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Infinityglass: An Hourglass Novel [NOOK Book]

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The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members -- many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But ...
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Overview

The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members -- many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.
 
But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Hallie Girard, 17, has lived a sheltered, secluded life, and for good reason. She's "The Infinityglass…the freaking holy grail of time and believed to contain ultimate power over the space time continuum, among other things." With time running out, the Hourglass, an organization made up of individuals with supernatural abilities, sends their resident geek, Dune, to New Orleans to work with Hallie and assess her talent. Can they unlock the full force of Hallie's power before the evil Teague arrives to use it for her own nefarious purposes? Infinityglass neatly wraps up the trilogy, providing a satisfying whirlwind of spy adventure, steamy romance, and science fiction. With each successive installment in this series, the relationships get a little bit sweeter and a whole lot sexier. This is a terrific read for teens looking for the next great supernatural romance.—Sara Saxton, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Teens race to save time and space in this fast-paced third book. Dune Ta'ala accepts a job in New Orleans guarding the sullen, sheltered and superpowered 17-year-old Hallie Girard. Used to working with the Hourglass Institute, Dune finds himself among time-traveling thieves led by Hallie's father, Paul Girard, the true head of Chronos and an intimidating magic Mafia boss. Dune goes to study the Infinityglass--capable of transferring powers and fixing time rips and newly discovered to be a person rather than an object--but stays for the unpredictable but always entertaining Hallie. A chameleon, Hallie has found freedom in dancing, barhopping and occasional burglaries on her father's behalf, but now she discovers that she is not who or what she thought she was. Initially combative, Hallie grows to rely on Dune as the time rips grow stronger, her powers change, and the melodramatically villainous former head of Chronos, Teague, and the psychopathic memory-meddler, Jack Landers, come to town. Mysterious Poe and the Hourglass teens also make an appearance, and previous books are neatly recapped. McEntire (Timepiece, 2012) saves the romantic scenes from cliché and wryly acknowledges all possible pop-culture inspirations in an enjoyable, fast read. Teen romance with, as Dr. Who (one of those pop-culture referents) might say, some "timey-wimey stuff" makes for good fun. (Science fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606844427
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Hourglass Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 106,182
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one. She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two boys. She is the author of Hourglass and Timepiece. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com and learn more about the Hourglass world at www.murphyslawcoffee.com.
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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I utterly adore this series. It's kind of seeped into my life, r

    I utterly adore this series. It's kind of seeped into my life, really. In the past couple of years since I began this trilogy, I've wanted to wallpaper my room with the covers. I've named my Kindle after the main character in the first book. Hourglass is my go to recommendation for people who want books. I've connected with the characters in this book in such an intense way, that I think I'm kind of in denial that this series is over.

    To say the least, I absolutely loved this book.

    Myra's writing never fails me and it was, again, engaging and really drew me in. She still had that same, fantastic banter between the characters and the book was full of sarcastic one liners that made me grin. Their inner thoughts really enabled them to jump off the page. In Infinityglass, if you haven't heard, there are two narrators. Both of them were fantastic and very much their own person with their own voice.

    Then the characters themselves. Dune and Hallie were two very different characters. Dune was sweet and patient and came from this wonderful support system that was more of a family. Hallie was sharp and jaded and overprotected as she grew up. Both characters had these aspects that made me connect with them right from the get go. And as a couple, they were a team. I think that's the best way to describe it. It really felt like they were working together and improving each other and it was all incredibly sweet and swoony.

    And I can't not write about the nerdtastic references all throughout this book. Monty Python, a number of Doctor Who mentions, Sega Genesis...it was like a nerdy paradise. Each reference made me giggle a little bit because they're subtle or small but they're very much there and you know that it shows a little bit about Myra and a little bit about the characters and a little bit about the reader who catches them.

    Infinityglass also has this wonderful balance of older characters we already love to go with Hallie and Dune. There's a healthy dose of my beloved Michael, Emerson, Kaleb, and Lily. Poe and Ava and Nate and Clarissa rounded out the little crew that was so important to the book. I loved getting to see so much of characters I already loved and so much more of characters that we barely knew before.

    And while it sounds like this book must be incredibly full...it wasn't. It was a remarkable balance of old characters and new, the series arc and the individual story's arc, a new relationship and some reminders of old ones. It's one of the best examples of a final book in a series I can think of. The fact that I actually finished the series is enough to be amazed over, because it's incredibly rare that I finish a series. When I do, it's a pretty good sign of how lovely those books are.

