Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

(Hourglass #1)
by Myra McEntire

Publication Date: June 14th 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9781606841440

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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? (Goodreads)
I found Hourglass to be quite an interesting read. I’ll admit, I am a little late getting started on this series, but here I am. Just finished Hourglass, and am now moving on to its sequel, Timepiece. I’m excited to see what all is in store for this series.

The main character in the story is Emerson. I found Em to be a very interesting character. She’s short and snarky, full of attitude. She has definitely been through a lot in her short lifetime; the loss of her parents, the visions she sees that are becoming more and more frequent. In comes Michael, who was hired by Em’s brother, to help her with these visions. Em and Michael have a very intense relationship; there’s a pull between them that refuses to let them be a part.  In some ways, this came across as a bit rushed to me, but I think the author did this so that we could fully appreciate the impact of their relationship, how strong the drawl was between them. Regardless, I thought they worked well together.

The secondary characters in the book are really interesting. I especially enjoyed Kaleb, even though he was quite an emotional mess. I also really enjoyed Em’s bother and his wife, and even Em’s best friend, Lily. Em has a great support system around her, and although she doesn’t always make the best of decisions, she seems like a very strong young lady.

The storyline for the novel was very interesting, especially the time traveling aspect. I actually haven’t read that many time traveling books, so I am always a little intrigued by them. I am excited to read more in the series to see how in depth the author goes with the time travel. I’m curious!

Overall, if you enjoy books that deal with time travel, this book should definitely be added to you to-read list. I found it to be a very quick, enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series.

Happy Reading!


  1. I almost enjoyed the secondary characters more than the primary ones! Intriguing series -- I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends.

    1. I totally agree about the secondary characters! Especially Kaleb. ;)

  2. great review. and its good to see you finally read the first book, and i see you are reading the next one right now.... keep it up.... got to say while Em & Michael's relationship was intense and very interesting, the concept of time travel interested me more...... eagerly waiting for Infinityglass now.

    do check out my review of the book too here

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

    1. I agree! The time travel aspect was really interesting!

  3. Great review! I'm pretty sure I'll love this one too! I'm totally in the mood for this type of story right now. :)

    Ann@Blogging E-books

  4. Time travel novels intrigue me as well, so I'm pretty disappointed in myself for not reading this one yet. Maybe I'll remedy that soon! Great review!

    -Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

  5. Ohhh, Kaleb. Still one of my favorite YA boys EVER. Really jazzed you liked this one, girl. The sequel was really good, and I'm psyched for the third one, which I think is out soon. I loved that the secondary characters were awesome!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

    1. Kaleb is pretty awesome. I am enjoying reading this story!

  6. I thought this one was interesting enough but it didn't quite grab me like I wanted. I think the rushed love story really lowered my enjoyment-I wanted more of single Emerson instead of being so hooked to Michael.


Thanks for stopping by! :)