Timepiece (Hourglass Series #2)

Timepiece (Hourglass Series #2)

by Myra McEntire


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Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples—cracks in time. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before Kaleb can find out, Jonathan Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
In the wake of Landers’s return, the Hourglass organization is offered an ultimatum by a mysterious man. Either they find Landers and the research he has stolen on 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 extraordinary powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? Even if they succeed, just finding him 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606841457
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Series: Hourglass Series , #2
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories. She’s an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com.

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Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Ashelynn_Hetland More than 1 year ago
AHHH. You guys! Timepiece by Myra McEntire was amazing! I have to admit, when I heard it was written in Kaleb’s POV, I was a tiny bit hesitant to read it. I mean, KALEB? KALEB? WHY HIM WHEN THERE’S EMERSON?! Don’t worry, guys; Myra knows what she’s doing. And Kaleb is totally a guy you want to get to know (you thought you knew him in Hourglass, didn’t you? Ha!) I loved getting to know Kaleb more. I forgot how charming he was, and was instantly reminded with the first sentence: “Maybe getting drunk and dressing up like a pirate for the masquerade was a bad idea.” (please note that this is from the ARC, so it is subjective to change.) No, not a bad idea. I call that getting into character. Because we all know pirates like to drink. I did however have a problem with having this book written from Kaleb’s POV. Sometimes the voice didn’t sound like Kaleb, or I would get distracted and come back to the book and the voice jarred me so much that I had to reread pages and think, “okay, yes, this is Kaleb.” I don’t know why it kept happening to me, but every once in a while, it would, and then I was like “NOOOOO.” Also I can’t tell you how much it bothers me that the cover is of a girl when the book has a boy narrating it. And I freaking LOVE this cover, so you know it really bothers me if I point it out. Because you guys, I would have LOVED to see a guy on the cover to say “YO! THIS BOOK HAS A MALE POV!” But whatever. I’m not in the cover designing business. Can I just say how much I loved Lily? And Kaleb? And their BANTERING? Oh my lanta, I love it when there’s conflict between two people and then they kiss and it’s super-hot in herre. (note: that’s a song. I know how to spell “here.”) I like sexy times, and boy, Myra McEntire sure knows how to WRITE sexy times. I give her a bajillion points for the sexy times scenes alone. As for the rest of the book? BRILLIANT. I loved the plot. I loved the time is ticking scenes. I just loved it all. Myra McEntire is brilliant with how she wrote this one; it’s probably not a good idea to read Timepiece before Hourglass, yet they both have different narrators and it’s like “YOU ARE SO SMART, MYRA.” I love the idea for a sequel with a different narrator. I wish more books were like that. You know how you read and think, “Man, I wish we got to know more about character X!” It’s like Myra knew what we were thinking and laughed to herself while she wrote Timepiece. I highly recommend picking up the sequel to Hourglass. These books are so brilliant, and readers of all sorts of genres will love them. The books are a perfect blend of paranormal, science fiction, and mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the first book and the sequel is even better! This book is from Kaleb's view this time... But Kate and all our favorites are still here... including the bad guy, Jonathan too.... There are some surprises in this book and some of the questions are still unanswered but it's a terrific book and makes you look forward to the next one! By May
