Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Finished Date: August 27th, 2012
Publishers: Egmont USA
The Review: “I love you - broken in pieces, whole, however. No matter what the future brings, no matter what was in the past.”
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.