Hourglass (Hourglass Series #1)

Hourglass (Hourglass Series #1)

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. 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.

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

About 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.
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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.
lacikcrawford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book I really couldn't wait to read it. Now that I read it I can see why so many have loved the story. I could not get enough of the whole story. I love Michael! When I was first introduced to the character, I knew that he would be my favorite. He was so mysterious but yet at the same time he is a great addition to the story. I love stories that has a main character that you just do not know about. A main character really grows with the story. I think that what turns a good story into a great story. Emerson thinks that she is seeing things that aren't there. Deep down she thinks she is kind of going crazy. But she is not. So they bring in Michael and he is going to try and help her. But is she really there to help him....I loved this book. It was a truly great story! It kept me on my toes and it is a great page turner. I can not wait to start the next book, which I got from Netgalley!!! (Thank you!) So look back in the coming days for that review!!!
BornBookish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesome! I found myself staying up well past my bedtime even though I had work in the morning just to finish a chapter, which would then turn into another chapter, then another, and another... (Well you get the picture.) I loved the whole concept of time travel and how it was portrayed in this book. Emerson can see "rips" which are people from the past that disappear when touched. I liked how these rips were triggered by the environment that Emerson was in, so buildings ripe with historical significance triggered more extravagant or more frequent rips. One of the things I wasn't crazy about in this book was how obsessed Emerson was with Michael. As soon as she laid eyes on him for the first time he became all she could think about. This was true even in life or death situations! I'm sorry but when I'm in what I believe could be the last few seconds of my life, I would not be thinking about a guys muscles, or his perfect lips. I would be thinking about more important things. Like oh I don't know.... SURVIVING!! This was just one of the many issues I had with Emerson & Michael's often complicated relationship. All things considered I still loved this book! It sucked me in from the very beginning and was evenly paces so that I never wanted to put it down. The end wrapped things up quit nicely, considering, there is going to be a sequel. So fear not! No major cliffhangers here. Which is good since the next book isn't slated for release until Summer 2012
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This reminded me of the Twilight series, but unfortunately not in a good way. It was filled with overdone drama and mystery, especially between the protagonist, Emerson, and Michael. However, I can see from the other reviews that this reaches teens and they can really relate to Emerson. Just like in Twilight, teens like the strong connection between the two and the introduction of a second boy who is also attracted to Emerson. That's quite tantalizing.
amz310783 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hourglass by Myra McEntireMy Synopsis:Seventeen year old Emerson Cole has been seeing strange hallucinations from the past since just before her parents died. No amounts of consultants that her brother hires can help, until maybe Michael Weaver. The only problem is, Emerson is immediately attracted to him. There are things he is not telling her, things he seems to be hiding, and a strange new man keeps turning up in her bedroom. What is Michael hiding, what does the strange man want, and can Emerson control her attraction to Michael.Why I picked this book up: I loved the cover and the premise sounded interesting enough to try. What I thought: Well the book had me hooked from the start with lovely language, ¿My small Southern hometown is beautiful in the haunting way an aging debutante is beautiful.¿ Who wouldn¿t fall in love with a sentence like that? A few paragraphs later we are treated to this, ¿I reached our building only to find a wide-eyed Southern belle wearing a Civil War-era dress blocking the front door.¿ And a little later, ¿Sighing, I stuck my hand through her stomach to turn the knob, meeting no resistance. I rolled my eyes as she gasped, fluttered her eyelashes, and disappeared in a puff of air.¿I was already in love and couldn¿t put the book down. This book had everything I could want, mystery, romance, sci-fi elements (without being full blown sci-fi), and great characters.Emerson is a great female heroine, she can handle herself, but at the same time is unsure of herself, turns to people when she needs it, but doesn¿t rely on anyone, and has a great supporting net of family/friends.The only downfall in the book was the attraction between Michael and Emerson, it was love at first sight for Emerson, sparks and what-not, all seemed a bit over the top, and after barely knowing him she already claimed him as hers. I prefer my romance with a bit more substance.Overall a great read, and at least for me, a quick one, can¿t wait for the next one in the series (and lucky for me I don¿t have to, review coming up soon!)Read if: You like light sci-fi/fantasy, romances with bells, whistles and sparks, YA, I think dystopian fans would like this too. Basically read if you like YA that isn¿t realistic YA. Also fans of ¿The Time Travellers Wife¿ by Audrey Niffenegger and ¿When You Reach Me¿ by Rebecca Stead may like this.
