Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A Review for Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire

Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)Posted by Donna
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Finished Date: August 27th, 2012
Publishers: Egmont USA
Source: Gifted 
Format: Hardback 
Pages: 390
Buy : Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

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 have happened?

The Review: “I love you - broken in pieces, whole, however. No matter what the future brings, no matter what was in the past.” 

3.5 stars! 

I've had Hourglass sitting on my shelf for well over a year now after Haley from ya-aholic gifted it to me - so thank you Haley! It's one of them books that I've just never got around to reading - even though it sounds amazing, but luckily I managed to snag book two - Timepiece, off of NetGalley for review and so my opportunity to read Hourglass finally arrived. 

I went into the story not really knowing what to expect. I've heard good things about it but not really what the general story line was....so when I finally got started, I was surprised to find out what it was. First I thought, "ummmm a ghost story, that should be interesting" but to my surprise, it wasn't a ghost story at all but a time travel story. I haven't had much experience with time travel except with Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris - which I loved, and Tempest by Julie Cross - which I didn't like, so I didn't really know if I was going to enjoy this but again, it surprised me because I really did enjoy it.

Hourglass is a very unique book, one that is surrounded by a lot of mystery. Our main character Emerson, has had a rough time, losing her parents, being committed due to seeing strange things and most of all talking to people who aren't really there. Without the help from Michael, Emerson really wouldn't know what's going on but while he explains some stuff to her, she knows he's still keeping secrets...so this is where the mystery comes in. As a reader the author really keeps you on you're toes and keeps you guessing all the way through, and the story is not without exciting twists and turns. 

What I enjoyed about this story so much was the relationship between Emerson and Michael, it was very lovable and just makes you swoon. They do have a lot of trials ahead of them and I can't wait to see more from them and hopefully see more of their relationship in the next book. 

All in all, Hourglass was a fun read, I wouldn't say it was amazing but I'm reaching for book two as we speak and I'm hoping it will be just as good, if not better than this. 

9 comments:

Maji Bookshelf said...

Great review hun!! I think i'll really enjoy the relationship between Emerson and Michael as well! Sounds SO cute!!
- Farah @ Maji Bookshelf

Erin W. said...

Great review! I LOVED this book, so I'm glad you enjoyed it too. :)

SarahPalo said...

I love that you liked Hourglass! I hope you would like Timepiece as well! :)

Carly @ Fiction Fascination said...

Fab review, Donna! I have been meaning to get my hands on this for a while now. The relationship sounds sounds great, I like a relationship that can make you swoon lol! :)

YearningtoRead said...

Great review! I plan on reading this soon...I don't normally do books like this but it's just too enticing to not try it out!


Thanks! :D

Kristin said...

I love how you guys review the "old" ones as well as the new ones!! I'm stuck in the same boat as you guys... getting the second or third in the series and having to go back and read the firsts, finally!! Sometimes that's the only way to get them off my shelves!!

Great, fair review!!! I'll watch for Timepiece soon :)

Rachelanbig said...

I liked this one as well, Donna. It was sort of heartbreaking to find out the alternate side of things with Emerson. Timepiece is told from Kaleb's POV which I didn't know when I picked it up but it was a nice change and you do get to see Michael and Emerson in it as well. Wonderful review Donna. :)

DonnasReviews said...

Thanks Rachel! I read Timepiece straight after and it just didn't work for me, which I'm so sad about. =)

haley hagen said...

Ahh I may gave this one a try sometime, too bad you didnt like the second one that much though! ): Great review though Donna, as always! :D