books4susie More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read Hourglass, Stop! I don't want to ruin one of my favorite series for you. Kaleb Ballard’s parents were time travelers, just like his friends Emerson Cole and Michael Weaver. Kaleb’s ability is empathy, to sense emotions of his close friends and those he touches. Now Kaleb and Emerson’s lives have been changed forever by his father’s former partner, Jack Landers. Jack manipulated time to bring Emerson to Ivy Springs, Tennessee after the accident that caused the death of her parents. He also killed Kaleb’s father and stole enough memories from his mother to land her into a coma. Now Jack is on the loose and time travel seems to be in flux. Only those with the time travel gene were able to see rips; people “stuck in time superimposed on the present”’ but now Kaleb is seeing them as well. On the night that Emerson’s brother hosts a masquerade party at his restaurant, Kaleb sees rips everywhere. When Jack appears with a gun, Kaleb seeks revenge for those he loves and cares about. Jack tells Kaleb that “killing him would be the worst mistake of his life.” The gun fires which breaks a mirror and Jack disappears. Kaleb then notices a man entering the restaurant through a veil. He says his name is Poe and he is there to deliver a message to the Hourglass. Their actions in going back in time to first save Liam Ballard and then Michael have disrupted the time travel continuum. He grabs Emerson, pulls her into the veil with him and threatens to slit her throat. Poe further states that Emerson’s ignorance of the law is no excuse for her saving Michael without suffering the consequences. He slits her throat and tells Kaleb to find Jack Landers in order to have any hope of repairing the damage. If the Hourglass is successful, they can choose which timeline they wish to follow. If Jack isn’t located, time will be rewound and a timeline will be chosen for them. There is a possibility that the timeline could be repaired with no consequences to Liam, Michael or Emerson’s lives. The Hourglass has until midnight on October 31 to find Jack Landers. Poe pushes Emerson out of the veil to Kaleb and she is unharmed. What has happened to the time travel continuum? Who is Poe working for and what do they want Jack Landers for? Can Jack be found in time? Why would Kaleb killing Jack be a mistake? Will Kaleb’s mother wake up from her coma? Can Kaleb repair his relationships with his father and Michael? And what timeline will the Hourglass choose to follow if they are successful? The story of the Hourglass will conclude with Infinityglass in 2013. Once again I feel in love with Myra McEntire’s story. A bit skeptical at first changing POV, I loved Kaleb through all of his faults and becoming is own man. Cannot wait to see where the final book goes!
MrsHeise-HeiseReads More than 1 year ago
My first recommendation is that you go back and reread HOURGLASS before starting TIMEPIECE (or at least the end of the first book with all of the reveals). If I had done that, I probably wouldn't have felt as confused by this sequel. The backstory that Myra has created in this series about time travel is extensive, which is a great thing to keep me thinking, but it also requires that I pay attention so I can follow along with what's happening. At the end of the first book which Emerson narrates, the Hourglass organization and the time-travel aspects were explained clearly, but I read that one awhile ago, so as I was thrown right back into the middle of it with TIMEPIECE, I was feeling a little bit lost because there were some specific details I couldn't remember that were referenced often in this book as they were the impetus for everything that happens. So, go reread the end of the first book and then jump right into the continuing plot in this one. Since the second book starts right in the middle of the action, it makes it even more exciting than the first one because the characters and reader now know the basics of the time-travel aspects and the "battle" that is going on with the villains (or are they?). This book is nonstop action and suspense as the Hourglass kids try to figure out what is really going on so they can fix the time-space continuum that is a little off kilter right at the moment. This is all done within the context of the quaint setting of this small town of Ivy Springs again with some of the same loveable cast of characters. However, (and I didn't know this going into it) this second book has a narrator switch, and this time we get to hear Kaleb's voice talking us through the story. I loved this change as he is an entertaining (and highly snarky) and deeply layered character who is often misunderstood. Seeing his empathy abilities from his perspective created depth to this book that added an emotional core to the science-fiction story. I loved getting to know him better and feeling for him and his situations even more. Emerson's best friend Lily also plays a larger role in this book which was fun because she's a great