Book Review- Hourglass

18 Mar, 2011 by in myra mcentire 22 comments

Hourglassby Myra McEntire
Hardcover, 397 pages
Expected publication: June 14, 2011
by EgmontUSA
ISBN 1606841440
5 stars
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.

I have been anticipating this book since I very first heard author Myra McEntire announce it on twitter, and can I just say what is there not to love about Hourglass? It is a-ma-zing. From the cover to the first page which contains my favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, to the end which left me reeling with a mind full of impossible possibilities.

Snarky, sarcastic Emerson has just moved from a boarding school in Arizona to the deep south town of Ivy Springs. She’s sent there to her brother/guardian Thomas, who is a well known architect in the area and his wife Dru. Thomas’ historic renovation sites are layered in history and as a result begin to trigger visions that only Emerson can see of people from the past.

Enter in Michael Weaver, a secretive and angtsy consultant hired by her Thomas from a foundation called Hourglass. Michael’s hired under the agreement that things are to stay strictly business and must not get personal, But not getting personal could prove dangerous for these two. And things get even more complicated when Emerson has to pick between the three men who suddenly take an interest in her: Michael who is fully understanding, Kaleb who is sexy-bad but offers more than meets eye, or Jack- the man who Emerson’s not even sure is real.

Oh my Myra. I was messed up (in a good way) after reading Hourglass. She masterfully explores the issues of grief and depression with skill I have never before seen in young adult fiction. McEntire takes a heroine from a broken fragile past and gives her some black belt hard core sass. Then she adds in Southern charm, and supernatural sci-fi elements. This is a book that will surely soar to the tops of the bestseller list as the best in time slip YA romance. Hourglass struck me deeply and had me in tears which very few books have ever had power to do. It’s gutsy, intelligent and inspiring with a voice you will never forget. I can’t wait for you all to read it!

To learn more about the book Hourglass visit Myra McEntire’s site.

22 Responses to “Book Review- Hourglass”

  1. ajmitchell

    I can’t wait to read this novel and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Nothing is better than having an emotional reaction to a novel. Thanks for the review!

  2. Liz

    This is the 1st I have heard of Hourglass and it is now on my TBB list it sounds fantastic. I also want it for all 3 of my daughters I really think they would enjoy it. And a great review cause you sold me into planning to buy 4 copies.

  3. neonorange

    I just got it in my YALSA group and am looking forward to reading it SO much!

  4. brendajean

    Yea! A five star! I’ve been looking for a great book to read:) Thanks for the giveaway:)

    bchild5 at aol dot com

  5. ashelynn sanford

    That is a fantastic review and thank you SO much for the giveaway! I love your giveaways and how creative you are sometimes. Definitely creating buzz about Hourglass!

  6. Book Sp(l)ot

    Oooh, goodness, I think I’m going to have to find a way to move this up my TBR list!! This is a fantastic review 🙂 Thank you.

  7. aurora M.

    Love that cover! Thanks for the review now this book is on the “Gotta Have” list ♥


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