June 14, 2011
Hardcover, 400 pages
Borrowed from the library
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.
About The Author
Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories infused with her love of music. Hourglass is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com.
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.
“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.”—Emerson (160)
“Where did you find her? Can you get meone?”—Kaleb (225)
“The kiss consumed every breath, every thought, burning my raging fear down to a smoldering ember.”—Emerson (381)
“I love you —broken in pieces, whole, however. No matter what the future brings. No matter what was in the past.”—Michael (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.” —Michael (386)