Book Review: Timepiece

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Timepiece Cover
Title: Timepiece (Hourglass #2)

Author: Myra McEntire

Summary: [from GoodReads]

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…


My Review: I’m a sucker for time-travel stories, I’ll admit it (Doctor Who anyone?) But as anyone who read my review of Hourglass could probably tell I was a little fed up with the whole “love at first sight” thing in the last novel – the relationship between Emerson and Michael was the one black mark and I had some trouble getting past it. But by switching narrators from Emerson to Kaleb for the second book, suddenly that mushy version of love was gone, or at least shoved to one side as a minor character.

Kaleb takes the story and puts a whole new spin on it. Suddenly our narrator has been inside Hourglass for as long as he can remember, and he can tell us quite a bit more about the specifics of the organization and the rules that govern it. At the same time, we have the added intensity of Kaleb’s strained relationship with his father, and an exploration of just what exactly he can do. Kaleb and Lily’s relationship, compared to Em and Michael’s, was like a breath of fresh air. It felt much more real. It was filled with problems and fights, just like a real life relationship would be.

My favorite part of the book though was probably the deeper exploration into Jack’s background and motives. I wish we could know more about him and why he’s doing these things! What was in his past to make him so desperate? Despite what Kaleb said at one point about not finding any good in him, I refuse to believe that he was always like this. (I mean, look at Loki in the movie Thor! Sure, by the time we get to Avengers he’s all evil, but he wasn’t always that way! Buuuut I digress.)

I think part of the reason I did like this book so much is because of my belief in Jack having a decent part deep down. If I really think about it, and try to believe what she’s telling us (that Jack is evil, will always be evil, and there is no part of him that regrets what he does) then I would have a hard time with the story. So, in the end, my opinion on the series rests on what happens in the final book. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for it and snap it up as soon as possible!

For further discussion: What do you think of villains who are completely evil (i.e. Voldemort from Harry Potter, Sebastian from TMI etc.)? Do they add something to a story that a redeemable or “once good” villain can’t?

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Timepiece”

  1. Jenny says:

    This is a relief to read! I didn’t like Hourglass that much for the same reasons as you. That this one was better for you gives me hope. :)

    • Anne says:

      Glad I could help :) I will say that I’ve read some reviews that didn’t agree with me, to an extreme. But, I would say try it and see. I certainly thought it was better!

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