It took me over a month to read this novel, and I think I needed that time to really process it. A DARKLY BEATING HEART is a story that will rip you oIt took me over a month to read this novel, and I think I needed that time to really process it. A DARKLY BEATING HEART is a story that will rip you open, leave you raw and wounded, heartscars split open. It isn't an easy story to read, isn't careful with how its emotional threads might burn, but it's cleansing at the same time, and beautifully cathartic. I'll be thinking about this book for a long time....more
Release Date:June 12, 2012 Publisher: Egmont USA Age Group: Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Hardcover Source: ARC received from publisher
Tell Me More:I remeRelease Date: June 12, 2012 Publisher: Egmont USA Age Group: Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Hardcover Source: ARC received from publisher
Tell Me More: I remember being firmly on the fence regarding Hourglass, the first book in this series--there were an equal amount of good and bad aspects to the story, including love triangles and fun supporting characters. Timepiece has left me on the fence still, despite a more action-packed plot and more background information about the Hourglass.
My two main issues with Hourglass were character development and the ubiquitous love triangle. While the reader does get more in terms of character development, especially with Kaleb, the romance feels just as contrived in this installment. If you'll remember from my review of Book 1, I liked Kaleb (more than I liked Michael) and I could easily see Em having a more meaningful relationship with him. The uniqueness of Kaleb's character is watered down in Timepiece, to the point where he and Em even started to sound alike. And that comparison doesn't do either of them any favours--everything I liked about both of these characters seemed to be lost in the mist of PLOT TWISTS!! TIME TRAVEL!! DRAMA!!! I can usually appreciate well-written bad boys, but Timepiece hit me at a time when I was getting sick of them. Kaleb's melodrama was not something I could appreciate.
There was also a lot of unleashed violence in this book, from Kaleb's verbal shots to Em punching everyone in the face to the descriptions of kissing scenes making me feel like I was witnessing two people attacking each other instead of being in love. It becomes noticeable because it's not in keeping with the tone I think McEntire was trying to set in the story. It started to feel like shock for the sake of shock, and I did feel startled because for the most part, the story dragged. Unfortunately for Timepiece, it suffers from sophomore syndrome. There was a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey character to it that failed to make the story more intriguing. I couldn't find it in me to really care about the characters, so even when the plot took them on a rollercoaster of drama, I wasn't affected or interested in what would happen. While I want to know how it all ends, it doesn't feel like InfinityGlass will have fixed the narration/character issues that keep me from enjoying the book, and that is disappointing.
The Final Say: Time-travel takes a backseat to teenage romance and drama in the newest addition to the Hourglass series. If you like complex, compelling plots and solid characters, Timepiece may leave you wanting more....more