Monday, June 11, 2012

Review of Timepiece

Goodreads Summary: "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 devestating 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.

As much as I loved Kaleb as a supporting character in Hourglass I have to admit I wasn't thrilled with Timepiece being completely from his point-of-view. I loved Emerson. She was a great main character and won me over so easily...and completely, I didn't feel I had room to take in someone else. Not this far, not this deep into the game. I was, needless to say, reluctant to continue with the series. Then it popped up on Netgalley as an option, a READ NOW option, as in I didn't have to request approval. All I had to do was click a little button and I was free to read it. With my reservations it seemed an ideal way to sample the book.

About ten percent into Timepiece I knew I was in trouble, and already tweeting Alli that I found myself desperately in need of an Hourglass refresher course. I couldn't seem to remember anything beyond the basics. My copy of Hourglass had been from the library so it wasn't even as if I could check back in the book to remind myself. I was on my own. Or so I thought. Bless you, Myra McEntire, for being the answer to a reader's prayer with your refresher post.

Armed with refreshed knowledge about the cast, the plot, and how Hourglass had ended I delved back into the world of time travel that Myra had created. And considering I've found myself in a reading slump the past few days, the fact that I reached over fifty percent in less then a day is a testament to how captivating that world is. [For those of you that also have read my review of Hourglass you'll note that this is the second time the fabulous Myra McEntire has managed to single-handedly rescue me from plummeting into a complete reading slump.]

It didn't take too terribly long for Kaleb to win me over. No surprise there what with him being such a charmer, and if you'll allow me to be a bit old-fashioned, a classic rake. And of course I mean that in the best possible way. Who doesn't love a good rake? At least the kinds fresh out of historical romances, which is the type he reminds me of only in a modern way, not the kind that you have to use for yard work. I really dislike yard work.

Sparks flew in the romance department; sometimes quite literally depending on where the romance was coming from. If you get my drift. Anyway, specific to our male lead in this particular novel, it was wonderful. Timepiece is a great example of witty banter in the art of flirting. Kaleb and his mystery woman are definitely a match made in something, and more than a match for one another. I loved the developments in this area, definitely drew me in from the beginning and had me wanting more.

The plot moved along like something on the Nascar of the actually racers, not some lame pace car. [Oh geeze, I just went totally lame right there. Moving on!] Timepiece was intense. There is no other way to describe a book of this magnitude. I really liked Hourglass but Timepiece blew me out of the water with its excellence, I absolutely loved this book. There was not a single flaw that I could find. This was just an amazing, awe-inspiring read. Just wow.

Rating: 5/5

The following E-ARC was provided to me by Netgalley and Egmont in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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