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Review Take 2: “Timepiece” (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire

By Appraisingpages @appraisjngpages

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We have a serious love for Myra McEntire around here. So much so that we feel the need to post multiple reviews of her books. Hence, our term “Review Take 2″. We’re besties who both blog here (read more about us) so it’s only natural that many of the books we read would overlap. This actually doesn’t happen very often, especially lately, and so this is kind of fun. You can read Justine’s first review of Timepiece here. You can also read about the time we went to our favorite local espresso bar to have cubano espressos, Emerson’s favorite drink in Hourglass, here; a post which Myra herself actually remembered when I mentioned it to her at Comic Con this year, but that’s a story for a different time and post :) If you’re interested in reading more about the first one in the series, Hourglass, you the review Justine and I wrote together here.

**Warning, there will be spoilers for Hourglass in this review!**

Here is the synopsis for Timepiece from its Goodreads page:

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…

So this book is from Kaleb’s perspective, the “third-wheel” from Hourglass, if you will. When I heard this I was initially apprehensive because of what trainwreck I though Breaking Dawn was when Stephenie Meyer made half of it from Jacob’s perspective (WTF?!). My worries were quelled pretty quickly because Myra is great at writing from a boy’s perspective. Not overly gross (like come on, ew) but definitely a little more visual and descriptive of a girl than a girl would be. I know that she has kids and I can’t help but think she must be the coolest mom to boys ever!

Found this funny tweet from Myra herself

Found this funny tweet from Myra herself

It did take me a little while to get used to it being from Kaleb’s perspective.  Not because the writing was poor but because I had literally finished Hourglass less than an hour before and so I had to get used it not being Emerson’s point of view.  It took me about 60 to 100 pages but this is probably from me being a little on the daft side ;)

I thought this was a great sequel to Hourglass, and since each member of the Hourglass has a different “power” for lack of a better word it’s great for the overall story arc to see a different character’s vision of the battle against Jack and Chronos.  I’ve heard that Infinityglass (Justine posted a review of this just yesterday here) is also written from a new character’s perspective so I’m looking forward to even more facets of this multi-layered time-war McEntire created.  That sounds epic because it is!

Even outside of what Kaleb’s storyline does for the Hourglass society he was a deep character to explore in the first-person.  I loved Hourglass and Emerson but she remains fairly static- she starts and ends the book relatively the same person other than discovering and developing her time-traveling abilities.  Kaleb starts and ends Timepiece a completely different person, and that journey was completely immersive for the reader.  I finished this book in a single day!

And if you are reading this, pay special attention to pages 274-275 in the paperback edition.  Seriously, they gave me goosebumps.  So much emotional depth and goes to show that a science fiction YA novel can take your breath away just as well (or even better) than an adult contemporary book.  I think those two pages alone may have confirmed for me that I might like Timepiece even better than Hourglass, and that’s saying a lot!  Kaleb just stole my heart… my heart breaks and rejoices with him.  Sigh.

You can buy this book on Amazon here and on Barnes & Noble here.  Also, you can find Myra McEntire on her twitter or on her website.  Have you read these books?  I’m just now starting Infinityglass so NO SPOILING that for me please!  Tell me what you think of these books in the comments!

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