Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 14th, 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?

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.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Where do I even start? This book was so many things. Remarkable. Original. Addictive. Mind-Bending. AMAZING. I just don't have enough gushing, positive words to articulate how I feel about this book. As one of my most anticipated books of 2011, I am so relieved that it has not only lived up to my expectations, but far exceeded them. I loved it, and am already anxiously awaiting book #2. I have a feeling that this is a new favorite series for me.

I'll be honest and say that I initially wanted this book for one reason,and one reason only. The cover. Hi. Can you say fantastic? I was immediately drawn to this book because of it. Then I read the synopsis and there was just no way I wasn't going to read it. Now that I have, I need to make sure everyone else does too.

This book was so well written. I could not stop turning the pages. (I actually felt bad for my parents, who I only visit in NY once a year, because I kind of ignored them for two days of my visit to read this.) The story was phenomenal. I never saw the twists coming, and neither will you. They are just THAT original. Now, if you're used to my reviews, you know that I never reveal spoilers in them. The Goodreads synopsis is about all you'll get. That said, you should understand that the above synopsis does not even come close to revealing the depth of this book. I loved the characters, the plot, the tension, the energy. Ugh. Could sometime-in-2012-when-Untilted-book-2-is-released come already? Please? I NEED to know what happens next.

Oh, and did I mention that the cover is amazing?

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ + 

Grade Level Recommendation: Clean as a whistle. The only things I can think of that very conservative parents might object to is a murder mystery and some very innocent romantic undertones. Perfectly fine for an advanced reading 4th grader+ (ages 9+).


  1. Wow. I haven't read this book yet but now I MUST. Both the synopsis and your review were great and now I have to read this book for myself.

    And yes, the cover is gorgeous;)

    Happy reading!

  2. Yeah, the cover is what drew me in too. I have it waiting for me. I'm going to have to get to it soon.

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  4. So glad you loved this book! I keep seeing it everywhere and I've had it on my to read list for quite some time. The cover is just so cool and intriguing, and the story sounds fantastic. I'll admit I'm a little disappointed that this too is a series, but the great thing about that is that there are more books! Sadly, it'll be forever until the next one is out. Will definitely pick up a copy before then.


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