character too. Myra has a distinct ability to make us fall in love with her characters and to fall in love with others as they do in the story. It seems so realistic because we're enmeshed in the emotion with them as they struggle with their feelings and we take the journey with them. This book has lots of reveals, lots of suspense, lots of entertainment, and lots of thinking to it, and I enjoyed reading it. There is a feeling of an ending to this book, but it also sets things up for the next book really well at the end. Although this is a second book, it still had action and resolution to things so avoided that "second book in a trilogy" drudge that some trilogies I've read have. I'm intrigued to see where this story will go, and especially who might be narrating the next book in the series. Definitely add this one to your summer reading list. Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book back in April (over Spring Break) and absolutely loved it. So then when I got the chance to read an advanced copy of Timepiece, I thought "Of course." This book is great. Not only is it well written, but it makes you think. Also, it has the absolute best first line I've ever read in a book :)
C_Redwine More than 1 year ago
Kaleb Ballard flirts, drinks, and self-destructs his way through life, and who could blame him? His mother is in a coma, thanks to Jack Landers, his father recently came back from the dead, but their relationship is strained, and if Kaleb doesn't do something to dull his empathetic abilities, he gets an unending stream of everyone's most private emotions running straight into his brain. But when Jack returns and the damage to the space-time continuum grows, a mysterious (and dangerous) organization threatens the Hourglass teens with unthinkable consequences if they can't find Jack and make things right. Kaleb chooses to step up to the plate. I can't give away any other details without spoilers because this plot is a tightly woven gem full of twists and the kind of surprises that leave you gasping for breath as you frantically turn the page to see what happens next. I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time. The character and emotional arcs are just as polished and lovely as the plot. I love, love, LOVE Kaleb's voice. I mean love like ... maybe I'd even trade every pair of stilettos I own just for the chance to have lunch with him. The journey past the flirty Kaleb and deep into the damaged, self-destructive Kaleb is riveting, and I found myself cheering him on because I really wanted him to get his happily ever after. The worldbuilding and setting are just as suberbly handled in TIMEPIECE as they were in HOURGLASS. I felt like I was living inside the story, and I appreciate that the physics Myra uses to support her time travel abilities is based on real science. I bought the premise of this book from the very first word. TIMEPIECE is a heart-pounding thrill ride full of humor, emotional insight, and a heaping dose of heart. I highly recommend it.
ClaireJ More than 1 year ago
Excuse me while I go all fangirl for TIMEPIECE and Myra McEntire. *flails* *cheers* *does a high kick* *end scene* Second books always make me nervous. I'm always initially very excited to read them but if they don't hook me, I won't read the third. And I'm going to be honest, many second books make me lose interest and I often won't finish out a series. Well, last year when I finished HOURGLASS I couldn't wait until TIMEPIECE was released. I was so jealous of everyone who managed to score an ARC. When I got my chance to read, I devoured TIMEPIECE. I simply could not get enough. And I won't be quitting this series anytime soon. TIMEPIECE is told from Kaleb's *swoon* POV. I absolutely dug this. I think McEntire nailed his voice. Not only that but we got to see Kaleb's different sides. His tough guy side and the vulnerable side that we didn't see in HOURGLASS. And I must say that vulnerable side made me swoon and tear up at all at the same time. Besides hearing more from Kaleb, I was hoping Myra would give us more about Em's best friend, Lily. Once again, she delivered. Lily is an amazing character and I want her to be my best friend. She's beyond loyal and she's one tough cookie. I don't want to give away too much more...I really want you to read it. After you do, we can laugh, snort, and cry all together. I cannot rave about this book enough...in a year of fantastic releases, this is sure to be tops on anyone's list. It will not disappoint at all. I can't wait to see what Myra has in store for us next.
