Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Title: Hourglass (Hourglass #1)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont 
Release Date: June 14th 2011
Source: Purchased

My Rating: 5/5

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? (Summary from Goodreads)

Emerson Cole, please teach me how to be as epic as you.

I was a bit skeptical of this book at first. I’m not sure why, considering I love the idea of time travel, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. I kept hearing positive reviews though, so I purchased it and finally picked it up a few weeks later. And I fell in love with it.

A lot of that love is for one Emerson Cole. Seriously, I adore that girl. A tiny blond spitfire whose wit is as fast as her reflexes, Emerson jumped on the page and demanded attention. She was sarcastic, independent, and strong-will, all things I love in protagonists. Her tragic back-story and strength to overcome it only added to my respect for her. Although the concept and story kept me intrigued, this would just be an "okay" novel without Emerson.

I had been hearing a lot about this "Kaleb" fellow, and eagerly anticipated his involvement in the novel. It took him much longer to be in the story than I thought but once he was there he was all I could think about. Yeah, Michael was pretty cool, but the sexy, sarcastic voice Kaleb brought to the story stole my heart. Finding out that the sequel Timepiece is narrated by Kaleb just makes me even more excited for it!

The entire plot of the story was fantastic. I was flipping the pages as quickly as possible just to find out what would happen next. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, McEntire would throw a curve-ball into the story that had my jaw-dropping. The time travel element, which could have been very confusing, was weaved well throughout the story making this complex theory easy to understand. It was a very interesting and fantastic new spin on a classic concept.

If you love intrigue, tough protagonists, and time travel, Hourglass is your novel. Pick this one up. You're going to love it!

- Ciara who is lost at midnight

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1 comment:

  1. Whenever Kaleb appeared in Hourglass, I couldn't stop the feeling of giddiness that overcame me. Michael is a great guy, but Kaleb's personality definitely captured my interest a bit more. I loved all the twists and turns Myra McEntire added in the book... it definitely kept me on toes trying to guess what would happen next. I'm so glad to hear you really loved the book too, Ciara! :)


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