If you haven’t read Hourglass yet, stop reading! I was thrilled to have gotten an advanced copy of Timepiece from Netgalley, but I quickly discovered that I was really fuzzy on some of the details from the first book. It turns out that I was not alone! In fact, I wish I had seen this quick and dirty Hourglass cheat sheet sooner! Oh well, I somehow muddled through *arm dramatically thrown across forehead* Ok, enough melodrama. It really is time for you to stop reading if you don’t want any Hourglass spoilers. For real. Have a look at the pretty pictures and then move along, preferably to the library/bookstore/internet to get a copy of Hourglass.
Timepiece picks up where Hourglass left off, with a twist. The buff, tattooed, bad-boy with a big heart, Kaleb, tells the story of what comes next for the young members of the Hourglass. The timeline has been compromised, rips are becoming visible to all the members of the Hourglass and the future is more uncertain than ever. Jack is back and the Hourglass is not the only group that wants him. A mysterious, but terrifying ultimatum has been issued: get Jack and the information he possesses or time will be permanently altered with devastating consequences for the members of Hourglass. The clock is ticking and Kaleb and his friends have no idea where to start or even what to look for. Can Kaleb protect the people he loves and save the ones that Jack has already harmed?
Timepiece does not disappoint! The romance between Emerson and Michael is still electric, but it takes a back burner in this book, which makes sense given Kaleb is one telling the story. But romance fans, don’t dispair! There is a surprising new romance developing in the crazy town of Ivy Springs and I enjoyed watching it unfold. The plot continues to twists and turns and offers surprises that will once again keep readers frantically flipping the pages. Character development is key and it is a treat to get inside Kaleb’s head (most of the time. He can actually be a bit of a pig at times). I have only one tiny issue. One of the things that I loved about Hourglass was the amount of adult involvement in Emerson’s life. I loved that she had trusted adults to confide in and ask for help. That changes in Timepiece and there is a noticeable lack of adult supervision. Part of this is vital to the plot, but a few situations felt too coincidental. Like I said, a tiny issue that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. Now, the cliffhanger ending? That’s just cruel.
Timepiece is a solid sequel and I anxiously await more. If the author is taking requests, I would love a book from Michael and/or Lily’s POV. Watch for Timepiece in stores and libraries June 12, 2012.