Sunday, November 24, 2013

Guest Review: Hourglass - Myra McEntire

Author: Myra McEntire
PublisherEgmont USA
Published Date: June 14th 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 also 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've happened?

My Thoughts

Wow. That was definitely not expected. And I mean that in a good way.

She’s been seeing ghosts. Emerson has been used to it, she’s been seeing them ever since she was a kid. But then it stopped. Now its come back, and it has more mysteries with it.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how Hourglass is. And I must say that it was a pretty book. The moment I saw the cover, I was already drawn to it, it just so happens that I didn’t really had the time to read it as of this time. When I first started reading the first parts, I became partly nervous. Why? Because there’s ghosts in it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in ghosts, they just creep the heck out of me, and it isn’t helping that I usually read from 9 up to 12 or even 1 in the morning. But then as I continued reading it, I realized that it wasn’t just a book about a girl who sees ghosts. There were a lot of secrets that were uncovered as I progressed through the story.
I’m trying to not spoil any of those people who haven’t read this yet, but let me spoil you, just for a teensy winsy bit. If you think that its just a book that talks about ghosts, think again. The book was kinda tricky at first because what you think the story was, was just a beginning of a whole different scenario (Am I making sense? XD). Gaah. Well the main point is, there’s more to it than meets the eye. I thought I already knew what the story would end up with, then BANG! It swerves into a different scenario and I’m completely blown away.

The story was already a big point for me, but then I also started to love the characters. Forgive me for not saying them all specifically, but I am proud to say that I didn’t end up hating everyone. Maybe just one… or two. I also give points to it because there’s a love triangle in it ;). Don’t be fooled, I am very solid with my book boyfriends. With this, I’m not sure. I love Michael here, who has the mysterious edge that surrounds him which I’m always drawn to. But then I am always a sucker for the charming and very playboy kind of boys in books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not usually this girly in real life, (Just a little anyways), but they’re both two different guys that has one of my most favourite attitudes a guy could ever have.

Overall, Hourglass is a very surprising read( and I meant that in a good way). It held me captive, with a world that is not usually known amongst normal life. Even though I’ve read a lot of fantasy novels in my fair share of reading, this is definitely a standout. 
My Rating

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  1. I have to say this sounds pretty cool :D I've actually not read this series, but I know my friend has, and now that you've mentioned it, it looks like I have to read it!! I always like a Time Travel done right, and perhaps this could be it! :)
    Fantastic review!! <33

  2. Yay! I'm really glad that you reviewed this one because I remember being drawn to it a while ago, the cover is gorgeous but I was nervous about the ghost thing as well. But your mini spoiler has got me curious about it again! I love great plot twists and I love book boyfriends even more so this one looks promising :D

  3. Time travel books often confuse me, but I did enjoy this one. I've read two books in this series, but not the third!
    Jen @ YA Romantics


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