Publication Date: June 14, 2011Review: I had heard many amazing things about this book, but there are times where I just ignore what everyone says. For some strange reason, I didn't expect to love this book as much as others did, despite the praise. I was pleasantly surprised reading it, realizing that I thought this book was plain awesome.
Publisher: Egmont USA
Page Count: 387
Synopsis: 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?
Now I know what everyone's talking about when they say that Hourglass is a fantastic read, because it really is. There's so much going for this book: a likable heroine, a very attractive boy, a fast paced plot, and a unique concept. Oh, and I am in love with Myra McEntire's writing. It's humorous and easy to read--exactly my kind of prose!
Emerson is the protagonist and I liked her quite a lot. She has a good blend of snark, humor, intelligence, and emotion. She's determined and knows what she wants to do. Although she was sometimes very naive, I didn't hold that against her. Michael is the love interest. I definitely had a capricious love/hate relationship with him. Sometimes, I loved him, and other times, I wanted to slap him.
The concept of this book is great. The Hourglass is a group for people who can manipulate time. Seriously, how cool is that? Two thumbs up for time travel! I don't read that many YA books about time travel, but this one certainly is spectacular.
Hourglass is an extremely enjoyable story featuring a strong heroine with a distinct voice, a fantastic romantic element, and time travel.