Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review: "Hourglass" by Myra McEntire

The Scoop (Goodreads):

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?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

McEntire's Website  ~ Goodreads Page


Myra McEntire knows the words to every R and B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in the country music capital of America where her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated, she chose to channel her mad word skills into creating sultry Southern timeslip novels. 

But if you catch her at a signing, she can probably be convinced to rap with you anyway.

“Most of what I say is complete truth. My edit button is broken.”
“Your size makes you seem delicate, like a spiderweb. But the wise fly knows that delicate can also be strong.”

“It was good for a while, being empty. I didn't hurt anymore. But as time went on, it was like I could hear myself from far away, begging for permission to come back.”

My Take:

So, Emerson is your typical orphaned teenage girl with one big exception: she sees dead people. This obviously causes a great deal of drama in Emerson's life because, once you start talking to people whom no one else can see, you just bought yourself a one way ticket to the loony bin.

Shut it, kid or it's straight jacket city for you!
Now, Emerson is supposed to be on her meds (she's not, natch) and her "visions" are getting worse. What's a girl to do? Well, enter hunky, mysterious, Michael (hired by Emerson's brother to help her out.) Turns out, there's more to the people Emerson sees than your typical spectral encounter. Michael knows a thing or two about it thanks to a secret group called Hourglass.

Stop all that jibber-jabberin' you Rebel! I'm trying to make out with Michael!

When Emerson becomes more entrenched with the Hourglass group, that's when things really get interesting. I like that McEntire threw in a couple of curveballs that I didn't see coming. The other people in the group seem to have compelling backstories and I can't wait to see more of them in future books in this series.

It's a little like this, in all of the best ways.

Naturally, there is a love angle (or tri-angle, if you will) with Emerson and Michael having literal electricity between them when they touch and then Emerson and Kaleb (super-playah-type with the required heart of gold) having numerous flirty-type encounters. Not to ruin it for you, but my money's on Michael being the obvious victor in the war for Emerson's heart here. Have to say though, Kaleb is a man after my own heart in a hunky, bad-boy way.

Get these two together and watch the sparks fly!!

Overall, I really liked Hourglass and feel that it is an excellent start to what is sure to be a page-turning series.

Final Verdict:

Every flavor starts with the same five ingredients and it may not be good for you, but it sure is yummy!

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1 comment:

  1. Ok, needed to see your opinion Steph since a while back won it on a book giveaway but keep putting it off for other books.

    Glad you like it.
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