breakingdownslowly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those of you not aware, the first book is Hourglass and it's narrated by Emerson (one of my favorite heroines ever). Book two is narrated by Kaleb. Kaleb's more of a mess than I am right now. He's full of emotions he can't really control (literally), his dad was dead but now he's not, his mom's in a coma, and he's a playboy that cooks. And I adore him.I'm not going to lie, Michael still has my heart. But Kaleb? He made a valiant effort to steal it and was really close (maybe he didn't succeed because he kind of reminds me of my older brother. Hadn't noticed that before...). I love him in a different way. I love his kindness, his gentle soul. I love that even though he tries to be a tough dude, we're getting his side of the story and know it's not really him. I love that he is broken but he refuses to let that keep him down. I love his protective nature, his tenderness, and caring. I love who he becomes over the course of the novel.I also want to cuddle Lily. She was just fierce and loyal and wonderful. She could be sweet, she could be vulnerable, she could be defensive and snarky. I think this is my favorite thing about Myra's books. Lily, Kaleb, Emerson, Michael...all her characters are just so real. They all have issues and love and self doubts and they're human. They're so, so human. Which is a large part of the reason I'm so attached to them.Myra McEntire is a freaking fantastic writer, guys. She's witty and she knows how to balance the fun and the serious. Her dialogue is so clever and she always has the sarcasm put in perfectly. She can make you smile when the characters are having huge issues but they can't even handle it and need to joke. I guess the best way to put it is that Myra is the female John Green. Except instead of contemporary, she writes about time travel. Which may make her even cooler because...it's time travel. And have you read her kissing scenes? Myra's kissing scenes can be hotter than a sex scene in a romance novel.Like the first book, there's never a dull moment in Timepiece. I've already reread this and I was still constantly trying to find excuses to read. I have to know what happens next, how do they fix this? There's always action and romance and friendships and family relationships and epic kissing scenes and science and it's just...wonderful. Myra's one of the most masterful story tellers ever. Ever.Now, I'm not going to talk about the ending except to say that Myra is mean and I need book 3. We're going to leave it there, mmk?The Short Version: Timepiece is pretty much the best sequel/companion ever. I could read Myra's books and almost nothing else (I mean...I'd miss some of my other favorites!) for the rest of my life, and if you aren't walking out the door to get this or clicking to your preferred book-buying website, THEN YOU ARE CRAZY PANTS WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?
readermarina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The scoop:Picking up where we left on in Hourglass our point of view moves from Emerson Cole to Kaleb Ballard. Kaleb is the son of Liam Ballard, who was recovered by Emerson and Michael at the end of the last book, and is the head of Hourglass. Kaleb has had a rough few months--his father died (and was saved by going back in time), his mother had her memories stolen and therefore slipped into a coma, and Kaleb and the other students of Hourglass were betrayed by the one adult remaining that they thought they could trust. When the rips that only Michael and Emerson had been seeing are now visual to anybody with a time power the Hourglass students know that they need to start searching for some answers. With the help of Emerson's best friend, Lily, who has the power to find things, they start searching for Chronos and the Infinityglass in hopes that they can save the fate of either Liam and Michael's deaths or Emerson's fall back into "Crazytown." With time (pun intended--ha ha!) against them the all follow any lead they can and use powers they had been forbidden to access in order to try and save the lives of those in danger of not having a future. My thoughts:I have to admit that I wasn't sure how I was going to feel towards this book. I had just finished re-reading Hourglass and fell IN LOVE all over again with Emerson, her family, and Michael (as well as the Hourglass crew). Well, it didn't take me long to overcome any apprehension I had of reading a story headlined by Kaleb. I was on the fence about his way of dealing with his emotional overloads (drinking, girls, etc.) but getting to know him better in this story--more background on his special power, his relationship with his parents, his strained (and/or brotherly) relationship with Michael, the feelings he has toward Emerson that cause that strained relationship--made me love him just as much as Emerson and Michael. And, adding Em's best friend, Lily, into the mix of the Hourglass crew (I totally saw the costume girl connection as it was happening but I loved it none-the-less) made it so much more fun and added another layer of mystery and history to the present that Jack created for his own machinations.All of the characters in this book were a great continuation from Hourglass and the new ones we met (the Professor, etc.) helped move the mythology along regarding Chronos and the Infinityglass (which I can't wait for). I thought they were well-written and realistic in their thoughts and feelings regarding their lives, families and super-powers (as realistic as that can be!). In all honesty I love series that bring things back around to the beginning. That's one of the big things behind my love for the Harry Potter series. In the final book you could see all the points that were plotted out in the first six books being wrapped up in the final one. I can see some of those details from Hourglass and into Timepiece and I hope that it continues into Infinityglass and however many other books might come out of this series (with all the students at Hourglass maybe we can hope for a few more). I'm also a fan of time travel and how you have the rules of what you can/can't do, who you can/can't see and all those other little details (it must be the librarian in me that likes that sort of focus) so I'm enjoying this series for that as well (as I've seen in other time travel series where some of the mythology was a bit too elaborate for my layman's comprehension).
