Friday, February 3, 2012

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)Hourglass by Myra McEntire

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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?

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.
A friend of mine made me read this book and tell her what I thought of it. Well, I liked most of it, but I didn't like the ending -- it was too much and not enough. Too much whining and cruelty and people turning against those who trusted them and not enough follow through and depth of character. Apparently it was leading up to another book, so that could have been why things weren't resolved such as: what happened to Grace? -- I have a feeling that Jack did something to her that he's not telling; did anything happen with Lily?; what about Ava?; and what was happening to the fabric of time causing Emerson (great name btw) to see whole scenes instead of just single rips?

I did like the way the author handled time travel. I thought it was cool to have a veil and a bridge to another time. I also liked the fact that Emerson investigated the various time period clothing so she could identify ripples when they came at her. And the cover was nice.

So, I probably wouldn't have read this book had my friend not asked me to, and I probably won't read the sequel, but I can't say I hated it. I'll just say I liked it -- 3 stars.

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