    I love this series, I truly do, and if I haven't yet convinced you to read this series, I may not be cut out to be a reviewer. Or maybe it's just because I lack the words to do it justice. But this seriously is one of my absolutely favorite series. It got me fascinated by time travel and hooked on Doctor Who. It makes me smile and grin and squeal and nearly throw my phone as I was trying to finish this book at 3:30 in the morning. Myra's writing is always enthralling and magical and just oh so wonderful and I'm going to sit here in a ball and rock back and forth until I can get my hands on more of Myra's writing, even if it's just a grocery list to hold me over.

    Seriously. Please. If you haven't started this series, I hope you weren't spoiled (but why were you reading this???), and now is the time to fix that. And if you've been eagerly waiting for Infinityglass too, I promise it won't disappoint.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    Since her parents's death Emerson has been seeing things others

    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.

    In TIMEPIECE the hunt for antagonist Landers continues. Now from the perspective of Michael's best friend Kaleb. It took some getting used to Kaleb's narration. He's a character with so much sorrow and anger sitting on his heart that the emotional level of this sequel was stepped up a few notches.

    The story's main focus was on Kaleb and Lily's love story (yes, he gets a shot with Emerson's best friend) than the part where they actually work on saving the world. Completely fine with me. Lily and him are like fire and ice, so absoring in their elements. Theirs is a stormy and fierce love, with space for gentleness and understanding. Reaching PERFECT CHEMISTRY intensity of romance goodness, their attraction is smoldering.

    All three books are connected by their narrators being friends, continuing the ongoing plot and involvement of the Hourglass. Having this huge group of friends who are working towards the same goal, posed as an ideal tactic for Myra McEntire to give each of them a chance to tell their story in one of the three HOURGLASS books. So even though the focus lies on Kaleb and Lily in the second book, we still get updates on Emerson and Michael's relationship and hear what everyone else is up to. Same applies to the third book. I really loved that each book got its own and independent love story and still kept us in contact with the characters we'd got to know from the previous books.

    INFINITYGLASS too is told from a different perspective than HOURGLASS and TIMEPIECE. Even from two alternating points of view this time. Dune (he's also a part of our group of Hourglass friends) and Hallie are our couple who bring the mission and with it the HOURGLASS saga to an end. This last leg of the story is mainly set in New Orleans, a city with history and flair, taking us back to the glamorous days of ball gowns and and fainting ladies.

    The disturbances in the space time continuum that have been plaguing our friends for so many pages are getting even more dangerous in this last book in the HOURGLASS series. The rips are taking over entire scenes and are assaulting Hallie. Hallie who has a very special gift even among the time-gifted kids.

    Hired to guard her and find out more about this girl Dune steps into the life of whirlwind Hallie. You know what's coming next. Yep, the love story. Him being her bodyguard had something incredibly sexy und forbidden. He is employed by Hallie's father who would do anything to prevent any physical contact between the two. You bet they can't stay away from each other for long.
    Hallie's family life and the relationsthip with her mother are also a big part of the thrid book, one that made it a bit more dragging than the two before it.

    The hunt is on, a quest to find the infinityglass and with it the only thing that can save our friends and the entire world now.


    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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  • Posted October 12, 2013

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    Can I just start off with that I loved the series? The pacing was still nice in it. I wasn't left bored in any part what so ever. I actually kept wanting more and couldn't put it down.

    This story was told between Dune and Hallie. I like that it was different characters in each book but not deferring from the story line. And also that the other characters did showed up and not forgotten. I liked that Dune was the main character in the story because in the other 2 books he was a background character and didn't really know who he was. He’s not just the geeky guy, he was sweet and understanding.

    I liked Hallie. She is different than most girl characters in books. Kinda nice change. I would tell you who she is but I don’t want to spoil it. Cool how that all worked out.

    Sad that this is it but I enjoyed it immensely I thought it ended nicely and liked how everything was wrapped up.

