Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Published by Egmont USA
Date Published: June 14, 2011
Rating: 4.5/5
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.
So I literally just finished this book moments ago and my head is spinning. First of all, this book is about time travel. Oh, how I have loved time travel ever since growing up with Doc Brown and his DeLorean, Doctor Who and his Blue Box, Star Trek, HP and the Prizoner of Azkaban, Terminator. The list could go on. As I child, I always wanted to travel through space and time. To right wrongs and buy stock in Apple. But this book just made me love it so much more.

In Hourglass, Myra McEntire writes such a brilliant story that weaves reality with the past and drives readers to discover truths beyond the pages. To figure out what is really going on beneath the facts that are being hidden from her. Why she sees rips (people from the past), how she can travel through the bridge (wormhole), and more. Myra did such a great job at, not dumbing down science, but making it more palatable for the reader. Because honestly, even with my knowledge of science fiction and time travel, I could've been easily lost in the jargon. But I wasn't which makes the reading experience so much easier.

I loved Emerson. At first, she seemed unstable, but who wouldn't be after everything she went through growing up and dealing with loss? She found courage and comfort in Michael, who came to help her from the Hourglass organization. You can figure out what they want to happen, but can't because of prenegotiations. Michael's character was great and he really led the story for male MCs. Throughout the story, Myra also wrote great supporting characters like Kaleb, Thomas, Dru, Lily, Jack, etc. They all were so well written and I just loved each of them and hated some of them equally as much.

By the last 50 pages, I was completely thrown a curve ball when everything started happening so fast. Truths comes to the surface and lies are revealed. Traitors become known and lives are at stake. I loved the ending a lot and usually don't say too much about a book's ending in my review, but after all the action and some kissing, I couldn't leave it alone. This book was awesome. Myra truly knows how to write a book and it's mind-blowing that this is her debut! I cannot wait to read anything and everything she puts out next.



  1. This books sounds great ! i can't wait to get my hands on it ! :D

  2. Awesome review! Now that you've mentioned Doc Who here I"m going to have to go check it out. Thank you for being on the blog tour!!

  3. This review is really well-written! Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing :D

  4. Great review. This book is so good, huh? I liked those crazy last 50 pages too.