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Hourglass by Myra McEntire

by Myra McEntire
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Format: Kindle
Published: June 14, 2011 by Egmont USA
Genre: YA, fantasy/sci-fi

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"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?" -Goodreads


“It’s a really strange existence, not knowing if the person you’re talking to is physically there or not. Not knowing if you’re one hallucination away from a psychotic break.” (loc. 243)      I loved the tone of this book and how it kept me captivated. From the witty sarcastic attitude of Emerson, to the suspenseful adventure that unfolds, I couldn’t help but devour this book!

      The first thing that really caught my attention was how I loved the way the author ended and began her chapters, and how the rhythm of this helped pull me through the book to the point where I couldn’t put it down. The only thing I didn’t like too much, as with most Young Adult genre books, is the insta-love and the potential for love triangles... or even a love square, haha. Maybe I just don’t like romance (or too much romance) in the books I read anymore. I feel like the subject, action and voice of the book made up for these drawbacks. I’ve learned that I’m quite fond of books about time travel (probably stemming from my love of historical books,) and Hourglass is a great set-up for a lot to come, and I really can’t wait to read more.
“Lots of unbelievable things happened. Every day. Things like gravity. But time travel? Saving the world? At seventeen?” (loc. 1296)
      In all, I liked this book so much that I immediately borrowed (thanks to my library’s Overdrive website) the next in the series, Timepiece and started on it. I’m liking that so far as well! I received Infinityglass as an ARC to review, which is why I started on this series, but I’m so glad it pushed me to start because I really enjoy this series so far!

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