Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Book Review: Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Timepiece 
by Myra McEntire
Egmont USA
June 12, 2012
336 pages
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis
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.(Taken from Goodreads.)


*I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
Thank you Egmont USA:)

** Caution- There may be spoilers ahead! 
This is the sequel to Hourglass so proceed at your own risk! 
You have been warned:)**

Opening Line
Maybe getting drunk and dressing up like a pirate for the masquerade was a bad idea.

My Take On It
And with that killer opening line I am transported back into the world of one of my favorite characters: Kaleb Ballard, resident bad boy/heart throb of Ivy Springs, USA. Helloooo Kaleb! K to the Leb! Tattooed, pierced, pretty boy after my own heart, Kaleb. Ok, ok, I'll simmer down a bit. But you guys, I loved Hourglass, the first book in Myra McEntire's series about time traveling teenagers out to save the world. LOVED it. Read my review and see for yourself. I included film clips for God's sake. And while I freely admit that I adored Hourglass's narrator, the plucky pint sized bad ass Emerson Cole, I ADORED the cocky, perpetually drunk, yet very sweet, Kaleb Ballard. So when I discovered that the sequel, Timepiece, was to be written in Kaleb's voice, holy cannoli kids, I was beside myself! And then, even more awesomeness! I was approved to read the ARC on NetGalley, woot woot! So, the verdict? Would I be this giddy if I hadn't loved the book? Uh, negatory. I LOVED the book! Why? Because Kaleb + Male POV= Totally Awesome in every way:)

It started at page one and never let up:

Maybe getting drunk and dressing up like a pirate for the masquerade was a bad idea.    Okay, definitely a bad idea. At least the pirate part. I stared openly at the girl standing in line next to me, who did everything she could to avoid looking in my direction. Her mouth was a masterpiece, the lower lip slightly fuller than the top. Or it could've been a pout. Either way, it was the kind of lip that begged to be between my teeth. I had no idea how she got that ridiculously curvy body into a skintight golden cat suit, but I was all for helping her get out of it.    I leaned toward her. "Meow."
Best come-on line ever.

Okay. Now let's stop for a minute. If you are reading this review and have zero knowledge of Kaleb from the first book (and why would you, I told you there might be spoilers ahead?) then this little passage may not elicit the schoolgirl grin like it does when I read it. Because when taken out of context, and not knowing who Kaleb is, this reads completely different. Like "What's up with this guy who thinks he is all that?" different. But, if you are a member of the Kaleb Ballard fan club, as I am, then you know that well, he sorta IS all that. And I wouldn't want him any other way.
   
You see, Kaleb is the archetypal "Bad Boy." You guys, I sure do love a bad boy. But why, you ask? What makes the bad boy so popular? I too asked myself that question and here are the reasons why I think the bad boy is so revered in film, literature, as well as real life. 

  • He is cocky, bordering on arrogant, and bold.
  • He has a great sense of humor, albeit buried under a mountain of sarcasm.
  • He is a rule breaker and therefore dangerous. 
  • He is always WAY easy on the eyes. 
  • He is extremely motivated and gets what he wants. In fact he is all about the conquest, and so, he is often  a big time player.


So what  exactly is so appealing about this type of guy? Well girls, he is usually very leery of the "C" word: Commitment. Thereby making most of us girls extremely interested because it's, another "C" word: a Challenge. You see the bad boy might like a fling or two (or  twenty) but really he needs a woman who can match him step for step and ultimately "save him from himself." I know, it's all classic psychobabble, but it's true. 


Now in "real life" taming a bad boy is fraught with peril and frankly, a lot of work.  The solution?  Get your bad boy fix via books and films. It's almost as satisfying and there is no risk of heartbreak! And Kaleb ranks way up there on the bad boy scale. I'd put him in my top three, right alongside Jace Lightwood and Cole St.Clair. That's not too shabby a position. 

And you know the very best part of a bad boy? He usually has a heart of gold and a deep soul under all those delicious layers of smooth sarcasm and clever banter. And once redeemed, the bad boy becomes the best boyfriend, EVER. At least that's my experience with my fave book bad boys. 

And while McEntire merely hinted all  those layers in Hourglass, we get the full effect in Timepiece.  Kaleb's infatuation with Em (who is now happily paired with Michael) is gone and a sweet sisterly affection has replaced it. Why is this a good thing? Because it leaves the door wide open for new love! And the girl he falls for is every bit his match and a perfect fit. And oh yes, there is plenty of slow burn and steamy moments included. Meow. 
     
