Hourglass by Myra McEntire
EgmontUSA, June 14, 2011
Read for 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Summary from Goodreads:
One hour to rewrite the past . . .I haven't read one negative review of this book, and was really looking forward to reading it. The premise sounded really interesting, combined with a a story that's paranormal without being stereotypically so (I am so sick of stereotypical paranormal fiction) makes for a potentially awesome read.
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.
I have to be honest here, I really struggled to get through this book (*ducks and hides*). The romance was...well, just like every other paranormal romance out there--Emerson and Michael are instantly attracted to each other, but their love is forbidden. Sigh. I really didn't connect with any of the characters--except for Emerson's brother and sister-in-law (I thought they were awesome and such a positive influence in Emerson's life).
I so wanted to love this book--ghosts! Time travel!--but Hourglass just didn't do it for me. I know that most other people will enjoy it and I would still recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal and/or romantic YA fiction. Indeed, I think many of my teens at the library will absolutely love it. So it wasn't for me, but I know it will be loved by many.
Received ARC from publisher.
Enjoy your reading!