    *I received this from NetGalley*

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

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    When I read Timepiece last year, I was slightly disappointed bec

    When I read Timepiece last year, I was slightly disappointed because I loved Hourglass but Timepiece didn't really leave a big impression on me. In actuality, before I started Infinityglass, I tried to remember what happened in the previous two novels and came COMPLETELY blank for Timepiece while I remembered a ton of what happened in Hourglass. Even with that, I had to give Infinityglass a try because a) it is the last book in the series, and b) Timepiece was still good, just a bit of a letdown. I have to say that Infinityglass was fantastic. It brought back my love for this trilogy and I am so happy I picked it up and got introduced to such fantastic characters that have been neglected in the previous books. Following the format of the previous two books, the plot line continues in Infinityglass but with two somewhat new characters. The first is Dune, the teenage genius who has dedicated his life studying up on the Infinityglass as well as working for the Hourglass organization that Michael, Em, Kaleb, and Lily work in (the main characters of the previous two books). However the twist here is that we find out the Infinityglass is a human being, and not an object (this is not a spoiler if you've read Timepiece). Of course we immediately figure out that that person will be Dune's love interest in this book. In terms of female protagonists, all the ones in the Hourglass trilogy have been kick butt. From Emerson, Lily, and finally Infinityglass's Hallie. She is the daughter of a... mobster (for lack of a better word), and her mother is basically a psycho (the bad guys of the Hourglass trilogy). She has always had bodyguards and compares her house to Rapunzel's tower. However she is so kick butt and isn't afraid to speak her mind, and usually gets to do what she wants, when she wants. I instantly liked her as well as Dune because he was a perfect mix of nerd and hot guy. I must admit towards the end the plot went a little wacky and I just didn't know what the hell was going on. I was winging it. Reading more trying to see if everything will be explained and to a certain extent it was. The solution and just the way everything was settled was too complicated. Even now, I don't completely understand what went down in the final showdown. However you can blame this on me or my inability to process words at such an ungodly hour, when I finished this book. This shows you that I couldn't put the book down until I reached the last page. All in all, Infinityglass was the perfect ending to this trilogy. I really enjoyed this installment so much and was so happy with the way everything ended. I would definitely recommend this to YA fans, even ones who aren't big on time traveling, because I am one of those. 

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Loved it!!!

    I loved this series so much!!! I loved how each book was from a different point of view and about a different couple in the series. Each was unique and different still part of the overall story. This one was a great ending to it all. There were plenty of twists and turns and surprises as the story moved along. I was interesting to see the bad guy change from one to another in this book and be surprised when the real bad guy got what was coming to them. They all had been through so much by this book and you could see that some of them were going to take a while to heal, but there was hope, even for Poe and Ava who were the most messed up of all of them. Great writing and great characters!

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    A Great End to a Great Series For me, I knew I had to read this

    A Great End to a Great Series
    For me, I knew I had to read this book.  This was actually the first book I ever requested a physical ARC for.  I was thrilled to get the final copy in the mail.  It was definitely a thrill.  Since I received it the day I finally got in town for good after about six weeks of being a "gypsy" all over Texas, I actually read it that day.  It was just what I needed.  Laying in bed and reading was just what was called for after so much busy.  The book?  I loved it.  I adored it.  I'd marry the book if it was possible.  Of course, I expected nothing less after how much I loved the previous two books in the series.
    For me, I wasn't super sure about Dune at first.  I mean, for me he wasn't a huge player in the previous books.  Ok, maybe a tad, but I had to refresh my memory.  But then, suddenly something happened.  Dune, with his super attractive intellect, became a hunk.  I mean I probably should never meet a "Dune" in real life because I would probably get to some unfortunate drool on his shirt.  Dune is one of the most perfect guy characters.  That's totally my opinion, but I'm super attracted to the hot nerd type.
    Then you have Hallie who is also a super awesome character.  She is full of sass and spunk and "I'll kick your butt if you even get close".  I really admired her as a character because as the novel progresses, you get a lot of background on her life.  It's been a little rough.  Which is kind of like saying Channing Tatum is just nice-looking.  Super understatement.  Either way, I think readers will really appreciate her and the humor she brings to the book.
    The setting takes place in the history-soaked New Orleans which is a great atmosphere for this type of book where they see "rips" in time.  It was nice to see the history come alive in the story.  And of course it was nice to reunite with the rest of the Hourglass crew.  You must read the series and this book!!

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

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    After reading the first two novels in author Myra McEntire¿s Hou

    After reading the first two novels in author Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series I was excited to get started with reading the latest installment Infinityglass. Reading the first two novels in the series I was always very caught up in the scenes, relationships and supernatural abilities presented in each story. Infinityglass just might be my favorite novel in the series so far it had everything I personally could want: a badass heroine, an awesome romance and intense plot twists. Definitely an awesome read.

