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Monday, August 12, 2013

Infinityglass by Myra McEntire (and a Giveaway!!)

Oh, I've avoided spoilers from Infinityglass in this review, but I suggest skipping this review if you haven't read Timepiece and are planning to. I've been looking forward to Infinityglass literally since I read the last word of Timepiece. I didn't write a review of Hourglass here on FCB, because I may have read it before I was blogging like I am now. But I did review Timepiece, and you can check out that review here. If you'll recall, in my review of Timepiece I talk a little about how I didn't get into Hourglass the first time I read it. I don't know if I had been distracted when I read it or what, but I had to reread it to really understand and appreciate it. Then I read Timepiece and fell in love with Kaleb. I mean, we're talking head over heels for this fictional character who I literally wish was real. And of course with the big reveal at the end of Timepiece about the Infinityglass being a PERSON, not a THING - gasp! Crazy. So I was excited.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series. The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order. With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does. But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

What I Liked: 1) Something that was slightly different about this book than the previous two is that it was written in alternating POVs. Throughout the whole book, we are jumping between Hallie (who is the Infinityglass, and that's made apparent in the very beginning of the book so I'M NOT SPOILING!) and Dune who is brought in to act as her bodyguard (supposedly). Now I go back and forth on the alternating POVs, but it definitely worked in the book's advantage this time. In fact, I think we would have missed a lot had the book not been from both Hallie and Dune's perspectives. 2) I liked that Hallie was a badass, but also very girly. She was very different than the other characters we've run into in the series, so I enjoyed getting to know her. 3) And I definitely liked Dune. I thought he was very down to earth and easy to understand, and I loved his determination and his curiosity. I was really able to relate to that. 4) Action. The action has been great in the whole series, never disappointing, but because of Hallie's history, and the fact that her father is constantly in danger, the action in this book is just...more. More everything. More intense, more danger, higher stakes. It will definitely keep everyone on their toes. 5) The emotions. When I closed the back cover for the last time, I actually looked around to see that the world was still going on around me. It was just one of those series that I just had to sit and process once it was over. One of Myra McEntire's greatest talents in her writing is the ability to write true emotions while creating one of the most interesting worlds living within our own that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. So while I was terribly sad to see this particular series close, I was reminded once again just how gifted a writer this author is, to be able to invoke such strong emotions in readers.

What I Didn't Like: The only thing I would have liked would be more interaction with some of the other characters, the ones that I've come to know and love from the first two books. But that's all. Overall Thoughts: I'm sad to see this series come to an end, because it's been quite a journey. But if it absolutely HAD to end, Infinityglass was a fabulous was to do it. Even though we're introduced to new characters, it only enhanced the idea that the Hourglass organization was so far reaching. And Miz McEntire's excellent character development definitely doesn't hurt. Both Hallie and Dune are personable and easy(ish) to relate to, and very likeable. These great characters combined with an action-packed plot and writing that toys with your emotions created a wonderful conclusion to this series. I do wish we had some more interaction with the other characters (Lily and Kaleb are my personal favorites from the whole series), but they did have some involvement, which I was grateful for. This is one series I know I will enjoy over and over again.

My Rating: 4 shots

And guess what! In their infinite awesomeness, Egmont has offered me a copy to giveaway! It's US/Canada only - just enter the form below and I will pick a winner next Monday!

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, I'm definitely excited to give this book a read now. Wow.


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