Sunday, July 31, 2011

YA Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

HourglassIn One Sentence: I've been waiting on this one and it didn't disappoint!

Amazon Description: 
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?

I follow Myra McEntire on Twitter and have always found her to be a funny, quick-witted lady. Her book has those qualities, too, plus more. Emerson is a snarky girl that I can identify with, and, at the same time, she's gone through heart-wrenching things that I can relate to, as well. 

Emerson's ability to see these phantoms from the past is a creepy and surprising aspect of the story. Michael is extremely sigh-worthy. The chemistry between them sizzles, literally! Yum!

Despite my anticipation (which was not only spawned by McEntire's frequent, hilarious tweets but also by that cover. Gorgeous!), I was slightly wary at first, because this is a time-travel book. I've always found that things can easily become confusing when dealing with time-travel, but never fear with Hourglass. The story stayed on track and kept me guessing until the end. At one point, McEntire definitely took things to a whole other level and that's all I can say about that. You'll have to read it to find out what I'm talking about!

Bottom Line: When's the next book come out? What?! She's writing right now?! Oh, the agony *sob*!

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