Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire


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?

Hourglass was better than I expected, which the bar was set pretty high considering how much hype this book has gotten. Or at least it seems like I’ve seen it everywhere! I’ve had it on my nook shelves waiting to be read for nearly a year now and I’m really glad that I finally got the chance. It was worth the wait!

I could hardly put Hourglass down once I started it. Emerson, the main character grabbed me from the first page with her experience of seeing a Scarlet O’hara look-a-like standing in front of her door and pushes her hand right through her to get to the doorknob. Some of you may remember the scene/quote from the last Teaser Tuesday.

Then we soon meet Michael. Emerson, is quite right to be skeptical of him when her brother has hired half the quacks in the Southwest to try and help Em with her issues – her seeing these imaginary people. She’s been through a lot with the death of their parents and her trying to stay sane. When Michael shows up as the most recent hired helper for Em, she’s all about keeping him on his toes and letting him know she knows the score – she’s seen it all and has the t-shirt. She wonders what he thinks he can do to help her. He hopes she’s the one who can help him.

That’s where things get very interesting. It’s so hard to talk about the rest of Hourglass spoiling things! Let me just say that time travel is involved and there are some very real threats both from the prospect of traveling – changing the current timeline and effecting people’s lives, but also a particular person who becomes our villain. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants, past, present and future.

I found Hourglass fascinating, compelling and refreshingly unique. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge Sci-Fi reader but for the average young adult books that have come down the pike this is a great one!  I couldn’t get enough of it and fell in love with not only the Emerson and Michael but also the entire group of the Hourglass.

I particularly was drawn to Kaleb, who is amongst the inner circle of Michael’s life and all those who play a part in this tale. He’s got a unique ability of his own – each of them does – and I just loved his spunk. I got a real treat when I opened the first page of Timepiece, the second Hourglass book. I will share that surprise in my next review, mwuahaha!

So, let me say this, if you haven’t read Hourglass and are interested in a YA book that’s not so run of the mill, or interested in a bit of a mystery with a SciFi twist, or you’re just wondering what book to read next – RUN, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore or website and get to getting already! I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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  1. Yay! I bought the ebook for this one and the next one in the series since they were on sale … I can’t wait to read them! I’ve loved the covers for so long!
    Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) recently posted..Sunday Reads (43)

    • I know! I was excited when I got the chance to review the third one – as it gave me a legit excuse to force myself to read the first two, ESP the first one that’s been languishing on my nook shelves for far too long! I breezed right through them – come back on August 6th for a chance to win the entire set and a cool clock! 😀

  2. Another series I’ve been eying…I just really hate the commitment of series reading and I have so many I need to catch up on…I may do nothing in 2014 but series reads!! LOL Great review!
    Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf recently posted..Added to the Bookshelf – 8/4/13

    • Yeah, I really do like trilogies because they’re just enough commitment to get good and invested but they don’t languish like some series do. Although I almost wish we got more books with this world ad these characters – I’m gonna miss them!

  3. I love the cover and I actually think I may have this in my tbr pile *eyes massive piles and nook with extra memory card* You have me wanting to dig it out. I have to say I love the covers for this series!
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted..Sunday Post #67~ sharing blog news and book haul

    • I know I love the covers on these too – and they’re super fast reads! I read the second book in one night which is extremely rare for me! I loved all of them. It’s nice there’s three books and it’s not a huge commitment like some series running right now.

  4. Any variation on time travel is bound to be interesting… but (*sigh*) another series? I think this goes on my “maybe someday” list.
    Charleen recently posted..Booking Through Thursday: It’s Personal

    • Although, I have to say this is nicer because its only a trilogy and all the books are out now – as of August 6th when the lat one comes out. They’re extremely fast reads, I’m a generally slowish reader compared to my fellow bloggers and I blew through them. I read the second book in one night! 😀

  5. I actually had a lot of trouble following the time travel moments, to my dismay, which really slowed my enjoyment. I also never connected with the characters showing that this is not the series for me. Glad it worked for you and excited to see your thoughts on the other two books.
    Bookworm1858 recently posted..Wild Awake

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