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.See more details below

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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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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:
9781606841440
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Series:
Hourglass Series, #1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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