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyTIMEPIECE, the second book in Myra McEntire¿s Hourglass series, picks up shortly after the events from the previous book. Despite what the cover implies, Emerson is not the protagonist this time, Kaleb is. It¿s quite a shift and it did take me quite a while to adjust. Even then, I would have preferred to have Emerson tell this tale as I really missed her voice.That being said, McEntire has captured an authentic male voice with Kaleb, and his romance with Lily was my favorite part of TIMEPIECE. Kaleb is a womanizing jerk for most of the book and it was a lot of fun to watch him struggle to shed that side of him. Unfortunately, that focus relegated Emerson and Michael to mere shadows of the characters they were in HOURGLASS. They flitted in and out of scenes with almost no impact.While I warmed up to Kaleb as a character, the actual plot this time wasn¿t as compelling. It felt like a lot of running around just to kill time until the end, and I will warn you that it¿s a cliffhanger. Details are scant about INFINITYGLASS, the third book in the Hourglass series. It will be out in 2013, but no word on who the protagonist will be. I¿m hoping for Emerson.Sexual Content:Kissing and mild sensuality. References to sex.
jennrenae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My experience with time travel and books is pretty small, in fact, the only one I had read before Myra McEntire's series was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But, if every time travel book is as interesting as the Hourglass series, then count me in! I was thrown at first because I did not realize that Timepiece was going to be written from Kaleb's perspective, and I was somewhat upset that I wouldn't get to see more of Michael and Emerson's romance (still a little upset about that), but I did get a sneak peak into a guy's head. Plus, I did get some romance with Kaleb. The best part of this book is the twists and turns. There is also plenty of action as the Hourglass members rush to try and locate Jack. Thank goodness there was plenty of action and questions to keep me guessing because I might have lost interest with the lack of romance. I really liked that Myra introduced a bit of mythology into the mix with the idea of Chronos. We are left with more questions than answers in this book, but I do think it was a good set-up for the next book. Overall, it was nice to get a guy's point of view (especially a hottie with a side of brokeness--very sexy!), but I still found myself missing that girl connection. What can I say--I like to imagine myself as the protagonist! I felt like all that emotion and connection that was built up between the reader in Hourglass was just thrown aside because we really don't see much of her at all in this book. Still, I devoured this book quickly and enjoyed seeing inside Kaleb's head. I'm interested to know whose pov the next book will be in--hopefully we will get both, differing from chapter to chapter.
