Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Title:   Hourglass

Author:   Myra McEntire

Publisher:   Egmont USA

Publication Date:   June 14, 2011

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My Rating:

From Goodreads:

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?

My Review:

My feelings are torn when it comes to Hourglass. I love the idea of time travel, and I really wanted to love this book, but, for me, it felt more like talking about time travel and a lot less actual traveling. I understand the author needed to build the story first, so maybe I was just too anxious and impatient to get to where I wanted to be in the story. While I enjoyed many of the characters in Hourglass, I never really warmed up to the two main characters, Emerson and Michael. I don’t dislike Emerson, but I’m not relating to her the way I love to relate to a female lead. Michael is a nice guy but, *gasp*, he just doesn’t make me swoon. He certainly had Emerson swooning from the very beginning, though I wasn't always clear on the why.  Maybe it was due to the fact that he kept her grounded and from questioning her sanity:

“I loved that he left crazy off the list.
  I loved it even more that he would never think to add it.”

I also enjoyed the bit of feistiness Emerson showed when she put a certain move on a certain someone. I would have loved more “tough” moments like these:

“The sass was back.
  It’s amazing what flipping a grown man over her shoulder does for a girl.”

Halfway through, I was definitely pulled into the book. I think a lot of that started when Kaleb, Dune, Ava, and some of the other characters entered the picture. I’m not a huge Lily fan yet, but I am more than curious to see where this story is going to go, and I can’t wait to learn more about everyone’s unique powers. Jack has definitely piqued my curiosity. I figured out early on what his part in the story was, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying how it all unfolded.

I loved the idea of time rips, as well as the other elements that the author created in this story. It was definitely intriguing enough to make me want to grab Timepiece, the sequel to Hourglass.

“If he wasn’t already holding my heart in the palm of his hand,
 I would have taken it out and given it to him right then.”


  1. I was pretty torn over this book myself, but thought it was an okay read overall. I'm glad to hear you were pulled back into the story halfway through. :) Great review!

  2. Good review! I've been hearing mixed things about this but I'm still excited. Just look at that cover! :) I'm going to read this next week. I hope I at least like it!

    1. Thank you, Nicola! Isn't the cover just full of awesome?? I love it! I hope you like the story! (The sequel is better IMO) ;)

  3. Time travel is such a sensitive subject! It needs to be done just right, otherwise it raises to many questions and continuity issues and it simply doesn't work!
    I never really had the desire to start this series since I've read some pretty mixed reviews. Love your review, though! I feel that we haven't chatted in a while. :(

    1. I agree with you, Maja! I did like this one, and I liked the sequel even more, so I will be sticking with the series. Thank you!

      I knowwww - I was on internet vacay! I missed you bunches!


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