Author: Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass # 1
Published: June 14, 2011 by Egmont USA
Genre: YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi
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 not one of the best book I have read but definitely one of my favorites. Up to this point, I am not sure why, but the book has a certain charm that is irresistible. Possibly one of the reasons is the book cover.
At first, I was kind of turned off by the way the story is going. Emerson Cole is full of angst. She is emotionally unstable due to bad circumstances in her life. Good thing though, she is not too annoying to read, tolerable at least. Her thoughts are almost vibrant with a little hint of darkness and stubbornness. I learned to like her.
Michael doesn’t really stand out very well; to be honest I really don’t get his character. I know that he is supposed to be a mysterious guy, for all intent and purposes, but I found it rather exasperating especially everytime he kept Emerson in the dark. Doesn’t she at least deserve to know the truth earlier? He is not yet the swoon worthy type of guy but getting there.
Kaleb is a very interesting character; I want to know more about him.
Plot wise, writing style is very decent. There are still some loopholes that needed to be tied up more but I found the story intriguing. Though I am not very well impressed on how the story ended, it felt like a little rushed, the story as a whole is good. I am hoping in the next installment that there will be more explanations in the technicalities of how they got the “powers” and the time travel thing.
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