Jibar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have had this book on my shelf almost as long as it has been published and I got to it only now because I already have an ARC of the sequel - or well, it's "already" for me since I'm writing this in June. I had no problem getting into this book. It almost immediately starts with Emerson's "problem". She sees what is later referred to as rips a few times a week I'd say. Always of people that left some kind of impression in a building, or on a patch of road or something like that.Now, something that severely bothered me even though it was only mentioned once and isn't even of any importance: At one point Emerson says she's happy that she doesn't live in Europe because of all the history here. Um, hello? Just because European settlers only got to the USA in the 15th century (correct me if I'm wrong!) doesn't mean that there weren't people living there. Nothing in Hourglass suggests only inherently white people can appear through rips, so why doesn't Emerson see Native American people? I don't even know why this bugs me so much but it just does.Other than that though this was a very interesting read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat almost from the get go. It was very easy to read, not weird wordings I could sense and since I'm not a native English speaker I doubt there is anything unusual in it. I liked most characters quite a lot (except for Ava but I think you were supposed to dislike her), only Lily was a bit lost on me because she hardly had a function at all but apparently there is something mysterious about her and I hope we find out in Timepiece.It amazes me at how well Thomas and Dru - Emerson's brother and his wife - take the news of what Emerson's "problem" really is. If I had been either of them I don't think I would have believed her as much as I would have wanted to. I mean, really? Time travel? Still, Emerson definitely deserves someone who believes in her so I'm not about to criticize McEntire's choice to make Thomas and Dru faithful to our heroine.
resugo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, awesome, exciting, and surprising. I liked this book a lot. So, it starts out pretty straight forward--Myra can see ghosts. Michael is going to help her deal. There's some romantic chemistry. But then...there's more to the story. A whole new level of plot and intrigue. Which is cool, so I think that the story is going to go in this new direction when a little later there's revealed another aspect of the story, which changes where it is actually going. And then another surprise and another. All the way up until the very end McEntire kept me guessing about what else she hadn't told me yet. Which is so COOL. There were a lot of characters but they were all developed and interesting. Well, some of the others at the Hourglass are barely seen, so they aren't so well developed, but they are interesting! It's very well written. There weren't awkward places, or even slow parts, which I love, especially in long books. I loved it all. This is the kind of book that should be discussed. There are a lot of unexplained aspects of the story (still!) that will (hopefully!) come out in later books. I want to talk to someone about them! I want to make guesses at what it all means! So my advice is to read this book with some friends. Seriously, this is an awesome book.
poetrytoprose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love time travel and, combined with a good romance and our main character¿s attitude and spunk, Myra McEntire¿s debut novel made for a very fun read!Emerson Cole has had a very difficult past, but she¿s a fighter and is full of energy, humor, and optimism. She¿s been able to pull out of her dark moments and has a good support system in the form of her best friend, Lily, whose own secrets I can¿t wait to uncover, and her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Dru. Thomas completely has his sister¿s back and is aware of Emerson¿s ¿I see dead people¿ ability. He has tried to help her in any way he can, which ultimately leads him to a group known as the Hourglass ¿ and Michael Weaver.The relationship between Michael and Emerson was a standout for me. I won¿t lie, I did begin to make ugly faces whenever Emerson decided to prattle on about Michael¿s abs, lips, and overall hotness, but their chemistry was crazy good. There was a lot of rising anticipation, but more than that, there were the more quiet, sweeter moments when they got to know one another. McEntire also laid out the beginning framework for a love triangle. Kaleb is Michael¿s best friend and definitely the outgoing, flirtatious of the two. I did enjoy his character, and there¿s no use denying that he and Emerson also had chemistry, but count me in as ¿Team Michael¿ ¿ I¿m all for the nicer, less aggressive guys.The time travel/science fiction aspects of the story were easy to follow. I didn¿t have to dive in too deeply to understand the gist of it because McEntire didn¿t bog down the story with unnecessary details. She did, however, do an excellent job in keeping my attention glued to the pages as the main time travel storyline came to the forefront.Even with the twists and surprises that it offered, I know that Hourglass only gave a small taste of what¿s to come and I¿m very excited to be along on for the ride with Emerson and the rest of the gang. Bring on the next book!Have you read the book? Rate it and comment with your th
