Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Author: Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass #1
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
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? (From Goodreads)
A Great Re-Read…
This was one of my favorite books that I read in 2011. I borrowed it from a friend, and I had been meaning to buy a copy for myself before the second book in the series, Timepiece, came out. And then I found out that Timepiece was a “Read Now” title on NetGalley, and I made an account a little earlier than I had planned, simply so I could get my hands on that eARC. (Thanks so much, again, to Carina at Fictional Distraction for letting me know about Timepiece on NetGalley!) So I recently bought my own copy of Hourglass and re-read it before reading Timepiece so that I could write a review and so that I could add another re-read to the Read Me Baby, One More Time challenge hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl.
One Reason I’m So Nutso (About Spoilers)…
When I first read Hourglass, I really didn’t know anything about it. I started reading it, and then at one point I read the blurb on the front by Beth Revis. And it included a spoiler. Not a huge spoiler, mind you, because what was mentioned is something that is revealed pretty early on in Hourglass. But it took away some of the mystery for me. And I don’t fault Beth Revis – a lot of people are probably interested in reading this book because of that part of this book. And most people might be able to even realize that was an aspect of the book simply by reading the synopsis. But it bothered me. So that’s part of the reason why I’m so crazy about spoilers these days, and why I only read the synopsis of a book, add it to my TBR list, and then try to forget about it until I read it. Which is a hard thing to do when I read so many book blogs. But I do try to read bloggers’ reviews of books, but only if I’m pretty sure they’re going to be spoiler free, or if the blogger gives spoiler warnings so that I can skip the spoilerish parts of the review. Anyway, back to my actual review of Hourglass…
Lots of Book Love…
I just really love this story. The Science Fiction aspect is totally up my alley, and I love Emerson’s sarcasm. And I love twists and turns, and while I figured out one part of the book early on, McEntire made my jaw drop with several other huge bombs.
I also just think McEntire is an extremely clever writer. For example, I’ve read so many books where, when the main character first touches or kisses his or her love interest, the page is full of references to the “electricity” or “sparks” between them. In Hourglass, the same thing happens, but there’s a reason for it, and I just think that’s really clever. Also, McEntire uses Emerson’s sarcasm and humor to say certain things in a new way. I’ve read some version of the following line in SO many books: “He smiled, but it didn’t reach his eyes.” We’ve all read that, right? Well, McEntire uses Emerson’s personality to change that sentence up a bit: “He lifted the corners of his mouth in a smile, but his eyes didn’t get the memo.”
McEntire gets some bonus points for the following reasons:
- A Doctor Who reference = 50 million points
- A Harry Potter reference = 50 billion points
- The cover. I know this didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the author, but still, this is seriously one of my favorite covers of all time, if not my absolute favorite. I love how the floor is on the right, and if you look at it sideways, she’s actually walking down the wall. = 50 million points