Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: June 14th 2011 by Egmont USA
Format: Hardcover, 394 pages
Source: R.A.K. gift from Dani at Reflected Light Reviews
Series: First in the Hourglass series
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.
My thoughts: I loved this book! I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting, but this book was way more. It didn’t strike me as your typical time travel sci-fi book, it had romance, mystery, adventure and all that other jazz.
Emerson was a great protagonist, she was flawed but okay with that. She had begun seeing ghosts shortly before her parents died and had pretty much learned to ignore them. If they got in her way, she could just touch them and they would “pop” and disappear. Because she sometimes couldn’t tell a ghost from a real person, she had learned to avoid people altogether, except for her brother and his wife, with whom she had lived since her parents’ death. They were the only people who knew about her “visions” so she could be herself around them. She had a great sense of humor (love the snark!) and was a genuinely nice person. She cared about her family and even as she got to know the people from The Hourglass, she cared for them and wanted to protect them.
Michael was your typical mysterious handsome dude who just happened to see the same ghosts that Emerson did. It took a while for us to find out his story, but it was a good one. We learned all about how Michael grew up with his visions. The other people we met along the way were all very well-developed and I didn’t think they lacked anything, although I think Emerson’s best friend could have used more explanation.
The real “action” didn’t really take place until the last few pages of the book, but the intensity of those scenes more than made up for the delay in getting there. Most of the book was a set up to get to the final climax, but that was okay because the set up was really good! And there was a nice twist I didn’t expect; I always like when a book can surprise me like that.
I enjoy Myra McEntire’s writing, she truly has a gift for setting the scene and sucking the reader in. I finished Hourglass within 2 days, I just did not want to put it down. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.
The cover is quite striking. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the story (Is she standing on the ceiling? The wall? At no point in the novel does she stand on anything other than the floor.), but it is beautiful. I love the clean lines and lack of competing colors. Plus, she actually does wear that dress in the story.
The sum up: A fantastic introduction to the time travel genre.