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…
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.
After reading both Hourglass and Timepiece this week, I am pretty sure that time-travel is one of my new favorite sub-genres!
Timepiece begins not too far after the end of Hourglass, but this time we get to see things from Kaleb’s perspective! Right from the very beginning I was hooked, after a scene that left me on the edge on my seat! This scene begins the hunt to find the evil Jack who not only attempted to kill Kaleb’s father and erased the memories of his mom, but also impacted the course of Emerson’s life in a way to serve his needs. They must find him before something terrible happens to them and the course of time.
Since we are being told the story from a different character, it offers a different dimension to the story and I absolutely love Kaleb! He was this cocky bad boy we just began to meet in Hourglass and here is a whole book from his point of view! He remains to have his cocky ways but there is such depth to him that we didn’t see before. Kaleb is a troubled boy who is dealing with a whole lot of different emotions, which are amplified by his ability to read them from others. Kaleb has developed feelings for Emerson, but is trying to push them down due to the powerful connection between Em and his best friend, Michael. Not only that, but he is continuing to avoid his comatose mom and struggling to come to terms with the close bond his father has with Michael. He feels left out and he often turns to alcohol to help numb the feelings. Enter Lily.
In Hourglass, Lily was just Emerson’s best friend who we discover has a knack for finding things. She is fully immersed into the story in Timepiece. Since her ability deals with finding things, Lily is involved in the search for Jack where she also starts to form a love/hate relationship with Kaleb. She is quite the firecracker and does not put up with any of Kaleb’s shit but the chemistry between the two is undeniable and their banter always made me smile.
“Try again,” I said. “Find my sword.”
She tilted her head to the side. “Lame.”
“Get your mind out of the gutter, Tiger.” I didn’t sound half as frustrated as I meant to. “I meant the one from the masquerade.”
“There is no room in the gutter. You’re taking up all the space.”
There is such evolution in Kaleb’s character. I really think fans of Hourglass will not be disappointed with the point of view change. How could you not love a bad ass who bakes when he is depressed? LOL
What I found really interesting was how the time ripples have begun to evolve beyond what Emerson and Michael used to see. Whole scenes from the past, and even the present, begin to pop up at any given time and now all those with the Time gene are able to see them. I found these moments in the book to be very intense. It was fascinating how the past can be woven into the present and how careful they needed to be to not change anything. I can only imagine how the ripples will be in the next book.
Myra McEntire did an amazing job with this sequel and I highly recommend this series! Timepiece hits the shelves on June 12th!
4.5 out of 5!
*A copy was provide by Egmont USA and Netgalley for an honest review.