Hourglass by Myra McEntire – REVIEW

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Egmont, 390 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: Bought for Kindle
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Hourglass #1

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’ve happened?

WHY did I wait so long to read this book?! 3-4 weeks after it debuted – as far as I’m concerned this was 3-4 weeks too late! I picked up an ARC of this at ALA (it was already published at the time) and had forgotten that I also pre-ordered it for my Kindle. My subconscious was obviously telling me to READ this book. And once I started, it was nearly impossible to put down.

I think what got me was the SciFi-ness of it. Right now dystopia and paranormal are all the rage (not that I don’t like those!) but for me reading Sci-Fi is SO MUCH FUN.

The best part about this book was the scientific jargony theories stuffs. Oh, that sentence sounds so unintelligent but that’s what comes to mind! I could definitely tell that not only did Myra do her research in time-space-continuum theories, but she is also EXTREMELY creative. It is always so great have those “OHHH! yeah I get it!” moments while reading. And it is also always great to have a read that’s very intricate but not too confusing. Ms. McEntire found that sweet spot and it’s a hard one to find! For that reason and at least a dozen more (well thought out characters, awesome plot, smooth dialogue, HOT boys..ahem Kaleb!, as well as unexpected twists and turns), this book should be marked a MUST-READ!

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