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About the book
Timepiece is the second book in the Hourglass series by Myra McEntire. It was published by Egmont USA on 12th June and the book is 336 pages long.
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 travellers, 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...
(Taken from Goodreads.com)
What I thought
I loved the first book in this series, Hourglass, so much and I was really glad that I had ordered both books at the same time. I was dying to know what was going to happen next and it only took me a few days to pick up this one after finishing Hourglass.
Something I said in my review of Hourglass was that I wanted to see more of Kaleb and Lily. Well, that's exactly what I got in this book. Not having read the synopsis for this one, I didn't realise that the story was actually going to be told from Kaleb's point of view. I thought that this was going to be a straight sequel and it is kind of but not from Emerson's point of view. As much as I loved Emerson, switching up narrators was something different and it made the book even more interesting.
Kaleb was such an interesting character in Hourglass and I desperately wanted to know more about him. Kaleb is such a messed up character with so much going on around him and in this book, we get to learn all about how he copes, what he feels and much more. I really enjoyed getting to learn about Kaleb's background and to realise that he isn't just a womanising guy like he is portrayed in Hourglass. There is so much more to Kaleb than first meets the eye which is partly what made him such a good character.
Then there is Lily, Emerson's best friend. She popped up now and again in Hourglass and I really liked her then. Much like Kaleb, as Lily is the main female character of this book, we get to learn a lot more about her. Lily is a really strong female character who knows exactly who she is and what she wants and this is partly what made me like her so much. She was fiery and feisty and wasn't afraid to speak up when she had an opinion. She was also a great opposing character as she was so different to Kaleb.
Quite like Emerson and Michael's relationship in Hourglass, Kaleb and Lily take things slowly before anything happens. The tension between the two characters was electric and I couldn't wait for things to finally happen between them. Not only was the chemistry good but they did extremely well as friends. Due to certain abilities, the pair were able to trust each other after some time and really get to know one another without anything else getting in the way.
Timepiece's plot begins exactly where Hourglass finishes, with Jack on the run and everything going a bit crazy. Although this is a separate book in the way that it is told, it is a traditional sequel plot wise. The story was very exciting with many characters travelling all over the place to find the answers that they need. The world of the Hourglass and the abilities written about are explored and explained in great detail. Some past abilities are revisited while the abilities of other characters definitely are put into the forefront of the story. While not totally concentrating on time travel, this is still a large theme of the book and one that I enjoyed thoroughly.
Timepiece is a fantastic sequel and I love the world and characters that Myra McEntire has created.