readingthruthenight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Short of ItEmerson might finally work through oddities.The Long of ItEmerson has had it rough. Her parents died in a tragic accident that should have killed her; she lost her scholarship to a private boarding school leaving her to live with her older brother (Thomas) and sister-in-law (Dru); she only has one true friend. And oh yeah, she sees dead people. Well, they have to be really dead. Like, AGES AGO dead. Emerson lives in the South so it¿s pretty much a constant. Thomas &amp; Dru know about this defect (?) and are constantly trying to find ways to assist her, which is how she meets Michael Weaver. Michael claims to work for The Hourglass and guess what? He sees dead people too.The Thoughts about ItS¿kay, I have to admit something first. The ONLY reason why I purchased this book? Um, yeah, the cover. I knew that it was a paranormal YA of sorts, but didn¿t read anything about the plot or characters. Didn¿t really care after seeing the cover. Absolutely stunning. I love how the symmetry is off and the picture doesn¿t really make sense with the title. I seriously felt like Tyra Banks critiquing a model on ANTM ¿ ¿the length of your legs and position of your arm makes me think ¿I want more¿. Definitely top model quality.¿. (1)Also, I was slightly intrigued by the idea of reading a book without having any background. I hardly ever do that.(2)Now, let me just say that I don¿t know if I¿ll be doing that again. Hourglass wasn¿t awful, it just wasn¿t my thing. But I can see how it would be other people¿s thing. It does after all merge science fiction with paranormal. I think that there¿s a market for this. I mean, it¿s UNIQUE and hasn¿t really been done (much?)?I¿m just not a big fan of time travel. I can¿t manage to suspend my disbelief enough to go along with the story. I definitely admit that I have little to compare this book to, but I kinda felt that the `scientific¿ parts of time travel were handled well. Perhaps some SF folks out there can correct me one way or another. I don¿t really play the game of `what if I chose this instead of this¿ often, which is in essence the drive behind time travel right? And it¿s not as though there aren¿t parts of my experiences that I¿d like to alter (3) or out of curiosity wonder about who I might have been if I went down a different decisive path, but that part of me isn¿t more than a passing thought every now and again when I¿m feeling nostalgic. I also don¿t find it curious to think about things like: what if Hitler was never born or what if Columbus never found the United States. *shrug* It happened. Gotta move on.Emerson was a pretty all right character and so was Michael. But mostly they were forgettable. I¿d have to say that I¿m pretty `meh¿ about Hourglass. It hints at a series cuz the ending sorta reminded me of Austin Powers with Dr. Evil when he escapes and I kinda wanted to do the pinky move. I doubt I¿ll pick up the next in- Reviews will have to truly impress me._____(1(1) Am I the only one who watches America¿s Next Top Model? Such junk food television!(2(2) I can only think of one other time in which I¿ve done that, and interestingly enough, I ordered the other book in the same batch.(3(3) But you know, I kinda dig who I am and where I¿m at, blah blah blah.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has been getting a ton of buzz surrounding its release and after reading Hourglass I can say it is all well deserved attention. I fell in love with Emerson and her story very quickly devoured the book in one sitting.Emerson sees ghosts frequently and carries on conversations with them not realizing what they are until she tries to touch them and they disappear. She has a hard time distinguishing them from people who are alive because they look real to her, the only noticeable difference is their clothing. The clothes they have are from the time period they lived in and can sometimes be a giveaway as to when they were alive. The ghosts are people who have lived at some point in history and now appear to Emerson, and only her, as far as she knows. Many consider her crazy because she carries on conversations with people no one else can see. If that isn¿t enough to deal with, she recently lost her parents in a horrible accident and spent a lot of time in a mental institution trying to work through the guilt and the ghost visits. Yeah, poor girl has quite a bit to deal with. She ends up moving in with her brother and his wife and while trying to get her life back together.Her brother helps the best he can and after the slew of sketchy therapists he sets her up with, he finally comes through with Michael from Hourglass. Michael is there to help Emerson deal with her ¿ghosts¿ and is very easy on the eyes as well. Every time Emerson and Michael get together to try and talk about how to deal with Emerson¿s ¿gifts¿ she is continually distracted by this pull between them. I know that sounds familiar,but the explication for why they are drawn together actually makes sense, it is not just some inexplicable attraction. I loved the chemistry between these two and as the book progresses I fell in love with them as a couple more and more.I also found the concept of the Hourglass and all the ¿gifts¿ possessed by its members extremely intriguing. It was a completely original concept which was refreshing. The beginning of the story starts out focusing on the ghosts that Emerson sees, but it takes a completely different direction when Michael enters the picture. The story was unpredictable and I was never sure what was waiting just around the corner. Several plot twists at the end that I never saw coming kept me on the edge of my seat and up late to finish the book.Overall, I loved this book! It was an emotional journey through the eyes of a girl whose life has been filled with immense pain and comes to realize that letting people in does not always end in heartache. Seeing the world through Emerson¿s eyes was fascinating and cannot wait for future installments when we get to revisit her life again. If you have not discovered this book yet, you are missing out!
