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Timepiece Hardcover – November 1, 1996
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At first I felt duped – this wasn’t the continued story from Emmeron’s POV. I’d fallen in love with her in ‘Hourglass,’ and was really looking forward to more. Instead what I got was the story being picked up right where the last book ended, but with Kaleb’s narrative.
It is an easy read though. I was able to fly through this, and thank goodness, because it took the first half of the novel to get over my disappointment and get into Kaleb’s head. We still get the goodness of Em and Michael, but from a different perspective.
I have grown to like Kaleb, and was rooting for him by the end of the novel. A tattooed and pierced bad boy with a marshmallow heart.
Lily was a breath of fresh air as far as a love interest and heroines go. She wasn’t the reactionary teen we see a lot of in YA. She was level headed and sarcastic in a dark way, not in the exaggerated obvious pun sort of way. She really stole my heart and I was cheering for her and Kaleb from early on.
It’s not oversaturated on the love and heavy petting either. McEntire really builds her relationships and characters in a realistic and organic way; which is impressive given the landscape being warped from rips and alternate versions of time and space which kept changing. Em and Michael, Lily and Kaleb were fixed points amongst the chaos.
I’ve deducted a few marks for the slow pacing at the beginning, and the lack of story. There could have been more action or conflict packed into ‘Timepiece’ – it was easy and pleasant to read, but did not live up to the likes of ‘Hourglass.’
Although the writing isn’t fancy, it does allow you to speed through the book; but the way McEntire weaves a story is masterful. So many threads to keep track of… brilliant imagination come to life on the written page. Really makes me want to grab everything she’s ever written to add it to my library.
A thoroughly entertaining read, not as dark as ‘Hourglass,’ more of the timey-wimey things and a couple of plot twists I did not see coming, but leading us towards what should be a very interesting conclusion in ‘Infinityglass.’ (Which I must read asap!)
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.
Oh, my! I thought I enjoyed Emerson as a main character, but Kaleb's point-of-view was something else! Here is a character that puts new meaning to the phrase, "more than meets the eye." Kaleb brought a fresh new voice to the table that added an entirely new dimension to the story. I also enjoyed getting to know Lily more as a character. Her interactions with Kaleb, Emerson, even her grandmother made for some great reading. She's such a fiery character that it's hard to overlook her.
I wasn't sure how Myra McEntire was going to top the events that took place in Hourglass, but I should have known she would pull something truly mind-boggling and amazing out of her hat. Both settings (Ivy Springs and Memphis) are made all the more captivating through the time slips that become more and more present throughout the story. The pacing is done very well and suffers few to no snags. Even though there is a lot of information to take in, it is handled in such a way that it isn't overwhelming and is fairly easy to keep up with. Overall, Timepiece is a no-holds-barred, riveting, and all-around fun novel.
Timepiece has managed something I didn't think would be possible. You see, I enjoyed it even more than I enjoyed Hourglass, and that's saying something, as I rated Hourglass as a 5. All I can say that if this trend continues, Infinityglass is going to be absolutely phenomenal. The change in narration and the higher stakes all made for a fantastic read that left me reeling and wanting more, all at the same time. This series is one you definitely don't want to miss.
Obligatory legal statement: This digital review copy was provided to me free of charge by the publisher via Netgalley. No monetary compensation was received in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.
This review originally appeared on my blog, Starting the Next Chapter, on June 12, 2012.
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Enjoyed the author's other works. I also have a timepiece from my father and it's treasured for time I spent with him.Read more