Along with the romance factor, which I admit, is my favorite part of the book, we have a fast paced continuation of the plot which picks up not long after Hourglass endsUber villain Jack Landers, and his  traitorous partner in crime, Cat, are back. The rest of the Hourglass crew also returns, albeit in small increments. While Em and Michael take a backseat, Kaleb's father, and the relationship with his son, play a larger role in Timepiece. And Kaleb's power as an empath is delved into even deeper in this installment,  which gives even more insight into his character. We also learn more backstory on Lily, which is awesome because she was one character I was really hoping for more of after reading Hourglass
   
There are new characters introduced as well, including the mysterious Poe, who I can't wait to read more about in the future.And of course we get more glimpses at the time travel aspect, rips and timeslips, all of which are really amped up. In fact, Timepiece has got some pretty dark moments, quite a bit darker than Hourglass. Hey, I like dark and in this case I think it's important so we the reader understand how dire the situation is for Kaleb and the rest of the Hourglass team. And if you didn't think that Jack Landers was one totally sinister dude in Hourglass, prepare yourself. He's back and more treacherous than ever. 

Also back in full force is McEntire's unique voice that I fell for in Hourglass. Her awesome characterization, clever dialogue and heart thumping romantic scenes are better than ever as is her uncanny ability to write about something like time travel and not totally confuse me in the process. And Timepiece  moves quickly so you won't find yourself bored at the pacing. 

And on a little side note, I want to say that I simply love this author. After I reviewed Hourglass on Amazon she sent me the most awesome little note of thanks. It TOTALLY made my day and even more so because I know she doesn't usually read reviews (her DH told her about mine.) I follow her on the Twitter because she has got a great sense of humor. I really was excited to read Timepiece a little early and even more thrilled to report that it is most definitely not a victim of the dreaded sophomore slump! 

In closing, I will say that while Hourglass didn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, Timepiece sort of does. There are some really big revelations unveiled in Timepiece, setting us up for the next installment, Infinityglass which is due out in 2013. I have no idea if McEntire will stick to her current M.O. of switching narrators (I will so miss Kaleb if she does!) but I trust this author. She hasn't steered me wrong yet:) 

The verdict: if you loved Hourglass I think you'll enjoy Timepiece. And if your haven't yet started the series, what on earth are you waiting for? The Kindle version of Hourglass is on sale at Amazon for $1.59! 

4.5/5 Stars

Cover Thoughts

This cover is a beautiful companion to Hourglass, but since this book was narrated by Kaleb I kind of wish he was featured on the cover instead. I did a little Googling and found this beauty, courtesy of Swoontini.com.

Source- Swoontini.com

Here's another:

Source
Hellooo Kaleb! 
Is it getting hot in here?

The gals at Swoontini did a fabulous interview with Myra McEntire earlier this year, it is seriously funny. You should totally go check it out (here's the link) and see just how cool Myra McEntire is. Plus they have a smokin' hot Vampire Diaries gif in the post. Wow. I don't even watch that show but I think I may start now:)

Check out Myra's blog and follow her on Twitter @myramcentire :)

Here's what some other reviews had to say about Timepiece:
Attack the Stacks
Amy's Book Den
Pure Imagination
Candace's Book Blog


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10 comments:

  1. Oh, thanks for linking back to my review! :D

    And obvs you know I agree with you on being charter members of the Kaleb fan club. Kaleb 4ever!!

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  2. I really want to read this series! I definitely will now and move it higher up the TBR pile! x

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    1. This series is so much fun, but sometimes I wish I had waited to read it after all the books released. Waiting for the final book is going to be hell:)

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  3. I am so excited about this one! But clearly I'm going to have to skim through Timepiece first!

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    1. love this series. One of my fave male pov voices ever!

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  4. Oh yes, Kaleb is a hoot! I loved this one but really wish that I had reread Hourglass. I was pretty confused through much of it. And I agree, Myra is a sweetheart! I worked with her last year on something and it was a blast!

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    1. Yeah, I think a recap might have been a good idea too. I love that Veronica Roth did a Divergent recap before Insurgent released:)

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  5. I want to meet Kaleb! I had to skim read your review (sorry!) as I haven't read the first book yet, but I got the gist of it, and this sounds like a series I'd really like. Must check it out soon!

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    1. If you like Cole St. Clair (and I know you did:) I think Kaleb Ballard will definitely cast a spell on you as well, Leanna:)

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