Published: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Page Count: 394 pages
Series: Hourglass, Book One
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?
HOURGLASS is brilliant. The first few pages didn't really capture my attention, but believe me, the speed picked up and the story got very interesting and complex. Myra McEntire's debut was just great!
Let's talk about the characters. Emerson was a strong, fierce, and well rounded-out character. The story behind her is so tragic, and you just can't help but want to jump into the story and let her know that you feel for her. Is that weird? Not for me. Myra McEntire's writing style made me see everything visually inside my mind. Lily was just that awesome best friend that, honestly, rarely appears in YA books. She's quirky, sarcastic, and just a great character. We have Michael, the love interest, who does really feel for Emerson. I think Kaleb was also a great character. I felt horrible for him of what happened in the book!
Next, the writing style. Myra McEntire, you are a genius! She has unfolded this time travel story that was epic and adventurous. She described everything almost perfectly, and this story that she has created was just... just so wonderful!
And can we all just give a big round of applause for the photography team? How amazing is this cover?! If you have seen it already, turn the cover sideways. She's. Walking. Down. A. Wall. It's so cool!
Overall, Myra McEntire's debut novel HOURGLASS was great and awesome. I definitely recommend you go pick this one up!