Hourglass (Hourglass Series #1)

Hourglass (Hourglass Series #1)

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by Myra McEntire
     
 

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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.

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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?
 
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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Emerson Cole would rather not go through the purgatory of her senior year. As a freshman, she had a screaming argument in the cafeteria with someone who wasn't actually there and was sent away, first to a mental hospital, then to boarding school. Now the money has run out, and she's back in her small Southern town, dreading school and the new therapist her older brother, Thomas—her guardian since the death of their parents—has found for her. Michael, however, is like no therapist Emerson has ever met, and he tells her things she can hardly believe—the ghosts she talks to are real, time travel is possible, and Emerson herself can alter the future. And every time Michael touches her, the sparks literally fly. McEntire's debut attempts to incorporate many genres (romance, comic book superheroes, science fiction, paranormal), not always with equal success. But the story centers itself in Emerson's voice—by turns sardonic, world weary, ardent, and hopeful—and that voice is strong enough to carry readers through occasional improbabilities. Ages 12–up. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Emerson Cole can see apparitions from the past-Southern belles, jazz trios, and Civil War soldiers that are invisible to everyone else. Michael Weaver is a young, attractive consultant for Hourglass, an organization that helps people just like Emerson. He wants her to realize that her visions are a gift, not a curse. Even though she feels an immediate connection with Michael, she remains skeptical that he will be able to help her, especially when years of medication and therapy have not made the images disappear. When he asks her to travel back in time with him, the shocking truth about her abilities is revealed. The plot maintains focus and energy and contains unexpected twists and turns throughout. Additionally, Emerson's developing maturity is evident from the first chapter to the last, and readers will identify not only with her but also with the equally well-rounded peripheral characters. The descriptions of the small Southern town, the people, and the buildings, both past and present, are vivid and will capture teens' imagination and attention. McEntire's paranormal fantasy, peppered with romance, is a compelling story that is difficult to put down.—Elizabeth C. Johnson, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, WA
Kirkus Reviews

Troubled teen Emerson Cole returns to her Southern hometown and old "haunts" in this genre-blending story.

Despite her cushy new life with her older brother Thomas and his wife Dru, Em can't overcome her dark past; she started seeing ghosts at 13, shortly before her parents' tragic accident. Caught talking to seemingly empty space too often, Em is verbally and physically defensive, unable to completely confide in Thomas, Dru or her best friend Lily. When Thomas hires handsome college-aged Michael Weaver (a consultant from the mysterious Hourglass institute) to help Em with her "hallucinations," predictably tempestuous romance and unexpected adventure ensue. After meeting an X-Men–esque group of former Hourglass students—and the dangerous but sexy Kaleb Ballard, Michael's rival for her affections—Em learns that she's not crazy but gifted, and that she might be able to change the past as well as see it. Em is an entertainingly cheeky narrator and appealingly resilient heroine; when she meets Michael's friends, she wryly comments, "Team Freak. Wonder if we could get jerseys." First-time author McEntire deftly juggles plot, characters and dialogue; her portrait of grief is particularly poignant.

The ambitious combination of paranormal romance and sci-fi action leads to some pacing problems but also makes for a refreshing read. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606843840
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
Hourglass Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 3.30(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories infused with her love of music. Hourglass is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com.

