Review * Hourglass by Myra McEntire

May 28, 2012 Reviews 10 ★★★★★

Review * Hourglass by Myra McEntireHourglass by Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass #1
Published by Egmont on June 14, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 390
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Timepiece
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five-stars
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 also 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've happened?

What I Thought…

  • I LOVE this cover.  Someday I will own this book.  (I didn’t make the connection between the cover and the book, but it’s so pretty I don’t even care.)
  • I may have read a book that deals with time travel before but I can’t remember any and I found it fascinating.  I appreciate that Myra McEntire gave enough of an explanation so that everything made sense (mostly), but she didn’t make it all sciency and over my head.  I knew just what I needed to know to make it plausible.
  • I loved Emerson and Michael.  Emerson had to be pretty strong to go through everything that she had in her past as well as what was going on in the present.  I absolutely adored Michael.   Seriously adored him.  I loved that he hesitated, that he didn’t always share info because he knew what it could do, his insane need to protect Emerson.  They were explosive together.
  • I can’t remember where or when I saw other reviews of Hourglass but I was just reading along, enjoying Emerson and Michael and then all of a sudden Kaleb pops up and as soon as I saw his name I freaked out!  I remember a few reviews talking about how much they loved Kaleb or that they were “team Kaleb” and I was really worried because I’ve never been on the “other side”, I’ve always picked the right guy and I liked Michael so much I couldn’t imagine ever choosing Kaleb.  I like Kaleb, but not for Emerson.
  • Even though I didn’t think Kaleb was right for Emerson I really liked him.  He was such a complex character, trying to be a badass and kind and caring at the same time.  It was a good combination.
  • As far as older brothers go, Thomas was pretty cool.  He’s quite a bit older than Emerson and had to step in the parenting role after their parents died and he does a good job of straddling the sibling/parent line.  He’s fairly accepting of Emerson’s abilities, though cautious at the same time.  I really liked Thomas’ wife Dru.  She was fairly overprotective of Emerson but stood up for her (to Thomas) at the same time
  • You don’t see much of Emerson’s best friend Lily,but there is a lot to her and I can see her having a much bigger role in Timepiece.  Nate and Dune have some seriously cool abilities.
  • I can’t say who the bad guy or girl is… but s/he is the baddest of the bad.  The kind that makes you want to kick some serious ass!  I was so angry at the things that were done!
  • There are quite a few twists, most of them coming from the manipulation of time.  Remember in Back to the Future (you’ve all seen that right?) when Marty makes the mistake of saving his mom instead of waiting for his dad to save his mom and things start changing?  Hourglass is full of that.  It’s a prime example of why you don’t mess with time.

Overall Hourglass was soooooooo good!  I can’t wait to start reading Timepiece.

Kimberly

10 Responses to “Review * Hourglass by Myra McEntire”

  1. ....Petty Witter

    Not so sure about this cover, its really kind of spooky. Sounds like a good read otherwise, I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.

  2. Jenea Whittington

    This cover is really pretty. I enjoyed this book a lot and I am definitely Team Michael. Glad you liked it. Since you liked this you’ll like Timepiece as well. Great review.

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  3. Jenny

    Well, I’m glad you said it “mostly” made sense. I was a little irritated with the time travel stuff that was skimmed over so the author didn’t have to make sense. I also am team Kaleb so that depressed me too. Why even bring him into the story when it’s obvious there’s no way in hell they’re ending up together? So irritating!

  4. fakesteph

    I loooooooove time travel books. I didn’t realize that this was about time travel. I totally want to read it now!

  5. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    I read Hourglass when it came out, and now I’m deciding whether I need to re-read it before I start Timepiece… I liked Hourglass and am excited to read this!

  6. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    Yeah, I don’t get the cover (totally thought it was about ghosts or something before I got a copy of it) but I love it! And yes, I love Kaleb, but there are other girls out there, why break Michael’s heart? I really need to read Timepiece!

  7. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Yay! We both posted our reviews on the same day! Because we’re awesome! ;)

    I agree with everything that you said. And yeah, I really like Kaleb, but he’s just not the guy for Emerson. Great review, Kim!

    (P.S. I just finished Timepiece today so I’ll be emailing you about it soon!!)

  8. Bittner

    I’ve wanted to read this book for like a year now, since my friend Tracy first mentioned it to me! But I don’t know, like so many other amazing books I want to read, I just haven’t found the time for it. I’m glad you and Andrea liked it so much though!

  9. Portugal

    I love this book! This is making my favorite list!! From the very first chapter I was hooked! Of course, I am a sucker for time-travel stories and this one is the best I’ve read so far! Wow! The plot was so original, intense and enjoyable!! Everything about this story had me captured, from the mysteries surrounding the time-traveling and the Hourglass, to the dynamic and delicious characters and their tragic stories!