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You should absolutely read Hourglass first - not just because the plot's important, also because of how stupendous a book it is! - my review (with Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depo links)Sometimes it can be hard to contain just how much I love a book - and wait until the pre-determined review post date/my review goes live, such is the case with Timepiece by Myra McEntire.This sequel to 2011's Hourglass has Kaleb, Emerson, Michael and the others from both the Hourglass and Ivy Springs in even more danger. Jack Landers, the man who tried to killed Kaleb's father appears, attacks, and then timeslips back away just as quickly.Forced to find him - or face results they'd rather not even think of, results that will mess wit the very fabric of time - they'll have to use their powers, those they already know of and those they're just discovering. But where do they even start looking for the man - and his research on the time gene?And why is it that Kaleb can now see time travellers? He never could before. Is he gaining a new ability or are things - for the better or the worse - changing more than they ever could have though as time, the past, present and maybe even future seem to come together around them.Can they find Jack, keep themselves safe and find out what's really happening with all the different players- both good and bad (and who's which)?Hourglass was pretty much amazeballs. You should probably go into my review of Timepiece knowing I thought that. The only thing that really could have made it better was more Kaleb. (And if you disagree, how have you and I coexisted on the same planet for so long?)Timepiece delivers more Kaleb in spades. Told from Kaleb's point-of-view, this follow-up gives us more sexy Kaleb but we also get to see the empathetic, caring, sweet Kaleb we caught a glimpse of in Hourglass caring about Em. (Plus, he starts the book dressed up as a pirate . . . a drunk one. I really do love him. And Myra McEntire.) I pretty much dare you (here I go again with the daring, I know), to read the first chapter. If you don't love the book - and the characters after that, I might think you're crazy but . . . yeah I might think you're crazy.I did miss some of my kick-butt Em in this book but I loved seeing things (and her) through Kaleb's eyes. It brought out the different side of some of the other secondary characters (Kaleb's dad) and their relationships that we really would not have gotten to see if this book had stayed with Emerson as the narrator. So, aside from my massive crush on Kaleb, plot-wise I loved that the book switched narrators - I think readers gain a lot of knowledge and insight into important people and events it would't have made sense for them to see via Em.It's also absolutely fantastic that Lily is in this novel again. She was one of my favorites in Hourglass and I'm super happy she's back in Timepiece. I love her story - it's one of my favorites for a secondary character that I can think of, period - and I love how she interacts with the different characters (Emerson, Kaleb, etc).The science fiction, time travel elements of Timepiece are just as strong in Myra McEntire's sophomore novel as they were in her debut (except for maybe missing a Doctor Who reference or two) and I love that it makes sense. Obviously it isn't something I can carry out/physicists might take issue with it but it's not this illogical, plot-wholey thing. This is a timeslip book and the timeslips/travel are a strong part of the story/plot and work incredibly well. They make me wish (almost) that I could (sometimes) seem rips!In case you couldn't tell, I'm more than a little bit in love with Timepiece, still love Kaleb (more so now), love Em (especially after one scene involving a DVD), love Lily, like Michael more (what? I'm weird), and absolutely, positively canNOT wait for Infinityglass (Hourglass #3).Largest of large thank yous to EgmontUSA and NetGalley for my e-galley of this title
l_manning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The whole gang is back in this follow-up to Hourglass. They've noticed time rips are becoming more prevalent and erratic. This coincides with the return of Jack Landers, the man responsible for much death and manipulation. Emerson, Michael, and Kaleb are given an ultimatum by another man though. He represents a group that want Jack for themselves. The Hourglass group find themselves involved in something way beyond what they ever thought could be. Kaleb will have to learn to work with Emerson's best friend Lily to hone their abilities and find Jack before more problems occur.I was excited to read this book, and I was a little surprised to find it written from Kaleb's point-of-view. I found this a little harder to get into as Kaleb wasn't a very sympathetic character to me. Even knowing what he had gone through in the first book, I still found him to be a bit of a jerk in the beginning of this book. Luckily, things improved after a bit. Kaleb really began to grow, and this helped the narrative to be much more entertaining. The increasing action in the plot didn't hurt either. Kaleb's relationships with certain characters were a bit predictable, but I still found myself cheering Kaleb on. I actually went from not liking him at all to finding him rather enjoyable by the end. That's really fun when a book can do that.The time travel stuff is very intriguing. I found myself coming up with all kinds of wacky theories, none of which turned out to be true. The upside to this is I was constantly guessing about what would happen next. I thought the ending was a little too neat though. More hanging threads would have been okay. One thing I will say is that this book is unique in that I feel it really did well as a stand-alone story. You could easily read this book without having read the first and not really miss a step. Some of this was due to the change in narrative voice. It just made it feel so different from the first book. Overall, I was very entertained. It's one of those books that you stay up late to read because you are dying to see how it ends. I'm very interested in seeing what the next book brings as well. This was a great book that I highly recommend.Galley provided for review.