Version: EGalley from NetGalley
The first time I read Hourglass, I didn't really get it. I think I was distracted while I was reading. And I was probably thinking of it as a ghost story, instead of a time travel story. Don't make that mistake. Once I took stock of what I was actually reading, and read it again, I definitely enjoyed it. There was a ton going on, and the writing style was really fabulous. When I saw Timepiece on NetGalley, I decided I'd see what was up next for Emerson and Michael.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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...
What I Liked: 1) Kaleb! (!!!!!!!) Here's a trap that I get caught in sometimes. Often, when I see a book by an author I've read and enjoyed before, I just decide to read it. I don't check out the summary, I don't read reviews, I just trust that I've enjoyed this author's work before and dive in. Especially if it's the next book of a series I've already started. Such was the case with Timepiece. So imagine my shock when I begin reading and find that suddenly, we aren't reading from Emerson's point of view, such as with Hourglass. Oh no, now we're reading from Kaleb's POV. And I LOVED (IN ALL CAPS!) it! I actually liked it much more than the first book being in Emerson's POV. He has a unique way of looking at things, and he is struggling so much with some of the events that have happened/are happening (this is where time travel gets confusing) that getting inside his head is a story in itself. 2) Adventure. There was a great action/adventure feel to this book. The characters (and the reader) explore new settings and encounter even more challenges - some scary stuff - in this book. There was always something exciting going on, never a dull moment! 3) The plot. The plot flows so seamlessly that from page one, you've sunk deep into the story, and won't come out again until you close the back cover. 4) Lily. Emerson's best friend makes another appearance, and has much more substance in this book. Whereas in Hourglass she was kind of a background character, she is a major part of this book. And her personality completely threw me off guard at first. She was nothing like what I had built her up to be from the menial role she played in Hourglass. Good stuff. 5) Kaleb! I would like to say again that I love him. I like him way more than Michael. Team Kaleb, Team Kaleb!
What I Didn't Like: Nothing. Not one little thing. Even the cover is beautiful!
Overall thoughts: Timepiece takes the Hourglass series to a whole new level! I loved everything about Timepiece, from the new POV to the fast-paced plot. I always talk about loving books that are more character-driven than plot-driven. Well, you don't have to decide with Timepiece, because they are equally wonderful! Even if time-travel isn't your thing, give this one a chance. Everything is so involved and beautifully described, you'll love it from the first page!
My Rating: 5 shots