Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
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?
Even with it's slow start, Hourglass blew me away with it's charming characters, gripping mystery, and sweet romance. McEntire's debut is a breathe of fresh air with it's science fiction and time travel incorporated within the story.
McEntire's writing kept me captivated and engaged all throughout. Her writing style is so elegant and vivid that I was absorbed into the world that she had created. The plot was fast-paced and had a lot of unexpected occurrences with twists and turns. The aspect of time traveling was a bit confusing with it's complexities but McEntire perfectly tied everything together in the end.
I love a girl with confidence and attitude-- this was Emerson. She was such an engaging, bold, and daring character. Although, she was different from the rest. She saw weird things like ghosts, but weren't actually there. No one really believed her so she was always known to be crazy. What I loved about her though was that she aways stood up to Michael to prove that she can handle anything.
And yes… Michael. I was attracted to him from the very beginning. He has this attraction… he was sweet, mysterious, sensitive, and loyal, who always looked out for Emerson. I never really questioned him because Michael was a good guy. Then there comes Kaleb. I liked him as well. He came mid-way in the story and I was just so torn between the two!
The 'not-so' love triangle part didn't play that much of a role in Hourglass. There's both Michael and Kaleb, but Emerson was falling more for Michael. I wouldn't actually call it a 'love triangle'. Both Michael and Kaleb won me over for their different, but yet charming personalities.
Mind-bending and mesmerizing, Hourglass is sure to impress paranormal fans. Sizzling action, to-die-for characters, plot twists, and everything else you want in a young adult paranormal novel is all in Hourglass. It's the definite page-turner.