HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

Posted 25 May, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 5 Comments

YA Paranormal Romance
397 pages
Available June 14, 2011
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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?

Wow. This story was super-cool and so very different than anything I’ve read in quite a while. The main character, Emerson, is awesome. She’s completely vulnerable at times but with an iron core of strength that makes her so appealing. And her family — her older brother and his wife — are fantastic. They care so much about each other and are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make each other content and comfortable.

For the longest time, Emerson thought she was crazy because she saw things that weren’t there. People from times gone by would sit around and chat with her, if she let them. People who would disappear as soon as she touched them.  She still doesn’t really know what they are or why they appear to her and not her brother or his wife but, by the time we meet her, she’s tired of being poked, prodded and medicated. Even though they still freak her out, she’s somewhat resigned to her “visions” existing in the same space as her. 

Then her brother hires someone new who claims he can help her. Michael says he knows what she’s going through, that he sees what she can see and he understands. Emerson is reluctant, especially considering all the other charlatans her brother’s hired in an effort to help her with her problem. But Michael’s cute and he proves himself to be the real deal. Except…he’s got secrets. Secrets he’s very reluctant to share, though he wants to know everything about Emerson.

Like Emerson, I wasn’t sure what to think of Michael at first. He set off my BS-meter, especially with his overreaction to Emerson’s attempt to find out more about Hourglass, the mysterious organization where Michael works. But serious fireworks explode between Michael and Emerson. Even though Michael acts like he’s so much older than Emerson, he’s really only a couple of years older. He’s so unwilling to let Emerson in, she practically has to get out a ladder to scale his walls. And it’s not like she doesn’t have walls of her own. 

There’s such a great story going on here. Time travel, magic, plots within plots, betrayals, and so many twists and turns, you won’t be able to put the book down until the very last page. Then, you’ll beg for more and, lucky for us, there will be! (Thank goodness there isn’t a cliffhanger–those drive me nuts.) I highly recommend HOURGLASS.

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5 Responses to “HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire”

  1. This looks amazing! And it sounds really unique too. I can’t wait till this comes out! Thanks so much for the review.