Book Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire
First sentence: "My small Southern hometown is beautiful in the haunting way an aging debutante is beautiful."
From Amazon.com: "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 take: This book has it all in my opinion. I laughed. I cried. I loved Emerson and Michael. The rest of the characters fell a little flat, but that's okay. If Michael and Emerson weren't in the scenes it wasn't the same. Emerson has spunk. I like that in my main characters. Especially the girls. I'm not much on time travel stuff, but this one is done in such a tastefully written way that you forget for awhile that time travel isn't real. Of course now that I've read this book, I am anxious to get to the next one in the series. Hourglass is written in such a way that even if you don't go on to read the next book in the series, you aren't going to feel ripped off. This one closes nicely and leaves you wanting -- not needing -- more. Out of curiosity not desperation.
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Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)