Book Review: Hourglass

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Title: Hourglass (Hourglass #1)
Author: Myra McEntire
Summary: [from 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 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?

My Review: I can’t believe it took me so long to read this one! I will admit it is completely my own fault, and a case of judging a book by its cover. I saw so many reviews of this when it first came out, but I took one look at that cover and said “Oh it’s one of those really heavy contemporary books, I might read it eventually, but it’s gonna be hard.” WRONG! The cover totally doesn’t match what I thought it would be! What this book REALLY is about, is time travel, one of my favorite topics.

Time travel is a very difficult topic to deal with, and I felt McEntire did a very good job of knowing what her rules are. Every time she introduced a new event, she was careful to place it in perspective with the rest of the events. She made the changes in timeline make sense, on a level that even those unfamiliar with theories of time travel should be able to follow it.

My main complaint (and it’s not much of one) is that the love story seemed a little too pat. I’m not a big one for the “love at first sight” angle, nor the “I’m so in love after 1 week I can’t live without you” thing. It just feels too unreal for me. But, that said, McEntire makes a point of explaining the attraction beyond that, at least a little. I am curious what would happen if one of them lost their ability. Would they lose their connection? Would they lose their entire relationship? (Probably not – YA authors aren’t nearly as callous as that!)

So, bottom line: Don’t judge this one by its cover! Give it a chance!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Hourglass”

  1. Jenny says:

    The romance in this one irritated me too. Almost enough to ruin the book for me. :(

  2. Anne says:

    It was frustrating, I admit, BUT I just finished Timepiece (review up soon) and it is SO MUCH BETTER! So don't give up on the series, just because this one let you down!

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