Customer Reviews for

Hourglass (Hourglass Series #1)

Average Rating 4.5
( 181 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(114)

4 Star

(44)

3 Star

(17)

2 Star

(3)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Highly Anticipated and a Sure Not to Miss Title

Hourglass is released this month and it is a long awaited title for me.
I have to say that the cover enthralled me the many months ago that I saw it online and it portrays the elements in the story perfectly.

Hourglass brings us into the topsy-turvy world of Emerson...
Hourglass is released this month and it is a long awaited title for me.
I have to say that the cover enthralled me the many months ago that I saw it online and it portrays the elements in the story perfectly.

Hourglass brings us into the topsy-turvy world of Emerson Cole, who at fourteen began seeing ghosts of history blending into her present day reality.

What Emerson has coming for her will turn her world upside down. What happens when the past flows too fully into reality and the only one experiencing it is you?

Emerson is about to experience a whole new way of looking at her future when her brother hires a new consultant to help with Emerson's abilities. Michael Weaver steps in and changes her whole world forever after he reveals to her the scope of her time-space abities.

Hourglass asks us: How far would you go to change the past? How far would you go for love? How much is too much?

Hourglass will change the way you look at the time that we have, and make you fall in love with it's characters and their stories.

Hourglass is a great first book in a series and I cannot wait to see what the consecutive books have in store for us in our own reading as well as the plight of these amazing characters.

I loved how the title of the book also tied so well into the story since on the cover you see everything turned around and the name of the organization helping/hunting Emerson is the Hourglass. Amazing author, and amazing read. Here is a book not to miss.

posted by terilhack on May 27, 2011

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Have you ever read a book where you couldn't decided if it was g

Have you ever read a book where you couldn't decided if it was great or whether you just wanted it it be great? Yeah, that's HOURGLASS for me.

I really did enjoy this book, though. In fact, I read it in two days (which for me, with four small children to take care of,...
Have you ever read a book where you couldn't decided if it was great or whether you just wanted it it be great? Yeah, that's HOURGLASS for me.

I really did enjoy this book, though. In fact, I read it in two days (which for me, with four small children to take care of, is quite an accomplishment) because I just kept wanting to find out what happened next. I think Emerson is probably one of my favorite female characters. I do think that she was flawed--I found myself, quite frequently, yelling at her to get her head together in certain parts, but I can't say that I don't find myself doing that with most
of the books I read. I think Emerson is strong, intelligent, and has a great sense of humor. Buuuuuttttt, when it comes to guys, I think she has a whole lot to learn!

I had a hard time with the way she sometimes would just throw herself at Michael. I get that because of her past, she's all about 'carpe diem' and all that, but I still feel like she should have kept a little bit more of herself locked away until she was sure of Michael's feelings. I will admit, however, that this is just MY opinion. I'm sure not everyone will agree with me here. I also feel like there was a whole lot of back and forth between Emerson and Michael. It just seemed as if we were supposed to just support their relationship, no matter how "off" it seemed, because they had "chemistry". Okay, I'm done harping on that. I will say that I liked how the DTR (defining the relationship) went at the end. Okay, now I'm REALLY done.

I really appreciated the time-travel aspect of the book. I am kind of a sucker for time-travel, and I think this one was done very well. I didn't get confused and have a "oh-my-gosh-I'm-SOOO-lost" moment, like I do with some time-travel stories. Ms. McEntire kept the science part of the story simple and easy to comprehend. And I am totally excited to see where she takes the story.

All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this book to those of you who enjoy time-travel, a spunky heroine, and some mystery. I'm really looking forward to digging into TIMEPIECE.


posted by CaptivatedRding on June 11, 2012

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 – 16 of 17 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Have you ever read a book where you couldn't decided if it was g

    Have you ever read a book where you couldn't decided if it was great or whether you just wanted it it be great? Yeah, that's HOURGLASS for me.

    I really did enjoy this book, though. In fact, I read it in two days (which for me, with four small children to take care of, is quite an accomplishment) because I just kept wanting to find out what happened next. I think Emerson is probably one of my favorite female characters. I do think that she was flawed--I found myself, quite frequently, yelling at her to get her head together in certain parts, but I can't say that I don't find myself doing that with <i>most</i>
    of the books I read. I think Emerson is strong, intelligent, and has a great sense of humor. Buuuuuttttt, when it comes to guys, I think she has a whole lot to learn!

