Hourglass

Hourglass

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"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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 28mm | 299.37g
  • Egmontusa
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1606843842
  • 9781606843840
  • 109,912

About Myra McEntire

Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She's chosen, instead, to channel her "mad word skills" into creating stories infused with her love of music. "Hourglass "is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com.show more

Rating details

18,461 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 30% (5,625)
4 34% (6,258)
3 24% (4,510)
2 8% (1,442)
1 3% (626)

Our customer reviews

We find Emerson back in Georgia after her lack of scholarship funds. Back with her brother Thomas and his wife Dru who are essentially grateful that sheâ??s alive. Emersonâ??s parents died in a car accident and sheâ??s never been able to cope about it. Then she meets Michael, a consultant who seems like he genuinely wants to help her. Yet in spite of herself, she also starts to fall in love with him. This book has a wonderful plot going for it. The time traveling, the romance, the mystery with her powers. But the protagonistâ??s personality I disliked. Why? Because she reminded me too much of Bella Swan from Twilight. Yes I remember being a young teenage girl with hormones to match but thinking about how hot a guy is wasnâ??t all I thought about. When I read this: â??I punched him in the stomach. Hello six-pack.â?? -_- I could not help but laugh! Laugh in the way that it was well stupid! Emerson is just as flighty as any teenage girl and that annoys me to no end. I tried to like her. Really I did. But I jay couldnâ??t. She reminded me too much of Bella Swan and the lust for the hot boy. Oy vay! What I donâ??t understand is why sheâ??s always mad at Michael! Give the guy a break and let him explain things for once instead of running away seething! The story did start to develop faster at the end which I really enjoyed. Iâ??m definitely going to pick up the second novel just so I know what happens next.show more
by Giselle SM
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.) 17-year-old Emerson (Em) Cole lives with her older brother following the death of her parents in an accident. Other than coping with her grief though, she also has to deal with a very special gift - she can see people from the past. Often when she is in an 'old' place, she sees people who are actually from the past rather than the present. She's the only one who can see them though, which lead to a very embarrassing event in her high school cafeteria when she had an argument with someone that no-one else could see. Weaning herself off the anti-psychotics, Em now just tries to deal with her odd sightings, something that her brother tries to help her with by hiring often weird people to help her deal. Her brother's latest hire is a boy called Michael, who is different from anyone that he has hired before, because Michael sees these people from the past too. Michael needs Em's help though, in a way she never would have guessed, and lives may depend on whether the pair of them together can do what they need to do. Why does Em see these people from the past though? How is Michael able to see them too? And can they change the past without creating a paradox? This was part time-travel, part paranormal, part mystery, and part romance, and was surprisingly done really well! Em was a great character. I loved her spark, and I loved the way she learned to cope with seeing these odd apparitions of people from the past, and I liked how she didn't trust people just because they told her too. The other characters in this book were also really good, and I loved Michael and Kaleb, and Thomas and Dru were great too. The storyline was a really interesting mix of genres, and although I'm usually a bit wary of time-travel books (because I hate the usually humongous plot-holes), this book gave thought to these possible plot-holes, and took time to side-step and fill them, and I honestly cannot complain at all! This is possibly the first time travel story where I haven't had a huge list of complaints. This author surely did research and took the time to not bend the laws of physics with this one, which is real dedication and really appreciated! I really liked the romance side of things in this story too. It didn't overshadow the main storyline, but it was still important, and I thought that Em and Michael made a great couple. There were some twists and turns in this that I didn't see coming, and after a shock event at about 80% of the way through I couldn't believe what had happened and couldn't put this one down! The ending thankfully was pretty good and satisfying, and didn't let the rest of the book down at all. I now have high hopes for this series, and I'm really intrigued to find out what will happen in book 2! Overall; a great YA time-travel story, that doesn't throw the laws of physics out the window. 8 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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