Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

“Time travel done right. I want to marry the science in this book.”

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Title:Hourglass
Author:McEntire, Myra
Publisher:Egmont USA
Pages:397

From Goodreads: 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?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

I didn’t want the Rapture to come and go without me having reviewed this book. McEntire stomps out of the debut starting gate with a fabulous novel full of geeky science, whovian references and kick ass prose.

I adore everything about our main character Emerson, from her name to her snarky attitude. She has the kind of humor that I love to read. The problem set in the book is unique and interesting to read. I immediately fell in love with Michael the main love interest. He is tall, dark, mysteriously broody and incredibly well written.

The science behind the time travel aspect of the book is tight. McEntire writes like an imaginative quantum physicist leaving nothing misunderstood to even the most unscientific mind. If you know me at all you know I don’t read time travel, or anything on a road trip, boat, or space ship. Myra kicked my judgmental ass by providing me with exactly the kind of science I want to see in this type of book.

I can’t stress enough that you should read this book. It has all of my favorite things, boys, secret organizations, fast-paced interesting plot and a self rescuing heroine for me to admire. I am looking forward to reading new things from the mind of Myra McEntire.

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7 Responses so far

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    So glad to hear that you loved this one! I have an ARC at home and am looking forward to checking it out! (and I’m glad that the Rapture wasn’t a problem for you)

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    Wow, this is the first I’ve heard of this. It looks really interesting and really well written. Cool stuff thanks for sharing!

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    OK – you got me with this one. I overloaded on YA last year and haven’t been reading much this year. I know how you are about time travel books and that this one has your seal of approval plus the rest of your comments have convinced me to add this to my TBR list.

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    I got this book and it’s on my pile, but I wasn’t sure from the description if it would be one of those books for me. But you just sold me. I love a snarky character. And I can’t wait to see how the time travel aspect is handled!

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    I am so excited to read this book!! Love that there’s science and secret organizations and a swoony boy! ;)

    Thanks for the review!

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    We have Myra coming on our podcast this month. I just finished this one up over the weekend. I loved it too. :)

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    I added this to my ever growing TBR pile today after several positive reviews!

    Thanks for such an interesting review!

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