Book Reviews

[review] Timepiece – Myra McEntire

Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Egmont USA
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from publisher

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…

Tell Me More: I remember being firmly on the fence regarding Hourglass, the first book in this series–there were an equal amount of good and bad aspects to the story, including love triangles and fun supporting characters. Timepiece has left me on the fence still, despite a more action-packed plot and more background information about the Hourglass.

My two main issues with Hourglass were character development and the ubiquitous love triangle. While the reader does get more in terms of character development, especially with Kaleb, the romance feels just as contrived in this installment. If you’ll remember from my review of Book 1, I liked Kaleb (more than I liked Michael) and I could easily see Em having a more meaningful relationship with him. The uniqueness of Kaleb’s character is watered down in Timepiece, to the point where he and Em even started to sound alike. And that comparison doesn’t do either of them any favours–everything I liked about both of these characters seemed to be lost in the mist of PLOT TWISTS!! TIME TRAVEL!! DRAMA!!! I can usually appreciate well-written bad boys, but Timepiece hit me at a time when I was getting sick of them. Kaleb’s melodrama was not something I could appreciate.

There was also a lot of unleashed violence in this book, from Kaleb’s verbal shots to Em punching everyone in the face to the descriptions of kissing scenes making me feel like I was witnessing two people attacking each other instead of being in love. It becomes noticeable because it’s not in keeping with the tone I think McEntire was trying to set in the story. It started to feel like shock for the sake of shock, and I did feel startled because for the most part, the story dragged. Unfortunately for Timepiece, it suffers from sophomore syndrome. There was a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey character to it that failed to make the story more intriguing. I couldn’t find it in me to really care about the characters, so even when the plot took them on a rollercoaster of drama, I wasn’t affected or interested in what would happen. While I want to know how it all ends, it doesn’t feel like InfinityGlass will have fixed the narration/character issues that keep me from enjoying the book, and that is disappointing.

The Final Say: Time-travel takes a backseat to teenage romance and drama in the newest addition to the Hourglass series. If you like complex, compelling plots and solid characters, Timepiece may leave you wanting more.

About Myra

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.

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