    Infinityglass completely takes the spotlight away from Emerson and most of the Hourglass group and instead focuses on Dune. The nerdy, Infinityglass expert from the Hourglass who learns that the Infinityglass does in fact exist and that it isn’t an object. The Infinityglass is a girl named Hallie who can shape shift herself into any physical form she desires. So when Dune is sent on a job to investigate the Infinityglass further and uncover whatever abilities Hallie might have he finds himself shedding the person he used to be and becomes Hallie’s bodyguard.

    Hallie is everything Dune expected her not to be. She’s a witty, beautiful and flirty genius who has lived her entire life guarded and protected by her father. Hallie finds herself growing closer to Dune in ways she never expected to and when she uncovers just who Dune really is she slowly finds herself falling for him. Everything Dune and Hallie have is threatened when Hallie’s mother suddenly takes an interest in returning into Hallie’s life. Does she know that Hallie is the Infinityglass? And if so, how? When these questions are answered Hallie and Dune both find themselves uncovering the true nature behind Hallie’s existence and who Hallie really is.

    What I really loved about Infinityglass was Dune. I wouldn’t have thought that he would actually be such an enjoyable character to read about or that he would be as funny as he was. Dune was funny and romantic, his thoughts about Hallie were so cute and made me wish that guys in real life could be more like him. Dune was perfect. Perfect. And I loved every minute of reading about him and Hallie. As for Hallie she is the type of strong female MC (main character) that I think a lot of female readers will love. She’s quick and funny, constantly keeping Dune on his feet. These two were perfect together and the romance between them was just amazing.

    Infinityglass is such a fun read. McEntire’s writing was light and playful, especially when it came to Dune and Hallie. These two characters had such cute banter and their thoughts were always capable of making me laugh when they were together. Dune’s geeky romanticness and Hallie’s playful manner was all just awesome. McEntire’s writing managed to bring the story to life, I could easily imagine the situations the two characters went through and also felt the same emotions that both characters felt when they were facing some of the extreme situations that were presented in the story.

    After the amazing ending that Infinityglass had and the crazy plot twists that were in the novel I know that anything that comes next in the Hourglass series will be fantastic. I would recommend this series to readers who want a supernatural read that is as fun as it is thrilling and to readers who want intense romance. Anybody who wants novels that will keep them guessing and also throw them into a unique world will definitely want to check out the Hourglass novels.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    Sometimes, books are more than just books. I don¿t think it¿s a

    Sometimes, books are more than just books.

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the day I watched my first episode of Doctor Who* was also the same day that Hourglass arrived in my mailbox.

    Though those two things are thematically consistent with each other, what is harder to explain is what those two things have come to mean to me.

    I don’t want to be hyperbolic here, because there are things in life that are more important than a TV show and a book series, but on that day I felt like things came together for me and life said, “Here are your people. You can stop feeling so lonely now.”

    With Infinityglass, the third and final (*sniff*) book in Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series, McEntire brings a whole slew of characters, plots, and timelines together in a way that is purposeful, thoughtful, and a whole lot of fun.

    There’s suspense and drama and romantical times and so so so many nerd jokes, y’all. (And let me tell you, the nerd jokes are where it’s at.) I snorted so many times reading this book because of how funny it is, I can’t even tell you. At one point, I actually started clapping.

    Clapping.

    On the train.

    In New York.

    Which I promise is not even close to the most annoying thing someone was doing in my train car.

    Though I’m sad to see this series end, McEntire went out with some serious style, and I’m stoked to find out what her next book will be. (Clearly it will come after she takes a very long, relaxing vacation where no computers or electronics of any sort are present.)

    It doesn’t surprise me that this series is coming to a close in the same year that my Doctor is leaving. Life sometimes has a way of having your back, giving you exactly what you need, and then poetically reinforcing its decisions. In the Hourglass series, I was able to find an author whose voice and style gave me hope for my own writing, characters to embrace wholeheartedly and with a kind of intense care that even I, the girl who loves books more than food, found a bit startling, and a plot that made my heart go pitter-patter on many different levels. (Yes, one of those levels is named Kaleb.)

    These are books that I will revisit time and again, and are three of the five things I told my boyfriend would be essential to grab if we ever have a fire in the apartment. (The other two are my purse, which is basically the TARDIS, and my mom’s engagement ring.)

    For real.

    So do yourself a favor. Go buy these books, set aside a weekend, read the hell out of them, and let yourself fall irrevocably in love with these characters.



    *It was “Vincent and The Doctor.” I cried. A lot. And still do every. single. time.

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