    I had a hard time with the way she sometimes would just throw herself at Michael. I get that because of her past, she's all about 'carpe diem' and all that, but I still feel like she should have kept a little bit more of herself locked away until she was sure of Michael's feelings. I will admit, however, that this is just MY opinion. I'm sure not everyone will agree with me here. I also feel like there was a whole lot of back and forth between Emerson and Michael. It just seemed as if we were supposed to just support their relationship, no matter how &quot;off&quot; it seemed, because they had &quot;chemistry&quot;. Okay, I'm done harping on that. I will say that I liked how the DTR (defining the relationship) went at the end. Okay, now I'm REALLY done.

    I really appreciated the time-travel aspect of the book. I am kind of a sucker for time-travel, and I think this one was done very well. I didn't get confused and have a &quot;oh-my-gosh-I'm-SOOO-lost&quot; moment, like I do with some time-travel stories. Ms. McEntire kept the science part of the story simple and easy to comprehend. And I am totally excited to see where she takes the story.

    All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this book to those of you who enjoy time-travel, a spunky heroine, and some mystery. I'm really looking forward to digging into TIMEPIECE.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Not verry good

    I didnt like it becuz it was advertised to me as a sci fi novel and i foundd it had wayyyy too much romance in it. I loved the whole time travelling awesome, being a total star trek fan. But i dont like romance so im giving the book three stars. None the less i am going to try timepoce the next book. Remember, this is my opinion only, so dont think u wont like the book just becuz of this one review.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Ok

    It took a long time for this book to get to the point and draw me in and then it was finished.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 18, 2011

    New twist on time travel

    Really 3.5 stars

    The possibility of time travel is always fascinating, but it raises a lot of questions. What would the rules be, and would anybody be able to travel? These are some of the questions Myra McEntire explores in Hourglass, all within the confines of a small southern town, an institute designed to protect the secrets of time manipulation, and a budding romance.

    Ever since her parents died, Emerson has had a rough time. But even before the accident, she had begun to see people from the past, people who would disappear if she touched them. After being hospitalized and spending two years away at boarding school, she has to come home to live with her brother and his wife. Her brother has hired a new consultant from the Hourglass Institute, Michael, who is supposed to help her with her "gift." But not only do Em's visions of people from the past get stronger, but also she finds herself attracted to Michael, and the tension between them is hard to ignore. As she learns more about herself and her gift, she becomes caught up in the world of Hourglass and all of the people there. She discovers that she isn't alone; other people have time-related abilities, and yes, time travel is possible. When Michael asks her to help him change the past, Emerson has to decide if she's willing to risk her life so that others can live.

    First of all, I loved the premise of Hourglass. It is fresh and inventive, and it explores science fiction in a way that isn't overly technical. I enjoyed delving into this world and learning about the different abilities that McEntire created. I also loved Emerson's voice. She's smart, sharp, and snarky, which was by turns amusing and frustrating when she used her razor tongue to keep people away. Then there were the guys - Michael, the Hourglass consultant, and his best friend Kaleb. Michael was the obvious hero, with his brooding nature and devastating looks, but I actually found myself more drawn to Kaleb; he had a much more interesting history, and he made no secret about his feelings for Emerson. Kaleb was at times the bad boy and at other times the boy next door, and I couldn't help but feel sympathy for him.

    However, as much as I wanted to love this book, I didn't. It may have been because of the hype, but I wasn't blown away like I thought I would be. The last 100 pages were riveting, with constant surprises and intense emotional scenes, but before that I was at times confused, frustrated, and left wanting more. While I liked Emerson, the relationship between her and Michael didn't come alive for me. I wanted their relationship to grow instead of jumping from tension and avoidance to love. That being said, I am curious to see where McEntire will take this story in the sequel.

    Hourglass was an inventive debut novel that brings a new voice and a different story to the paranormal genre. Complete with romance, secrets, and time travel, Hourglass is definitely worth the read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 16 of 17 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1