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am going to be very honest in this review, even though it pains me to do so. I am extremely disappointed in Timepiece, the follow-up to the amazing Hourglass novel by Myra McEntire. Hourglass completely blew me away. I read it all in one sitting, and when the book ended, I was sitting there with my mouth hanging open, and all I could say was "wow." Timepiece had the exact opposite effect on me. I was so looking forward to this novel, and I adore Kaleb. Therefore, I was super excited when I found out he was going to be the narrator. However, this book fell incredibly flat for me. It took me three days of reading to get through it. I had to force myself to pick it up, and every time I did, I'd sigh and think, "let's get this over with." I will be reading the sequel, though, because I have faith in McEntire. I firmly believe that this was just a rough patch and things will get better from here on out.Kaleb was fine as a narrator, but he and Lily had no chemistry whatsoever. Also, there was no relationship development. They randomly poured their hearts out to each other for no reason when it seemed like they didn't even know each other that well. Also, they invited one another to be present for private family moments, and that seemed really awkward. I didn't buy into them as a couple, and I am so sick and tired of authors throwing a couple's two best friends or siblings together in a convenient match. It just wasn't believable. And Kaleb and Lily were just... blah. It felt forced, and there was no chemistry between them at all. I was hoping for some Emerson and Michael type chemistry, but alas, none came. I really hope Kaleb and Lily break up and Kaleb finds someone better suited for him because this was awful. He still seemed to care more about Emerson than Lily, too. Maybe something will come of that and it'll add some spice to the next book.McEntire's writing was amazing. I love her descriptions and how she gives each of her characters a unique voice. When I read her books, I can hear the characters' voices inside my head when they speak. That doesn't happen for me often in novels. I also enjoyed getting to know more about Kaleb, his power, and his past. Additionally, the new characters that were introduced were intriguing and I can't wait to learn more about them. Jack, of course, was the most despicable bad guy ever. The more I learn about him, the more I hate him, which I think is the intended reaction.The plot itself was a bit all over the place. It wasn't as well-defined and easy to follow as the plot in Hourglass. However, the mystery and suspense should have had me intrigued, and it would have had it not been for the god awful pseudo-romance between Lily and Kaleb. The two of them together really ruined the entire story for me. I don't think I've been this strongly against a couple since the Nightshade series with Calla and Shay. I hated Shay with a deeply burning passion, though, and I don't hate Lily and Kaleb... I just hate them together as a couple. Anyway, back to the plot. The pacing was spot-on, and the book didn't drag at all. A lot was going on, and sometimes it was hard to keep track of things, but I really felt like I was inside Kaleb's head. There were a lot of twists and turns, and I never knew what was going to happen from one second to the next. When I was ignoring the crappy romance, I was kept on the edge of my seat. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but a few things were tied up from Hourglass. Also, Kaleb grew a lot as a character, so I felt that the novel accomplished what it set out to do. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who loved Hourglass. If you haven't read Hourglass, you need to go out and buy it stat. Timepiece was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I will be continuing the series. I have a feeling that the next book will blow my mind and totally make up for this disappointment. As I stated, my main problem with this book was the romance between Lily and Kaleb. It just didn
