Jack is back.
Overall: Despite the issues I had with some of the female characters, I still absolutely loved Timepiece. Myra McEntire puts you inside Kaleb's head, and the way she writes the narration is perfect. Timepiece is full of even more mystery and danger than before. If you loved Hourglass, I don't think it's possible to dislike this book. 5 stars.