Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Publisher: Egmont USA
Age: Young Adult
Species: Human/ Exceptional Humans (Time Travelers, Matter Makers, Finders, Empaths)
Rating: 5/5
Interest: blogger buzz/strong female/ review interest/ 200 in 2011

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? (Summary from

This book is simply indescribably perfect. I've been trying for weeks to get this review just right, and I'm still not certain I'm able to do Hourglass justice.

I loved the concept of time travel in this novel. I will freely admit to disliking most time travel stories, they don't appeal to me. I might not have even read this book if I hadn't gotten it confused with another plot in an entirely different time period. In Hourglass, one of the components of time travel is attraction. Time travelers are drawn to each other, almost on a chemical level. It's just explosive when they interact. I don't know why I find that so brilliant, but I do. I also find it unbelievably sweet that rings made out of a certain metal are essential to traveling. It reminds me of wedding bands, with the infinity symbols carved into them.

Emerson, oh good god, there isn't anything I wouldn't do for that chick. She was smart, kick-ass, determined and just amazing. I loved everything about her. I was so proud of Emerson as a person, even before the main story began. I respect her so much for being able to wean herself off heavy sedatives and find the strength to start living again after her life was trashed. That girl reached down into herself, grabbed for some unbreakable will inside and clawed her way back to the surface. I can't relate to that kind of pain and I hope I never have to, but damn I have so much admiration for her because of it. She was vulnerable, but strong, happy but cautious, skeptical but full of faith. She was a mess of contradictions, but it just made her more real to me. I seriously wish I knew this girl, hell I almost wish I was this girl.

Michael was the best possible match for Emerson. I don't know how to explain it. They just "clicked" when they were together. He was the right amount of serious and fun, with a bit of an overprotective streak. I wish he hadn't kept so many things from Emerson. I understand that certain things needed to be revealed in order for various reasons. However it drives me bonkers when I can't figure out, or don't know all of the secrets and information. (Kind of hypocritical considering I love it when the plot is so good I have to work at figuring it out.) Michael just made me fall in love with him, I was already head over heals by the time I realized it.

Kaleb, Kaleb, Kaleb! I love that man to a ridiculous degree. Aside from his supposed shockingly good looks, he just gave me a good feeling. (The irony will strike with a force of a hammer once you read his opening scene.) The one "power" I've always felt most suited to me, or the most useful is empathy. So I liked Kaleb for that. Plus, after everything he'd gone through I simply wanted to hug him and be with him. Kaleb stole my heart, plain and simple. One of the best things about him, aside from his attitude, was his pain. I didn't like that he suffered through it, but I loved that he could talk to Emerson about it. They supported each other and worked together partly because of attraction. However, I feel it was mainly their desire to not let each other fall back into an abyss of pain and escape, having been there before. It just touched me so much that they could rely on each other after all they'd been through. Michael was her match, but I think Kaleb is the one who really understood Emerson and where she was coming from.

At first, I didn't like that the story felt like a ticking time bomb. Everything needed to be rushed. It all needed to happen "immediately." Looking back on it now though, it fits the book. The story was on a strict time line and had to be, otherwise the character's goal couldn't be completed. The Novikov principle alone, was enough to make me forgive the speediness. Going back to the interesting parts of time travel, I never knew there were so many powers which could be associated with it. I mean I just thought "time travel" was the power, and that was it. I was so... I guess enthralled learning that there could be so many more components to it.

Honestly, I could go on for about 50 more paragraphs for this amazing book. Emerson's kind and understanding brother and her sister-in-law and her loyal best friend were great. Michael and Kaleb's brotherly bond was touching but amusing. The plot twists and secrets were so captivating, I didn't want the book to end. I fell in love with this series, I cannot wait for the second book. I want it sooooooo badly. Please, please, please I am begging you if you love young adult fiction, buy this book immediately. It is wonderful and quiet possibly my 2nd favorite book I've ever read. This is time travel at it's best, so read it right now! :)

Also, look at that cover! Isn't it completely awesome? She is walking on the wall, in case you missed it. The model's hair looks fabulous. The cover is simple, but absolutely beautiful and fits with the book's overall tone.

Teaser Lines Galore!

#1 "Getting a full-body buzz with a guy I'd just met was as weird as seeing dead people. But much more enjoyable."

#2 "He bent down, burying his face in my neck. I reached back to grab onto the iron bars behind me to hold myself up. My jacket slipped off my shoulders. I was pretty sure I was on fire, and at that moment I would have sworn that bursting into flame was a glorious way to go." 

#3 "You know, Scarlett, Rhett didn't give a damn, and frankly, I don't either."

#4 "Aren't you just a knight in shining armor? ... Wherever do you keep your horse? And who scoops up the crap it leaves behind?"


Happy Reading,

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