Author: Myra McEntire
Details: ARC, Final copy published in hardcover, 400 pgs.
Published: June 14, 2011 by Egmont USA
isbn: 1606841440 (ISBN13: 9781606841440)
Reading Level: Young Adult
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.
Okay, this book took me by surprise. Not about it being really good, but what it's about. It's about everything described in the description, but that only hints at it. Trust me, it's AWESOME! This book blew me away once I got into it a bit and found out the craziness that is Hourglass.
Emerson is an awesome main character. She's snarky and outspoken and says exactly what's on her mind. But we also see the vulnerable side of her. How she has a hard time trusting people, is afraid that everyone will just turn away from her. How she can't really confide in people. Seeing that made her more real.
The other characters also had memorable personalities and Michael I especially loved. He had to balance some things a bit carefully, which I can't explain without spoilers, but he was just downright lovable! Really, I'll take him for myself ;)
The story line was AWESOME! I loved how things had twists and turns and although a thing or two I guessed ahead of time for the most part it surprised me. Who was good, who was bad, etc. It all played out excellent and this book even got a tear or two from me.
The romance in this book was pretty awesome. I felt irritated at each of them at times. Once again communicate people! But in this book it didn't bother me as much as with other books. I think the twists and turns explain things pretty well and it's all for a good reason. But really, it's pretty freaking intense. And awesome.
This book is clean! I don't recall any cursing, no real violence (in the bloody and gory way) and no sex! Although the characters are older, Emerson is 17 and the rest are all older, it didn't really have anything that would make me say that it's better for older readers. There was kissing, and maybe some talk about sex, but nothing that I noted in my head so I'm going to say it wasn't much (if anything) since I automatically notice that kind of stuff.
Overall I LOVED this book! Definitely one of the best I've read this year and I'm just sad I have to wait forever for the next one!
Disclosure: I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher. The final edition may have changes to the story and the cover. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.