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terilhack More than 1 year ago
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.
windsong More than 1 year ago
One of the first things that attracted me to this book was the cover. This is one of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen. And the book only got better from there. :) I went into HOURGLASS thinking it was going to be about ghosts, but the story was a little more awesome than that. While Emerson sees people that have died, she isn't seeing their ghosts, she's seeing their imprint on time. Because she has the ability to travel to the past. Only she doesn't know it, and she thinks she's crazy. Which, I think, was a completely realistic reaction. With her brother's intervention in seeking out Michael's help from Hourglass, Emerson learns how little she really knows about herself. (And in an incredible, didn't see this coming twist near the end, she learns how little she really knows about her past.) I loved Emerson's personality and voice. And I really enjoyed the plot. I liked how the whole time travel aspect was handled. Kind of like in X men, some people are born with special abilities. Hourglass is a secret organization that deals with people who have abilities relating to time. Not everyone can time travel, and time travel seems to be a one way street. You either have the ability to travel to the past or to the future, but not both unless you pair up with someone who has the opposite ability. And pairing up--you travel to the past, he/she travels to the future--is like the ultimate in opposites attracting. So there is some heavy attraction at first sight when Emerson runs into her other half. Attraction that leads to love. There is also a bit of a love triangle that happens when Emerson is introduced to others who have defected from Hourglass as the new person director doesn't care so much about helping people deal with their abilities as he does about power. The third side to the triangle is Kaleb, the dead founder of Hourglass's son, who is an empath. And to be honest, as great as Michael is, I really liked Kaleb better in some ways even though he wasn't as straight laced. Michael is very intense and, at times, overprotective of Emerson. There were a few times I wanted to smack him, but I didn't have to because Emerson did it for me. I understood his reasoning as the story unfolded, but I appreciated that Emerson fought back when his need to protect her became too constrictive. Kaleb, on the other hand, didn't try to protect her from the hard realities of what was going on. He was there to support and help her, but wanted her to know what she was dealing with so she could make her own informed decisions. Something Michael was learning to do closer to the end of the story. All in all, I really enjoyed HOURGLASS, and can't wait for the sequel to come out. I want to know what happens with the bad guy, more about the Powers that Be, and the repercussions of Emerson going back in time--once on a mission to save the founder of Hourglass, and once more to save Michael's life. *crosses fingers that it's next year* There is some mild swearing and kissing. I received a review copy from the publisher.
RememberingJulie More than 1 year ago
Hourglass is snarky, sarcastic, funny, romantic, action-packed, and surprising. And there's two hot guys. Emerson easily makes my list of Lovely Badass Heroines. Is there anything else I can say besides I loved it with the passion of a burning suns? Which, may sound crazy but is totally true? No matter what, 2011 is an excellent year for YA and this one is definitely one of my favorites. And Myra McEntire is DEFINITELY an author to watch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALL PEOPLE WHO ENJOY TIME TRAVEL AND ROMANCE WITH A PINCH OF SUSPENCE, THIS BOOK MAY BE FOR YOU!
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
Addictive and refreshing, this time-traveling romance had me glued to its pages right down to the very last. HOURGLASS was a delightful surprise. I got so much more than what I expected - I was utterly captivated. What's not to love about Emerson? This girl is a fighter. She's had to endure so much since seeing her so called ghosts. Coping with the death of loved ones, being committed into an institution, and now she must face the fact that maybe she's not crazy after all. With aid from gorgeous heart-throb Michael, Em finally understands her gift. The chemistry between these two sizzles. Em had me cracking up with what she calls her "edit button." When things came out of her mouth unfiltered, especially her thoughts about Michael, I was constantly laughing out loud. I enjoyed reading about some of the secondary characters and their abilities. One character in particular captured my heart. The ever charming Kaleb, who's also Michael's best friend, was a constant joy. With the time traveling elements, sizzling chemistry between the characters, and the special abilities that the surrounded the Hourglass inhabitants, at times I forgot I was reading a book. It was quite the page turner for me. I can't wait for the sequel!
CrystalPosey More than 1 year ago
In a good way, of course. This is by far the greatest and most clever young adult book I have ever read. I purchased the HOURGLASS ebook, because I couldn't get to the book store this morning. My husband said, "Fine, but please don't turn around and buy the hardback next week." I wasn't sure at the time. I told him we'd see. He rolled his eyes. See, I have a thing for owning the actual books, but I can't own them all. Not until I'm rich, which I WILL be one day. Until then, ebooks are great for feeding my expensive reading appetite. However, there are certain books I want on my shelf now. Okay, books I have to have on my shelf now. HOURGLASS is the first young adult book that I HAVE TO HAVE ON MY SHELF ASAP. Sorry, dear.
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wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I hate the summary of this book. It makes it sound like some cheesy paranormal romance, and - besides that being the wrong genre - Hourglass is so much more than that. One, I classify it as science fiction. I'm not quite sure what the rules would be (I'm not a science girl m'self) but there's a definite rule set and science theory that applies to the book. I mean, come on - she might have to deal with 'ghosts', but there's theory to it. This is science fiction, and I wish there was more in YA. Two, though there is romance, it's not the focus. Yes, her relationship with Michael is played on throughout the book - hello, what is a book without romance? - but I can't help but think that there's more to this book than that. There's stuff about good and bad and write and wrong and the fine line between that. There's humor and lines that make me laugh out loud. There's friendships and family and tension. But once we move past the summary (and that cover! More on that later), I can tell you - if you're a fan of sci-fi or anything bordering paranormal, I recommend reading Hourglass. I've been fortunate enough to come across a lot of well developed characters lately - characters with interesting back story, who (well, Michael and Ava aside) aren't hideous, but aren't drop dead gorgeous. They've got their own brand of wit and humor about them that make them fun to read. None of them are the same. And that, I think, is one of the reasons I like Hourglass as much as I did. Besides having an interesting plot - can she really travel in time? Can she do it without ripping the space time continuum apart!? - there were interesting characters to go with it. Anybody who reads WORD regularly knows I'm a sucker for good characters, and Hourglass delivers. And, of course, a strong and interesting plot, witty writing, and a swoon worthy boy make this book a fantastic addition to most shelves.