amz310783 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis:Timepiece picks up right where Hourglass left off, with one exception, Kaleb is now the view point character. Kaleb and the other members of Hourglass have started seeing rips, not only that, they are also getting bigger. Then a mysterious man calling himself Poe appears, telling Kaleb that the space time continuum is compromised, and that they need to find Jack Landers. The members of the Hourglass pull together to try and find Jack Landers and figure out what is going on.Why I picked this book up: I loved the first book, so was hoping this would live up to it. Did it live up to my expectations:Yes, it lived up to the first book, I actually preferred it.What I thought: I loved getting to know Kaleb a bit better, finding out the reasons behind his actions. I also thought the romance between him and Lily was much more realistic than the one between Michael and Emerson, two people slowly getting to know each other without any sparks and whistles.The storyline in this one was much more involved than Hourglass, and moved along a lot quicker. I also like the fact that the other characters were more involved. How did it stand as part of the series:Well it followed straight on from Hourglass, so no problem there. Enough questions were answered at the end to make you feel satisfied, but enough left open to make you want the next one. (As soon as possible please!)Read if: You liked Hourglass.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Kaleb Ballard knows all about the ways time can be manipulated by people with the right abilities--time travel, speed, telekinesis, even the ability to control tides or read emotions. What Kaleb never expected was that he would start seeing the ripples created in time when things are disturbed. When an old enemy to the Hourglass Institute resurfaces, Kaleb's suspicions are confirmed. Worse, a new player is on the board with an ultimatum that can't be ignored. With the rips getting worse, Kaleb and his friends know something bad is coming. The only problem is none of them are sure how to stop an enemy they can't even find in Timepiece (2012) by Myra McEntire. Timepiece is the second book in McEntire's Hourglass trilogy. It is preceded by Hourglass. This story picks up soon after the events of book one with McEntire striking an ideal balance between summarizing past events and offering new information as readers re-immerse themselves in this series (which was probably helped along by the shift in viewpoint this time around). Kaleb is often a mess in this story. He makes terrible decisions, he's obnoxious, and he knows he's attractive enough to get away with it most of the time. All of that left the potential for Kaleb to be a terribly unlikable narrator. Happily, he is instead a surprisingly honest and insightful one. It's unlikely that Timepiece will attract new readers to this series simply because there is so much information readers will need to retain from book one. However this is another great time-tripping read that fans of Hourglass are sure to enjoy. With twists and surprises galore, Timepiece is also guaranteed to leave readers eager for the next book. Possible Pairings: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst, Clarity by Kim Harrington, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, Pivot Point by Kasie West
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
I actually preferred Kaleb’s POV as opposed to Emerson’s POV in the first novel. The story is as original and endaring as in the first book, and the story is full of action, fast-paced and suspenseful. A solid YA read for time travel fans. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Since her parents's death Emerson has been seeing things others can't. Apparitions from old days are crossing her way and she can't make them go away. Her brother Thomas is set on finding a cure, but nothing has helped so far. Until he calls the Hourglass organisation on the plan, and with it super smart and hot agent Michael. Thank you, Thomas! His task is to help Emerson find a way to get rid of her ghosts from the past. And of course all scruples aside he's there to provide us with a swoon-worthy romance. What a lucky providence that he's staying in the same housing complex as Emerson and her brother. Offers room for a lot of flustering encounters and much time for their feelings of attraction to grow into something stronger and more sustainable. Only the love story would have been enough to name HOURGLASS an awesome read. A conspiracy, mysterious organisations, insane antagonists, explosions, very short windows of time to act and turn the ending into a happy one and time travelling - loved the time travelling components in HOURGLASS just as much as in recent favourites such as TEMPEST by Julie Cross- complete HOURGLASS to a well-balanced and absolutely gripping read. In TIMEPIECE the hunt for antagonist Landers continues. Now from the perspective of Michael's best friend Kaleb. It took some getting used to Kaleb's narration. He's a character with so much sorrow and anger sitting on his heart that the emotional level of this sequel was stepped up a few notches. The story's main focus was on Kaleb and Lily's love story (yes, he gets a shot with Emerson's best friend) than the part where they actually work on saving the world. Completely fine with me. Lily and him are like fire and ice, so absoring in their elements. Theirs is a stormy and fierce love, with space for gentleness and understanding. Reaching PERFECT CHEMISTRY intensity of romance goodness, their attraction is smoldering. 4,5/5 ****/* HOURGLASS series - An action-packed time travel extraverganza with flair and three infectious love stories. One minute you are totally relaxed and laid-back, that jazzy feeling of old days bewitching you, the next you are on the run from your past and your future. Trust me, you want to have all three books in your reach when you turn the first page of HOURGLASS.
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