Monthly Archives: August 2013

Timepiece by: Myra McEntire

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A while back, I read Hourglass by Myra McEntire. While I did get a little confused by all of the space-time stuff (let’s be honest that can get super confusing if you think about it too hard) I enjoyed the book quite a lot. I just finished reading the sequel Timepiece, and I really liked it too.

Timepiece by Myra McEntireHere is the description from Goodreads:

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…

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…

This was a great sequel to Hourglass, but I have to say, I was totally thrown off by the fact that it was told in Kaleb’s POV. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I felt like I was missing things when looking through his eyes. For example, we spent all of Hourglass waiting for Em and Michael to get together, but we don’t even really get to see it now, all we see are Kaleb’s thoughts about them tinged with jealousy. I felt like that was how it was through most of the book. We couldn’t get a clear image of what was really going on because everything was seen through Kaleb’s depressed viewpoint. This lessened toward the end of the book, but I still felt like he didn’t necessarily see things clearly.

On the other hand, I liked getting a better understanding of his power and of what it feels like being in a constant sea of emotion. My understanding of Kaleb has gone way up after this book.

This book progressed quickly. I never felt like there was a lag in the action or like I was forcing myself to keep reading in the hopes of getting back to the excitement. This book was well-paced on the action was well dispersed throughout the entire story instead of everything just blowing up at the end of the book – which seems to be how way too many are written.

I will admit that the time-thing is still kind of confusing. Trying to wrap my mind around all of the different time-lines and the space-time continuum problems would give me a serious headache if I spent too long trying to figure everything out. I think that while reading this series, it is important to take the time events and their timeline at face-value for what it says and not try to read to far into it or you won’t be able to follow the story.

Overall, I liked this book and am eagerly awaiting Infinityglass. As an aside, I am interested to see whose POV that book will be told from and would love to see it told from multiple.

4.5 stars

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The Whispering by: L. Filloon

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I am a big fan of L. Filloon‘s Velesi trilogy. I found The Drifting among the indie book on Amazon, and it was definitely a gem. When the last book in the trilogy, The Whispering, was released, I had to one-click it immediately.

The Whispering by L FilloonHere is the description from Goodreads:

Tharin and Lily find themselves back in Pathen in search of Julia and the key to Eirrell, but old foes and new ones are in close pursuit. Adding to their plight, all doorways to Velesi have been closed.

Forced to discover a way back to their realm, the group finds help from new friends and those who once stood against them are now allies. To make matters worse, a betrayal causes the door to the UnderRealm to open, allowing demons and monsters once imprisoned to roam the realm freely.

Time is of the essence as there are only two Ancients left while Ka grows weaker, struggling to hold the realm together. It is up to Tharin and Lily to find the doorway to Eirrell, call the Unnamed Sidhe and save Velesi.

Journey back to Velesi and join Tharin, Lily, Tolan, Julia, Alorn, Mellis, Ziri and Cessa to save the realm and maybe have a wedding…or two, but then again, it is Velesi, so…maybe not

This was a good end to the Velesi trilogy. However, I think some things could have been improved upon, and some things confused me.

This book did a good job of catching me back up with the story. It has been quite a while since I read the Drifting, but this book caught me back to what was going on fairly quickly. That being said, some of the names were still really confusing to me. So many people had close names, that I felt like I needed to keep a list going just to keep them all straight. I got confused at times especially since, like I said, it has been a long time since I read the last book, and I have read lots of other things since then.

I really liked Lily in this book. She has totally come into herself and is finding her voice and her place among the Sidhe. I thought it was strange how she just kind of went along with the idea that she needed to go to a faerie realm and marry a prince, but now we get to see her actually standing up for herself and doing what she sees as best not just what she is told.

I liked that Tharin was learning to not always be 100% in control of everything. Lily brings out a side of him that he didn’t know existed, and it makes him much more relatable and likable.

I was sad about Alorn. I won’t say what about, but he definitely needs a chance at a HEA. And Mellis too. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble those two get in together.

The thing with Dorlan confused me. I never really understood what the story was there. I think it could have been more clearly explained. It was kind of lost in the shuffle with everything else going on. Same with Kallis. I just got really confused with all of the shifting loyalties and trying to figure out who was actually loyal to whom and what was going on some of the time.

I was also confused by the “Dragon Seed” and what exactly that means. Then again, I think the Lily and Tharin were confused about it, too. I am hoping there will be future books following that storyline because I think it could become something exciting.

Overall, I thought this was a good end to Lily and Tharin’s story, but I wish the ending had been stretched out a little more. The final battle and events that followed it were over almost before they started. The whole book was building up to the final conflict that barely lasted any time. That was kind of a disappointment, and I would have liked a little more after it, too. Though that is not as big of a thing since there are plans for more books set in this world. I am definitely looking forward to them.

4 Stars

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The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by: Jessica Sorensen

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I am a big fan of Jessica Sorensen, and especially like her New Adult Contemporary novels, so I had to start reading The Redemption of Callie and Kayden as soon as my pre-order got delivered. The cliffhanger at the end of The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden was killer, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica SorensenHere is the Goodreads description:

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he’ll never ask her to do.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they’re together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.

I have kind of mixed feelings about this book. Before I continue, I should warn you that this will likely be slightly spoilery. I will do my best to keep the spoilers out, but I make no promises. Continue at your own risk.

For starters, I wasn’t totally satisfied with the ending. Sure Callie and Kayden got their “redemption,” but there really was no justice. I looked, and according to Goodreads, Callie and Kayden will be getting one more story after Luke’s, so I am hoping this changes, but for now, I am kind of disappointed. I thought this was supposed to be the resolution of Callie and Kayden’s story, and in my mind, it really wasn’t.

Next, I thought this book kind of glanced over the hard issues. It seemed like most of the book was about them running away rather than dealing with it. In the first book, we saw every gory detail. the book was dealing with heavy stuff, and it didn’t really hold back. This time around, I felt like the whole book was about everything except them dealing with their issues. Looking back, i felt like there was more filler than facing the issues and being real. I guess that was kind of the point. They were working up the courage to face things, but once they did, it was over. i guess the pacing was just kind of off for me.

I am definitely looking forward to Luke’s book. I want to know what is going on in his head. This book gave us just enough to draw me in.

I think Seth is awesome, of course, but I would really like to meet Greyson. They talk about him, but we never really see him. I hope that changes in the future.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but like I said, the pacing was off for me, and things were not resolved as much as I would have wanted. Hopefully, that will change in the future story.

4 Stars

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