Release Date: June 14, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
One hour to rewrite the past . . .
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.
Hourglass was everything that I wanted it to be and so much more. I’ve moaned and groaned about the quality of YA supernatural reads for quite a while now, but books like Hourglass make me eat crow. This book is exceptionally well written. It’s original, gripping and just plan fascinating. I loved every word of it.
I was surprised that this book is more than a time travel novel. Much more! I won’t get into specifics, I’ll let you discover it on your own, but it’s a lovely thrill ride with just enough romance to make anyone swoon. The depth and thought that Myra put into the time travel aspect was fantastic. I’ve read many novels with time travel and I’m sad to say that some of them have no thought put into them. What to travel back and change the past in a HUGE way? Go right ahead! It won’t effect anything in the future. Hourglass isn’t like that at all. That made the story so much more intriguing!
Hourglass is also filled to the brim with great characters! Emerson (by the way, how awesome is that name? That’s going on the future baby name list…) was such a hoot. She was very witty and very realistic. I could picture her so well. Her reactions to all these ‘crazy’ things were exactly like my reactions would be if I were in her shoes. That made her a very believable and relatable character. Micheal and Kaleb were also fantastic. They were fleshed out and the connections between all of them were very well done.
Now, lets talk about the romance, shall we? Emerson and Micheal’s relationship was swoon worthy. Emerson is a little on the inexperienced side when it comes to boys. That made her attraction and interactions with Micheal so much fun. There antics were constantly making me giggle, but there was also a lot of intense connection between them. That definitely has me drooling for more.
Overall, I think this is a book you NEED to checkout. It’s incredibly well written and unputdownable. Myra McEntire has only just begun and I can’t wait for more!