breakingdownslowly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The short review: So Hourglass is snarky, sarcastic, funny, romantic, action-packed, and surprising. And there's two hot guys (Oh yeah, there's two. But you'll have to read it to decide about him). Emerson easily makes my list of Lovely Badass Heroines. Umm...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. The more I think about it, the more I think it IS my favorite. Ever. Like the goodreads summary says, Myra McEntire is DEFINITELY an author to watch. Full review to come in June.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emerson has been seeing visions of times past since just before her parents¿ death. These visions have affected Emerson¿s day-to-day functioning, and nothing she¿s tried has helped her. When Michael Weaver arrives at her brother¿s recommendation from an organization called the Hourglass, Emerson reluctantly decides to give the Hourglass a try.Neither Emerson nor Michael can deny their seemingly fated attraction to one another, but as they unravel the mystery behind Emerson¿s visions, and what the other people in the Hourglass can do, it becomes clearer to them that something life-threatening is at work¿HOURGLASS is an atmospheric and witty debut that combines bad-ass female attitude with time travel and mystery. While sometimes the plot felt a little rough, I was thoroughly engrossed by the characters and their predicaments.I like Emerson, the protagonist. She has the kind of snarky narrative voice that always attracts me, and which in this case actually helps her a lot through her ordeals. Emerson has built up this armor of snark because of all that¿s happened to her: we see that, and understand it, and empathize with her for it¿not to mention it made her a fun protagonist to follow.HOURGLASS feels a little like ¿sci-fi lite¿: we don¿t get much explanation into the time travel and other concepts that the Hourglass deals with, which didn¿t detract from the plot but will probably make a science nerd like me raise an eyebrow in dissatisfaction. The pacing is a little on the slow side, and it took a long time for the story to finally get around to talking about the secrets behind the Hourglass. The slow pacing didn¿t bother me in the beginning¿probably because I was too busy being distracted by Emerson¿s shininess to notice¿but more than once I did find myself beginning to wish that the book could be shortened.The climax and resolution of HOURGLASS happened so cleanly, so unambiguously, that I couldn¿t help but feel a little let down, especially after I had grown to like Emerson so much. The villains are caricatures, and the romance is a lot of ¿I like you but we can never be together due to circumstances¿¿not really my cup of tea.Myra McEntire¿s ¿sci-fi lite¿ offering deserves to be read, however. It defies traditional genre lines and offers readers, particularly paranormal lovers, their beloved romance type set in a world with different enemies.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Following in the footsteps of many well-established young adult paranormal romances, Hourglass tows the genre line, complete with teen romance, love triangles (or even at points, rectangles?) and of course, time slips and other forms of time travel. You heard me -time travel. Think Desmond-like time slips from Lost (kinda) but not quite so wild. Debut author Myra McEntire weaves a tale that would satisfy most fans of teen romance novels with a paranormal element, but, I have to admit -I had high expectations for this novel. I was thinking it would be much more interesting and focus more on the time travel aspect (and hopefully live up to its intriguing cover), but it just didn't for me. The romance easily overtook the paranormal element and left me feeling like there was something lacking...In Hourglass, we meet Emerson, a teenage girl with issues (I know, what else is new?). But not just any normal issues, she can see dead people -or, more accurately, flashes of the past. Emerson and her brother have tried everything, from crackpot seers and mystics to science and can't figure out what's going on -or how to cure it. When a strange man shows up from an organization called The Hourglass and offers a potential cure, Emerson has to laugh. But as she gets to know she, Emerson finds that he, and Hourglass, are for real.Oh my, where to start? I first became interested in Hourglass earlier this year as I was looking into promising debut authors to read. When the cover was revealed, I was hooked. Absolutely gorgeous, I really think the cover of Hourglass is one of the best covers of 2011. Sadly, the story between the covers just didn't live up to the hype for me.McEntire is a decent writer -not a great one, but a good one. She can convey the emotion and reality of what's happening in her story, but there's room for improvement in future novels (the first novel for many authors can be a little rough around the edges!). Then there's the plot, which I found to be somewhat slow-moving, a little too subtle (and lacking action) and just not what I was expecting or hoping for after having read the blurb. I was struck at the fact that McEntire's approach to time travel was really unique and interesting to read about, but many elements of the plot were strangely cliche. I found myself constantly getting bored throughout the middle and just wanted to get back to the time travel stuff...While Hourglass wasn't what I wanted it to be, I think this book would work for readers who like to sink their teeth into an involved teen romance heavy on the romance. However, I felt like it was a little lacking for my tastes and I just was hoping for something more here.
