Thursday, 24 November 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
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Source: Won
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
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.

A delicious blend of romance and intrigue, Hourglass was a book I enjoyed the whole way through - a one-sit read!

Emerson's life hasn't been going exactly as planned. Her parents are dead after a tragic accident and she sees ghosts from the past. Despite the wonderful support system she has in her brother and his wife, she still can't help but feel lost at times. I loved Emerson from the start - she has snark and toughness in spades and there is something just so endearing about her.

The concept of time travel has fascinated me for so long. I am loving the trend in YA right now and it's so interesting to see the different spins on it. Myra managed to write a scientific (very kindly explained to non-science people like me, but still) story without losing my interest. The ghosts from the past and the other elements of the time travel are very well described and were one of my favourite parts of the book.

Speaking of favourites.... Micheal and Kaleb! While I think I'm personally more for Kaleb, both of these guys were awesome. The connection between Emerson and Micheal is electric, yet feels natural, and I can't wait to see where their relationship goes. At this point, we don't know too much about Kaleb but I already like him! Fingers crossed that he gets more time to shine in Timepiece.

With a sizzling romance and likeable characters, Hourglass is a novel that stands out in its genre.

Cover Comments: It's just... so cool. There's a floor and there's Emerson but Emerson is not on the floor. It blows my mind, it does.

Plus, the cover is kind of shimmery in person.

Sonia + Glitter = <3
(Leave me alone, guys)

4.5 stars


  1. Why is this still sitting in my bookshelf unread? UNREAD. WHY? I love anything with a time-travel element... and then throw in a smoking hot romance with two swoony guys, trippy cover art and snarky protagonist.... you've won me over already.

    Plus, the mental image of a glittery, sparkly Sonia (VAMPIRE?) is enough to compel me to read this. Awesome review!

  2. Funny you should say that...

    Yesterday I went to school with body glitter all over my face and there were actually a few people that thought I was trying to be a vampire. IS THAT WHAT THE WORLD HAS COME TO? I just like glitter, OKAY?!

    Also: *sends messages to Brodie's brain* Reeeeaaaaaad it.... reeeeaaad it...

  3. Great review! I absolutely LOVED this book and everything in it.

  4. awesome review! I loved this as well. I'm such a geek for time travel (too much Star Trek as a kid). I totally preferred Kaleb as well.

    The Cait Files

  5. Hourglass, how I long for thee. I still don't have a copy. Hopefully this will change soon - it sounds awesome! I'm loving the time-travel trend at the moment too! Glad you enjoyed it, I seriously can't wait to read this one (plus, I luurve the cover! :D).

  6. Erin: Yaaay! :) Me too.

    Cait: Thank you! Haha, I know. I was geeking out the whole book too. There's just something about Kaleb, I don't even know what.

    Liz: Hourglass, thou shalt come to Liz. Hope you can get to a copy soon! Then you can stare at the cover and pet it daily like I do (*cough* just kidding?)