Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Format: eBook, 390 pages
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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?
“You know, Scarlett, Rhett didn’t give a damn, and frankly, I don’t either.”
I bought this book shortly after it was released, ages ago. The cover drew me in immediately. It was getting wonderful reviews. Too many wonderful reviews, I thought. There’s no way it could live up to my expectations. Boy was I wrong. This book sucked me in almost immediately, thanks in part to the line above. I loved the tie-in of a classic book and the line clued me in to Emerson’s personality.
Just a warning: It’s going to be incredibly difficult to write this review without giving anything away, so bear with me. I’ll apologize in advance if I get too spoilery. I’m trying to keep things really vague.
“I’d always leaned toward the shy side but was never unsocial until I started seeing visions of people from the past. 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.”
Emerson sees ghosts. Ghosts of all types. She has seen these phantoms since her parents died four years ago. She wants to be normal. She doesn’t want to wonder if the people she sees are really there or not.
“I was grateful I could attach my feelings for him to something, even a scientific connection. Chemistry. I thought about the amount of energy we produced when we accidentally touched and had a brief vision of what it would be like if our lips met. Would the world explode around us?”
Enter Michael. Michael, a consultant with an organization named Hourglass, is hot and mysterious and secretive. He and Emerson have an immediate, undeniable chemistry. At even the simplest and most innocent touches, lights pop and explode. It’s all very intense and incomprehensible to Emerson. Without getting into any spoilerish details, I will just say the reasoning behind their connection makes sense. It’s as believable as anything in a paranormal novel is. Oh, and Michael sees ghosts, too. Except he refers to them as time ripples, or rips. Finally, Emerson has someone who can understand her. Help her. It doesn’t hurt that he’s seriously hot and their chemistry is off-the-charts.
So, of course, we have to throw a wrench in the plans. Wrenches in the form of Kaleb and Ava, two others from Hourglass. Kaleb is beautiful and troubled. He’s also immediately attracted to Michael. And unlike Michael, who is holding back his feelings for Em, he has no trouble expressing how he feels. Tempting Em to feel the same way for him. Kaleb was no Michael, but he was incredibly charming. Ava was incredibly dislikable from the moment she appeared in the story. I just knew nothing good was going to come from her character.
“Time travel? Saving the world? Had I fallen into a straight-to-DVD release?”
I’ve never been one to really enjoy books about time travel. I find the concept difficult to comprehend, whether in movies, TV shows, or books. I have quite an imagination, but it always just seems too far-fetched for me. It’s often difficult to follow and, honestly, I don’t want to have to think that hard when I’m reading for fun. I didn’t have that problem with this book. I won’t say the story was simple, but it was understandable. Myra McEntire built a world I was all too eager to fall into and learn more about. It was all beautifully written. I think I highlighted roughly one third of the book.
“I love you – broken in pieces, whole, however. No matter what the future brings. No matter what was in the past.”
I read this book in one sitting. I simply could not put it down. I had to know more. I had to know if Michael and Em ever gave in to their feelings for one another. I had to know if they would go back in time and succeed in saving Liam’s life. I devoured the book and felt all the feelings along the way. And, my word, were there feelings to feel. If you’re an emotional reader like me, you might want to have some tissues on-hand when you read this one.
I can’t wait to dive into the second book in this trilogy, Timepiece. I hope it has all the ups-and-downs and twists-and-turns of the first. If so, I’ll be one happy reader.