Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Genre: science fiction
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 390

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 change only 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 it feel like an electric current runs 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?


Time travel has been taken to a whole new level. Myra has taken a concept that has been considered throughout all of time and forced it into something uniquely hers. Please give a round of applause to this incredible new author!

I loved Emerson. So sarcastic, and able to hold her own, she's independent and can take care of herself. But she's caring, loving, and fiercely loyal to the ones she loves. Such a great blend for a heroine. Enter Michael, who turns her inside out and upside down, and she's shocked that he has the ability to get her to reveal herself to him. Michael was excellent, and the chemistry between the two of them was immediate. He cared for Emerson, but due to the strict business relationship, the romantic tension keeps building and building until completely blows up in their faces and the full force of their attraction to each other was obvious. The romance in the book was incredibly well-written, going through Em's immediate liking, to Michael's firm just friends status, and then the final moments in the novel when it couldn't be helped. I had so many moments where I nearly screamed, "JUST KISS HER ALREADY!"

As amazing as this book was (and really, it was pretty amazing) I didn't like the way Emerson takes the news that she's sees into the past. She accepted it pretty easily. Along with the news that the Hourglass works with more people like her. The novel goes pretty quickly, through meeting Michael, to figuring out he's a time traveler like Em, to going back in time to help the doctor who founded the Hourglass. I wish Myra would've taken it a bit slower, and created Em a little more hesitant to believe everything Michael said.

Overall, Myra's novel is stellar. Emerson's voice, along with a wonderful cast of characters, creates a different way of looking at time travel and how it works. Myra made it purely science, and did something I've never really gotten with other time travel novels: she explained everything down to some little details. It wasn't just there. It had a process. And it didn't just happen. It required multiple persons. Excellent, wonderful, engaging. Hourglass is a definite must read.

The Cover: Oh my goodness, this cover is awesome! It's an optical illusion, and when you're finished puzzling it out, you're like, "What is this about?" In a good way!

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