*This review may have a tiny spoiler in it.Genre: YA science fiction/paranormal (with time travel)
Series and number: Hourglass #2
Number of pages: 336
Edition: Kindle ebook
Link to Goodreads page
Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples - cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
In the wake of Landers' return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered - with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...
Rating: 3.5 stars
Date read: August 22 to 23, 2013
I have a bad case of book amnesia. I'm failing to remember more than small vague moments from Hourglass. Because of that, I didn't enjoy some parts in Timepiece very much, like the concepts and a few of the characters.
The time-traveling and powers included in this series weren't memorable to me. I went into this book and realized I couldn't remember much about who traveled in time, why they did it, and what the bad guy had done. Even now, after reading this book, these things don't stand out. (I'm not a big fan of time travel books.)
Also, the side characters didn't seem as well developed as they could've been. They didn't stand apart from eachother. Even Em and Michael felt a bit flat and dull.
However when it came to Kaleb and Lily . . . oh man, I loved them! I liked his POV (every word was his--100 percent first person, male perspective) and his empathy towards others and struggles with his family. He was a likeable guy and I was so happy whenever things worked out for him.
The romance was a nice one. It started with a slap in the face (literally) and grew and developed into a very sweet attraction and relationship. Lily was an awesome character and she and Kaleb fit so well together.
Overall, the romance and the two characters--Kaleb and Lily--were what I liked most of entire novel. I also liked many of the exciting event that occurred. The concepts and side characters, as well as an odd-feeling ending that I didn't mention before, dampened my enjoyment, though, because I didn't find them to be very interesting.
I do want to read Infinityglass sometime. According to my five star rating of Hourglass on Goodreads and some of my vague memories of it, I loved the first book. I'm hoping that this book is just one of those disappointing sequels and I will love the rest of the series.