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 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.

That’s what the publisher says…here’s what I thought…

1st lemme tell u how I found this book. I was in my local bookstore, City Lights, and as I was checking out I was handed a bookmark and told about an upcoming visit by some new YA authors one of which was Myra McEntire. Long story short I went home and checked out the authors and decided to try Hourglass.

This book is an absolute gem. A must read. A steal your heart and keep it kind of book.

In chapter 4 Myra comes up with a 4 word sentence that is now in my top 10 favorite book sentences…yes I have fave sentences. I won’t explain it you’ll have to read the book, but here it is : Buttered biscuits and honey. *le satisfied sigh*

This story has all the elements I love and need. UST, love, loss, redemption/sacrifice. This book has it all. I love the main characters, Emerson and Michael. I fully admit that I’m very hard to please when it comes to YA heroines. I’m not sure why that is, but maybe it’s becuz I think too many seem so immature. I know they’re teens, but in this day and age c’mon 16-17 yo’s are pretty world wise. Em is great. She’s mature and smart, and a bit of a smartass which plays really well. She’s also attractive and kinda damaged. I root for her instantly.   Michael is drop dead gorgeous, and has my favorite build in a guy real or fictional- tall with wide shoulders, dark longish hair, and a full mouth. *gulp*

It turns out that this gorgeous guy has been hired by Em’s older brother to try and help her with her visions and works for an organization named Hourglass.  However, Thomas has made it clear that this relationship must stay purely professional. What?!? I know not fair.

Michael doesn’t think Em is crazy at all. In fact, she is not alone in her abilities, and as the book progresses we learn that Michael has abilities of his own, as do all those involved at the Hourglass. Later, we learn that Michael and Em have mirror abilities and that time travel comes along with them. I’m always very impressed when an author comes up with a new spin on things in the paranormal vein and I like what Ms. McEntire came up with in this book.

You remember that I talked about UST right? Well, both the characters and I struggle with this as the attraction between the two deepens, yet Michael is insistent that they not break the rule of “purely professional.” It’s in the latter stages of the book that Michael reveals to Emerson that they might be able to change the past, but it’s dangerous and could ultimately cost them everything. Is Em willing to risk losing even more than she already has? You already know what I’m gonna say… you’ll have to read the book guys.

The secondary characters in this book are very likeable with the exception of Ava and she’s not supposed to be. If I were to have an older brother I would want one like Thomas, and his wife is a wonderful big sister to Em. They’re both successful, talented, and caring and took Em on after she and Thomas lost their parents. Em’s best friend is Lily and I liked her too. Kaleb is another hunk who may throw a monkey wrench into the mix, but you won’t hate him for it. There are also some bad guys and one of them will surprise you. I never saw that one coming.

This is a great story by a new author and I can’t wait for whatever Myra McEntire has in store for us next. I’d be more than ok if there were a sequel cuz these characters are too good to let go.

*Please note: After this review was published originally a sequel was announced. Timepiece is due out summer 2012*

I give  Hourglass 4/5   hearts.

Happy Reading!

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Tamie Xo

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