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June 12, 2012

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire - Juhina

Title: Hourglass (Hourglass #1)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 14th, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal, Time Travel)
Challenges: TBR 
Source: Won
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
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?
Hourglass had me sold from the first time i set eyes on it. The cover is GORGEOUS. I salute the photographer for such a simple yet captivating photography. As for the synopsis, I have only read one time traveling series and loved it so I was very excited to start Hourglass. If I said i didn't have high expectations I would be lying, but I am glad Hourglass did not disappoint. On the contrary, from the beginning the story had me hooked. I loved Emerson's voice, her personality was kick butt, however she is very underestimated because she is short and tiny, but she has the brown belt in karate and I just want to be her best friend right now! For me, female protagonists are a hit and miss, I either LOVE them or I just can't stand them, but I'm a huge fan of Emerson! 
The romance line in Hourglass takes the front seat and I actually loved the tension between her and Michael, as well as the awkwardness and then the jealousy when the third part of the love triangle, Kaleb as introduced. I personally would have preferred there not to be a love triangle since there was no question on who she would end up with from the beginning and I felt it was a bit weak, a few jealous moments here and there and thats it. But it was funny to see Michael all jealous and broody. I just loved the progression of his and Emerson's relationship. I am a huge fan of them. Now coming to the time traveling aspect, hourglass took its sweet time introducing the topic, and allowing Emerson to wrap her head around it, then trying to figure out how in the world she can time travel and why Michael sought her out and whats the 'greater plan' that you find in every book (Well I thought that). 
Hourglass kept me thinking and hypothesizing, then reassessing and throwing out more theories and ideas of how the book would end and I totally enjoyed that. I really liked Kaleb, and even though he was a secondary character in Hourglass, he takes the lead and POV in Timepiece, the second book in the hourglass series. There were other characters, such as Emerson's brother and his wife, some of Michael's friends that I would have loved to see more of and find out more about, however I loved Hourglass and it was a definite amazing read. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a mix of supernatural and Paranormal or just wants to read an awesome YA novel! 
4.5 musical notes


  1. I really really enjoyed this book. I found it really refreshing. The characters really stood out to me. Plus, the cover!!! Cannot wait for Timepiece.

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  3. I totally agree. The cover of Hourglass IS totally awesome! That's the reason why I put it up on my TBR pile!
    Great review. Now I'm seriously looking forward to raeding this one. :D

  4. I loved Hourglass! I'm looking forward to reading Timepiece :)

  5. I just recently became interested in this book and have been reading some great reviews lately! Can't wait to try it out! :D Plus, the cover is like, ridiculously cool. ;)

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  6. Ohh I'm glad to hear you liked Kaleb. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts on the next book then. ;) Amazing review, Juhina! I enjoyed this book too but wasn't blown away by it. I'm hoping Timepiece is slightly better for me. :)

    1. And I forgot to mention - love the new look! :)

  7. YES. THANK YOU. I knew I wasn't the only one in love with all that sexy romantic tension in this supremely well-done love triangle. Gosh, I can't wait to continue this story into Timepiece :D And wasn't Emerson just the coolest? She REALLY ROCKED.

  8. I agree that this cover is gorgeous! I have it on a shelf, but still didn't get around to reading it yet. >_< Anyway, great review!

  9. I loved this book too! I actually finished it just recently. Fantastic review, I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

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