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emerson "Em" Cole has been seeing people that aren't really there--like Scarlett O'Hara-esque Southern Belles on her doorstep--for several years now. It all started several months before both of her parents tragically died . . .After one particular incident at her local school embarrassed Em and made nearly everyone think she was crazy, she's spent the last few years at a boarding school, trying to stay sane.Now, though, her scholarship is gone and Emerson has come back home to finish high school. All while living with her much older brother and his wife--her ever well meaning brother who's always finding a psychic or someone who's sure they can help Em.Understandably Em's more than a little apprehensive when her brother tells her he's found someone else to 'cure' her.Willing to give one more person a shot, Em gives in . . . and meets Michael.Michael who's barely older than Em, who doesn't look at her like she's crazy, who seems to believe her . . . and who wants her help in preventing a death he says should never have happened.Then, of course, there's the electrical charge that goes through the room whenever they touch.Myra McEntire's debut novel is amazing. It's a fresh concept executed beautifully. The reader gets pulled right into Em and her story right from the first page.There's no filler or pointless pages, the story starts right from the first word, pulls you in and doesn't you go until the end (and even then it's debatable!). To say that Hourglass is time travel done right sounds like a broken record by now (and this with the book not even released yet) but it's also true. There's thought behind the how and actions are given consequences--all the things that leave most stories lacking.Em is a character you can't help but love--a feeling that just grows as the story progresses. She has issues (who wouldn't seeing people that no one else can and having both parents die the way they died?) but those issues play into the story. Can't forget Michael or Kaleb, either--literally you pretty much can't! Any book with two such strong male characters (and not in the chauvinistic sense of strong, but in the 'strong character' sense) should get extra points there.All of this is on top of the great way Myra McEntire uses words. In the beginning the senses (touch, smell, sight, sound) are used a lot to really bring the reader into the scene and make you feel a part of what's happening. (Taste isn't used as much, but I suppose you could lick the book if you really want.)Hourglass is an incredibly strong debut, the Doctor Who references certainly don't hurt, and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from Myra McEntire.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emerson sees ghosts ¿ and like I¿m sure any ¿normal¿ person would do, she sort of goes crazy. I think that would be the way I would handle it anyway. Her parents¿ death and the depression she¿s suffering from don¿t really help the matter either. But now, somewhat healed, and living with her brother, she endeavors to deal with her condition ¿ you know, the whole ¿I see dead people¿ thing. When her brother contacts a secret society called the Hourglass to help her with her ¿condition,¿ she¿ll find answers that even she couldn¿t have imagined.While I didn¿t find that Hourglass was utterly unique, I still found myself intrigued by its storyline. I more or less liked Emerson ¿ she comes off as a kickass girl, independent and fearsome (at times). When she meets Michael things sort of change a little and that¿s where some of my concerns lie. At first, Emerson is a strong character ¿ but then Michael walks in and after much description of his hotness and muscles and the like (which btw, is much commented about throughout the story) she sort of loses some of that strong-ness (which is what I liked about her from the start). Most of the explanations she receives she takes at face value. There¿s no questioning or experimenting to discover things on her own. I mean her condition is what it is and that is because¿ well, they said so. I don¿t¿ know, I expected a little more questioning from her¿ I guess. I¿m not sure if that makes sense if you haven¿t read the story but I truly don¿t want to give too much away.While I still enjoyed the story, I found that it got too slow for me somewhere in the middle and I eventually just lost focus. Quite frankly, I forced myself to finish it. I know I¿m in the minority here, but I didn¿t find it to be all that and a bag of chips like some of the reviews are raving. Yes, there was love, friendships and, of course, the expected, love triangle so that kept me reading, but in the end I found that the storyline wasn¿t stellar nor where its characters. Fans of Twilight might enjoy it since I found some very noticeable similarities ¿ and at the same time that might be (the similarities) what turns them off from the story. I also found it reminiscent of X-Men ¿ which may also bring a fan base on that end. Sadly, I found it to be just okay.
l_manning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, this cover completely drew me in. Beautiful work. Second, I loved this book! At first I thought it was an "I see dead people" book, and then I discovered it was something else entirely. It was an extremely unique concept I thought. It was so easy to read. I blew through it. The characters were all fairly likable, so I found myself cheering them on quite frequently. The story was so easy to get into, and it managed to hold my interest throughout.My only negatives were that Emerson sometimes seemed a bit too aggressive to me. Also, why does the lead male in young adult novels so often have to be so perfect and model handsome? Why can't they be slightly good looking but really attractive to the girl in question? Personal issues aside, these two things weren't enough to take away anything from my enjoyment of the book.There were twists and turns, and they made for a very fun experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in paranormal, science fiction, or just a good romance. It had all of these elements. The ending was a bit open-ended, so I hope we get more story in the future.