I'm not quite sure where to go with this one. I started out loving it, had a few jaw-drop, WTH moments, but ended up liking it just fine. It's going to be hard to say exactly why, but I'll give it a go.
I REALLY liked that this book was narrated from Kaleb's POV. I liked him a lot from Hourglass and thought he had a lot of potential. He didn't disappoint me in Timepiece. I thought he did a nice bit of growing up and maturing, and I enjoyed being on that road with him. I felt like we really got to know him a lot better here than we ever did in Hourglass. I like that he's more than just a pretty face here.
With that, I didn't really 'get' his relationship with Lily. They just didn't seem to go together very well. Sure, there's the whole opposites attract thing, and I appreciate that there wasn't any insta-love going on, but it still didn't really make sense to me. I may need some time to ponder.
I did like the story a lot. The stakes have been ramped up and Jack is back and 'badder' than ever. I really dislike that guy. It will be very interesting to see how far things have to go before he's stopped once and for all.
I think that Myra McEntire really has a strong storyline in this series and a way of describing things that makes me feel like I'm there. I've never been to the areas she talks about, but I can totally picture things in my head. I think she's a great writer who is definitely only getting better as time goes on. Story-wise, I think I enjoyed Timepiece more than Hourglass. It was the character development that sold me on Hourglass.
I like where the story is going and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. Even though this isn't my favorite second book ever, it's definitely a LOT better than some second books I've read and it's one that I'll gladly display on my shelves and pull out when I need a comfort read with an old friend. Overall, I think it ended up being pretty darn 'drool worthy'.