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Review: ‘Hourglass’ by Myra McEntire

Review: ‘Hourglass’ by Myra McEntireHourglass by Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass #1
Published by Egmont USA on June 14th, 2011
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
three-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 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?

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review

We find Emerson back in Georgia after her lack of scholarship funds. Back with her brother Thomas and his wife Dru who are essentially grateful that she’s alive. Emerson’s parents died in a car accident and she’s never been able to cope about it. Then she meets Michael, a consultant who seems like he genuinely wants to help her. Yet in spite of herself, she also starts to fall in love with him.

This book has a wonderful plot going for it. The time traveling, the romance, the mystery with her powers. But the protagonist’s personality I disliked. Why? Because she reminded me too much of Bella Swan from Twilight. Yes I remember being a young teenage girl with hormones to match but thinking about how hot a guy is wasn’t all I thought about.

When I read this: “I punched him in the stomach. Hello six-pack.” -_- I could not help but laugh! Laugh in the way that it was well stupid! Emerson is just as flighty as any teenage girl and that annoys me to no end. I tried to like her. Really I did. But I jay couldn’t. She reminded me too much of Bella Swan and the lust for the hot boy. Oy vay! What I don’t understand is why she’s always mad at Michael! Give the guy a break and let him explain things for once instead of running away seething!

The story did start to develop faster at the end which I really enjoyed. I’m definitely going to pick up the second novel just so I know what happens next.


trailer


quotes

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. (160)
Where did you find her? Can you get me one? (225)
The kiss consumed every breath, every thought, burning my raging fear down to a smoldering ember. (381)
I love you —broken in pieces, whole, however. No matter what the future brings. No matter what was in the past. (385)
No matter what your reality looks like, you’re the girl I’m in love with today, and the same girl I’ll be in love with tomorrow and all the days after that. Not just because of who you are, but because of who you were. (386)

rating

3/5

three-stars

5 Comments

  1. Cali W.

    May 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Great review. Emerson sounds spunky. The trailer is cool too!

  2. Imel Cullen

    January 30, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    thanks for review, it’s so great.. I loved Hourglass bookcover 🙂

  3. Grace Lo

    October 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I didn’t really feel the resemblance to Twilight this book has a whole ton, although I do have to agree Emerson’s personality was a tad flighty. What really sold me was the time-traveling theme of the story, but unfortunately we didn’t see too much of that as the book focused on so much of Emerson’s relationship . . .

  4. Mary @SweepingMe

    March 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Ughhh anything that would remind me of Twilight I don’t think I would like. I am a non-sparkling kind of person. I don’t like when these books portray them falling in love the second they meet. Even as a teenager it’s just bad writing. Thanks for the review.

  5. Megan K.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I’ve heard quite a lot of good reviews about this one! That sentence (the “hello six-pack” one) made me crack up as well. It sounded kind of dumb to me. xD I don’t know if I’ll like it as much if the MC’s like Bella Swan, though… Got some doubts now. 😛

    Anyway, great review! Thanks!

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