4 out of 5 Robots!
Series: Hourglass, #1
Author: Myra McEntire
Genre: Young Adult
Release: June 14, 2011
Hardcover: 400 pages
My Copy: Amazon Vine
About the Book:
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.
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 will change her future, present and 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?
Hourglass by Myra McEntire is simply breathtaking, her writing blew me away. I felt like each word the author chose was perfectly suited to the story flow. I have to say that I usually find myself rolling my eyes at anything involving time travel- and then I avoid it. SO glad that I didn't read about this book before I decided to review it! All I knew about this book going into it was that many of my blogger friends loved it. It reminds me a little bit of X-Men. The Hourglass being like Professor X's mansion. I love X-Men and now I love Hourglass, I couldn't stop reading- fell right into the story.
Two things I absolutely adore about this book- Emerson's close relationship with her brother and an ending that surprised me. Emerson doesn't hide her ability and her brother does everything he can to help. I feel that often heroines hide what they are, but Emerson doesn't. She may not accept what she is capable of, but she does learn to embrace it. This is why Emerson is awesome and incredibly likable. She's a tough cookie, but everything about her character makes sense to the story. I never felt like she was doing something that didn't suit her personality. She is vulnerable yet independent and can take care of herself. Emerson's character evolves in this book from one chapter to the next, but her character still has a lot of growing to do. I can't wait to see this happen in the sequel.
This is such a fresh idea and very well done. It takes an immense amount of talent to be this innovative in the young adult genre, and with such class. I am enamored with all of the characters in this book, even the villains. I loved despising them! I'm still genuinely surprised by the little twist at the end of this book.
Highly recommend this book to those that love the young adult. It has everything I need in a young adult book- right down to the spectacular cover. Go purchase this book! Immediately!