deadtossedwaves More than 1 year ago
Based on ARC. I was really excited to be apart of the Fire and Ice ARC tour. Especially with this novel which I'd been anticipating. I mean, look at that cover. It's completely intriguing. I read this book in one day. While it started off slow, the plot really fed you a lot of information that kept me interested enough to continue on. Once I got into the meat of the book, I just didn't put it down. For me, the southern spin was really refreshing. It also made it easier for me to relate to Emerson, along with her witty sense of humor. I really got a feel for her in this novel and understood her motives. She really was the stand out character for me. I did really enjoy this novel. It does come off predictable at times, but I really thought Myra handled the time travel aspect very nicely. I honestly wanted more of it. Had there been more development there I would have loved this novel to death. I felt the connection. This was a great debut, and I can't wait for the sequel.
CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously i just read this book in one night! It was amazing. Not even lying. Read this!!!!!
_Winn More than 1 year ago
Best Book I've Read in a Long Time First things first: I love Em. She's the most realistic YA protagonist in a very long time, and she's someone anyone would want to be friends with. Em has lost a lot; her parents died in a car accident and she spent several years in a mental hospital. Not from grief, although her grief over her parents is the only time other than Harry Potter that I've read a believable mourning orphan. She was in the mental hospital because she sees 'rips.' Rips aren't ghosts, they're reflections of people from the past, little bits of time that seep in from the past and into the present. Em's the only person she knows who can see them. Em has just moved back to Ivy Springs, her home town, to live with her brother Thomas and his wife Dru. Thomas is much older than Em - she was the &quot;surprise&quot; baby - and now he's her guardian. Em and her brother love each other, and you find yourself liking Thomas, even when his protectiveness gets in the way of Em's relationship with... Michael. Well, Michael is lovely. He just is. He's polite, and nice, and he sees rips too. Perfect right? Well, Michael knows more than he's letting on about Em's ability. But he's quite fun and sweet, and he breaks the mold common in YA romance, the creepy controlling, possessive, near-stalker guy we read about so much nowadays. Those guys are a dime a dozen, and very scary if you think about it (yes, Edward Cullen, I'm talking to you). Michael is actually a good guy, and even without Em, he's an excellent character. Lily is Em's best friend, and you'll wish she were yours too. But i can't say to much about Lily without throwing out spoilers. Em is a snarky, sassy, relatable narrator. Some of the things she says will knock you over laughing, and you'll never find yourself sitting there going &quot;Why did you do that!? How could you be that stupid!!??!!&quot; Because she does sensible but believable things.  You'll find yourself wearing converse and drinking too much coffee because of Em. This book gets a 100% A+++. It's a fun read with a cool twist on time travel. Enjoy! 
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Since her parents's death Emerson has been seeing things others can't. Apparitions from old days are crossing her way and she can't make them go away. Her brother Thomas is set on finding a cure, but nothing has helped so far. Until he calls the Hourglass organisation on the plan, and with it super smart and hot agent Michael. Thank you, Thomas! His task is to help Emerson find a way to get rid of her ghosts from the past. And of course all scruples aside he's there to provide us with a swoon-worthy romance. What a lucky providence that he's staying in the same housing complex as Emerson and her brother. Offers room for a lot of flustering encounters and much time for their feelings of attraction to grow into something stronger and more sustainable. Only the love story would have been enough to name HOURGLASS an awesome read. A conspiracy, mysterious organisations, insane antagonists, explosions, very short windows of time to act and turn the ending into a happy one and time travelling - loved the time travelling components in HOURGLASS just as much as in recent favourites such as TEMPEST by Julie Cross- complete HOURGLASS to a well-balanced and absolutely gripping read. 4,5/5 ****/* HOURGLASS series - An action-packed time travel extraverganza with flair and three infectious love stories. One minute you are totally relaxed and laid-back, that jazzy feeling of old days bewitching you, the next you are on the run from your past and your future. Trust me, you want to have all three books in your reach when you turn the first page of HOURGLASS.
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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.
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Tim_Gatewood More than 1 year ago
While I did discover SF as a teenager, I did so reading the classic SF stories, not the so-called juveniles. So, even though I have been reading SF for decades, I have never paid much attention to the Young Adult sub-genre. That changed in the past few years, as there has been so much YA within the genre that the Darrell Awards Jury (on which I serve) has had to include it as a separate category. This is not the first YA SF I have read, but it is beyond a doubt one of the best. Ms. McEntire has hooked me into her world and I am greatly looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommended.
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I loved it!!!!!
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OMG I love this book !!! I have recently read the Hourglass by Myra McEntire and I absolutely loved it!! This is definitely a book for  teenagers like me. The book is filled with suspension, drama, and romance, which got me hooked to the book ! I just had a feeling I would like this book, the cover was very intriguing, the picture reeled me into the Hourglass! The book was 390 pages and it was hard to put it down, every chapter had a new twist! There is no movie version but it would be awesome if there was one! I am usually not into reading science fiction novels, but the Hourglass might have changed that for me!! I thought the author's style in this book was creative; the author would always leave me predicting what will happen next!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the book. At first i was just reading it for a book report, but ending up reading it again. I'm not much of a reader, but I loved the book. I liked how the story was- romantic and suspensful- after i read this I went to see if there were more to the series, and there was! Im going to read the second book again and waiting for the third. Its an amazing series and i loved every minute of it. I highly reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really awesome